Grandma is playing favorite amongst the cousins when it comes to gifts but addressing the issue is not as straightforward as you would think.
An update from a letter writer on a particularly hairy and sticky family situation and lessons learned for the future.
A mom is very concerned about how her in-laws are subtly and overtly treating her toddler son vis-a-vis his female toddler cousin, which is dripping in gender-bias. She needs advice on how to handle this tricky family situation.
An expectant mom is experiencing high anxiety from the extraordinary amount of very detailed and unsolicited advice she is getting from her mother and in-laws so early in her pregnancy. She needs help setting boundaries.
A step-dad turns to us looking for help on a tricky situation with his partner’s mother and how she is influencing her grandchild, and not in a good way.
A mom is stuck in an protracted awkward family situation with a sister-in-law who is holding an unreasonable grudge. What should she do to make future family gatherings tolerable?
Family history means that I’m now a step-mother and effectively co-parenting with my mother-in-law instead of an ex-wife. I want to improve that relationship for many reasons. Please help.
Now that she’s expecting, a mom-to-be needs advice on how to maintain her relationship with one family member given that she has cut ties with all the rest of the toxic family.
What should this mom do about her family members who chronically don’t send thank you notes (or even acknowledge receipt) for the gifts she gives to the kids?
A new mom doesn’t want to her well-known family drama to bleed into and taint her daughter’s first birthday party. How can she maintain the peace with the grandparents and her in-laws while shielding her daughter and her young friends?
A young family’s house has been invaded by homeless in-laws who seem to have no motivation to leave and it’s disrupting her family’s life. The mother turns to Amalah for advice on how to manage this sticky situation with her husband and in-laws.
Sleep deprived parents are divided on whether their young toddler is ready to sleep over at his grandparents’ and it’s led to marital strife.
An expat mom is trying to avoid power struggles with her family-by-marriage and now toddler son (too) over the amount and regularity of sweets and unhealthy foods being served in her new and adopted home country.
Help! My future SIL-to-be has poached my favorite boy option baby name. But, I’m not pregnant. Nor even married into the family yet. So, what’s the baby name etiquette for dealing with this sticky situation?
A family is having a hard time establishing boundaries with a mother-in-law and grandmother who travels cross country to visit and stay over even knowing it’s very inconvenient for the entire family’s schedule.
A grandmother is being asked by her daughter to forgo “Grandma” for an alternative name to be called by her grandkids. She needs some advice.
A mom needs help talking to her husband about her wish to get at budgeting and financial planning. How can she start this conversation with him given that it’s a charged topic for both of them?
An expecting mom needs help understanding whether the extreme guilt trip she is getting from her mom about postpartum visiting plans is justified or not.
A mom needs some advice to help her daughter who doesn’t like her grandfather.
A pregnant mom is very angry with her family’s gender-stereotyping issues, and it is causing her stress especially in how it will affect her baby shower. But, we think the issues could be bigger than that….