Raised by two different toxic maternal figures, the writer has spent her life looking for someone to nurture and guide her. And she found her in the most unexpected place.
When the writer's family moved to the Southwest, she and her mother got more than desert landscapes: They got a violent Christmas Eve that would mark their time there forever.
DAME’s Friendkeeper tells a mom whether she’s meddling, and reveals when it’s OK to question a volatile couple’s engagement.
The writer's Rush Limbaugh-loving dad made her promise never to become a "feminazi." Even as he raised her to be smart, outspoken, independent—and to feel entitled to equal rights.
For this writer, coming to terms with her shame meant disappointing her father. And realizing it was worth it.
After years of dealing with her father’s fair-weather parenting, the writer did the hardest thing a daughter can do.
When her teenage daughter’s troubled friend turns up seeking refuge, the writer wonders whether she’s opening a door … or a Pandora’s box.
A winter-break visit from her college-age daughter reminds our columnist that parenting never ends—and perhaps that’s one of the best things about it.
There was no question that the writer would take care of her mother in her old age. But what do you do when Mom squanders your hard-earned money on knockoff bags and jewelry?
Our columnist couldn’t imagine existing without her best friend and father. Three years after his death, she’s learning how to live with the grief.