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How to Stay Centered Around Your Crazy Relatives at the Holidays

Meryl Davids Landau | Posted 12.16.2016 | Healthy Living
Meryl Davids Landau

Jesus, Buddha, and other esteemed spiritual figures could supposedly spend time with even the most vile folks without having it affect them. Most of u...

Thanksgiving Relatives Who Tick You Off...

Terri Britt | Posted 11.23.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Terri Britt

Happy Thanksgiving! Isn't that what we all want? A wonderful holiday that is filled with lots of laughter and love. But more often than not, there is...

Thanksgiving Gratitude

Linda Lauren | Posted 11.23.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Linda Lauren

Gratitude, appreciation, thankfulness....all cover the feeling one has when one is overwhelmed with love that seems too large to return after having ...

The Ghosts -- Both Welcome And Not So Welcome -- That Linger In My House

Eva Moon | Posted 11.19.2016 | Fifty
Eva Moon

Given enough time, almost any house will collect ghosts. My house has plenty, even though I'm not one for hanging onto the past. Usually they creep in silently, like dust bunnies under the bed: When you see them, you know they must have been there for a long time, but you never catch them coming in the door.

Tips for Making Your Best Holiday Playlist, Ever!

Allison Gilbert | Posted 11.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Allison Gilbert

Now is the perfect time to create your best holiday playlist ever, songs to accompany all your upcoming dinners and celebrations. "Music is one of th...

A Facetime Eulogy

Sister Jenna | Posted 09.26.2016 | Technology
Sister Jenna

Today, I found myself in a most unusual position of giving the eulogy at my father's funeral through FaceTime while riding a train to New York City.

The Drama and Facts in the Battle Over Little Lexi

Mirah Riben | Posted 03.25.2016 | Parents
Mirah Riben

Most of us have heard, seen or read about a six-year-old girl named Lexi who was ordered to be taken from those who fostered her for the past four yea...

20 Reasons Why Your Teens Get Mad At You

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 03.09.2016 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Just when you think your teens are happy with you they start rolling their eyes and serving up a dose of unexpected anger. We can all relate to this, right?

Changing Opinions Over the Changing Table

Georganne Chapin | Posted 12.28.2016 | Parents
Georganne Chapin

If you are one of the growing number of parents who leave their baby boys' foreskins alone, as nature intended, you might need to brace yourself for the holidays.

7 Ways To Stay Merry During Family Festivities

Margie Warrell | Posted 12.11.2016 | 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."

Staying Stress-Free During the Holidays

Dr. Carmen Harra | Posted 11.30.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Carmen Harra

Perhaps we should all reevaluate the true meaning of this time of the year and reintegrate a little fun into the holidays! Follow my seven simple steps to relieve stress and regain inner tranquility during your holiday season.

Taking Ourselves With Us: Thanksgiving Thoughts

Ann V. Klotz | Posted 11.24.2016 | Parents
Ann V. Klotz

So, here is what I am working on before the big day: lowering my expectations. My older sister, mother of four, taught me this long ago. On any capital letter event involving children or any other family members, lower your expectations.

Lights Go On: Part L -- New Season -- New Life

Thomas Bähler | Posted 06.30.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Thomas Bähler

What joy beholds us at this time of new birth What delicate sadness retreats into memories a loved one passes one moves on one moves in These are f...

Relatively Speaking

Marcia Liss | Posted 05.12.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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Lessons Learned From a Not-so-Merry Christmas

Ashley McDonald | Posted 02.25.2015 | College
Ashley McDonald

When you think of Christmas, you think of joy. You think of glamorous décor -- bits of tinsel littering lawns and living rooms; trees bloated with shiny bulbs; strings of colorful lights draping porches and garages. But not all Christmases are wrapped perfectly in glossy silver paper with a white bow on top.

The 5 Top Family Secrets, Christmas and Your Teens

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 02.23.2015 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Parents keep a variety of secrets in an effort to protect their teens but it is my strong belief that teens are old enough and mature enough to hear the real family stories. And, perhaps telling family truths is yet another unwrapped gift that you can give your kids for Christmas.

Mack Daddy of Chaos: Thanksgiving

Adina Kalish | Posted 01.26.2015 | Parents
Adina Kalish

Thanksgiving. You can't avoid it. It's coming. Tomorrow. And whether you love it or hate it, whether it brings together people you love or people you loathe, there's one thing that rings true for all. It could possibly be the culmination of an entire year's worth of chaos at one dinner table.

I Am the Eccentric Relative in My Family

Sue Kerr | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sue Kerr

I don't spend a lot of time with my family in general. I think the main reason is that I'm the crazy-progressive-political relative, but part of it is that I'm a lesbian -- one who doesn't blend and pass quietly as an unmarried lady with a lady roommate who happens to come along to family events. Few people are overtly rude, but the expectation that I not make waves is very strong.

It's Entirely Possible That Your Spouse Is Also Your Cousin

The Huffington Post | Sahaj Kohli | Posted 07.23.2014 | Healthy Living

You fall in love. You tie the knot. And then you find out you’re related to your spouse. A.J. Jacobs, an author and Esquire Editor at Large, joi...

Hosting a Christmas Cocktail Party

Sarah Lowy and Jodi Cohen | Posted 02.22.2014 | HuffPost Home
Sarah Lowy and Jodi Cohen

This year, why not really celebrate what the holidays are about -- family and friends -- by throwing a party! Here are a few ideas to get the party started.

10 Tips For Navigating The Holidays As A Blended Family

Terry Gaspard, MSW, LICSW | Posted 02.18.2014 | Divorce
Terry Gaspard, MSW, LICSW

The Holiday season doesn't have to be a time of stress overload for stepfamilies.

Give an Everlasting Act of Love This Holiday

Kare Anderson | Posted 02.17.2014 | Good News
Kare Anderson

A bus driver guides a frail, elderly woman off his bus and over to an unfamiliar restaurant a few steps away where she's meeting friends. As he turns ...

How to Play (Single) Defense This Holiday Season

Christina Kelly | Posted 02.18.2014 | Women
Christina Kelly

For all the single ladies out there, the holidays can be an especially tough time of year, especially when it comes to handling those family/friends/work holiday parties that you'll be attending stag. To prepare for the inevitable, let's go over some strong defensive tactics.

How to Prevent and Resolve Family Holiday Conflicts

Carleton Kendrick | Posted 02.17.2014 | Parents
Carleton Kendrick

Families and holidays are often less-than-perfect, but you can make the most of your holiday times together by planning ahead, accentuating the positive, and downplaying any little incidents that may have in the past caused family strife.

Holiday Gatherings: A Time to Check in With Loved Ones

Daniel Reingold, M.S., J.D. | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact
Daniel Reingold, M.S., J.D.

The period beginning with Thanksgiving and ending with New Year's is the busiest long-distance travel season of the year. This means that many of us will see relatives for the first time in many months. Use holiday family gatherings as an opportunity to look closer, listen harder and determine if your help is needed.