How do you stop being a “control freak” who wants everything to be perfect? First, be kind to yourself. You’re trying to control people because you love them and want the best for them—and that’s good! There’s nothing wrong with wanting the best for your partner, family, friends and coworkers.
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You’re in “survival mode” when your family is dealing with a health, financial or relationship crisis. These easy ways to get through hard times will help you and your family cope with the most painful, difficult seasons in life.
No matter how unhealthy or even abusive your family is, your heart sinks when you realize you can’t go home. Your family is part of who you are. Nothing will ever change the impact that your home, home, and childhood had on your life.
When you’re preparing to meet an estranged family member, you need a healthy shot of “whatever will be, will be.” Have no expectations, no demands. The lighter and free-er you can keep your meeting, the easier it’ll be to reconnect with an estranged family member. Meeting long-lost relatives is as stressful as you make it — so don’t make it harder than it needs to be!
Maybe you feel forced to stay in an unhealthy relationship, unhappy marriage, boring job or broken home. Maybe you can’t leave because you don’t have money, support, strength or willpower. Maybe you feel too guilty to leave, or you’re responsible to take care of your family.
Finding the perfect gift for your boyfriend’s parents can be stressful – unless you shop with a light-hearted, joyful attitude. This list of gifts to buy his mom and dad will give you lots of ideas and options.
Hagar was Sarah and Abraham’s Egyptian servant in the Bible. Hagar was also a single mom. And she’s my second favorite woman in my book Growing Forward When You Can’t Go Back. I grew up with a single mom, and I didn’t meet my dad until… Read More »Digging Deeper With Hagar – Growing Forward
Disappointing your mom and dad is the hardest part of growing up – even for grown adults! I’m over 40, and I recently disappointed my mom by deciding to spend my Christmas holidays volunteering at a camp for adults with developmental disabilities. “I dreaded telling… Read More »How to Deal With Your Mom’s Disappointment