Archive for the ‘Family’ Category

13 Dec

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

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,… Read More

13 Sep

Parenting and the Teenage Years: A Parent’s Survival Guide

As parents, we try hard to understand our teenagers, but oftentimes we seem at a loss and it can be very stressful. Parenting is a difficult job in the best of circumstances. If you add to that a child who is experiencing some extra problems,… Read More

14 Jun

Helping Children Grieve: Expressing Emotions, Affirming the Universal

It is a Tuesday evening in January, 2010. The room is abuzz with the energy of 12 children, ages 7-9, who show up in this large room most weeks from 6-8 pm to play and talk and have a snack. These children have something in… Read More

17 May

What to do When Your Friends are Getting a Divorce (Part 3)

In parts one and two, we touched on some ways for Ann to explore and cope with her experience of Mary and Andy's divorce. This last part will look at the possible impact on Ann's relationship with her own husband, since one of her worries… Read More

12 Feb

“Conversation Hearts” for Valentine’s Day and Everyday

NECCO began putting funny little sayings on chalky-tasting candy hearts back in the 1800’s. Maybe you remember them from grade school. Old classics like “Be Mine” and “Truly Yours”. Racy ones (to a 2nd grader!) like “Kiss Me.” Recent additions for the modern age such… Read More

13 Dec

Maintaining a Healthy Relationships While Raising Children

Raising children is one of the most rewarding and challenging undertakings a couple takes on. It is certainly not easy to raise children today (I'm not sure if it ever was), and it clearly requires a lot of energy and focus. However, I have recently… Read More