Q: We don’t understand our son-in-law. We had a close relationship at first (especially since he and our daughter live nearby), but now he tells our daughter that we irritate him and he wishes we’d just back off. What have we done wrong? We pray about this every day, but nothing changes. — N.W.
A: As I’ve pointed our before, prayer is ineffectual and useless. If you want to resolve this situation, I suggest that you attempt to have a very direct conversation with your son-in-law to determine why your relationship has changed. It may be something as simple as a misunderstanding or it could be due to fundamental differences in opinion about politics, religion etc. Whatever the reason, once both parties understand each other, you may be able to reach a compromise and establish at least an amiable relationship (for your daughter’s sake if nothing else).
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