My mother-in-law refuses to accept me as part of the family. She talks badly about me behind my back and even refuses to look at me when I walk into a room. For the eight years my husband and I have been together, she has never accepted me for who I am. Now that my husband and I are expecting our first child, I would like all of this childish nonsense to stop. Please help!
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I have an adult son with a disability. He is college educated with many abilities, but his disabilities prove limiting in the work force. He is a very hard worker but is easily overwhelmed when under pressure. His wife (second marriage) has many abilities but mild handicaps as well. Their challenges are the normal day to day challenges of any marriage coupled with the challenge of having disabilities. My question is how to help them keep their home in order without offending.
In 1980, I was raped and became pregnant. I placed the baby with an adoptive family. My husband knows about it but I have not told my children. I have never wanted this incident to define me or them. Recently, my oldest child mentioned getting an ancestry DNA test. Now I live in fear that, if my child that was adopted has had a DNA test, and my other children do too, they will find out about each other. Should I tell my grown kids on the chance the truth could be revealed or wait and deal with the situation if it ever comes to light?
In this episode of the Illuminate Podcast, I interview Dr. Carmel White, a researcher and author, who co-authored a book called “Love and Betrayal”, which is a collection of research and stories detailing the experience of what it’s like to be betrayed by a partner’s pornography use. In this interview, we discuss what betrayed women really need people to understand about betrayal trauma.
My divorce was over 27 years ago. My ex-husband paid very little child support or alimony. My current husband paid for my children’s college, weddings, taxes I owed from my previous marriage, and even loans my ex-husband had borrowed from my parents and other family members. After so many years should I pursue getting the back child support and alimony I never received? Will this affect my relationship with my children if I do? Should I consult my children about pursuing this? Or, should I just forget the past?
Our beautiful daughter was recently married to a remarkable young man. She is extremely happy and so in love but she has had a difficult time leaving our home and being away from us. We are a very close tight-knit family and we anticipated that this may be challenging for her, but we had no idea it would come with severe panic attacks, inability to sleep, and lots of visits home.
My father was a presence, someone to be reckoned with, impossible to ignore, a standard of integrity, absolutely to be counted on. He was a large 6’4″; shoulders broad enough to carry the weight of all our cares, with a resonant, deep solo voice, that could hit notes so low on the bass clef no one could match him. It was a sonorous voice that resonated through my life that I learned to trust absolutely.