Dear Aviva, I am hosting my three married kids and their families for the first days of Pesach. My youngest son’s wife is a very difficult person. She is very clingy to my son. When we are gathered around the table, she monopolizes the conversation and if someone asks my son a question she answers
Dear Aviva, My sister is going through a very messy divorce right now. She has a handful of kids and turns to me a lot for support. She comes to us nearly every Shabbos, and needs to talk on the phone at least once a day. I am really sad about what she’s going through
Dear Aviva, I read your article about singles living at home a few weeks ago and it really struck a nerve. I was wondering, do you think it’s possible for a parent to want to keep an adult child single? I am 24 and still living at home. The older I get, the harder it
Dear Aviva, I’m very worried about my husband. Unfortunately, my mother-in-law was diagnosed with a degenerative terminal illness a few months ago. Obviously this is a very difficult thing, and everybody responds to this sort of thing differently, but I am worried because my husband seems to be in denial about what’s going on. He
Finding one’s spouse can be a daunting process, but for the Riesels it was nothing short of miraculous. They had G-d guiding them with NCSY unwittingly acting as their matchmaker. Because Heshy Riesel grew in up in a Hasidic household and Rochelle Cohen grew up in a non-observant home, there weren’t many chances for them to meet. If anything, they were
Dear Aviva, I keep hearing marriage lectures that say texting your spouse throughout the day is not good because it will make you run out of things to say when you see each other, or otherwise lead to misunderstanding. What’s your opinion? — In Love and Texting Dear In Love and Texting, The only time you
Dear Aviva, How do you know when it’s time to get divorced? -Just Curious Dear Just Curious, Way to put the marriage therapist on the spot here, huh? Well, thank you for turning to me. I’ll give it my best shot: All couples have problems, and most of them are unresolvable. In happily marrieds, the
Dear Aviva, I really need help. I was set up with a guy last year and we dated for two months. We clicked really well, and then he suddenly ended it. I was crushed. I have been doing my best to get over him, but I find myself checking up on him all the time.
You’re a young parent or an old parent, and you’re passionate about raising your children in the best possible way. You’ve attended parenting classes, read books, and have been conscientious about being a good mom or dad. There’s one key ingredient that you might have forgotten, and that’s the relationship with the one who helped
The Mishna tells us, “in a place where there is no man, strive to be a man” (Avos 2:6). Sadly, not every marriage turns out to be a fairy-tale romance.