family relationships


How to Keep Going – Even When You Want to Give Up

Giving up isn’t really what you want to do – but the problem is you just don’t know how to keep going. Take heart, for here you’ll find the strength, courage, and hope you need to fight those “I want to give up” feelings. My first teaching job was in Africa, at an American school for missionaries’ and ex-pats’ kids. […]

How to Keep Going When You Want to Give Up

fatherless daughters missing my dad

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 […]


How to Be Happy When You’re the Black Sheep of the Family

Are you an introvert surrounded by extroverted family members? Then you’re the “black sheep of the family”! Here’s how to be happy when you’re the only introvert in a tribe of people with extroverted personality traits. On our She Blossoms Facebook Group, I asked if our members had more introverted than extroverted personality traits. The consensus was definitely introversion. Then, […]

How to Be Happy When You’re the Black Sheep of the Family

Find Peace in a Difficult Mother-Daughter Relationship

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 […]


How to Tell Someone You Were Sexually Abused as a Child

You need to tell someone that you survived rape or sexual abuse, but how? Here’s how to say the words “I was sexually abused as a child” or “My uncle or brother or father molested me.” It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it. You are a survivor; you will find healing and strength if you learn how […]

How to Tell Someone You Were Raped or Sexually Abused as a Child

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 […]


10 Ways to Solve the Most Difficult Mother-in-Law Problems

Do you feel like your mother-in-law (MIL) hates you? Or maybe it’s the other way around! Here’s what you need to know about dealing with a critical mother-in-law, plus the best ways to solve difficult problems with your in-laws. “I have been married for over 25 years and have had many ups and downs with my mother-in-law,” says Ginger on […]

how to deal with Difficult Mother-in-Law Problems