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Teenage Girls, Mothers, and Aunties

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 08.31.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Until very recently, raising children almost always included the support of extended family and friends. These days, parents often feel terribly isolated as they attempt to meet the needs of their children, whether they are raising them on their own or with a partner.

Divorce, Grandparents, and the Rest of the Family

Beth Cone Kramer | Posted 07.02.2015 | Divorce
Beth Cone Kramer

As with many issues post-divorce, people may lose sight of what's best for the kids because they're busy thinking about what they want and not what's best for the grandkids. Kaiser stresses the importance of setting boundaries while being flexible and reasonable, with a willingness to make changes if needed.

Grandparent Rights? No!

Melissa Charles | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Melissa Charles

Flag Day, in the US, has now been co-opted by folks who have their own agenda, and frankly, it's a frightening one.

Dr. Laura Is Wrong: Mother-in-Laws Are No Queens

Melissa Charles | Posted 05.30.2015 | Weddings
Melissa Charles

First of all, everyone involved is an adult. This makes them peers. No longer is the parent-child dynamic in play... or at least, it shouldn't be. Adults are presumed to be independent, capable of decision-making, and no longer in need of active, hands-on parenting.

The Place We Call Home

Bethany Chase | Posted 05.20.2015 | Women
Bethany Chase

If you're lucky, your own go-home-to place, the place you head for holidays and family weekends or just to take a break from being an adult for a couple of days, is still the same as where you come from. But for many people, it's not.

Dear Family Whisperer: 5 Steps Toward Combating Homophobia in Your OWN Family

Melinda Blau | Posted 11.17.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

He asked me recently, "Do you have a husband?" I said, "No," but it bothered me later. I have a life partner whom I've been with for over 20 years, a woman Nicholas calls "Aunt Barbara."

The Evolution of the Village

Heather Risinger | Posted 10.27.2014 | Parents
Heather Risinger

I recently asked my friends if they had a village that helps them raise their kids. I wanted to know what made their villages unique.

My Nieces Are the Most Beautiful, Smart, Talented Young Ladies in the Whole World

Chuck Nyren | Posted 08.18.2014 | Fifty
Chuck Nyren

What's interesting about this: I'm being completely objective. It's all just true. They actually are the two most beautiful and smart and talented young women in the whole world. I'm not kidding myself, like most people do about their children, grandchildren, nieces, whatever.

Grandparents: The Sacred Things I Carry

Janell Burley Hofmann | Posted 07.31.2013 | Parents
Janell Burley Hofmann

My children feel more deeply for our parents than we can. They hold them high, unable to see flaws or strengths, history or potential. They just love them today. Our parents return the love with genuine freedom, without promise or regret, pressure or expectation

The Best Mother's Day Gifts Are Free

Gwenn Schurgin O'Keeffe, MD | Posted 07.10.2013 | Parents
Gwenn Schurgin O'Keeffe, MD

When they were younger, my children used to create gifts. I still have them scattered about my home office. My favorite part of the creative process back then was hearing them say, "Mom, be surprised when I give you the _____."

The Color Orange and My First Cousin Jesse: Rediscovering Family

Elizabeth Boleman-Herring | Posted 05.07.2013 | Women
Elizabeth Boleman-Herring

The Last of the Mohicans was made in 1992, just after my mother (the next to the last of my Mohicans) succumbed to cancer. Very much in Chingachgook's moccasins, I am the last, now, of the Boleman-Herrings.

Home In A Home As Families Live Together Longer

AP | AMY TAXIN | Posted 04.16.2012 | Latino Voices

LOS ANGELES -- It's a home within a home – and it could be coming soon to a home near you. Builders across the country are revamping home desig...

The Special Bond Between Grandparents And Grandkids (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.23.2012 | Fifty

Huff/Post50 recently covered a survey by the AARP that found grandparents play a vital role in family life in the U.S. From assisting with the cost of...

Who Is In Control When Your Loved One Has Cancer?

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 01.19.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

n reality, Susan can't control what is happening in her body, so she needs to control what she can, and so she is trying to control how others handle her disease ... at least as far as it concerns how they will deal with her.

8 Ways We Improve With Age

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 12.24.2011 | Fifty
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

When it comes to turning 50, "The Midlife Crisis" is as inaccurate -- and tiresome -- a cliché as "Reinvent Yourself" has become.

Holiday Dinner, Divorce Style: Thanksgiving With The Ex And His Wife

Catherine Texier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Catherine Texier

After my divorce, when my ex-husband and his new wife were expecting their first child together, my mother casually suggested one day, during one of her yearly Christmas visits to New York: "maybe you could be a big, extended family? And you could even spend the holidays together?"

Big Momma Is In The (White) House

Yvonne R. Davis | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Yvonne R. Davis

Analyzed as part of the multi-generational black family, grandmothers have often served as both patriarch and matriarch, guiding the black family through the toils and crises of our time.