I have recently been knocked sideways by an unexpected interaction with my much younger sister that has caused me great distress and left me floundering.
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The Savior gave handbook-like instructions to parents in 3 Nephi 18:28-32. Here are the lessons we can draw from them.
My stepson was convicted of molesting his 12-year-old stepdaughter. He offered a plea where he maintained his innocence while admitting that the state had enough evidence to convict him. He took the plea deal and is now in prison. Our problem since he has been in prison is that our daughter-in-law will not let us see our grandchildren. She was angry with us during the trial for paying for a lawyer to defend him instead of giving her the money and for not sitting with her in the courtroom. Now she is demanding we sit down with her and talk to her before we can see the children. We wonder if it's even worth the trouble trying to see the children, who are young and don't miss us. What should we do? Should we give in to her demands to meet? How do we deal with her going forward?
Your Hardest Family Question: How Can I Support My Daughter’s Wedding While Protecting My Emotional Well-Being?
My daughter is getting married in Europe soon. She's expecting her closest family to stay in one multi-room villa together. I am newly remarried, and her dad has a serious girlfriend. We don't always get along. I feel anxious at the thought of being under the same roof with him.
I know he loves me. I know in this moment he resents me; he cannot let stupid things of the past go. I do believe in this moment he believes he isn’t in love with me and wants me gone. But I don’t know if I believe this is forever. He used the analogy of someone chopping away at a tree and it all came crashing down.
Your Hardest Family Question: Can I pursue personal happiness without neglecting my familial duties?
I finally have the opportunity to move across the country to be close to my children and grandchildren since my husband’s passing. I feel good about this move. It’s also a chance for me make changes in my life. However, my sister is trying to convince me not to go because of my dad.
Self-government is a principle of freedom that most people work their entire lives to achieve. But self-regulation won't happen without planning.