Tag: daughter

Can parents be substitute friends?

Published: November 11, 2011 | Last Updated: November 11, 2011 By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

Parents can’t replace teen friendships but they can help fill lonely hours   QUESTION Hello Irene,  Over the years my daughter has struggled with social issues and having friends. Like many of the stories I read, our daughter is beautiful, athletic, top grades, straight (no drinking or smoking), good at conversations etc. etc.  Yet, her […]

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A grown woman feels guilty she can’t be her mom’s best friend

Published: July 11, 2011 | Last Updated: July 11, 2011 By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

Sometimes we have to come to terms with an imperfect mother and set boundaries to maintain a reasonable relationship.   QUESTION Hi Irene, My mom and I have had a very complicated relationship. Even before my parents had an awful divorce 14 years ago (and they still can’t attend any events together), we butted heads. […]

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Moving on after a breakup

Published: November 26, 2009 | Last Updated: November 26, 2009 By | Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Hi Irene, I have been reading the questions and answers on your website and finding them very helpful. I thought I would write and ask my own question. I have a friend with whom I’m currently going through a break up.   For a year or so, she’s either ignored me or shut me […]

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A final friendship disappointment

Published: November 16, 2009 | Last Updated: November 16, 2009 By | Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, My friend has been going through marriage problems ever since I’ve known her (13 years now). I have been there for her when she needed someone to talk to. When the problems got too big to deal with, I suggested counseling since I didn’t want their marriage problems to affect the friendship […]

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