Family and Friends


What to Buy Your Boyfriend’s Mom and Dad – 20 Gift Ideas

Don’t stress about finding the perfect gift for your boyfriend’s mom and dad! Trust your intuition; it’s the gift that keeps on giving. If you listen, that is 🙂 This list of gifts, ideas, and tips will help you find the perfect gift for any occasion – whether it’s your boyfriend’s mom’s birthday, his dad’s retirement, or their 40th wedding anniversary. […]

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Sympathy Gifts for the Loss of a Mother

Heartwarming Sympathy Gifts for Someone Whose Mom Died

This collection of sympathy gifts and ideas will honor and support your friend after the loss of a mother. It can be hard to know what to say to someone whose mom died – besides simply “I’m sorry you lost your mother.” Remember, though, that your simple heartfelt wishes and condolences mean more than you think. I love the idea […]


Sympathy Gifts to Say You’re Sorry After a Family Death

These sympathy gifts and ideas will help you say “I’m sorry for your loss” after someone dies. Whether it’s a sudden death in the family or an expected death due to an illness, all losses are shocking. We know we’ll grieve a family member’s death, but we’re often unprepared for the depth of the pain and shock. If you feel […]

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How to Help Your Mom Leave an Abusive Relationship

How to Help Your Mom Leave an Abusive Relationship

Here are the 7 most important things to remember when you’re searching for advice on how to help your mother leave an abusive relationship. I was inspired to write this article for a teenager who asked for help getting out of a bad relationship when you have nowhere to turn. “I am 16 and trying to help my mother get […]


How to Deal With Regret After Someone You Love Dies

The grieving process hurts worse when you regret things you said or did while your loved one was alive, doesn’t it? You have no way to apologize or make amends. And you can’t change how you acted in the past. These ideas for dealing with regret after someone you love dies are inspired by a book I’m reading about living […]

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When You Miss Your Dad – Help and Hope for Fatherless Daughters

Father’s Day or not – life is no good when you’re missing your dad or growing up without a father, is it? I know, because I’m one of those fatherless daughters who was raised by a single mother. I didn’t even think I was missing my dad because I never knew him! I didn’t meet him until I was 29 years […]


5 Ways to Find Peace in a Difficult Mother-Daughter Relationship

While researching my book Blossoming After Loss, I discovered several healthy approaches to difficult mother-daughter relationships. They’re refreshing and healing – and they may help you navigate your interactions with your mom. These tips for finding peace in a difficult mother-daughter relationship are inspired by Naomi’s strong connection to her mother-in-law, Ruth. “Their [Naomi and Ruth’s] unconventional relationship allows us […]

Find Peace in a Difficult Mother-Daughter Relationship

How to Survive Abusive Parents When You Can’t Move Out

9 Ways to Survive Abusive Parents When You Can’t Leave Home

When you’re a child or underage teenager, you can’t just leave home if your mom or dad is abusing you. These tips on how to survive abusive parents when you can’t move out of your family home are inspired by a reader who said… “You gave words of wisdom for adults whose parents try to control them,” says Ruben on 7 Tips […]