Obviously you value your marriage and so I think it will be important for you to let your husband know that you love him and that you need his support in this relationship. Let him know that the two of you need to stand united even when it comes to his mother and that standing with you does not mean that he is abandoning his mother. Also remind him of the covenant that the two of you made when you got married to love honor and cherish, forsaking all others. But also support his relationship with his mother so hopefully he won't feel that it is a competiton for his love or loyality. Don't be afraid to seek couples counseling if you feel that your efforts aren't working.
What would you tell this person: "While cleaning my son's room, I accidentally saw on his Facebook page threatening remarks from his friends. I fear he's being bullied. What should I do?"
This can be a very serious matter, but don't panic but be persistant. Talk to your son. See where he is with this. Does he seem to be bothered by this or is he giving as good as he is getting? If you believe that this is truly a hostile situation then be honest with your son and let him know how you feel about this. If needed, contact your son's friends and or their parents if possible. Now, I realize this maybe hard for your son to understand but the ramifications of this could be very serious if left unattended. If it turns out to be nothing, then good. This will have been one of those times that helps you stay connected to your son, which has and always will be vital to his development and your joy as well. As always seek professional help if you think your son maybe experiencing serious emotional difficulties or if this problem continues or worsens.
What would you tell this person: "My boss keeps taking credit for my ideas. What should I do?"
It sounds as if you need to sit down and have a good talk with your boss and see if this can be worked out between the two of you. If not, depending on the type of work setting you are in, you may have the option of going to your human resources person. But be careful -- you may want to weigh the risk of possibly putting your job in jeopardy. Stand your ground but you may need to tread lightly. Also, you may consider looking for another job even in these tough times. Ultimately, you are going to have to decide what is important to you -- your dignity and pride or your job. But with good communication it may work out just fine.
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