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.
Expectant parents are debating how to handle childcare arrangements for their toddler when they’re in the hospital for childbirth. They’re at a stalemate over grandparent childcare.
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.
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 new mom needs help on whether and how best to intervene when her in-laws kids visit for the holiday dinner.
An expectant mom needs help on how to set boundaries and expectations with her beloved (but over enthusiastic) in-laws.
My estranged parents want to build a relationship with me and my infant twins. But they still don’t want to accept my partner as a mother to our sons. I find this unacceptable. I need your advice.
My mother-in-law will be caring for my baby daily when my maternity leave ends. How do I set-up appropriate boundaries and manage that tricky relationship?
This expecting mother is receiving hurtful comments from her future in-laws about their lifestyle and parenting choices (already!). Amalah provides some guidelines for navigating that tense relationship.
An expectant mom is trying anticipate the balance between her need and wanting of help from her own mom and her husband’s need to private family time on the second time around.
I thought we had a good relationship with my husband’s brother and his family. And then everything went wrong.
This time, a mother-in-law writes in for advice about a daughter-in-law who plays favorites.
The holidays are around the corner and my relationship with my husband’s family is a mess. How can I fix this? Should I fix this?