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What Not To Say To Me About My Son's Illness

Emily Cappo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Emily Cappo

When your child has a serious illness, your entire world turns upside down. Breaking the news to your family and friends is difficult. But, even more difficult is hearing some of the responses.

Valuing Diversity: The Pathway to Inclusion

Sojourner Marable Grimmett | Posted 12.30.2013 | Black Voices
Sojourner Marable Grimmett

I quickly checked myself before showing that I was alarmed by her reaction, and continued to smile. I imagined that I was the first black person that she had ever seen, and wanted my encounter with her to be a positive one.

Find Your Anchor: Alzheimer's Support Groups Are Empowering

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 12.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

For any caregiver who has felt that they needed their anchor, and motivation, to push through challenging times, the following are five benefits of attending a support group.

3 Great Reasons To Reach Out To Female Friends In Midlife

Patricia Crisafulli | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Patricia Crisafulli

We sit around a table set just for us -- four interesting, accomplished, and attractive women at mid-life who are flying solo for the evening. We've left jobs, homes, and husbands/significant others behind to celebrate another aspect of ourselves that I now value more deeply: We are girlfriends.

The Moment I Realized I Had Become a Mean Mommy

Janet Casey | Posted 12.07.2013 | Parents
Janet Casey

There is a moment in every mom's life in which she realizes that she has indeed been, as I describe it, a "mean mommy."

How Do You Help a Friend Who's Hurting?

Maureen Anderson | Posted 12.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Maureen Anderson

So here's what I learned from Tiffany about helping a friend who's hurting. Don't be afraid of breaking her. Ask what would help. And go ahead and ask for something right back. Nothing heals like knowing you're needed.

When Does Grief End?

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 11.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Fredda Wasserman

Remember that grief is a process. Although the pain of grief often comes upon us all at once in a crushing blow, the pain lessens gradually.

The Word You Need To Hear When Dealing With A Loss

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 11.23.2013 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

Why is 'initiative' such a huge word? Because initiative means taking action. Initiative takes intent. Initiative takes formulation. Initiative takes follow-up and follow-through. Initiative comes from within yourself.

Diabetes Websites to Improve Your Care

Riva Greenberg | Posted 11.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

These websites and resources have helped me stay informed, do the work I do, and keep learning to improve my care. They have also supported me and lifted my spirits on more than one occasion.

Change Your Beliefs to Change Your Life and Then the World

Juliet Turalski | Posted 11.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Juliet Turalski

At your deepest core, do you ever wonder if the way you act is actually who you want to be? It's worth considering, because the beliefs you act upon not only shape your life, but also trigger the path the world takes and the consequences humanity faces.

5 Ways to Be a Better Friend, No Matter How Busy You Are

Erin Cox | Posted 11.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Erin Cox

My friends have been my support system, therapists, sounding boards, cheering team and sisters for life. I don't know what I would do without these women who have made my life immeasurably better.

10 Factors That Promote Intimacy

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 10.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Relationships and people require intimacy in order to thrive. When we make the effort to give attention to bringing the conditions into our relationship that encourage and promote intimacy, it's not only our relationships that benefit but our lives in general.

Dear Parents of High-Need Babies

CT Working Moms | Posted 10.20.2013 | Parents
CT Working Moms

Parents of high-need babies and toddlers: It gets better. Hang in there. It's a rough road, but it's a road that will eventually end in a happy place.

When 'We' Changes to 'Me' -- Finding the Strength to Move Forward After the Death of a Partner or Spouse

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 10.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Fredda Wasserman

What if, in the midst of this blissful time, your partner suddenly and unexpectedly dies? How do you find hope and meaning in life after your world is turned upside down?

When 'Unremarkable' Is a Good Thing

Myra Demeter | Posted 09.17.2013 | Fifty
Myra Demeter

I am usually perfectly capable of holding a conversation via my Bluetooth connection while driving my car. Almost three years ago, I received a phone call from a close relative that caused me to pull over to the side of the road to give the call my absolute attention.

It's Really Not You, It's Them

Stephenie Zamora | Posted 09.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Stephenie Zamora

When you surround yourself with passionate, positive and inspired individuals, there is nowhere to go but up. These people are possibility thinkers, idea generators and love to give and receive support.

What Happens When You Are Thrust Into Independence

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 08.31.2013 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

It feels like we just got done with New Years, so it is unbelievable to me that we are now preparing to celebrate the Fourth of July; the 237th year of our independence as a nation. Along with my family, I will be celebrating at home with hot dogs and homemade coleslaw.

Telling the One You're in a Relationship With

Kyle Koeppel | Posted 08.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Kyle Koeppel

If someone cannot be supportive of your decision to screen and be proactive about cancer, than that person probably cannot be there for you in other ways.

MotherWoman Saved My Life. You Can Help Save a Mom's Life Too.

MotherWoman | Posted 07.23.2013 | Impact

MotherWoman saved my life, my identity and my motherhood. MotherWoman was my missing piece, the place where I found myself and was given permission to...

How To Remember Mom On Mother's Day

Dr. Carmen Harra | Posted 07.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Carmen Harra

Never an easy lesson of life, loss is experienced by all. And for those of us who have lost a loved one, certain holidays can become excruciating reminders of the persons we so dearly miss.

MotherWoman: Not Just for New Mothers

MotherWoman | Posted 07.10.2013 | Impact

My daughter was three when my son was born and for me, the early years of mothering felt like a kind of suspended animation: I could see the cosmos racing away from me outside my spaceship porthole.

How to Survive Apartment Hunting in New York City (And Other Transitions)

Catherine Chen, Ph.D. | Posted 07.01.2013 | New York
Catherine Chen, Ph.D.

As a person who likes an orderly and unambiguous life, I found that the process of apartment hunting has thrown my world upside down.

Why I Care for My Mother

Janie Emaus | Posted 06.24.2013 | Fifty
Janie Emaus

Chances are if you're in your fifties or older and one or both of your parents are still alive, some of your time is spent in a caregiving situation.

Run. Walk. Serve. 9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk

Danilo Minnick | Posted 06.02.2013 | New York
Danilo Minnick

April 21 is the inaugural 9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk and Family Day, an event to encourage public service and support of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

In Defense of Parents: A Child Therapist's Dissent

Kenneth Barish, Ph.D. | Posted 05.20.2013 | Parents
Kenneth Barish, Ph.D.

Here are the essential elements of a balanced, supportive approach to raising successful and caring children. It is not either/or. We can encourage our children's self-expression and also teach them self-restraint.