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New blood

New blood

One by one now, starting with Monsour del Rosario, representing Makati, where he served as councilor.

Healing takes time

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Our newborn son died about two years ago. He would have been our first boy. When it happened, I suffered a breakdown, and my husband was supportive through that time. He never felt the need to go to personal therapy with me. But now that I’m doing better, he’s not. Grief seems to be making him, at different times, both depressed and angry. He doesn’t want to seek any advice, and he doesn’t want my help. What can I do?

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There is a definite pattern in his unemployment. At first, the new job is wonderful, the people are nice, and the work is exciting. After a few months, trouble begins – invariably with his supervisor. What follows is either a dismissal or a search for the next “dream job,” where, of course, the cycle repeats again.

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My teenage daughter is driving me mad. She has met this 23-year-old loser, and there is no reasoning with her. This guy that she has known for three months has no job, undergraduate, and easy-go-lucky. He was also in jail for days because of a fight with some kids their age. It happened when my daughter was with her. Now that this person is out of jail, he claims to has changed his ways. All through her life my daughter has not given me any trouble and has been honest. Since she met him. Even her friends don’t like this guy, but no one can reason with her. This is also her first boyfriend. I’m at my wits end and see her going in the wrong direction with this guy.

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My husband started smoking a couple of years ago. He stopped when I’ve begged him to give it up. At present however, he is smoking again. Aside from the fact that it’s bad for his health, it’s also bad for our relationship. We don’t have as much intimacy because I’m turned off by the smell of cigarette breath. But more important, I can’t get past feeling hurt that he won’t give up something that bothers me so much. I’m beginning to think that his smoking is proof that he loves himself more than me and the kids. What can I do to address this issue?

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My husband and I have been married almost three years, and we have a 17-month-old daughter. We live in the same subdivision as my husband’s mother. The thing is, she isn’t nice to me. Because our relationship is strained, my daughter is also not close to her grandma. However, my husband is always defending her. I need advice about how to handle this situation, because it is starting to drive a wedge between me and my husband.

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