Tag Archives: Family

5 Ways to Survive Narcissistic In-Laws

by on December 28, 2019

It was a second marriage for Clark and Claudia so they were both prepared for a difficult first couple of years as they blended their families together. But what they did not expect was the added difficulty of Clark’s parents. He knew that they were narcissistic and even prepared Claudia for their limited encounters. However,… (more…)

How to Survive the Holidays with an Addict

by on October 12, 2017

Addicts plus holidays usually equal disaster. This is because addicts have a tendency to divide family at a celebration, not unite. Relatives fall into one of three categories: those who see the addiction and have no tolerance, those who see the addiction and tolerate it, and those who don’t see the addiction at all. An… (more…)

Twelve Tips to Eliminate Exhaustion in the New Year

by on October 12, 2017

How much different would life be if exhaustion wasn’t a factor? It is normal to be physically overwhelmed by long hours at work, ungrateful children, overload of electronic stimulus, and tiresome relatives. But some exhaustion is much deeper. It stems from unmet needs, expectations, ambitions, and hopes. It is compounded by tragedies, disappointments, rejections, and… (more…)

5 Tips for Tackling your Spouse’s Narcissistic Family

by on December 6, 2016

There are some days when the thought of knocking down a relative or in-law seems tempting. This is especially true following an unforeseen passive-aggressive personal attack. But if this person is a narcissist, they seem to have the resilience of a linebacker who takes the blow just to bounce back up again with even more… (more…)

The Primary Purpose of Parenting

by on August 3, 2016

The primary purpose of parenting is to raise fully functional adults who can take care of themselves and make a positive contribution to society. Generally speaking, this should be accomplished by eighteen. After this age, parents have less verbal influence but can still be positive role models through actions, not words. It is with the… (more…)

Family of Five with Five Different Love Languages

by on August 24, 2012

“Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, doesn’t have a swelled head, doesn’t force itself on others, isn’t always ‘me first,’ doesn’t fly off the handle, doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, doesn’t revel when others grovel, takes… (more…)

Help for Hurting Families

by on August 23, 2012

There are times in our lives when things happen that hurt us.  Perhaps it is the disappointment of our children, the broken trust of our spouse, the betrayal of a friend, the abandonment of a family member, the failure of a business, or the rejection of a neighbor.  Whatever the incident, we have a choice… (more…)

Are We There Yet?

by on August 23, 2012

My husband and I just drove from our home in Orlando to the mountains of North Carolina and back in one weekend to drop off our three kids at summer camp.  The kids were overly anxious to spend 2 weeks away from home, responsibilities, chores, each other, random work, and the list of books we… (more…)

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