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Estranged Family

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.

6 Ways to Rebuild a Relationship With Your Children

Constance Scharff, Phd | Posted 05.18.2015 | Parents
Constance Scharff, Phd

Children, by their nature, want to love their parents. That longing never leaves. If you are someone who has destroyed your relationship with your child(ren), here are some actions you can take to try to rebuild those bonds

Mother's Day Cards I Could Use As An Estranged Daughter

Katie Naum | Posted 05.09.2015 | Women
Katie Naum

Thank You For Carrying Me In Your Womb and Giving Birth To Me. (inside) That Part Went Pretty Well From My Perspective. Remember The Time When We We...

Mothers Day for the Motherless

Melissa Charles | Posted 05.08.2015 | Parents
Melissa Charles

To the motherless, I say: this is not, and never has been your fault. The failing was hers, not yours. You are worthy of being loved, you are special, wonderful, and worthy of respect and kindness.

How Did A Mom Go From Living The High Life To Selling Pumpkins On The Side Of The Road?

Posted 04.10.2015 | Dr. Phil

Carie says her mother, Diane, was once a successful jewelry store owner who lived the high life in Las Vegas, but she gambled away $2.5 million and no...

Mom's Theory About How Her Privileged Son Ended Up Homeless

Posted 02.13.2015 | Dr. Phil

Christopher, 27, grew up in a well-to-do family, went to college and landed a good job with a six-figure income. He lived in a beautiful home and drov...

Estranged Mom And Daughter Reunite, But Will Mom Get Sober?

Posted 01.29.2015 | Dr. Phil

Heather says she was 16 years old when she realized her mom, Christi, had a drinking problem. "When my mom was drinking or using she would get angry ...

Dying Father Reunites With His Estranged Children

Posted 11.12.2014 | Dr. Phil

Four children in their 20s and 30s are estranged from their dying father and say their mother is the cause. They claim they can’t even visit their d...

The Times You Wish You Had A Mother

Jessica Berger Gross | Posted 03.15.2014 | Women
Jessica Berger Gross

I didn't invite my family to my wedding, or call my mother when my baby was born, much less care for her and my father as they aged. There've been no Thanksgiving dinners, no summer weekends by the beach. No nieces and nephews to invite for sleepovers.

Vanessa Minnillo's Estranged Mom Didn't Know She Was Getting Married

Posted 10.04.2011 | Celebrity

Vanessa Minnillo's life might seem like a fairytale, but Star magazine reports, it's not so perfect -- her own mother wasn't even at her recent weddi...

7 Steps to a Loving Family

Jinny Ditzler | Posted 08.21.2011 | Women
Jinny Ditzler

Nothing's worse than the loss of love and connection with family. The silent heartache that robs us of one of life's joys. We respond with denial, but what we too often don't do is let go, apologize and give up the feeling of being right.

Estranged or Abandoned by a Parent: Are Children Scarred for Life?

Deborah Moskovitch | Posted 08.20.2011 | Divorce
Deborah Moskovitch

I have spoken with many adult children who have shared their stories on how this loss has affected their lives.

Learning To Love From Afar

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

The question that arises is, when is it time to let love go, and love "long distance?" Many suffer love's disappointments privately, profoundly.

How To Mend Bridges With Estranged Family Members During The Holidays

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

What do you do when the person whose loss you grieve this year is amongst the living?