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Dysfunctional Family

Why Scott Wolf is 'All in' As a Father and Family Man

Caroline Presno | Posted 08.26.2014 | Entertainment
Caroline Presno

When it comes to his wife, Kelley, and his three children, actor Scott Wolf is "all in." He enjoys sharing equally in the day-to-day duties, including diaper changing and making lunches. Wolf always new that he wanted to find a soulmate and partner to create a family with...

The Lesson I Learned Only After Losing My Mother

Alexandra Rosas | Posted 07.25.2014 | Fifty
Alexandra Rosas

Children never wonder why there is food on the table, or why they have coats and boots to keep their feet dry in the winter. We think a house with heat comes by magic. It isn't until adulthood, when we're parents ourselves in a dual-income family with half the children that my mother had, that we wonder in disbelief, how did she do it all and alone?

6 Family Behaviors That Are Totally Dysfunctional

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Caila Ball | Posted 01.25.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Dysfunctional behavior can be easy to slip into for even the most well-functioning families. While the temptation to ...

'Shameless' Shows Dysfunctional With a Capital D

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 03.13.2014 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

All of these "problems" are front and center in this new season. The acting is still above average, but viewers may wish that somebody in the family would show some sense.

Why Working On Thanksgiving May Be A Good Thing

Ann Brenoff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

The public reaction to Macy's and Kohl's announcements that they plan to stay open for business on Thanksgiving was swift and disapproving. From the department stores' perspective, it's a matter of trying to squeeze an extra day out of the holiday shopping season and more money from our wallets. Meanwhile, the public is wringing its hands over how many workers will miss precious time with family.

A Mom's 'Dirty-Iced' Cake Boss Fantasies

Candace Walsh | Posted 05.11.2013 | Parents
Candace Walsh

The biggest hunger I feel when I watch Cake Boss is not for a piece of cake. It's for a piece of the Valastro clan's sense of connectedness and rapport. I feel like I'm there, in the bakery or in one of their home kitchens, their warmth around me, cajoling me to have one more helping.

'Dysfunctional Family Bingo,' And Other Holiday-Survival Games

Posted 11.20.2012 | OWN

By Martha Beck Like it or not, to grandmother's house we go! Martha Beck has some sanity-saving strategies to pull you through not-so-silent ni...

Dealing With Dysfunctional Family Members, From Dr. Gail Saltz (WATCH)

Posted 08.15.2013 | MarloThomas

Everyone has a few dysfunctional people in their families. Dr. Gail Saltz, psychiatrist, spoke about how to handle these unruly family members during ...

What the Hell Are You Doing Back in My Life?

Pete Dorogoff | Posted 12.22.2012 | Fifty
Pete Dorogoff

It's been 35 years since my parents were together as a couple. It's odd for me to even refer to my father and my mother in some plural reference. However, life happens and unfolds in baffling ways.

Giving Up the Ghost: The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 09.26.2012 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

This wildly original novel careens from one crisp scene to another, combining dry wit, narrative verve, and an abiding melancholy. It's hard to believe such an entertaining, enjoyable novel bears the "literary fiction" stamp of highbrow approval.

Shameless Is a Car Wreck

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 03.05.2012 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

Once you watch an episode of Shameless you will swear you aren't going to watch any more, but then there you are -- following each and every episode. It is addictive; once it grabs you, it won't let go.

The Descendants Is Another Over Praised Clooney Film

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 02.06.2012 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

This movie is basically a study of the main character's ineptness as a husband and father. If this qualifies as entertainment for you, then you will be very pleased by the film.

Why It’s Better To Be Alone For The Holidays 

OWN | Posted 12.18.2012 | OWN

By Katie Arnold-Ratliff When the holiday started feeling more like a duty than a delight, Katie Arnold-Ratliff and her husband decided to celebrate...

What if We Went Into Family Holidays Expecting to Actually Enjoy Them?

Melissa Lafsky | Posted 01.16.2012 | Women
Melissa Lafsky

Miserable holidays are one of the last true American clichés. It's almost expected that a holiday meal arrives in tandem with histrionics and drama. But it doesn't have to be this way.

Reform Congress - Save Ourselves

Daniel Hough Jones | Posted 11.13.2011 | Politics
Daniel Hough Jones

Thesis We live in a fragmented society. We are overwhelmed. Influtrol (a word I will be explaining) is a major cause. Influtrol has become endemic in ...

How Can We Restore the Function to 'Dysfunctional' Families?

Peter Block | Posted 07.24.2011 | Healthy Living
Peter Block

A functional family means every member of the family needs every other member. It puts satisfaction into our own collective hands rather than settling for being a satisfied customer.

The Terrible Secret of Women's Memoirs: Kill the Cookie

Susie Bright | Posted 09.26.2011 | Books
Susie Bright

How does a woman, an American woman born in mid-century, write a memoir? The chutzpah and femmechismo needed to undertake the project go against the apron.

Higher Depression Rates In Children Of Divorce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce

These are all sobering statistics with the potential to drain the creative energy of our next generation: • Children of divorced parents are seven ...

Have a Holly, Jolly, Ex-Mas

Candace Walsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Candace Walsh

If you, too, are thinking of Christmas with a wince and not a smile, if your inner child goes into the fetal position every December, come sit by me.

How to Get Through What You're Going Through: Who's Your Daddy?

Iyanla Vanzant | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Iyanla Vanzant

At birth, we are like cartilage -- soft, flexible tissue. By the same natural process by which cartilage becomes hard bone, the soft, tender heart of an innocent child can become hardened by the circumstances into which she is born.

Home For The Holidays?

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Dreading going home for the holidays? So are a lot of people. Last year we compiled a list of writers whose real families we thought must be nuttier ...

It's the Most Dysfunctional Time of the Year!

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

2010-11-04-jaffa.jpg Jaffa is a taut drama that benefits from an extremely strong cast.

'Dead End Gene Pool': Hilarious Dysfunction At The End Of The Vanderbilt Line

The Huffington Post | Wendy Burden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

From "Dead End Gene Pool" by Wendy Burden Prologue It's a testament to his libido, if not his character, that Cornelius Vanderbilt died of syphilis ...

Michelle Golland: The Media Is the Message for the Mentally Ill

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robert David Jaffee

A vivacious blonde, she has always been the "elephant hunter," the one who is not afraid to discuss the elephant in the room in her own family and in others' families.

10 Dysfunctional Family Memoirs And One Shakespeare Play (PHOTOS, POLL)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Dreading going home for the holidays? So are a lot of people, and we imagine some of these writers wouldn't be looking forward to it either. Here ...