Not Losing Your Mind When Dealing With Challenging Family

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One problem I’ve personally struggled with lately is how to deal with difficult or dysfunctional family members. This is so challenging, because we don’t get to choose who our family members are. With friends, if a person turns out to be not who we thought they were, we can just distance ourselves from them or make the decision not to be friends with them. With relatives, it’s not as simple as that. So what to do when family is driving us crazy, disappoints us, or is just not someone we would choose to have in our lives if we were not related to them? How should we decide how to handle these situations? These are complicated questions with answers that are not simple. In my experience, I think it’s wise to consider a few issues when deciding what to do. Start with asking yourself the following questions:

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“But I Deserve It!” Dealing With Entitled Children

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We live in an age that fosters entitlement. Everything we want is right at our fingertips. There is no waiting necessary for most things. Want to know who the 24th president of the United States was? Looking for a good chicken recipe? Google it! Or forget even having to type it, we can just ask Siri. Want to know what your best friend across the country is up to? Just push your Facebook app and, voila, there you go, everything she’s been up to at your fingertips. I don’t even know the last time I watched a commercial. It’s even becoming difficult to wait a week to watch the next episode of our favorite TV show. Read more....