Dear Ashton: My friend is a single mom, and there are so many negative assumptions about her situation. People talk and judge her but don’t know the half of her story, and as a friend it truly bothers me. She doesn’t speak up or say anything and I’m usually the one having to help her deal with it. What can I do to defend her?
Dear Ashton: As a Christian, it is easy for me to put God first in my life, but after first place I struggle with second and third places… my spouse and my kids. My husband puts me before the kids, but I struggle with putting him before our kids. How do I keep the right order i.e. 1st – God, 2nd – Spouse, 3rd – kids?
— Mrs. Family Order
Dear Ashton: I can’t seem to talk to my teenage daughter anymore. It’s as if she resents me or has something against me. If I say anything to her it immediately becomes a VERY tense situation, and sometimes hurtful things are said. I don’t know what caused this, but we hardly talk, spend time together, and she seems to be very content with just letting our relationship die. I don’t get it, and it hurts me deeply. How can I find common ground with her to try to rebuild that loving mother-daughter relationship that we once had? I’m at a loss!
— Desperate Mother