Posts Tagged: family

Dear Barb—Moving On Too Soon?

Dear Barb: My mother passed away suddenly a couple of years ago and I miss her tremendously.  My kids miss her and my dad was devastated when she passed.  Recently, though, my dad has started seeing another woman and I am having a hard time accepting it.  She seems like a nice enough woman, but… Read more »

Dear Barb—Thinking about the Costs

Dear Barb: My wife is driving me crazy! She wants to get a cat and we already have two dogs.  Our dogs are both getting older and I was looking forward to being able to travel without having to find someone to take care of our animals.  We have a camper so we can take… Read more »

Dear Barb—Grown Up Too Soon

Dear Barb: I am the oldest of three. My parents have a terrible relationship; they drink excessively and argue constantly.  I worry about my two little sisters. I don’t know how they are going to be able to maintain any kind of a relationship having my parents as their role models. I have had a… Read more »

Dear Barb—My Sister wants to be my Surrogate!

My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for three years and we’ve had no luck.  We followed all the specialist advice, and even tried IVF and nothing has worked.  I became pregnant 8 times and lost the baby each time.  My sister has two children of her own and has volunteered to… Read more »

Dear Barb—Putting away Childish Things

Dear Barb: I am twenty-seven years old and live with my parents.  I have my degree and am working full time.  I was living away from home while I attended university, but moved back when I graduated.  I planned to move out when I got a full time job, but I love it at home. … Read more »

Dear Barb—The Ties that Don’t Bind

Dear Barb: My adult son has cut off all ties with me and I am devastated! Since his dad and I divorced my son and I have always had issues.  There seems to be a tension between us, almost like he is blaming me for the divorce.  I did make the choice to leave the… Read more »

Dear Barb—Reunion Reciprocation

Dear Barb: I grew up in a somewhat dysfunctional family. My parents divorced when we were all quite young, and the divorce was angry and bitter. This bitterness became a part of our household and our relationships with each other.  As soon as we were able to we left home and rarely spoke to each… Read more »

Dear Barb—Take a Second

Dear Barb: I have been dating this great guy for six months.  He has two young children and is a widower who lost this wife two years ago.  I have met his children and we have gone on a few outings.  They are not very receptive to me and tend to cling to their dad. … Read more »

Dear Barb—Home Again, Home Again

Dear Barb: I am almost thirty years old and live with my parents. After graduating high school I went and got my degree.  I had a job before I even finished school.  Unfortunately, the job was only a one-year contract.  When the company didn’t renew it, I wasn’t able to find another job.  There were… Read more »

Dear Barb—Chronic Control

Dear Barb: Hi, recently I’ve been diagnosed with fibromyalgia.  It was a total relief to finally put a name to what is wrong with me.  The problem I’ve been having is that most of my family and friends think my illness is all in my head.  Since fibromyalgia is one of those illnesses that are… Read more »