Unannounced Visits

Question My mother-in-law comes to our house unannounced several times a week. After several conversations and many months, I was finally able to convince my husband to ask her to […]

Building Trust

Question I recently married a widow who has 8 and 10-year-old daughters.  My wife has acknowledged that because of their fathers’ death and her need to work two jobs, many […]

Shy Child

Question Our 10-year-old daughter is painfully shy around others.  She’s quiet but still a lot of fun at home with us and her two younger brothers, but at church she’s […]

Grandparents and Rules

Question My kids (ages 5 and 7) love their grandparents, and my husband and I want to help foster that relationship. The problem is my parents won’t help enforce our […]

Live-in Father-in-law

Question My wife’s 92-year-old father moved in with us three years ago after his wife died. While it’s a blessing for my father-in-law and my wife, I’m struggling. My selfish […]

Opinionated Grandparents

Question My kids (ages 5 and 7) love their grandparents, and my husband and I want to help foster that relationship.  The problem is my parents won’t help enforce our […]

Parenting through Grandparent Conflict

Question We have two boys and two girls, and both sets of grandparents enjoy going overboard in their gift-giving.  It’s almost like they’re in competition with each other as to […]

Live-in Sister-in-law

Question I’ve been married two years and during that entire time, my husband’s sister has lived with us. She moved in to finish her college degree and is now looking […]

Loyalty to the Absent

Woman talking to a child

“Mommy,” young Billy asked his mother on the way to school, “where are all the idiots?” “What!” his mother said in disbelief, “Where on earth did you learn that?” Confused […]