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My mom died and I feel stuck in my grief.

By Leslie Vernick | December 8, 2008 |

Q. My mom passed away 9 months ago; 1 month after finding out she had pancreatic cancer. I miss her so much. I know she is happy and not suffering in Heaven and that comforts me, but I feel like I’m going crazy sometimes with her not here. I am not looking forward to the holidays since for the last…

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Afraid to Disappoint Parents Over Holidays

By Leslie Vernick | November 24, 2008 |

Question My husband and I are worn out every holiday season because we have to visit his parents and mine for Thanksgiving and Christmas Days. Our kids are young and it’s hard to keep them out all day. They miss their naps, get crabby and over stimulated. We’re exhausted, but we hate to disappoint our parents. Any advice? Cindy in…

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Helping Thanksless Children

By Leslie Vernick | November 17, 2008 |

Question: My children are constantly complaining about everything. Nothing I do or give them is ever enough. I just had a birthday party for my ten year old and after he opened all his gifts, he said “is that all?” I’m so frustrated with their attitudes and greediness. What can I do? Marcy in IL Answer: Unfortunately we’re living in…

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How do I honor an abusive parent?

By Leslie Vernick | November 3, 2008 |

Question: My husband’s mother was (still is) emotionally and verbally abusive. His father is a wonderful, kind and peaceful man. My husband has spent his entire life walking on eggshells so as not to upset his mother. This past winter, my husband had a falling out with his mother and she told him she didn’t want anything more to do…

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My Adult Child has Moved Home. Help

By Leslie Vernick | September 29, 2008 |

Question: My adult daughter has moved back home after making a mess out of her life. I think I’ve enabled her to be too dependent on me and now she is acting like an angry teenager instead of a responsible adult. What can I do to help her? Answer: I hear this so often. Well meaning parents have crippled their…

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Help, my daughter told me she is gay!

By Leslie Vernick | July 21, 2008 |

Dear Blog Readers: I apologize for my absence from my blog. My daughter recently got married and I took some time off just to be a “mom” and plan and recover from the wedding. It was great! If you want to see a picture, sign up for my newsletter at my home page www.leslievernick.com. A photo will be in August’s…

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