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Dear Family Whisperer: Letting Him Do the Small Stuff HIS Way

Melinda Blau | Posted 10.15.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

A lot of women complain about their husbands not doing things their way. They also tend to blow those differences out of proportion. The result, sadly, is that husbands, fearing criticism, often do less and less, a situation that leads to "chore wars."

Recipe For Getting Back On The Wagon

Emma Brodie | Posted 08.06.2014 | Women
Emma Brodie

You were doing so well consistently going to the gym, sorting your inbox, etc., that you're almost shocked at how easy it was to just not do it one day. And then to not do it the next day. And then to look around and realize that a month had gone by since you'd done this thing you swore you'd never NOT do again.

Dear Family Whisperer: Help for the Culturally Challenged

Melinda Blau | Posted 05.20.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

Families need to be with other families. A night out lets you enjoy adult interaction and allows your son to mix it up with kids his own age in a context outside of school.

Chore Schedule Strategies

Elizabeth Grace Saunders | Posted 12.15.2013 | Parents
Elizabeth Grace Saunders

Is there a way for families to split up tasks without major fights and headaches? Fortunately, the answer is, "Yes!" But how you achieve that goal is a little different for each household.

Use Rituals to Send Love to Your Children

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 11.03.2013 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

Repetition is an essential part of ingraining healthy messages in your children. Rituals provide that consistent replication. Rituals communicate mess...

The Burden of Knowing: How to Disclose Ambiguous Loss to Children

Nancy Rappaport | Posted 07.16.2013 | Parents
Nancy Rappaport

After an ambiguous loss, as after a parent's death, it is helpful for the remaining parent to tell the truth, in a timely way, in a manner tailored to the child's developmental capacity, and in limited detail.

Three Ways to Make Peace With Time

Maureen Anderson | Posted 07.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Maureen Anderson

Whatever it is, it reminds me housework is as much meditation as anything else. It's a lovely frame for the rest of life -- disguised as a mindless, boring task that was always anything but.