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17 Gift Ideas That Will Make Your Boyfriend’s Parents Adore You

Finding the perfect gift for your boyfriend’s parents depends on three things: their lifestyle, your relationship with them, and the length of time you’ve been dating him. These 17 gifts and ideas for your boyfriend’s mom and dad cover all three factors; they range from personal to practical, luxurious to functional. The Juliet Glass Teapot Set by Tea Beyond is a lovely gift for […]

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7 Tips for Dealing With Controlling Parents

Whether you’re an adult child or living at home (or an adult child who lives at home!), these tips on how to deal with controlling parents will help you see your situation – and your mom and dad – differently. I was inspired to write this article for Andy. “Growing up, my parents always had a way of making me feel crappy about […]

6 Tips for Dealing With Controlling Parents

How to Stop Feeling Guilty About Starting a New Relationship

These tips for overcoming guilt when you’re dating will help you settle into joy and start a new relationship with peace. You may feel guilty for a variety of reasons: you’re taking time from your kids, your kids may feel threatened by your new relationship, your ex-husband may be jealous or hurt, your in-laws may object to you dating a […]

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How to Guard Your Heart in a Relationship

Guarding your heart – whether you’re in a new relationship or a mature marriage – will not only protect your emotional health, it’ll help you build a strong, healthy bond with your partner. This post was inspired by two things: a reader’s comment on How to Cope When He Says He’s Not in Love With You Anymore, and my recent […]

How to Guard Your Heart in a Relationship

7 Steps to Forgiving Someone Who Broke Your Heart

You might find it easier to forgive if you change your mindset instead of relying on your feelings. Here’s how forgiveness works best, with inspiration from a painful family estrangement I faced, the book Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff in Love by Richard Carlson, and a sprinkle of the Psalms. Forgiveness isn’t a feeling; it’s a deliberate choice to change your mindset […]

How to Forgive Someone Who Broke Your Heart

Thoughtful Sympathy Gifts for the Loss of a Mother

This collection of lovely, thoughtful sympathy gift ideas to honor the loss of a mother will help you express your support and compassion to a friend, coworker, or loved one. The Willow Tree Forget Me Not is a lovely sympathy gift for a coworker or friend – all the Willow Tree figurines are so beautiful. They speak in quiet ways to heal, […]

Sympathy Gifts for the Loss of a Mother

How to Ask for What You Need in Your Relationships

These five steps will help you ask for what you need in your relationships. If you haven’t learned how to ask your partner, family member, boss, or neighbor for what you need, you’ll never feel confident and peaceful with the people in your life. After considering all the comments in 8 Signs He Doesn’t Love You the Way You Need to […]

How to Ask for What You Need in Your Relationships