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10 Things Every Woman Wants Her Mother-In-Law To Know

Iris Ruth Pastor | Posted 07.11.2015 | Fifty
Iris Ruth Pastor

Family unity and healthy interactions, who could possibly be against that? Not many! I've got two daughters-in-law who are precious to me and one more soon to be welcomed joyously into our family. I find myself always trying to be a well intentioned, non-meddling mother-in-law. Sometimes, I even succeed. Sometimes I don't.

'Highly-Sensitive' Mom Is Mean to Me

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 07.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Samantha Rodman PhD

Black Sheep writes: My mom and siblings have "self-diagnosed" themselves as Highly-Sensitive People (HSPs), so they expect everyone to treat them as...

Parents Who Drive You Crazy: Four Steps for Handling Emotionally Immature Parents

New Harbinger | Posted 06.05.2015 | Healthy Living
New Harbinger

Emotionally immature parents will drive you crazy if you mistake their physical age for psychological maturity. Acknowledge that you may have surpassed them developmentally a long time ago, and their insensitivities will begin to hurt a little less.

The 6 Secrets Of Communicating With Grown Children

Next Avenue | Elizabeth Fishel and Jeffrey Arnett | Posted 06.04.2015 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Elizabeth Fishel and Jeffrey Arnett Whether technology is a blessing, a curse or a mix of both, it’s surely the ne...

5 Tips To Help You Deal With An Estranged Child

Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D. | Posted 05.24.2015 | Fifty
Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D.

In my studies of the lives of older Americans, I learned that almost nothing is as painful to them as estrangement from an adult child. When I wrote a blog post on this topic, it led to an extraordinary outpouring of interest that both surprised and moved me. When we reach the later years, our dream is to be surrounded by loving children and grandchildren.

I Want to Outlive My Child (And 3 Other Horrible Truths About Being a Special Needs Parent)

Kate Welch | Posted 05.22.2015 | Parents
Kate Welch

Guardianship may be necessary, but it is one of the hardest things I have ever had to do for Caleb. It boils down to petitioning the court to acknowledge that he is an incapacitated person. It is effectively taking away his right to make his own decisions, and that is a very sad process.

Dear Family Whisperer: My Adult Children Still Fight!

Melinda Blau | Posted 05.22.2015 | Parents
Melinda Blau

To be sure, some siblings never get over their childhood dramas -- a situation that causes pain for the parents. But many do

The Moment I Knew I Was an Adult

Teresa Lee | Posted 05.13.2015 | Women
Teresa Lee

Ultimately, I think being an adult isn't any one age or any one thing. It doesn't mean that you don't lean on other people when you fall. It just means that you count on yourself first and foremost and don't expect anyone else to clean up your mess for you.

Why I Feel Like a Queen this Mother's Day

Amy Ruhlin | Posted 05.08.2015 | Fifty
Amy Ruhlin

It wasn't like when I was a younger mom. I didn't feel needed. I didn't feel like I had to have all of the answers. Or that I was taking care of him. Instead, I felt recognized. I felt appreciated. I felt honored.

But How Can He Still Look the Same?

Alexandra Rosas | Posted 05.06.2015 | Parents
Alexandra Rosas

In the early days of parenting and on through the rush of childhood, the dizzying breakneck of high school, we only feel the tasks. We don't have the time to remember, or the time to think ahead that there is an "after this."

Thinking More Broadly About Mothering This Mother's Day

Christine French Cully | Posted 05.01.2015 | Parents
Christine French Cully

This year, I invite you to join me in thinking more broadly about mothering, and in passing along these Mother's Day sentiments.

6 Mother's Day Gifts That Mom Actually Wants

Posted 06.23.2015 | Parents

Another gift-giving holiday is upon us, and this time it’s Mom’s turn to be pampered and showered with attention. However, the perfect gift for he...

When Your Daughter's Purple Hair Is Making Yours Gray

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 05.23.2015 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

My daughter has purple hair, colorful tattoos and teaches physical and mental health to her loyal clients. I have thin hair, gnarly age spots and tell jokes until people snort beer from their noses.

Why You Should Stop Comparing Others' Highlight Reels With Your Behind-The-Scenes

Joe Seldner | Posted 05.22.2015 | Fifty
Joe Seldner

Most parents with adult children seem reluctant to discuss - or admit - to their children's problems, even with close friends. I understand that. First - and for me foremost - I'm a private person and don't feel an Oprah or Maury Povich-like itch to reveal my personal reality show to the world.

Stretching Toward Light

Sheryl Kraft | Posted 05.09.2015 | Fifty
Sheryl Kraft

Facing a major illness when my children barely know me suspends me in time. The prospect of a future freezes me in terror, for fear of the unknown. But an illness with so many question marks also makes me terrified to stay stationary, desperate to move on to a safer place.

Saying Goodbye to My Adult Kids

The GypsyNesters | Posted 04.29.2015 | Fifty
The GypsyNesters

One would think I'd be used to goodbyes by now. Or that I've somehow figured out how to prepare for the letdown. After all, The Spawn are all finished with college and it's been over six years since we've had a full time, live-in offspring.

My Son Has One of the Most Dangerous Jobs in the World

The GypsyNesters | Posted 04.10.2015 | Fifty
The GypsyNesters

The Boy has embarked on a new journey. He has accepted one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. He is now an Alaskan bush pilot (I suppose we should now call him "Captain The Boy").

What You Need To Hear If Your Grown Child Still Lives With You

Posted 06.17.2015 | Dr. Phil

Mike and Vicki say they want their 37-year-old son, Ryan, to move out of their garage, where he's been living with his girlfriend. Watch their sto...

What Your Grown Child Needs To Hear If He's Still Living With You

Posted 06.17.2015 | Dr. Phil

Ryan, 37, is living in his parents' garage with his girlfriend -- an arrangement that his parents say they want to end, so they turn to Dr. Phil for h...

'Our Son Was Making Millions But Now Is Living In Our Garage'

Posted 06.17.2015 | Dr. Phil

Ryan, 37, has been living in his parents' garage with his 24-year-old girlfriend for the last few months -- and his parents say it's time for that arr...

Have We Coddled Our Kids Too Much?

Tammy Bleck | Posted 04.06.2015 | Fifty
Tammy Bleck

We wanted to give our kids everything we didn't have. The big house, their own room, a car when they came of age, nice clothes, lavish Christmas presents and family vacations.

8 Signs Your Child Picked A Good Spouse

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Sally Stich | Posted 01.16.2015 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com “What does she see in him?” you ask yourself about your daughter’s husband who laughs like a hyena. “I tho...

Yours, Mine and Ours: Planning Stepfamily Finances

Jason Alderman | Posted 03.09.2015 | Money
Jason Alderman

Couples planning to blend families often have to make financial arrangements that respect previous relationships with ex-spouses and their families. Issues range from childcare and eldercare to potentially complex matters. That's why involving trained experts in stepfamily financial planning is a must.

There is No Spoon: A Pre-Christmas Story

Leighann Lord | Posted 02.17.2015 | Comedy
Leighann Lord

Here's the deal: I live in a two-family house with -- oh my god -- my family, and so when sharing a meal it's not uncommon for plates, pots, pans, and yes, silverware to circulate freely between kitchens. So my spoons weren't missing. They had just temporarily relocated.

Is Your Family Keeping a Secret?

Susan Krauss Whitbourne | Posted 02.07.2015 | Fifty
Susan Krauss Whitbourne

We tend to think of our children as reflections of ourselves. When something goes "wrong" with them, we feel that there's something "wrong" with us.