Tip of the Day Archive
When a loved one’s life is failing, deal with only essential chores, at the least cost and worry, and let the authorities handle negative comments/threats.
Don’t bring (almost) strangers to your place when alcohol or substance use fogs your awareness.
Regret your bad behaviour? Apologize, but accept that the relationship’s over.
To love deeply requires being able to forgive. That’s when trust can return.
When you can’t discuss a partner’s decision, that’s a serious red flag.
Rejection’s tough to take, but sudden breakups can happen for reasons having little to do with you.
Having friends with different sexual identities doesn’t change the social norms for respecting each other’s families.
Children/youth whose self-identity and anxieties are in a turbulent state, need informed parents determinedly seeking medical and psychological support for them.
Do the work of trying to grow your relationship through professional help, instead of letting toxic interference destroy your marriage.
A deeply-upset, distanced adolescent needs gentle outreach and ongoing counselling, to discover her hurts/fears and start to re-connect.
Talk to a sibling about perceived problems before moving to intervene directly in his/her relationship.
Over-scheduled, stress-inducing lifestyles can lead to making regrettable “escapist” mistakes.
Grandparents can be helpful to parents on early child-rearing but must show sensitivity and respect.
A good, secure parent-child relationship should be the goal of both divorced parents.
Can a mother-daughter relationship survive partnering in business? Get clear agreements ahead, then co-operate and compromise.
Moving on from a loved one’s loss takes time and your own permission to let grief rest.
Relationships can’t thrive on a one-way street.
The reasons for having a baby should be positive for both parents.
Fearing for a grandchild’s protection? Consult a counsellor, lawyer and/or children’s services.
“Sugar Daddies” and “Sugar Mommas” dating younger people for paid “companionship,” need to accept that it’s more business than personal.
Getting part-time care giving help for a dying loved one is crucial for maintaining your own energy/health necessary for supporting everyone involved.
“Break-up sex” is just that… a moment of contact, not a commitment, which would require renewed trust.
Deep disappointments hang on indefinitely if you close the door to trying a new approach.
Increased awareness of gender identity and diversity hopefully leads to more self-acceptance.
When someone has an ongoing food regime, due to a serious health issue, everyone involved would benefit from professional guidance.
When grief envelops a person close to you, reach out with every help possible.
Don’t take “Love at first sight” at face value alone. Be sure you know the character traits you want in a love partner.
Don’t mistake a mostly-text relationship for a close friendship if there’s only one-way needs and self-interest.
Dealing with uncaring and insensitive family? If explanations and peace making don’t work, walk away. You’ve already lost them.
If your partner’s “hobby” sidelines the marriage, you’re free to create your own lifestyle needs.
Parents: What you say socially and casually about your adult children’s choices, can come back to bite you.
Government and business must co-operate fully on protecting young people from legalized marijuana.
Parents need to seek information and counselling about strategies to re-direct their addicted video-gaming teens and young adults.
“Bad boys” are a losing bet for women who want a true partner.
For LGBTQ people who are apprehensive about coming out, an Internet search provides many websites that can be helpful.
Bringing a late-spouse’s ashes along on a sleepover date may send a silent message.
An adopted adult child whose birth parent wants contact, should take time to feel certain it’s the decision she/he wants.
When dating someone recently separated/divorced, avoid sending misleading signals about the future.
Only accept adult children moving back with parents, if they share some responsibilities.
New mates should stay out of small matters between a partner and his/her ex, regarding their adult children.
Admitting guilt for sexual abuse is essential for the victim. For the abuser, therapy may bring needed self-understanding.
Choosing a sperm donor requires knowing your own long-term priorities as a hopeful parent.
Alcohol can create behaviour problems for drinkers, at different levels of what’s “excessive” for them. They have to want to change their behaviour pattern.
Unrequited love tolerated too long becomes a stale burden instead of fulfillment.
Mental health issues require professional diagnosis, guidance, and family support.
Despite a difficult parent-child relationship, the maturing child can improve his/her own life.
When someone’s being controlled and isolated, offer support and help to plan a safe solution.
Tread only lightly and respectfully rather than interfering directly with an adult child’s serious romantic relationship.
During relationship difficulties, focus on your main problems, not small grievances with others.
“Catching up” with an ex sometimes gives misleading signals of renewed interest.