1. Dealing with In-Laws

    Q: My in-laws just stayed with us for several days over the holidays. Truth be told I don’t like them very much. My father-in-law seems a bit full of himself and my mother-in-law can be very controlling and critical of me, my housekeeping, and my parenting. Now they want us to come down to their vacation home in Florida over spring break. We just saw them!  My mother-in-law is already dogging m…Read More

  2. Rediscovering your holiday spirit

    Question: I’m having a hard time getting into the holiday spirit. Every year I’m so stressed. I seem to do all the shopping for my own family, and my husband’s family; as well as most of our kids gifts as well. Then there’s all the teachers gifts, the white elephant event at work. The cookie exchanges. The holiday parties. Do I need to get something for the mailman, the cleaning ladies, an…Read More

  3. Thanksgiving plans with girlfriend verses parents

    Question: Our son Jack is a freshman at the University of Chicago. He’s our only child and we are very proud of him. He seems to be adjusting well to college. In fact, so well that he already has a girlfriend! Unfortunately he just texted his dad and I that he plans to go to her house for Thanksgiving. We are so disappointed. Thanksgiving would have been our first chance to see him again since h…Read More

  4. IBS and Dating

    Question: I’m single and dating, and I have IBS. I think telling a new guy is a third date topic. It’s embarrassing and it’s not “sexy,” so I like to put it off as long as possible. The problem is, it’s hard negotiating restaurant choices and choosing items that meet my dietary restrictions without sharing my condition before I’m ready. Him: “Want to try a piece of my [dairy and gl…Read More

  5. College Student Living at Home for the Summer

    Q: I’m a college student living at home for the summer, and I’m starting to get annoyed with my parents. Even though I lived independently on campus, they’re enforcing rules that I had to follow as a high schooler. I understand that they want to keep me safe; so they limit my ability to hang out with friends at night or don’t let me have girls over but it feels like I’m losing the freedo…Read More

  6. Playdate Gone Wrong

    Originally published in our Laudable Life advice column in the Lakelands Leader Q: Last week my daughter and I had the worst playdate ever! She’s two and a half and an only child. She likes other children but sometime she can get anxious or shy around them and sometimes she has trouble sharing. Probably all very normal for kids this age. We’re trying to help her by scheduling more play dates. …Read More

  7. Conflict Over Choosing A College

    Originally published in our Laudable Life advice column in the Lakelands Leader Q: I'm a first generation Asian-American and I have my heart set on going to a school in Hawaii. We can easily afford it; but my father is uncomfortable with this and is threatening to withhold financial support to stop me from going. What should I do? A: Oh no.  We’re sorry to hear that. Tension with parents over c…Read More

  8. Wife Posting On Social Media

    Originally published in our Laudable Life advice column in the Lakelands Leader Q: My wife is constantly posting about our relationship on social media. Everything we do together ends up on Facebook or Instagram. I feel like I'm losing my privacy, and I'm uncomfortable with so much of our lives being online. How do I tell her I want her to stop, or at least cut back on her posts about our relation…Read More

  9. Needing Privacy From Your Spouse

    Originally published in our Laudable Life advice column in the Lakelands Leader Q: I am a stay at home housewife. My husband recently started working from home and is now with me all the time. I feel like I lost my sense of privacy, the ability to have my own free time alone, and my husband is driving me crazy! What should I do? A: Sometimes feeling intruded upon or cramped when a spouse retires o…Read More

  10. Five Signs Someone May Be Lying To You

    Originally published in our Laudable Life advice column in the Lakelands Leader We’ve had a lot of questions about deception lately and how to tell when someone is being dishonest.  Here are a few strategies professionals use to tell fact from fiction. First, let’s look at body language and facial expressions. When someone is lying they may shift their weight causing a rocking motion or pace.…Read More