Adult Children

Six Helpful Mother-in-Law Ideas

We have all probably heard the old adage, “A daughter is a daughter for life. But a son’s a son ’til he takes a wife.” As the mother of boys,…

When the Stepkids Are Adults

“I’ve decided to begin some new techniques with my adult stepkids,” stepmom Nancy shared with me. “I sent an email to my step daughter-in-law sharing how I wanted to begin a…

Stepmom Living: The Things I Have Learned

I had two stepmoms in my lifetime. One when I was fourteen, and the second when I was thirty. That means I should have known what it was like to…

6 Hot Tips for a Successful Family Reunion

Exhausting, exhilarating, bonding, hysterical and oh yeah, did I mention exhausting?? Yes! We just had our annual “Yates Family Reunion.” We have 5 kids, all married and 21 grandchildren- 14…

Stepfamily Suggestions for Weddings, Graduations and Proms, Oh My!

There’s nothing like a wedding, graduation, prom, or special occasion to get the tension taut in a stepfamily. That’s because dreams, family traditions, and high expectations are tied to these…

Are You Lonely?

The other day I went for a walk with a friend of mine. At some point on the trail she said to me, “This week I have been feeling lonely….

4 Reasons Your Friends Will Go See ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

It’s not news: The reading habits of over 100 million have cannibalized the rest of the publishing world. EL James’s Fifty Shades of Grey has set the record as the…

Praying for the Men in Our Lives

I waited as long as I could for Ray to come to bed but sleep overtook me. I knew it was like so many times before that one of our…

The Best Thing About My Sons: Their Wives

I have two fine sons, amazing men. But when I think about it, one of best things they have ever done is to marry the women they did. When they…

Handling the Holidays During Loss or Grief

October through December can be an excruciating time of year for those who have experienced a loss. In addition to the death of a loved one, divorce, illness, family trauma,…

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