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5 Ways Toxic Relationships Are Ruining Your Life

Susie Miller | Posted 02.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Susie Miller

Toxic means poisonous, damaging or deadly. A toxic relationship drains the life from you, damages your self-esteem, or kills your dreams. While this sounds deadly, toxic relationships can be subtle and do vast harm before we realize it.

5 Ways To Be The Best Grandparent Possible

Leslie Zinberg & Kay Ziplow | Posted 01.20.2016 | Fifty
Leslie Zinberg & Kay Ziplow

Don't fret, just because they call you a 'grandparent' doesn't mean you can't kick it up a notch and enjoy all that life as to offer. Think entitlement. And don't turn white with fear. Being a 'grandparent' doesn't age you -- embrace it.

Across Decades and Oceans: The Gift of Family Reconciliation

Sheela Raja, PhD | Posted 12.31.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Sheela Raja, PhD

One year ago, I got the best present of my adult life. It wasn't wrapped under a tree. It was the gift of courage, family, and forgiveness. My father'...

How To Avoid Reverting To Your Teenage Self Over The Holidays

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 12.22.2015 | Healthy Living

There's a joke that captures the feeling of "regression" that many adults experience when they go home to spend the holidays with their families. It ...

6 Lies That Older People Tell Younger People

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 12.21.2015 | Fifty

1. I'm broke. A Facebook friend complained how her in-laws cried poverty when she asked them to pay for their grandkids' camp last summer and then an...

6 Strategies for Handling Festive Family Friction

Kelly Pietrangeli | Posted 12.18.2015 | Parents
Kelly Pietrangeli

Are you dealing with a difficult relative over the festive season? Someone who winds you up, drains your energy or is about as unpleasant as a root ...

'I'm Worried My Brother-In-Law Is Having An Affair With My 16-Year-Old Daughter'

Dr. Phil Show | Rochelle Nelson | Posted 11.02.2015 | Dr. Phil

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Is Your Daughter-in-Law Bullying You?

Deanna Brann, Ph.D. | Posted 10.23.2015 | Fifty
Deanna Brann, Ph.D.

For example -- a daughter-in-law can bully her mother-in-law. For some of you this may be hard to imagine, but for others you know this only too well. A daughter-in-law can bully by.

Mental Health Crisis -- Even Privileged Children Can't Escape

Hilary Wilce | Posted 10.07.2015 | Parents
Hilary Wilce

Something is obviously going badly wrong for young people, even among some of the most privileged students in the world, and schools are scrambling to put programs in place to help them. But could these programs actually be making things worse?

From Trauma to Redemption: How My Teachers Helped Me Survive My Life

America's Promise Alliance | Posted 10.19.2015 | Education
America's Promise Alliance

When my guidance counselor tried to prevent me from applying to the colleges of my dreams, Dr. Ferrer was the first person to walk with me down to her office. He demanded that I apply to whatever college I wanted, he said, because I was just as capable as my peers.

When You Are Bullied By Your Mother-in-Law

Deanna Brann, Ph.D. | Posted 09.29.2015 | Women
Deanna Brann, Ph.D.

What happens when the bullying occurs in your own family? What happens when a mother-in-law bullies her daughter-in-law? Bullying comes in many different forms and is often displayed differently depending on the people involved and the relationship they have to one another.

Dear Family Whisperer: Grandma, Compromise Is Out of the Question!

Melinda Blau | Posted 09.21.2015 | Fifty
Melinda Blau

"Speaking of class differences..." began the distraught 60-something woman whom I'll call Elizabeth (in honor of the Queen). As she put down her glass of wine, she launched into a several-minute tirade about her daughter-in-law's decision to pierce the baby's ears. In her mind, it was not "right."

Am I the Only One With an Ungrateful Kid?

Iris Ruth Pastor | Posted 09.08.2015 | Parents
Iris Ruth Pastor

The following was written over 30 years ago, at 4:00 AM - one of those times before daybreak when everything looks a little bleaker and a little darker than perhaps it really is.

Dear Intrusive Mother-In-Law

Kyana Miner | Posted 08.04.2015 | Parents
Kyana Miner

Your advice doesn't feel like help. It feels like control. You don't want our happiness. You want our obedience. You don't want us to be better parents. You want us to be complacent children. But guess what? We're going to do things and decide things that look CRAZY to you.

The Sound of Glass Is Another Winner By the Queen of Southern Fiction

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.11.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

The Sound of Glass is written for every person who had a loving mother; every child who had a time of doubt; and every heart adrift in a sea of emotions. It is a story that enters the eyes, goes to the brain and settles in the heart.

Dear Family Whisperer: Don't Get a Dog 'For' Your Child

Melinda Blau | Posted 06.23.2015 | Parents
Melinda Blau

Your "mistake" isn't getting a dog. It's "giving" a dog to a 10-year-old -- and expecting him to shoulder most of the burden.

Incarceration and Communication: Why Meaningful Social Relationships Matter

Cosmin Gheorghe | Posted 03.02.2015 | Business
Cosmin Gheorghe

What is the impact on American cultural and social relationships when we, as a nation, allow corporations to profit from incarcerating more and more of our very own citizens?

Dating Someone New? 10 Tips To Survive His (Or Her) Family Over The Holidays

Kat Forsythe, MSW | Posted 02.19.2015 | Fifty
Kat Forsythe, MSW

Three weeks before Christmas, I met my new boyfriend's family in Sonoma. At the time, I was 61 and he was 66 years old. As we approached the café, I saw his sister. She sat rigid on a stool, arms and legs crossed, scrutinizing me.

Dealing With Turkeys at Your Holiday Table

Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo | Posted 02.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo

Ahh, the holidays. A time when many come together with family and my work phone rings off the hook. How can a time meant to represent gratitude and...

Is Your Family Keeping a Secret?

Susan Krauss Whitbourne | Posted 02.07.2015 | Fifty
Susan Krauss Whitbourne

We tend to think of our children as reflections of ourselves. When something goes "wrong" with them, we feel that there's something "wrong" with us.

Bridging the Communication Gap in Your Own Family

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 01.26.2015 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

At your next family gathering -- whether it's a holiday dinner or a wedding -- consider providing a professional sign language interpreter so that your deaf and hearing family members can get the most out of the time they spend together.

The Science Of Human Relationships

John Koshy | Posted 02.03.2015 | Healthy Living
John Koshy

I believe life is all about relationships. Relationships are about communication, and all communication, including prayer, is a two-way process. But what exactly is a relationship and why are relationships so important?

'Do I Have to Invite My SIL to My Daughter's First Birthday Party?'

Wendy Atterberry | Posted 12.30.2014 | Parents
Wendy Atterberry

Invite your SIL. Invite her and adjust your expectations. You know she will probably ignore you and your baby, so don't pay any attention to her. Let her stew in her own negativity while you focus on the positives, like your daughter and the other family and friends present to celebrate the special occasion.

Earthquake, Worry and Family

David Kanegis | Posted 10.25.2014 | Fifty
David Kanegis

Enjoy your family and seize every opportunity to create positive moments and eliminate as much negativity as possible.

Healthy Family, Healthy You

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 09.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

Remember: The whole point of getting well is enjoying our time on this planet, and harmonious relationships are key to our overall health. When we nourish our family relationships, we ultimately nourish ourselves.