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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 me...

5 Ways to Stop Bad Relatives From Spoiling Good Times

Deborah Pegues | Posted 01.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Deborah Pegues

Whether it's Opinionated Oscar, who disdains anyone with a different viewpoint, Sensitive Samantha, who gets offended by the slightest thing, or Critical Candace, who must point out your recent weight gain, you need an extra dose of patience to navigate the field of party spoilers.

'Tis the Season for Sibling Strife: A Survival Guide

Jeanne Safer, Ph.D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Safer, Ph.D.

This is the time when our fantasies of family harmony, and the realities of family cacophony, are most compelling. Not every sibling relationship can, or should, be saved, but you'll never know unless you resolve to think about it.

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.

Getting Through the Holidays (Without Going Over the River and Through the Woods!)

Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP | Posted 02.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP

Chances are, the holidays are going to include some stress -- especially if you're dealing with illness, grief, or other serious life challenge. However, if you go into them by taking responsibility for what you can control, there's a good chance they will be more joy-filled.

10 Easy Tricks To Avoid Utter Misery This Holiday Season (And The Rest Of Your Life)

Ira Israel | Posted 08.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Ira Israel

Be happy with what you have instead of allowing your mind to torture you with machinations of things and situations you supposedly don't have. Instead of wasting time imagining what you think your holidays and your life should resemble, be grateful for the way they are.

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.

Have Fun Without the Stress This Holiday Season

Debbie Gisonni | Posted 02.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Debbie Gisonni

In real life, unless you have a personal event planner or live in the Land of Oz, it's difficult, stressful and maybe even impossible to pull off the perfect holiday. Here are a few ways to calm your nerves and your expectations during the "most wonderful time of the year."

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.

Empty Chair At The Dinner Table? 5 Ways To Cope With Loss Over The Holidays

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 01.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

Causes of vacancy come in endless iterations and are particularly poignant during the holidays. You may be left staring death in the face. Or, perhaps your loss involves a loved one that lives far away and finances are insufficient to bring them to your door.

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.

Thank Goodness the Holidays Are Over!!!

Tom Alderman | Posted 03.18.2012 | Home
Tom Alderman

Just what is a happy family? Do you know what one actually looks like? Seems to be the whole concept is up for interpretation.

Spending Holidays With 'Loved Ones' Who Aren't Very Nice To You

Judith Johnson | Posted 02.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

The holidays come and go every year. Don't stay stuck in a bad emotional drama. The willingness to do it differently will always create the means and ability you need. Trust yourself and have the courage to step free.

'Tis the Season to Be...Thinking About Having Another Baby?

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 01.28.2012 | Parents
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

In a world that seems so unpredictable and unsafe, it's an appealing notion to think the more the merrier. But it's all relative, about relatives.

Why It’s Better To Be Alone For The Holidays 

OWN | Posted 03.09.2015 | OWN

By Katie Arnold-Ratliff When the holiday started feeling more like a duty than a delight, Katie Arnold-Ratliff and her husband decided to celebrate...

My Wife and I Now Spend the Holidays Together... And We Like It That Way, Too

Patrick Sauer | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Patrick Sauer

My last post on the holidays made me feel guilty for a bit of writerly withholding to the readers. I apologize. I wasn't entirely forthcoming.

8 Tips For Dealing With Difficult Relatives Over The Holidays

Gretchen Rubin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Gretchen Rubin

For many people the holidays are a joyous time; for others they are a dreaded part of the year. One factor that can make it tough is spending time with difficult relatives. Here are strategies for keeping family dinners pleasant.

My Wife And I Spend The Holidays Apart... And We Like It That Way

Patrick Sauer | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Patrick Sauer

For ten years running, we've spent the holidays apart. And it's not just Christmas. We usually go our separate ways for Thanksgiving, too.

The 8 Trickiest Holiday Situations

OWN | Posted 01.23.2014 | OWN

Rambunctious nephews ruining your furniture? Everyone keeps asking why you're not married? Your daughter's new boyfriend's a dud? Writer Jancee Dunn c...