While my children were growing up I was able to protect them, to a degree, from their father's (my ex-husband) pornography and sexual addiction. Now that they are grown, they keep getting hurt by trying to have a relationship with him. My kids are torn between trying to be like the Savior and their own human pain.
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My in-laws think that my husband should buy them a house. The now retired couple have had steady income throughout their lives, but mismanaged their money with get-rich-quick scams and consistently spending more than they made. Now they want a newer home but can't move. My husband is told that he is selfish and greedy for not helping them more.
My husband’s parents speak really rudely and sharply to our three year-old son when he’s doing things that are part of being a normal toddler. I don’t have a great relationship with my in-laws in the first place, so I’m not sure they would even take me seriously if I brought up my concerns.
A little over five years ago, I found out that my husband was having an affair with our neighbor. Fast forward to today where two divorces are final and the two offenders maintain separate households on paper, but are living together. My former husband is even in the process of converting to her religion. How do I explain to my boys, who are preparing for missions, that people change, that the values their father taught them growing up are no longer part of his beliefs?
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Your Hardest Family Question: How can I give long-distance support to my son and his children during his divorce?
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?
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?