…on Being a Stepparent

NOTE.  This is one of a series of requested letters that is posted under “Form Letters” for those of you who would like an idea or a template for a letter of your own. Dear Son-to-Be: I’ve thought a lot about your upcoming marriage into our family.  I know that it isn’t my responsibility to […]

…on Losing My Relationship with My Daughter

NOTE.  This is one of a series of requested letters that will be posted under “Form Letters” for those of you who would like an idea or a template for a letter of your own.) Dear Daughter. Please tell me what I have done.  You say there is nothing and I know it isn’t true. […]

…on Being Abused

I recently witnessed a troubling exchange in the grocery store.  I didn’t handle it well.  And I don’t know how I could have done it better.  It was troubling. Dear Abused: I hope I didn’t make your situation worse.  It was such a shock to hear a man’s voice yelling, “SHUT UP!” so near me.  […]

…on Taking a Breather from Difficulties

NOTE.  This is one of a series of requested letters that will be posted under “Form Letters” for those of you who would like an idea or a template for a letter of your own.) Dear Son, It’s hard for me to comprehend how things went so terribly wrong. I am  confused about your behavior.  […]

…on Meeting Halfway

(NOTE.  This is one of a series of requested letters that will be posted under “Form Letters” for those of you who would like an idea or a template for a letter of your own.) Dear Daughter, I am wondering what has gone wrong between us.  We see things very differently.  I feel as if […]

…on Disagreeing with a Grown Child

(NOTE:  This is a re-post due to popular demand. This is one of a series of requested letters that will be posted under “Form Letters” for those of you who would like an idea or a template for a letter of your own. ) Dear Son/Daughter: This is a strange subject for us, isn’t it.  […]

…on working together for the children

(NOTE:  This is one of a series of requested letters that will be posted under “Form Letters”,  for those of you who would like an idea or a template for a letter of your own.) Dear Ex: I need your help.  I am hopeful that we can cooperate and continue to do what is best […]

…on dealing with grandchildren in a divorce

(NOTE:  This is one of a series of letters posted under “Form Letters” for those of you who would like an idea or a beginning for a letter of your own.) Dear Son, I’m not sure why you were so upset over me spending time with your ex-wife when I made the transfer with your […]

…on Reaching Toward Family Harmony

NOTE.  This is one of a series of requested letters that will be posted under “Form Letters” for those of you who would like an idea or a template for a letter of your own. “A family in harmony will prosper in everything” Chinese Proverb …and a family at odds radiates pain in widening circles. […]

Sometimes friends are not forever.

Dear Granddaughter. I am so sure that you are fine.  Fine as in okay.  Fine as in cool.  Fine as in beautiful. And fine as in a truly good person. If I hadn’t just spent so much time with you I might not be so sure.  But this I know in my heart… You have […]