Tag: motherhood

My Intolerant Friend Who Hates Children

Published: October 31, 2021 | Last Updated: October 31, 2021 By | 53 Replies Continue Reading
My Intolerant Friend Who Hates Children

When you have a friend who hates children and is intolerant of your life decisions, it can be tough to sustain a friendship.

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Reader Wisdom: Becoming a mother and losing friends

Published: July 10, 2014 | Last Updated: July 10, 2014 By | 6 Replies Continue Reading

Is losing friends part and parcel of being a new mom? A single mom?

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Can parents be friends if the kids don’t get along?

Published: September 12, 2011 | Last Updated: September 12, 2011 By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

Problems with kids’ friendships often spill over to their parents   QUESTION Dear Irene, My son and another couple’s son don’t get along. The other kid has some issues and has tried to hurt my son either verbally or physically several times over the past few years (put his hands around his neck a few […]

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Motherhood: The Shifting Sands of Friendship

Published: April 9, 2010 | Last Updated: April 9, 2010 By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Irene, Jordan and I have been best friends since our first day of college 20 years ago. Over the years, we both married (me=happily, her=constantly teetering on the edge of divorce) and had children. I had my children several years before she did, and she was always incredibly supportive and understanding of my new […]

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Friendship by the Book: Cancer is a Bitch

Published: January 14, 2009 | Last Updated: July 23, 2020 By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

“I’m part of a club I didn’t mean to join,” writes Gail Konop Baker, author of Cancer is a Bitch: Or, I’d Rather Be Having a Midlife Crisis (Da Capo, 2008). Baker, a mother of three and wife of a doctor, was a self-professed health nut. She ran marathons, practiced yoga, ate organic foods, and […]

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Friendship by the Book: An Interview with the Author of Time of My Life

Published: October 4, 2008 | Last Updated: July 5, 2020 By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

Time of My Life is Allison Winn Scotch’s second novel. It tells the story of Jillian, a thirty-something, married, suburban mother who suddenly sees her life playing out a different way than it did seven years ago,

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Reader Q & A: Avoiding entanglements after a break up

Published: August 8, 2008 | Last Updated: August 8, 2008 By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

Dear Irene,   I have a long time friend who was a single mother just like me when we first met ten years ago. I knew she was a headstrong and opinionated early on and accepted that. However, I’ve always worried a bit about her. She had a traumatic childhood; she was adopted after her […]

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Motherhood is a friendship-killer

Published: May 8, 2008 | Last Updated: May 8, 2008 By | 8 Replies Continue Reading

Mother’s Day celebrates motherhood—as well as children, flowers, candy, and greeting cards. But there’s a seedy side to everything—and motherhood is a known friendship-killer. Motherhood challenges female friendships for a variety of reasons: • You are a mother, and your BFF isn’t one and wants to be one. Her fertility problems are making her extremely […]

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Are romantic relationships, marriage, and motherhood “friendship killers”?

Published: May 14, 2007 | Last Updated: June 7, 2007 By | Reply Continue Reading

    They can be. Here are several possible scenarios that can set the stage for fractured friendships. Your best friend is single and sparks are flying between you and a new guy who promises to be a keeper. You used to spend many hours each week doing girl things together with your friend, commiserating […]

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