How do I approach a difficult family conversation?

I know a family who is trying to build a collective effort in caring for one of their family members, an elderly person suffering from dementia. As the elderly person is unmarried and childless, it is one of her nephews who is trying to organise an extended family meeting to discuss caregiving plans for her,Continue reading “How do I approach a difficult family conversation?”

Our family has never been the type to say ‘I love you’ or to show physical affection. Now that my child is turning into a teenager, our relationship feels cold and distant. What should I do?

Know that there are many ways to show love and concern. While it is perfectly fine not to physically express your affection, it is not OK if you only keep all the love in your heart. Love and concern for someone needs to be expressed outwardly in some way, in order for the person toContinue reading “Our family has never been the type to say ‘I love you’ or to show physical affection. Now that my child is turning into a teenager, our relationship feels cold and distant. What should I do?”

I don’t know what I can do or say to somebody who has just experienced the loss of a loved one?

A friend asked this question when she found out that an ex-classmate’s spouse had died from an unfortunate accident at home. Know that people show their grief in different ways. How much they show it does not necessarily equate to their level of grief or sorrow. You would not want to make a faux pasContinue reading “I don’t know what I can do or say to somebody who has just experienced the loss of a loved one?”

How to make my child happier?

I was chatting with someone who lamented sadly to me one day, “I asked my son to rate his happiness on a scale of 1 to 10, and he said 4. Reasons were – always getting scolded, coping with school is so hard… And I just felt that childhood should not be one big, longContinue reading “How to make my child happier?”