Family Articles

Did My Fathers Absence Affect My Development?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Friday, August 22nd, 2014
My parents split up when I was ten years old. They got divorced legally when I was fifteen years old. From the ages of ten to fifteen I lived with my mother and I only briefly saw my father three times that I can remember. What ...

Are My Son’s Tantrums Normal?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Thursday, August 21st, 2014
From the U.S.: Sometimes my son mid-tantrum will transform into a very scary calm obsequious mode. Should he be looked at? Usually my son will throw tantrums that we feel are normal for a 5 year old. But once in a while, I think when ...

Never Feeling Love Enough

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
I have a constant need for love that is never satisfied. I ask for hugs and physical contact and attention constantly, even though I have a strong and loving environment. I feel as though I have an empty hole in my stomach that can only ...

Is It a Bad Thing to Leave Everything Behind?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
I'm 20 & I have kinda been thinking about getting up and leaving everything behind. I don't really have much obligations. I just feel like for whatever reason I didn't have a good running start at life & I should just leave this life, friends, ...

I Hate My Boyfriend’s Daughter

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
From the U.S. My boyfriend and I started dating over 3 years ago. He is 29 with an 8 year old daughter. I'm 25. She was 5 when we first met and we got along great. About a year and a half into our relationship ...

My 3-Year-Old Stepson Randomly Bursts into Tears

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, August 18th, 2014
From the U.S.: My three year old stepson will burst into tears at random moments. He says he can't help it, and when we ask him what's wrong he says nothing. When we ask if he is happy or sad or mad or scared, he ...

My Adult Kids Insist on Having Dogs that Make Me Sick

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, August 15th, 2014
From the U.S.: I have severe asthma to dogs--no breeds are possible. My children grew up knowing this, my daughter has witnessed an anaphylactic episode that I had once. My ex-husband has history of downplaying this problem, has problems with true empathy or sympathy (possible ...

Worried that My Sister May Not Survive the Stress

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
I am desperately trying to help my sister, whose life is out of control with no way out that she can see. I fear for her mental and physical health. First, she is in a terrible marriage but her husband has health issues ...

Step-Dad’s Boundaries Aren’t Okay

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014
From the U.S: I'm a little curious. I'm 17. I have this step-dad who seems to be rather fond of me but I cannot tell if this is normal or not. Anyway, here's the gist of it, once or twice, he asked me if I'll ...

Abusive Mother

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014
I am coming to this page because I have nowhere else to turn. My whole life my mother has been very impatient, belittling, and narcissistic. As a child, I thought her actions were normal but the older I got, the more aware I became of ...

Recurring Deaths

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Monday, August 11th, 2014
I'm a 23 year old woman who has recently been thrown into a huge amount of responsibility due to the death of my father-and roughly a week later, the death of my mother. In Summer of 2013 my father was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer ...

Mother Causing Money Stress

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Saturday, August 9th, 2014
My mother has been talking bad about me to family members because I sent my son on vacation with two-hundred dollars. He receives income from his deceased father, and she thinks the child should receive half each month. She said he will resent me later. ...