I have one brother, whom everyone loves dearly. He is the guy with the golden tongue—a natural charmer who gets out of many conversations that, to me, are crucial. He is not one to put family first—his priority is looking good and charming whoever may be around him. As a result, I become the younger sister who is left to pick up the pieces and bear the brunt of his unreliable ways. What do I do?
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I feel pain for her pain, but I'm not sure I want her to come back. It's nice not to have to walk on eggshells all the time. She blames me for every problem she has had in life, including those that took place before we met. I know she'll never be healed from Borderline Personality Disorder. Still, I'm not sure what to do. Any suggestions?
My mother-in-law is a difficult person and has been very rude to me throughout my marriage. Every time I see her I get insulted and demeaned. Now she wants to come to my house for Christmas. When I try to explain to my husband that I am really struggling he is upset because he hates being put between me and his mom. And just tells me not to worry. What do I do?
Can you help me know how I can “honor” an emotionally abusive mother? I refuse to talk to her when she starts putting me or my husband down. I am getting flak from my sister and my aunt who tell me that I must honor her by being polite and not hanging up the phone when she launches into one of her tirades. She has been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. Please help.
For nearly 40 years, my sister has been married to a good man, and he and she have served faithfully in the Church their whole marriage. They have a beautiful family complete with lots of children and grandchildren. A few months ago, that vision was shattered when my brother-in-law confessed to being bi-sexual, but predominantly gay. He now plans to leave the Church and his wife and pursue his "authentic self".
My husband cheated on me one year ago and we’ve been working to heal our marriage, but it’s taking a longer time than I imagined. I’m not doing well most days and feel like I have to pretend that things are better than they really are. I feel like it’s our business to deal with and no one else’s business, but I also know my siblings and parents would want to support me (and us) if they ever found out. What are some good guidelines on who to tell?
When I see very connected couples, I feel profoundly sad, even jealous. I’m not jealous of the individuals, but I wish I had that type of marriage and that my kids had a more involved dad. I don't want to be around these people because it hurts too much, but it's preventing me from doing good things.