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Month: May 2020
A mom writes in asking for advice about her four-year-old stepdaughter. She says this little girl refuses to dress herself at all. Like, won’t even put shoes or a coat on herself. She will throw a temper tantrum if asked to do it herself This mom has a two-year-old of her own, who can dress herself and likes to. She says that the four-year-old’s family (her boyfriend and his family) continue to dress her and avoid the issue.
A mom writes in asking for advice about her mother-in-law. This mom has had a truly terrible relationship with her mother-in-law, to the point where they pretty much cut off all contact. Now, though, her mother-in-law has cancer, and this mom is wondering if it would be wrong to continue excluding her MIL from her life. Both she and her husband (her MIL’s son) are conflicted and don’t know what to do, given the toxic nature of the relationship.
A mom writes in asking for advice about her three-year-old daughter. She says that ever since she welcomed a baby (now 11-months-old), her older daughter, now 3, has started going out of her way to make everyone around her mad or sad. She has tried to hurt her sister. She has begun wetting herself and purposefully peeing on the carpet. This mom has tried every approach she knows, but her daughter’s behavior remains unchanged.
A mom writes in asking for advice about her 7-year-old daughter. She says that her daughter has ever only really known one father, who is not her biological father. Her biological father has never been in her life. Her fiancé, however, has been in her daughter’s life as “Papa” for six years. Her daughter, though, is starting to ask questions about why she doesn’t look like her mom and dad. Now, this mom is wondering: Is now a good time to tell her daughter about her biological dad?
A mom writes in asking for advice about her husband’s family. She says the family of her husband, who is stepfather to her two children, screamed and swore at her kids while at another kid’s birthday party. She says they told her kids to “shut the f** up,” called them annoying, and said more, which she declined to get into. How should she handle this situation?
A mom writes in asking for advice about her ex with whom she shares a son. She says her ex reached out and asked her to watch their son, she said yes, but instead he reached out to the OP’s mom. The OP is estranged from her mother and doesn’t want her watching their son without supervision due to a history of drug abuse and other issues. Predictably, things did not go well, and her son ended up getting bitting by her mom’s dog. How can she lay down the law?
A mom writes in asking for advice about her fiancé. She says her fiancé has been in the picture for more than a year, and they even have a baby on the way, but she is confused about the term he uses to refer to her daughter from a previous relationship. He refers to her as his “stepdaughter,” though for all intents and purposes, she is his daughter. He even says he doesn’t want her to know she is not his biological daughter, so why would he refer to her as a stepdaughter?
A mom writes in asking for advice about her boyfriend. She says that her boyfriend of six months, whom she hasn’t seen recently due to the ongoing pandemic lockdowns, is constantly following and unfollowing his ex, who also happens to be the mother of his child, on Instagram. She has tried to ask her boyfriend what it means, but he just tells her not to worry about it. Should she be concerned that something is going on?