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Family Matters

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Are You as “Good as Your Word?”

Keeping agreements is vital for the health of any relationship.

Blended Families

All relationships have their complications, but stepfamilies create a web of relationships and inter-relationships that make the average spider’s overnight spinning look simple in comparison.

Changing Relationships: Caring for Yourself While Caring for Your Aging Parents

Finding time for self-care is even more challenging and necessary for the growing “sandwich” generation.

Coping with a Loved One's Mental Illness

Guidance in managing the challenge of coping with another’s mental illness and to make your own life less stressful.

Family Stress Test

Do family members bicker? Or do they acknowledge feelings and encourage their expression? This quiz will help one see if stress is exacting too great a toll.

Good Co(operative)-Parenting

Good parenting can be even more challenging after divorce; what is it that children need during this time?

Growing Yourself as a Parent

Imagine a baby shower where the guests bring a special kind of gift for the new parents: self-awareness, self-love and self-growth as a person, as well as a parent. How can parenting help one grow?

How to Cope with Challenging Kids

Tips for working with emotional and behavioral issues in children, to help them and you.

How to Talk to Your Loved Ones About Money

Money is often the breakdown of relationship. This articles shows ways to use money, or talking about it, as a tool to strengthen relationships.

How Well Are You Listening to Your Children (or Others)?

When most of our communication is spent defending ourselves, there’s not much room for meaningful contact. This quiz helps identify the problem and offers alternative perspectives.

Let's Not Let Our Children Wear Labels

Explores how focusing on negative behaviors and labeling can damage children's self-esteem.

Raising Compassionate Kids

Great ideas to help you integrate compassion into your everyday life in ways that you can share with your child.

Setting Limits: How to Say Yes to Yourself and No to Others

Set limits when necessary to claim what one needs, including self-respect.

Special Delivery: Talking to Kids About Divorce

Research shows that children of divorce can suffer serious emotional consequences, some of them long-term. But parents can help mitigate the potential trauma. Here are ways to begin.

Summer Vacations and Families—What To Do With All That Togetherness?

Summer vacations with the family can be the best of times or the worst of times. How does a harried parent ensure that there’s more of the former?

Surviving Improper Parenting

Healing from improper parenting/ becoming better parents for the next generation.

Teenage Brain: Why Do They Act Like That?

Understanding brain development in teens can help you be a better parent.

Tending Your Marriage After the Kids Arrive

Adding children to a marriage creates significant change (and often, stress). This article suggests ways to keep your relationship strong with this new normal.

The Effect of Family Roles on Life’s Choices

The common roles that children play in a family, and the role’s impact on adult life.

The Empty Nest: What Happens When the Chicks Fly

How to adapt and flourish after the children have left home.

Top 10 Barriers to Connection

Avoiding these ten behaviors can greatly improve relationships.

Top 10 Things Your Children Need from You

Parenting has no manual, but these 10 tips will help you help your children thrive by giving them what they need.

Top 10 Tips for Talking With Your Children

It has never been more critical for parents to talk with their children about difficult and often disturbing issues. Here are ten tips to help parents begin the dialogue.

Top 10 Ways to Get Through Tense Family Gatherings

Family gatherings may not always be fun, but they don’t have to be disasters.