My wife chooses her daughter over me
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- 15 Things Wives Should Stop Doing
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- My son’s wife has isolated him from our family. What do I do?
- How Husband Feels When Wife Puts Children Ahead of Him
- Who Comes First In Your Marriage?
- Why You Shouldn’t Love Your Kids More Than Your Partner
- Dear Therapist: I’m Considering Leaving My Wife for My Co-worker
- Why Children Come First in a Blended Family
15 Things Wives Should Stop Doing
The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. This article was published more than 3 years ago. Some information in it may no longer be current. Before my son met and married Jasmine, our family was close and loving. Of course, we had the odd disagreement, from which we quickly recovered. We have two other adult children and daughters-in-law and no difficulty there.
Over the past 10 years, Jasmine has gradually isolated our son from us and his friends, to the point where we are all but estranged and he has no one except her. It's incredibly painful, especially now that they have children. Since she has "blacklisted" her own family, too, our grandchildren may grow up not knowing any grandparents or extended families. We aren't perfect, but wrack our brains trying to understand what we could have done so wrong. We know that Jasmine suffers from anxiety and self-esteem problems.
Anything we do to try to remedy the situation, such as sitting down for a heart-to-heart talk, makes it worse. Friends say we should tell him what we really think they think he's being severely controlled ; others say we should just take any opportunity to make any kind of contact.
Please help us. We are very upset and distressed and don't want to make things worse. I'm not surprised you're distressed and upset.
That is a truly distressing and upsetting situation. Before getting into the nuts and bolts of what I think you should do, I'd like to say a couple of things:. First, simply to lament the fact grandparents don't have more rights in the access-to-grandkids department. And it does seem to happen a fair amount: After divorce, disaster, estrangement from the parents, the grandparents find themselves denied access to the offspring of their offspring.
But I think it stinks. And if it were up to me, they'd be able to sue for access to grandkids. Technically, they can: What happens when they do varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction — Quebec, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan all have a grandparent's rights legislation — but suffice to say the parents tend to hold all the cards and the grandparents lose unless it's some kind of extreme situation of abuse or neglect etc.
I mean, after all the years you put in raising your son, all the love and sleepless nights, the blood and sweat and tears not to mention the rancid, revolting poo in his stinking, steaming diapers , this Jasmine character comes sashaying along, no offense, and suddenly, you can't see him or your grandchildren.
And why would anyone want to deny grandparents access? Just on a practical level, my parents were invaluable in terms of babysitting, helping fund their educations and so forth. Grandparents impart wisdom, cash and can teach life skills the parents might not have. Just as awful, I'd think: being denied access to your own son. It's one of my wife's biggest fears. Like you, we have three boys, all despite being teenagers sweet, kind, gentle souls, so much so we worry they will one day be taken in hand by strong-willed women and turned into their — I'm reaching for a prison slang term here but since it's a family-friendly paper let's say "personal butlers.
As to what you should do … I have to say I don't quite agree with either of your groups of friends. To those who say, "Tell him what [you] really think [that he's being severely controlled]," I would say: "But follow your own logic: If he is indeed being severely controlled, would he not then be likely to turn around and report that selfsame conversation to his wife — thus inflaming the situation further? I certainly understand the urge to tell your son to grow a pair, remember who raised him I know I'd be tempted myself and that he owes you, but I could also see that blowing up in your face.
To the friends who say simply seize every opportunity you can to obtain any scrap of contact with him, I'd say: You're on the right track, but I'd take it one step further. My own tack would be a killing-them-with-kindness-type approach. Invite them to things. Write them positive, friendly e-mails with no thought of reply. Send them little presents, even. I know it might seem counterintuitive. But pure, unalloyed, lighthearted kindness has a way of wearing down even the crabbiest, most misanthropic and eremitic of souls.
I've seen it happen. Above all, be patient. Eventually your son may tire on his own of his cloistered little world, of being a prisoner in his own home and decide he would like to see — and for his children to see — friends and extended family after all. At which point, if I know parents, you will welcome your prodigal son back into the fold with open arms.
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Secret to a Happy Marriage: Put Your Spouse First
My husband and I have been married a little over a year. Until recently everything has been wonderful. I thought I was the most important thing in his life but it has become clear to me that his loyalties lie with his children from his first wife.
Fights literally break out between my young son and daughter over who gets to sit on my side of restaurant booths, accompany me on errands or snuggle closest during story time. In fact, I often feel nothing but irritated when I end up in the middle of one of their ever-escalating tug of wars. I never considered how my husband might view his sometime silver-medal status. It turns out, not so great.
My son’s wife has isolated him from our family. What do I do?
The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. This article was published more than 3 years ago. Some information in it may no longer be current. Before my son met and married Jasmine, our family was close and loving. Of course, we had the odd disagreement, from which we quickly recovered. We have two other adult children and daughters-in-law and no difficulty there. Over the past 10 years, Jasmine has gradually isolated our son from us and his friends, to the point where we are all but estranged and he has no one except her. It's incredibly painful, especially now that they have children. Since she has "blacklisted" her own family, too, our grandchildren may grow up not knowing any grandparents or extended families.
How Husband Feels When Wife Puts Children Ahead of Him
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Who Comes First In Your Marriage?
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Why You Shouldn’t Love Your Kids More Than Your Partner
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Dear Therapist: I’m Considering Leaving My Wife for My Co-worker
Like staying up until 1 a. Or driving 40 miles to deliver a single soccer cleat. But one of the weirdest things parents do is love their children more than their partners.
Why Children Come First in a Blended Family
But many psychologists and relationship experts push back on that idea, arguing that your spouse should come before your children. The question of who should come first is further complicated for religious couples, who also have to figure out where God fits into the hierarchy. But it happens a lot regardless.
You married for love. You married forever. But you never expected your marriage would involve having to choose between your new spouse an But you never expected your marriage would involve having to choose between your new spouse and your children.
How does it make a man feel when his wife puts their children ahead of him? We posed that question to a group of men. Their most common answers are listed below:. Most replied that they felt a deep lack of respect from not only their wives, but from their children. Most men, unlike most women, associate love with actions instead of with feelings. When a woman places her children above her husband, her actions say to him that she loves the children more than she loves him.