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Family Gatherings

How To Banish Negative Conversations

Laurie Gerber | Posted 05.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Laurie Gerber

Maybe your family or friends like to gossip. Or maybe they play misery poker about their ailments. I challenge you to be the one to set the tone of conversations.

Family Matters

Laurie Gerber | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Laurie Gerber

It's your life and your family to improve. Lead with compassion and strength. If you can be that with your family, you can be that anywhere.

The Family Reunion

Charlie Nelms, Ed.D. | Posted 11.03.2013 | Black Voices
Charlie Nelms, Ed.D.

The Anderson-Stokes clan had its beginning in the late 1880s in the Mississippi Delta, amid the mosquito-infested bottom lands created by the unpredicted flooding of the Mississippi River.

Board-Free Family Fun: 3 Games to Play Over the Holidays

Sadie Dingfelder | Posted 02.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Sadie Dingfelder

No matter what holiday you're celebrating, there comes a time when the family gathering runs out of steam. While you may be tempted to head out to a movie or -- if you're me -- continue to graze until there's no food left in the house, there's an alternative: Play!

Heaven Help Me Holiday Bingo

Tracey Stewart | Posted 02.19.2013 | Parents
Tracey Stewart

Holiday family get-togethers don't have to be stressful... say people who know nothing. They are stressful! This year, make the most of the impending storm with "Heaven Help Me Holiday Bingo," the holiday game that no one else knows you're playing!

Topics That Are Off-Limits With Family (WATCH)

Posted 12.07.2012 | MarloThomas

I am always overjoyed when my family is able to get together, but as in every family, there are some topics that are off limits in conversation with c...

How I've Found Happiness In Midlife

Lisa K. Friedman | Posted 02.03.2013 | Fifty
Lisa K. Friedman

Like most families together for the holidays, we spend the first hours going over the updates: who died, who went bankrupt, who needs surgery. Given enough time and liquor, this can easily become a competition: whose disaster story is worse?

One Family's American Dream

Ilene Angel | Posted 09.17.2012 | New York
Ilene Angel

What is distinctly American is that we are defined not only by what we make of ourselves in the modern world, but by where we came from.

'Tis the Season (for Political Hijacking)

Philip Galanes | Posted 02.19.2012 | Home
Philip Galanes

Why would we voluntarily model our private behavior on the provocations of Bill O'Reilly and Chris Matthews, in our own homes, with our actual loved ones?

Are You 'The Pretty One?'

Kate Fridkis | Posted 01.22.2012 | Women
Kate Fridkis

I don't think there's something wrong with telling a little girl she's pretty. But we should remind ourselves that she can be more than just pretty -- and that her sister is listening.

Digesting the Thanksgiving Sandwich: Three Tips for Those Parenting Children and Parents During the Holidays

Donna Labermeier | Posted 01.02.2012 | Fifty
Donna Labermeier

Are you a member of the "Sandwich Generation?" Have you been placed in the position of "parenting" your aging parents while raising your own children? To keep calm and maintain your sanity, here are 3 things you can do to bring peace to your Thanksgiving festivities.

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.

The Splendor And The Struggle Of Holiday Gatherings

Kari Henley | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kari Henley

The pressures to hit the mall, keep up with the Joneses and complete our to-do list amplifies this time of year, making it harder for that gentle oxytocin to flow. How do we create a season of peace?

Tips For Fighting Family Gathering Anxiety

Dr. Hendrie Weisinger | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Hendrie Weisinger

Many people suffer what I coin FGA -- Family Gathering Anxiety. Basically, this refers to those who experience strong feelings of anxiety before and often during a family gathering.

Not All The Turkeys Are In The Oven

Rick Horowitz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rick Horowitz

The actual Thursday comes, and Uncle Theophilis is right back there, but so is every last other body in the entire family, and some who used to be but show up no matter the divorce.

"Eat, Pray, Love" Your Way to Closer Relationships

Kari Henley | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kari Henley

Last week, we baked a cake together. The cake was called Community and the ingredients were all the layers of relationships we have in our lives: ours...

Avoiding Turkey-Time Misery

SaraKay Smullens | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
SaraKay Smullens

If you know you are anticipating a meal laced with digs and putdowns, subtle and overt, either political, personal, or a combo practice changing the subject.

Hospitality Checklist for Holiday Hosts

Jeffrey Shaffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Jeffrey Shaffer

Realize that, in addition to their luggage, guests may also bring along a wide assortment of lifestyle habits and personal preferences that will lodge in your memory forever.