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Why Happy Families Require 12 Great Relationships (or Maybe 11)

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 02.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Earle McLeod

Group relationships are complex. But they're worth it. When you look around the table and realize, "we all really like each other," you're destined for great things.

10 Steps to Raising a Healthy, Happy Kid

Sherrie Campbell, PhD | Posted 04.05.2014 | Parents
Sherrie Campbell, PhD

We will know what kind of parent we are by how we see our children get along and interact in the world. Love should be the foundation of parenting. It is also important to know that discipline is the highest form of love.

Is the Tail Wagging the Dog?

Sherrie Campbell, PhD | Posted 03.19.2014 | Parents
Sherrie Campbell, PhD

Children, especially teenagers can be incredibly dramatic. The one thing we must do as parents is not buy in to the drama.

The MIL/DIL Competition: It's Not What You Think

Deanna Brann, Ph.D. | Posted 02.17.2014 | Weddings
Deanna Brann, Ph.D.

This relationship -- like no other -- really needs to find that delicate balance because it's extremely fragile. One wrong look, one inconsiderate behavior, or one off-putting remark from your MIL or DIL can change how you feel about each other forever.

10 Joyful Ways To Handle Those Holiday 'Grinches'

Prevention | Posted 12.08.2013 | Healthy Living

Every holiday gathering has a grinch. You know their M.O.: They take a certain tone of voice. Dish out a thinly veiled criticism. Pose a nosy question...

Rising Divorce Rates in the 50-Plus Community and What this Means for You

Susan Krauss Whitbourne | Posted 02.02.2014 | Fifty
Susan Krauss Whitbourne

Whatever the cause, there are risks to divorce among the 50 and older population, particularly for women.

Thanksgiving 2013 -- Hemingway at Home

Neil McCarthy | Posted 01.28.2014 | Good News
Neil McCarthy

When I first met my mother-in-law, it was at a birthday party she was throwing for her oldest daughter, then turning thirty, who later became my wife. I remember thinking that my future wife's mother was very smart, very determined, and very pretty.

5 Things Not To Bring To The Thanksgiving Table

Ann Brenoff | Posted 01.25.2014 | HuffPost Home
Ann Brenoff

Thanksgiving is one of those loaded-for-bear holidays. We overeat, we over-drink, we overwatch football, and speaking anecdotally, we overbook appointments with our therapists for the Monday after. Families, they just do that to you sometimes, you know?

7 Things You Should Always Say To Family

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Ellen Breslau | Posted 11.20.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com Most of us see or talk to our families at least once a week. But how often does the chitchat include letting them kno...

Should Parents Praise Their Children?

Kenneth Barish, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Kenneth Barish, Ph.D.

Children need praise, just as we all do. Especially, our children need to know that we are proud of them. A child's inner certainty that her parents are proud of her is a sustaining influence throughout her life -- a deep and lasting form of emotional support.

Parents, Hold Your Breath and Let Your Child Breathe!

David Kanegis | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
David Kanegis

Become the ship's captain as you navigate the choppy waters of your child's college application process. Your child is now a 12th grader. It's Octob...

Donna Brazile: The 4 Most Annoying Things I Love About My Family

Posted 10.07.2013 | OWN

In a family this big, who's counting? Well...Donna Brazile is. By Donna Brazile 1. They've got kids. My eight siblings have produced 15 niec...

A Public Apology to My Mom: You're Never a Bother

Lisa Cleary | Posted 10.16.2013 | Women
Lisa Cleary

I want you to know that I took our talk to heart and that you're never a bother. You know I love you, and what we have is still special. I just have to work on showing it a little more, and a little better.

Passive-Aggressive In-Laws: How to Beat Them at Their Own Game

Deanna Brann, Ph.D. | Posted 09.28.2013 | Weddings
Deanna Brann, Ph.D.

Do you have a mother-in-law or a daughter-in-law who says she is "fine" or who says nothing at all, but then starts in with obvious pouts, loud, heavy sighs and those undermining "accidental" oversights? No matter what she says or doesn't say, her actions are screaming the real truth: She is not happy with you.

So I've Come Out to My Christian Parents... Now What? Part 1: Things to Remember About Parents

Linda Robertson | Posted 09.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Linda Robertson

In the past month, we have started a small network of Christian parents who love Jesus and who also love their LGBTQ child. Right now, the parents are literally and figuratively all over the map -- where they live and where they are in their process of learning to fully love and relate to their child.

How to Parent an Introverted Child: An Interview With Susan Cain

Omega Institute | Posted 09.08.2013 | Parents
Omega Institute

It's important for a parent to learn to take delight in a child whose behavior might seem mystifying. In the case of an extroverted parent with an introverted child, it can be learning to see the inner riches of your child that may not always be expressed on the surface.

Attention Must Be Paid, Even By Fiat

Jane Adams Ph.D. | Posted 09.07.2013 | Fifty
Jane Adams Ph.D.

While trying (or not) to let go of our grown kids and enjoy the responsibiity-free years between now and that distant country of the "old old," we're not ready to cut all the ties that bind us. Will it take a decree from the government to nudge them into paying attention to us when we get there?

Happy Father's Day: Polygamists

Andreea Nica | Posted 08.16.2013 | New York
Andreea Nica

During this Father's Day, dads will experience praise and honor for their dedication to their respective families. Do polygamist fathers receive more or less praise for their contributions?

Traveling With Emotional Baggage: Ask Noah

Noah Kass | Posted 06.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Noah Kass

"I'm away from my family three nights a week for work. I understand the travel is necessary yet I can tell my wife feels stressed when left alone with our two young kids. How can I make things better?"

Holding on to Your Kids in a Digital Age: An Interview With Gordon Neufeld, Part 2

Omega Institute | Posted 07.28.2013 | Parents
Omega Institute

Many people think that discipline is the essence of parenting. But that isn't parenting. Parenting is not telling your child what to do when he or she misbehaves. Parenting is providing the conditions in which a child can realize his or her full human potential.

Why It's Hard To Get Along With Your In-Laws

Posted 05.22.2013 | Weddings

New research confirms what many new wives have long known: relationships between mothers-in-law and daughters-in-law are really stressful. Sylvia L...

The Great-Granddaughter Of Etiquette Queen Advises Post50s

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.13.2013 | Fifty

Emily Post’s great-great-granddaughter, Lizzie Post, has inherited her great-great grandmother's flair for guiding us through life's ticklish situat...

Family Outing

Marilyn Beker | Posted 07.08.2013 | Comedy
Marilyn Beker

I've been outed as a fat girl. My own sister -- a size-four fashion maven -- called me "plus-sized" in an interview she gave to an international media outlet. So now a world of strangers thinks of me as a roller ball to her Sharpie.

Conversations With Women Who Miss Their Mothers

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 07.01.2013 | Women
Elizabeth Benedict

This Mother's Day, I'm steeped in the subject of missing mothers. I've found myself in many private conversations, and a growing public conversation, about how we cope (or don't cope) when mothers are gone, whether they've passed away or are lost to dementia.

5 Ways to Have a Happy Mother's Day

Debbie Gisonni | Posted 07.01.2013 | Women
Debbie Gisonni

Instead of wishing the day after Mother's Day couldn't come fast enough, why not embrace it and have fun? Here are five things you can do to have a happy Mother's Day.