Families


3 Ways to Cope With Difficult Parents

Learning how to deal with difficult parents will fill you with peace and happiness. You won’t be under their emotional or spiritual control, and you’ll find your own source of meaning in life. These tips are for adult children who are ready to start moving past their unhappy or difficult childhoods. Below, I share how I survived […]

How to Cope With Difficult Parents – for Adult Children

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How to Help an Alcoholic Sibling Who Doesn’t Want to Be Helped

Your sibling’s struggles with alcoholism leave you feeling lost, helpless, and afraid for the future of your family. These six ways to help an alcoholic brother or sister are inspired by a book called Sober Siblings, and they may give you insight into your sibling’s drinking problem. If you’re struggling to decide what behaviors to accept from […]


How to Handle Father’s Day When You’re Fighting With Your Dad

These five tips for dealing with a difficult dad on Father’s Day will help you see him in a different light. You may not be able to stop fighting with your dad forever or heal a long-standing family rift, but you can find ways to treat him with respect. After I wrote When You Miss Your Dad […]

How to Handle Father’s Day When You’re Fighting With Your Dad

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How to Deal With Problems in Your Family

You love your family members, but sometimes they’re frustrating and aggravating! These six tips on how to deal with troubling family problems will help you get along with your siblings, parents, or other relatives. Learning how to handle toxic family problems is complicated because of the strong emotions we feel towards our relatives. “Family quarrels have a […]


Caring for Elderly Parents? How to Get More Energy

These tips on how to get more energy when you’re caring for elderly parents aren’t about eating well or getting enough sleep. You know that already! Rather, they’re practical and helpful suggestions for making changes in your life that will increase your time and energy levels. I can’t give you enough information in this article, which […]

Caring for Elderly Parents How to Get More Energy

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Gift Ideas for Your Sister – Nifty and Thrifty

Whether you need nifty or thrifty ideas – or both – these gift ideas for sisters will help you find the perfect way to say Happy Birthday or Bon Voyage. These gift tips will help you figure out what your sister likes, so you can feel good about the gift you’re giving. One of the best […]


The Favorite Child is Less Likely to Use Drugs and Alcohol

At book club recently, we discussed what it’s like to be the favorite child. I wish I’d seen this research then – it shows that parental favoritism is linked to drug and alcohol use (and if you’re using drugs and alcohol, you’re flirting with addiction). If your parents have a favorite child, they may be […]

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How to Help Your Mom Move to an Adult Group Home

Whether your mom is coping with dementia or schizophrenia, these tips for helping parents move to adult group homes might help you survive the transition. My mom has schizophrenia, and is facing a difficult move to a group home. This is the first time she’s lived with other people, and it won’t be easy. If […]


How to Become an Independent Teenager

Here’s a list of ways to stop your parents from being overprotective so you can become more independent. I wrote this for a teenager who asked for help with her mother. “I am 14 years old and my mother in particular is very controlling,” says Michelle on How to Cope With Controlling Parents When You […]

How to Become an Independent Teenager