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I feel like my daughter is making all the wrong decisions and I don’t know how to help her.

My husband and I are in need of help in regards to our daughter. She is 18 and has moved out with her partner. We allowed her partner to move in with us at first, she stayed for over a … Continue reading

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Is there anything I can do to help my sister escape her abusive relationship?

My sister is in an emotionally abusive relationship. He is also unfaithful. After she married him I slowly watched her cut all ties with her friends and then she started to cut ties with the family. She refuses to see … Continue reading

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How can we set common ground rules for my stepdaughter when she is with us only 50% of the time?

My 13-year-old stepdaughter lives at our home 50% of the time. We have had many issues with unusual behaviours that seem to be getting better, and that we think are the result of different rules and expectations at each home. … Continue reading

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My son is impossible to deal with since his baby sister arrived.

I have a five-year-old son, and a two-and-a-half-month-old baby girl. My son has been the centre of attention for five years and we have tried to prepare him for having a baby in the house. He was excited to have … Continue reading

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200th Ask Dr. Pat Blog! – A thought on Eating Together

Eating as a Family People often ask how they can maintain a strong relationship with kids throughout their lives, perhaps especially during the difficult teenage years. There is no magic answer, no golden rule, all families have a different dynamic. … Continue reading

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I know Christmas should be a happy time but it fills me with dread.

I know I should be looking forward to Christmas with my husband and children. My son (age 1) and daughter (age 4) are very excited about Christmas but I just think of Christmas with dread. I had a difficult childhood … Continue reading

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How can I fix my relationship with my mother-in-law?

My mother-in-law has made my life really difficult, she has spread lies and rumours about me to the extent that now, when neighbours and  relatives see me, they look at me in a different way. Recently my sister-in-law was talking to one … Continue reading

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What is the most important consideration when naming guardians in your will?

I have a dilemma, we have a four-year-old and are expecting baby #2 in September. The other night I brought up the subject of who should raise/take care of our children should we pass away while they are still very … Continue reading

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My sister is in an abusive marriage, how can I help her?

My sister has a four-year-old daughter and is in a bad marriage. Her husband appears perfectly respectable but he isn’t. I don’t think he actually physically abuses her but there is mental abuse. He is a crude bully and puts … Continue reading

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My son is upset because, having separated from his father, I want to take back my family name.

After 4 years of being legally separated, I’ve decided to take back my family name. I have two sons 9 and 7. Their Dad and I are active, effective parents who work well together to ensure the kids are OK. … Continue reading

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