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Family Stress

5 Ways Babies Create Strain in a Marriage

Moshe Ratson | Posted 06.06.2016 | Parents
Moshe Ratson

The feeling that you get at the arrival of a little bundle of happiness in the family is indescribable. Whether they are grandparents, uncles and aunt...

7 Ways To Stay Merry During Family Festivities

Margie Warrell | Posted 12.11.2015 | Women
Margie Warrell

While there's no easy secret recipe to handling difficult rel's (besides never seeing them), I've developed a few strategies over the years that have helped carry me through family gatherings without losing my "merry."

Will You Gain Less Weight If You Shop on Thanksgiving?

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | Posted 11.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

Business reports indicate that the sharp rise in large retailers open on Thanksgiving Day has leveled off. Perhaps, as has been suggested, this is due...

5 Ways to Keep Your Stress From Becoming Your Kids' Stress

Roni Cohen-Sandler, Ph.D. | Posted 05.23.2015 | Parents
Roni Cohen-Sandler, Ph.D.

Stress used to be the domain of older teens aiming for highly ranked colleges. But these days, even the youngest children in my psychology practice are complaining about trouble falling asleep, stomachaches, fears of making mistakes or doing badly on tests.

Tips on How to Handle Holiday and Family Stress

Dr. Patty Ann Tublin | Posted 02.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Patty Ann Tublin

Dr. Patty Ann Tublin on Better CT TV Ch. 3 sharing her tips on how to handle holiday and family stress:...

How To Keep Relationships Stress-Free This Holiday Season

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 11.25.2015 | Healthy Living

As amazing as it can be to have the entire family gathered together under one roof for the holidays, the constantly crowded space and additional expec...

Remember This When Your Family Pushes Your Buttons This Holiday

OWN | Posted 11.22.2014 | OWN

They may get under our skin, but best-selling author Elizabeth Gilbert says there are some things that only family can teach us. "I had a great te...

Family Values in 2014

Laurie Levy | Posted 01.11.2015 | Fifty
Laurie Levy

I worry about my children and grandchildren. What kind of a world have we left them? What family values will be possible for them? How did we go so far astray in this country that I have to write a rant asking for kindness for our families?

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.

Nearly Half Of Moms Stress More About Husband Than Kids

Posted 05.15.2013 | Parents

There's no denying the fact that motherhood is stressful: According to a recent TODAY Moms survey, moms on average say their stress level is 8.5 out o...

How to Enjoy Your Holidays With Your Family!

Swati Desai, Ph.D., LCSW | Posted 02.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Swati Desai, Ph.D., LCSW

I have figured out the art of visiting my family and having a good time with them. I would like to share what always seems to work. I have given this advice to several friends and colleagues, and they all have come back saying how they had a very good holiday.

Beyond Holiday Stress: Steps to Reclaim the Holiday Spirit

Robert V. Taylor | Posted 02.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert V. Taylor

Any combination of these five steps can become part of a conscious, mindful choice to lower the stress level of the holidays for you, your children and your extended family.

Be Scrooge and Tiny Tim: A Tip for Holiday Survival

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 12.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

Ebenezer Scrooge understood one needs to take care of oneself before it's even possible to take care of anyone else. His problem was that he didn't take the step of investing in his own joy, nourishing his body or his soul, and therefore couldn't be bothered to take care of anyone else.

Know Your Safe-Goat: A Tip for Holiday Survival

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 12.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

As opposed to a family scapegoat -- an immediate family member at whom we direct unprocessed anxiety or anger -- a "safe-goat" is a person far enough outside our immediate family system at whom we can direct unprocessed anxiety or anger without inflaming conflicts between present members.

Home For The Holiday Weekend? 5 Tips For Not (Completely) Losing It

Dr. Paula Bloom | Posted 01.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Paula Bloom

You do yoga, drink green tea, and read every self-improvement book that comes out. You have it together, you are evolved, and you've got the whole emotional intelligence thing under control. And then the fourth Thursday of November approaches. Yup, it's time to go home for the holidays.

De-Stress The Holiday Mess: 6 Steps To A More Festive Season

Terri Cole | Posted 01.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Terri Cole

Once you've made the decision of how you're going to handle the holidays, with either all the delight or burden it can bring, go about systematically making decisions that are in line with that result.

Handling Difficult Relationships This Holiday Season

Georgianna Donadio, MSc, Ph.D., D.C. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Georgianna Donadio, MSc, Ph.D., D.C.

One potential solution to transforming the holidays from stressful to joyful is the application of identified communication skills that have been researched and shown to facilitate changing difficult relationships.

Family Stress: The Annual Christmas 'Play'

Ben Michaelis, Ph.D. | Posted 02.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Ben Michaelis, Ph.D.

If you have parents, brothers, sisters or cousins and you visit them around the holidays, you can't avoid your destiny: There will be family drama between Thanksgiving and New Year's. This is America. This is how we do it. We like our cars big, our beer cold and our families dysfunctional.

A Simple Way to Lower Holiday Stress

Noah St. John | Posted 02.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Noah St. John

Here's a simple way to lower your stress over the holidays (that's not always easy to do).

Your How-To-Deal-With-Your-Family-On-Thanksgiving Horoscope

Posted 11.23.2011 | Women

Let's get real: When it comes to spending a lot of time with family during the holidays, the most wonderful time of the year can quickly turn into the...

The Thanksgiving Challenge

Adele Scheele | Posted 01.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Adele Scheele

You are either going to be busy up to your elbows cooking the bird, or driving somewhere to eat it with family or friends. Either way, you probably have mixed feelings about the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

The Healing Power of Family Play

Charlotte Reznick, Ph.D. | Posted 08.27.2011 | Women
Charlotte Reznick, Ph.D.

Many years ago I happened upon a magical island in the Mediterranean. Not understanding what the families around me were saying, I could only observe their interactions -- faces, movements, joy, laughter -- without the distraction of words.

6 Tips For Managing Holiday Stress

Martin Rossman, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Martin Rossman, M.D.

With shopping, social gatherings, and end-of-year obligations, however, we humans go against nature -- increasing our activity and stress levels at exactly the time that the body wants us to be decreasing them.

What Parents Don't Realize About Their Wills

Jordan M. Atin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jordan M. Atin

Anticipating how their children will feel when they read those last words in the will is crucial if parents want to leave the most important legacy for their children -- family peace.

When Your Children Call Someone Else Mom

Daily Mail | SONIA POULTON | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Nicole Kidman has just received the mother of all Christmas gifts. Last week it was revealed her children have taken to calling another woman "Mum". ...