Multiculturalism When Working with Blended Families

November 18, 2021

The number of blended families has been growing all over the world. Blended families have also been called mixed, step, reconstituted, and complex families. Just as the name is adaptable, so is the definition of blended families. In many articles, and most research, a blended family is defined as one where one or both parents…

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Co-Parenting After Divorce: How to Set Aside Differences and Support Your Kids

January 30, 2018

  This blog was originally published on Counsel Philadelphia and is re-posted here with the author’s permission.  Adam Goodman is a former Staff Therapist at Council for Relationships and a licensed attorney experienced in divorce mediation and co-parenting.  Co-parenting is hard, especially if уоu have a contentious rеlаtіоnѕhір with уоur ex-partner. Yоu may bе соnсеrnеd аbоut your…

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Inter-Generational Holiday Celebrations: A Guide For Adult Children and Their Parents

Staff Therapist Susan Neumann Gordon, LSW, MBA, has extensive experience with individuals, couples and families in life transitions, relationships between parents and adult children, and couples’ conflict resolution and communication skills.  During the season of joy and light, we may have high hopes for family togetherness and harmony. Yet, when generations of family convene, there may…

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Thoughts from the Movie “Boyhood”

The Oscar-nominated film Boyhood takes us on a young man’s journey through 12 years. The poignant movie shows the mistakes and triumphs of one family, with parts that we can all relate to. We asked our therapists to share their thoughts from the movie. Read their feelings on Boyhood below before the Academy Awards this Sunday. (Spoiler Alert:…

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Rules of Engagement: When Adult Children Come Home for the Holidays

For many of us holidays have a sort of sacred meaning with familiar traditions and family togetherness across generations. And then everything changes. Parents and grandparents die. Kids grow up, leave home and bring new people to the table. How can we adapt to change, minimize stress and maximize joy? Here are some suggested “rules…

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Navigating Difficult Family Dynamics During the Holidays

November 20, 2014

No matter how old we are, how successful we are in life, or how experienced we are in dealing with relationships, the stress of holiday get-togethers can be a challenge. During this time of year, it’s a good idea to have some strategies in place for coping with the difficult moments so that you can…

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It’s Not Always a White Christmas. Complicated Families: Complicated Holidays

December 13, 2010

Family holidays used to be simpler, at least that is the myth. When family members look more alike, have similar ideas of how the holidays are celebrated, and have common expectations of behavior, food and customs, life seems easier. Today many more families are intercultural, interracial, and inter-religious, especially in big cities. Blended families are…

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