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Parents Say There's One Thing Worse Than Having Son Diagnosed With Terminal Cancer

Dr. Phil Show | Rochelle Nelson | Posted 10.02.2015 | Dr. Phil

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How to Deal With Parents Or In-Laws That Don't Respect You

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 09.25.2015 | Parents
Samantha Rodman PhD

In counseling, many adult clients come in struggling to connect to their parents. They feel that their parents do not respect them, as I discuss here, and don't treat them as valuable, worthwhile people, or continually infringe upon their personal boundaries.

Dear Family Whisperer: Grandma, Compromise Is Out of the Question!

Melinda Blau | Posted 09.21.2015 | Fifty
Melinda Blau

"Speaking of class differences..." began the distraught 60-something woman whom I'll call Elizabeth (in honor of the Queen). As she put down her glass of wine, she launched into a several-minute tirade about her daughter-in-law's decision to pierce the baby's ears. In her mind, it was not "right."

Why You Clash With Your Mother-in-Law and What to Do About It

Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC | Posted 09.08.2015 | Parents
Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC

When you're experiencing challenges with your in-laws, step back and take a long view of the struggles. Most kids benefit from as much love as they can get, even if it doesn't look and feel exactly the same between the parents and the grandparents. Speak up when you need to... but step back and let go when you can.

Why Every Parent Of A Daughter Deserves Special Recognition

Yagana Shah | Posted 08.26.2015 | Fifty
Yagana Shah

When a child is born, parents think they are getting a gift. Little do they know that they'll inevitably lose us at some point, in one way or another. Some parents end up estranged from their children. But for parents of daughters, that little girl they cradled in their arms eventually leaves home.

3 Unbelievable Stories Of Mothers Of The Groom Behaving Badly

BRIDES | Posted 06.29.2015 | Weddings

It's hard to be the mother of the groom. I've met some horrible, awful, really bad mothers of the groom at weddings over the years. Here are three of my favorite examples

5 Ways to Reduce In-Law Related Anxiety

Erris Langer Klapper | Posted 08.05.2015 | Women
Erris Langer Klapper

I've dipped my big toe into this risky topic pool once before, and am now ready to take the full plunge. Here are five coping mechanisms I've developed, which I'm still laboriously practicing and pledging in writing to continue to rehearse

Eight Hints for Keeping Peace at Your Wedding

Dr. Ruth Nemzoff | Posted 06.12.2015 | Weddings
Dr. Ruth Nemzoff

Whose wedding is this anyway? Yours? Yes! Your financé's? Yes. But many others lay claim to the event.Your own parents may see it as their graduation party. Your grandparents may see it as the culmination of their life's work. Your siblings may want to make you queen for a day or share the limelight.

It Ain't Easy Being an in-Law

Dr. Ruth Nemzoff | Posted 06.10.2015 | Weddings
Dr. Ruth Nemzoff

Any family relationship is complex, but in-law relationships are particularly difficult because they have the obligations and expectations of family without the benefits of intimacy, comfort, and support.

Road Rules For Successful Cross-Generational Trips

Mike Bushman | Posted 05.28.2015 | Fifty
Mike Bushman

Taking my 70-year-old-plus in-laws on a 1,800-mile, seven-day road trip had potential relationship calamity written all over it.

6 Things You Do That Drive Your Grown Kids Crazy

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Ellen Breslau | Posted 05.05.2015 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Your kids are grown and have kids of their own. You talk to them on the phone, visit and spend time with them. Sounds...

A Thank You To The Ex-Mother-In-Law Who Didn't Like Me

Laura Lifshitz | Posted 06.29.2015 | Divorce
Laura Lifshitz

I figured there would be comments left and right about me, the terrible mother and person. "My daughter would end up not liking me," I thought, letting the worst thoughts run through my head. How could this go well? Guess what... It did.

'Keep My Ex-Daughter-In-Law Away From My Family'

Posted 05.01.2015 | Dr. Phil

Thelma says her ex-daughter-in-law Kim is a "wicked, evil, horrible person,” and she wants her to stay away from her family. "Kim has totally destro...

Dr. Laura Is Wrong: Mother-in-Laws Are No Queens

Melissa Charles | Posted 05.30.2015 | Weddings
Melissa Charles

First of all, everyone involved is an adult. This makes them peers. No longer is the parent-child dynamic in play... or at least, it shouldn't be. Adults are presumed to be independent, capable of decision-making, and no longer in need of active, hands-on parenting.

This Will Make You Think Twice Before You Complain To Your Mom About Your Husband

Posted 01.21.2015 | Dr. Phil

Sarah says her parents, Bill and Laura, don't approve of her pastor husband of eight years, Jason, and won’t stop meddling in her marriage. “My pa...

8 Signs Your Child Picked A Good Spouse

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

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

Gayer Times With the In-Laws... Next Year!

Renate Stendhal, Ph.D. | Posted 03.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Renate Stendhal, Ph.D.

Why is it so tricky to be with your lover and her family? Why is it so hard to bring her home to yours? And why does this happen every single year sans fail?

12 Women Reveal The Craziest Thing Their Mother-In-Law Has Told Them

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 12.14.2014 | Divorce

Think your current (or ex) in-laws are terrible people? It could be much, much worse. On Wednesday, Redditors on the Ask Women board commiserated ...

How Butter and Sugar Got Me Through the Saddest Time In My Life

Erica Gelbard Callahan | Posted 02.04.2015 | Women
Erica Gelbard Callahan

I started baking -- and I didn't stop. Late at night when I couldn't sleep and during the day with my son, I'd turn to the kitchen. Baking took my mind off of the fact that my life felt completely yucky and funky.

The 6 Most Popular Mother-In-Law Names

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Posted 11.28.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM We polled Facebook, and found that your kids-by-marriage generally stick to one of six categories—for better or wor...

6 Things You Should Never, Ever Say To Your Mother-In-Law

BRIDES | Posted 01.22.2015 | Weddings

Sometimes it seems that mother-in-laws were put on the planet for the sole purpose of driving brides crazy.

How to Manage Grandparents During the Holidays

Seleni Institute | Posted 01.20.2015 | Parents
Seleni Institute

For many of us, the holiday season brings obligatory family time and interactions we'd rather avoid. Whether it's your mother-in-law sneaking cookies to your son after every meal or your father dishing out tough love to your daughter, our family members can do things we don't like -- and find difficult to manage.

'Do I Have to Invite My SIL to My Daughter's First Birthday Party?'

Wendy Atterberry | Posted 12.30.2014 | Parents
Wendy Atterberry

Invite your SIL. Invite her and adjust your expectations. You know she will probably ignore you and your baby, so don't pay any attention to her. Let her stew in her own negativity while you focus on the positives, like your daughter and the other family and friends present to celebrate the special occasion.

9 In-Law Horror Stories That Somehow Didn't Result In Breakups

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 10.20.2014 | Divorce

With the exception of a lucky few, we all have a few in-law horror stories up our sleeves. Alas, none of ours could possibly compare to the ones below...

How To Deal With A Difficult Daughter-In-Law

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Sally Stich | Posted 10.04.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM It happens all the time: mothers-in-law and daughters-in-law just can’t see eye to eye. You clash, you argue, you g...