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Dreading Thanksgiving Discussions?

Dr. Ruth Nemzoff | Posted 11.22.2016 | Politics
Dr. Ruth Nemzoff

Talking politics with your extended family members may be as pleasant as reclining on a bed of nails, but in this contentious post election season it is hard to get away from it.

Why Extended Family Can Be So Important For Children

Dr. Phil Show | Rochelle Nelson | Posted 11.28.2016 | Entertainment

Dr. Phil explains why he believes it’s so important for children to have relationships with extended family, such as grandparents. “I think extend...

What Will We Do Without Our People?

Natalie Romero | Posted 04.22.2016 | Parents
Natalie Romero

Relationships require effort. They require care and feeding. When you don't nurture you run the risk of having those relationships fall apart.

What My Stepdaughters Taught Me About Divorce

Lisa Dubino | Posted 11.24.2016 | Divorce
Lisa Dubino

Children have their own set of needs. Don't add yours to theirs. Stay focused on being the parent. It's all about them. You had your time pre-divorce. Once the papers are signed, start living your new life.

Living With Grandma

Mandy Jackson-Beverly | Posted 09.14.2016 | Impact
Mandy Jackson-Beverly

I'm grateful that my son's lives are focused around family. In my youth, I listened to Grandad's words of advice, and heeded his warnings. But what I miss more than anything are his stories and how he made me laugh. We are each our own person, but our family stories are part of who we are.

Teenage Girls, Mothers, and Aunties

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 08.31.2016 | 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 07.02.2016 | 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 06.15.2016 | 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.

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.