We are a struggling blended family. My husband has three children (ages 7, 12, 17) from a previous marriage. Their mother's home is focused on the easiest way of parenting. She allows unlimited electronics, showers the kids with presents, and does not discipline effectively at all. It's obvious she wants to be the kids' friend. We are the opposite on all counts. The problem is that the kids oppose us every step of the way and only come over to see us because they have to. When the kids are with us, we deal with extreme behavior problems, entitlement, and disrespect. My husband and I are on the same page, but we are reluctant to implement and enforce disciplinary structure because nothing we do is supported by the mother. We want to do what is best and what will hopefully be accepted by the children (even if only in the long run). Is it possible for this to work when the parent with primary custody is not likely to ever see the light and cooperate with us?
As the years of Mama's life grew long into the shadows of age, she managed to squeeze every bit of good out of growing old. She used it to get both what she wanted and to shun that which she did not want.
Once upon a time there lived a young Zuni girl named Liseli. She was one of the most beautiful girls in all of New Mexico, but she was terribly poor and all alone in this world. No one paid attention to her or recognized her inner or outward beauty. She was always dressed in tattered clothes, her face streaked with sweat and dirt as she worked day and night herding turkeys.
DEAR ABBY: I am 54. My daughter is 25 and married with two kids. Her dad and I have been divorced for almost 10 years. Three years ago, I met a wonderful man. After dating for about a year, we were married. It's been heavenly; I love my life.
When Pastor Eric Camp, his wife Toni, and about 20 other Christians organized Oasis Church in March 2009 they prayed for the people of the Coast and their fledgling group. Today, they are still praying for and serving the people of the Coast.
DEAR ABBY: I'm 17 and dating this older guy. Everyone is afraid that one day I'll just disappear, but he isn't like that. I know him from when I was younger, and my dad and his dad were really close. People just don't trust me, even though I have told them nothing but the full truth from the start. I'm happy. What should I do? -- MISUNDERSTOOD IN MASSACHUSETTS
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