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Ask Dr. Tseday: February 1, 2009

SB from Moreno Valley, CA asks: When my mother comes over, she always has something to say about what I feed my kids, how I dress them, etc. I’m getting tired of her and her mouth. I don’t want her here anymore, but I’m thinking the kids will miss her. I’ve been reading your articles and I wanted to get your opinion on this.

Dr. Tseday responds: Parents usually do this kind of thing to continue being an important part of their adult children’s lives. If you wish to handle your mother, change your state of mind. Know this is what she does. Expect it. If you understand her and her need to do this, you’ll be able to ignore her much more easily. Make the comments just comments. Nothing more, nothing less.

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Dr. Tseday is a clinical psychologist and one of the country's leading experts in marriage, relationships, and self development. She advocates a unique and at times controversial approach to the dynamics of marriage and personal development, the necessary element for a successful relationship. Read more »

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