My son and his wife of 14 years have filed for divorce. He accepts total blame for their break-up and that is a heavy cross to bear. He will move out this week to give her space to begin healing. What is the best thing I can do as a parent and grandmother when I live 1,300 miles away from them?
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I am in the middle of a separation from my second husband. I know it’s the right thing to be separated from him right now, but I go back and forth, unsure of how to handle the separation. My daughter tells me I act like a “martyr” and that I need to quit protecting him and be done with this relationship. I don’t completely understand what she means by this. How can I handle this situation in the healthiest way possible?
Your Hardest Family Question: How much should I advocate for myself when my ex-husband spreads lies about me?
Over 10 years ago I went through a divorce. Though it looked like an amicable separation to my family, they were unaware of the true motivations (an affair). In deceit, he publicly announced to all it was because of my mental health and my refusal to continue in therapy that were the grounds for the divorce.
My wife and I have very different philosophies for raising children. She is the primary caretaker, as I work full-time and she stays home with our children. I don’t believe our children are in danger of being physically abused. However, she does things that I feel like humiliate and overwhelm our children.
Going into this discussion, I was somewhat apprehensive. What would he think? Would we “scar” him? How would he process everything? My husband and I both felt the time was right to open the door to an ongoing discussion about healthy sexuality, and that our son was mature enough emotionally and spiritually to be receptive to the conversation.
Recently I discovered via social media my sister-in-law has been hanging out with a girl my husband had a one-night stand with, prior to our relationship. I find this to be extremely hurtful because I believe there’s no way his sister is unaware of the hookup because the girl had to have told her. How do I get over my feelings without confronting my sister-in-law?
We have a 34-year-old son who is gay and is active in his gay community. He is a positive, loving person who brings much to our family and we are trying to keep connected and strong as a family unit. Sometimes I feel that I am overprotective and too accepting and loving and I don’t acknowledge his accountability to the Lord. How do I find the balance?