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.
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I am raising three grandchildren. They have lots of issues, are on the autism spectrum, and suffered a lot of trauma. I find it hard to be calm with them when they are constantly triggering each other. I suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder which makes it really hard for me to stay calm also. I have good intentions but they are not patient and don’t listen to me.
My in-laws live six hours away, but frequently visit and stay at my home. They have a wonderful relationship with my three young children, but I’m worried because they bring their dog, and in the last year, the dog has started nipping at my kids. My father-in-law knows how we feel, yet refuses to put the safety of his own grandchildren over the coddling of his dog. It has created an extremely tense environment and is affecting our relationships. We have tried asking nicely, stating directly, and are on the verge of an ultimatum. What should we do now?
All I could see were bubbles rising to the top. I stopped breathing. I couldn’t believe what I was witnessing. He had almost made it. It was at this instant I thought, “I MUST jump in before he sinks too far below the surface otherwise he has no chance of surviving.” As I loosened my grip on the bar, the prompting came to me even stronger than before, “Stay on the boat!!! DO NOT GET IN THE WATER!”
"I experienced horrible verbal and a little physical abuse from my husband whom I divorced 30 years ago. I haven't been able to let myself truly love again since...I know God loves me, but, here I am alone."
My mother has worked very hard my whole life to provide everything for me, from learning opportunities, to self-worth, to finances with a trust fund they set up before I was born. I am so lucky to have all these advantages in life. However, she has always been very controlling. Every time I try to have a civil conversation with her she sends me away crying because I don't do the things that make her happy. She thinks every conversation is a fight. What do I do?