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.
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 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 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 would love a recommendation for how to show her extra helpful mother-in-law some very deserving and special appreciation.
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.
A first-time expectant mom needs advice on how to manage her pushy family and in-laws before, during and after labor and delivery.
My mother-in-law (who now lives in the South) wants to throw me a baby shower. But the guests are her friends and only my acquaintances. I feel uncomfortable about this. What should I do?
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.
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?
Another day, another horrible sea-monster of a mother-in-law.
My mother-in-law potty-trained my twins and forbade us from using pull-ups. We’ve had nightly accidents ever since but she won’t budge! Will we really ruin everything by using pull-ups at night?