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What Should New Stepparents Know?

Quora | Posted 01.23.2017 | Parents
Quora

What are some things new stepparents should know about parenting middle school and older children with their new spouses? originally appeared on Quora...

Promoting Peace At The Holidays

Stacy D. Phillips | Posted 12.20.2016 | Divorce
Stacy D. Phillips

At holiday time, emotions are heightened for myriad reasons, and when separation, divorce or custody issues are thrown into the mix, this time of year can be challenging.

Vacation Daddy

M. Blazoned | Posted 07.07.2016 | Parents
M. Blazoned

Something happens to my husband when we go on vacation. He turns into what we refer to as, Vacation Daddy.

A Stowaway, a Black Sheep, and a Wedding

Janet Bertolus | Posted 04.15.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Janet Bertolus

I decided right then and there, in the midst of this family of strangers, to declare my status. "I guess not. You know, I'm a black sheep."

10 Ways To Be A Wonderful Grandparent

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 04.05.2017 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Individuals of all ages and at all stages of life visit my consultation room. Most of them have the best of intentions often coupled with confusion re...

'Missing Pieces,' A Conversation with Heather Gudenkauf

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 02.17.2017 | Home
Mark Rubinstein

Photo: Morgan Hawthorne Heather Gudenkauf is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of four previous novels. She graduated from the Univ...

Can You Imagine... Your Child Cooperating?

Dr. Suzanne Gelb | Posted 02.15.2017 | Parents
Dr. Suzanne Gelb

You set the tone. You teach your kids how to operate in the world. When you eat your veggies, when you manage your stress levels, when you set routines for yourself and honor them, consistently, your child naturally wants to follow suit. It all starts with you.

The Pursuit of Perfection: An Epic Failure

Emily Light | Posted 02.10.2017 | Healthy Living
Emily Light

It's not selfishness to be able to appreciate how much your needs matter, how worthy of love and care you are. It's a gift.

5 Ways To Stop Holiday Stress From Taking Its Toll On Your Relationship

Dr. Danielle Harel and Celeste Hirschman M.A. | Posted 12.09.2016 | Women
Dr. Danielle Harel and Celeste Hirschman M.A.

Holiday gift giving and family visits can add emotional and financial stress. We came up with this list of pointers that can help you and your partner stay connected during the holiday season so that you can experience the love and joy of the holidays instead.

An Open Letter To Families Where Addiction Is Present

Alicia Cook | Posted 12.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Alicia Cook

With so many variables being out of your power, the one thing you are in control of is your well-being. Feeling any of this at any point does not mean you are suddenly a judgmental person who does not understand addiction. All of this does not mean you do not love this person unconditionally.

16 Signs You’re The Youngest Child

The Huffington Post | Sasha Bronner | Posted 11.06.2015 | Healthy Living

Younger siblings are part of a very special pack. The youngest child never knew a world in which he or she was the only child. They're used to sharing...

The Affair Returns to Showtime

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 10.23.2016 | Entertainment
Marcia G. Yerman

The second season of Showtime's drama The Affair has arrived. Having seen previews of a month of episodes, I plan to keep watching.

To Resolve or Manage Conflict, You Must Address the Actual Cause of the Problem

Mark Baer | Posted 06.21.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

I recently had the most fascinating consultation with a gentleman who was interested in the possibility of my representing him as his lawyer.

I Am Grateful For My Greatest Legacy: My Daughter

Dr. Hyder Zahed | Posted 05.23.2015 | Parents
Dr. Hyder Zahed

Without a doubt, one of the greatest experiences of my life was becoming a father. I started spending meaningful, quality time with her the moment we first met.

The Easiest Way To Deal With A Difficult Person

Christine Carter, PhD | Posted 02.20.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Christine Carter, PhD

We are all just looking for love and approval. This holiday season, the greatest gift we can give a difficult person -- and ourselves -- is to accept them fully, with love.

3 Simple Ways to Make This an Easy-Breezy Holiday Season

Heather Strang | Posted 02.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Heather Strang

There are three ways you can make this year the year it all goes differently. The year you have a genuine smile on your face as you walk through that door, pick up the phone or open Skype. This is the year the holidays and home aren't a struggle, but a welcome experience.

10 Tips For Better Personal Growth

Gina DeLapa | Posted 01.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Gina DeLapa

Personal growth takes constant courage. Trusting that the results are worth it, even when you can't yet see them, makes present difficulties that much easier to endure and overcome, especially in the face of fierce opposition.

Middle (ST)age: Giving Thanks With a Chaser

Stacia Fernandez | Posted 01.21.2015 | Fifty
Stacia Fernandez

Put a glass of something in your right hand. Go sit yourself down next to your brother or sister and look them straight in the eye. They can see emotion coming a mile away. Therefore, they will get nervous, tell some really lame joke to deflect and head straight for the kitchen.

How Boomers Are Playing A Major Role In Changing Family Dynamics

Judi Freedman | Posted 11.19.2014 | Fifty
Judi Freedman

This week, I had a chance to talk with Will Paley, Trend Strategist at JWT, about the ad agency's 'Meet The New Family' research study. It was clear from the report that boomers are playing a major role in the evolving family structure both in the USA and abroad. 'The family is such an important concept around the world,' said Will. 'What it means to be a family is changing. Boomers are an untapped opportunity.'

Dear Family Whisperer: You Can't Go Home but You Can Grow Up -- Here's How

Melinda Blau | Posted 09.30.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

With grandparents staying active and healthy longer, many families are trying to figure out how to have stress-free three-generation gatherings.

Dear Family Whisperer: How to NOT Be 'The Bad Guy'

Melinda Blau | Posted 09.23.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

Getting enough sleep and eating well are critical for your child's growth and development. However, a few sugary treats and the occasional late night won't compromise his health in the long run.

How Is Being a Good Boss Just Like Being a Good Parent?

Ben Michaelis, Ph.D. | Posted 07.05.2014 | Business
Ben Michaelis, Ph.D.

This is the most important one. Your boss, like your parent, should be aiming for your success. If you don't feel like your boss is looking for ways to help further your career, or worse, is trying to sabotage you, then you don't have a boss -- you have a problem.

Dear Family Whisperer: My Son Is Selfish!

Melinda Blau | Posted 06.24.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

Be explicit. When you hold your own "I" in check, help him notice: "Waiting on this line is so annoying. I feel like yelling at the lady behind the counter, but she's doing her best. Besides, I'm not the only one who has to wait."

5 Tips for Minimizing Family Tensions Over Thanksgiving

Guy Winch, Ph.D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Guy Winch, Ph.D.

Family gatherings over the holidays usually involve heightened emotions of all kinds. Such events might begin with an atmosphere of joy, connection, love and caring but they don't always end on the same note.

When Your Child Prefers One Parent Over Another

GalTime | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
GalTime

While this can be quite hurtful for the parent who is being excluded, it is helpful to know this, too, is a phase and will pass. Preferring one parent or adult to another, is actually considered healthy development and common among children of all ages.