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Family Rituals

Dear Family Whisperer: 8 Ways To Make Valentine's Day Matter

Melinda Blau | Posted 04.14.2015 | Parents
Melinda Blau

Holidays --"holy days" -- force us to relax. We take a break from our hectic, technology-toting everyday lives. This year, use Valentine's Day to slow down and reconnect, to honor your closest relationships, and to be grateful for your family. You have a whole day to feel the love.

Thanksgiving "Redefined"

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 01.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

At some point our family fell out of the usual Thanksgiving routine. We got tired of turkey. Stuffing. That danged green bean casserole and the "mystery Jello mold" desserts. In fact, the whole business of cooking the typical Thanksgiving meal got old.

Andrea Gargotta: 6 Ideas for Preserving Your Summer Memories

Red Room | Posted 10.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Red Room

By Andrea Gargotta Mama Mia--Where did the summer go? Wasn't it yesterday that I was planning my summer adventures to Carmel and Italy, beginning to ...

Ritual One for a Healthier and More Sustainable Life

Merel Bakker | Posted 07.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Merel Bakker

I truly believe that in our hearts we want to be healthy, and we want our planet to live on for future generations, but reality shows that it's not that simple to achieve.

Magic In The Berry Patch

Lee Woodruff | Posted 09.18.2012 | Fifty
Lee Woodruff

Picking was also about tending a friendship, sustaining the strong parts and feeling tenderly for the weaker places. Nothing was off-limits, in that easy way that lifelong friends have with one another.

How To Raise And Reward Responsible Kids

| Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

By Justine Ickes Like lots of women, 30-something Teresa Barile still remembers getting her ears pierced. "The best part was that I got my grandmot...

Lean in: Walking Through Grief During the Holidays and Beyond

Alysia Reiner | Posted 02.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Alysia Reiner

It's the holidays, a time for so much joy, laughter, relaxation, hot cocoa with marshmallows and also... loss. One of my favorite quotes about loss is by Kahlil Gibran: "The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain." I find this is never as true as holiday time.

The Importance Of Family Rituals

Mark Redmond | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mark Redmond

One of our first jobs as the adults in charge is to create a sense of order, because order implies safety. Good family routines and rituals are important ways of accomplishing this.

The Thanksgiving Tuna and Other Traditional American Rituals

Marshall P. Duke | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marshall P. Duke

We Americans often pride ourselves on not being ritualistic. However, as anyone with even partly open eyes saw this past fourth Thursday in November, we are intensely ritualistic.

Giving Thanks for Quirky Family Traditions

Sharon Duke Estroff | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sharon Duke Estroff

No matter how crazy our worlds may feel the other 51 weeks of the year, we'll spend one glorious week in November safely swathed in the bizarre and beautiful traditions that weave our lives together.

Prime Time for Families

Marshall P. Duke | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marshall P. Duke

Research has shown that the holidays are the richest opportunities we have for performing family rituals. These family experiences are master keys to making our families, our children and ourselves more resilient.

Legacy Writing For The Holidays

Rachael Freed | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

Holiday rituals and traditions connect families over the generations. Communicating our memories and stories can revitalize this year's holidays, and even encourage family healing and forgiveness.