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Fight the Pressure to Over-schedule: 10 Tips to Take Back Your Family

By Susan Newman, Ph.D. Author of The Book of NO: 250 Ways to Say It-and Mean It and Stop People-Pleasing Forever

From early morning to late evening most families buzz with non-stop activity that shifts into overdrive during the school year. Once school gets underway—and before—extra curricular sign up sheets abound, and the impulse to engage your children in multiple endeavors becomes hard to resist. » Read more

Childhood Grief: Help Your Kids Deal with Death

By Alicia Purdy

You can't shield your kids from the tragedies that life may bring them, even though you want to. Unfortunately, some kids experience death in their lives well before they should. Walking through a death experience matures kids faster than they deserve. » Read more

Stories That Have Us Reminiscing About Childhood & Longing for Yesteryear

By Inhabitots

Wiling away the slower summer days with your children is a fun reminder of your own childhood. » Read more

How to Choose the Right Pet for Your Kids

By Laura Carlson

"Please mom, can I have a puppy… all my friends have them." Have you heard such pleas? It's almost like a rite of passage in childhood-it seems that nearly every kid asks for a pet sooner or later. But figuring out if your family should get a pet, and, if so, what kind of pet you should choose for your child can be challenging. » Read more

Date Night for Busy Parents

By Alicia Purdy

Do you have younger kids? Remember what it was like to have a date night? If you're one of those parents who feels like you live and breathe by the schedule of your kids, you're not alone. Parents are often so busy scheduling the lives of their kids, they forget to take time out for themselves. That can be rough on a marriage. » Read more

Helping Your Kids Cope with Divorce

By Alicia Purdy

When parents separate or divorce, the effects can be devastating on children, even though a divorce may be the only option in an unhealthy marriage. Because kids aren't emotionally mature enough to understand the nature of a marriage, they cannot grasp what a divorce really means - except what it means to them. » Read more

Dealing with His Crazy Schedule

Is your partner a police officer, first responder, attorney, doctor, pilot, or shift worker?  Does he have a crazy, unpredictable schedule?  It’s hard to have a happy marriage when you barely get to see your man.  Researchers at the University of Maryland's Department of Sociology studied work schedules of married couples and found that divorce rates among couples with » Read more

Are You a Married Single Mom?

If you have kids you know how hard the job of mothering is.  Even though married moms have a spouse to help them with household chores, parenting, and managing the home, they still may feel as overwhelmed as moms who don’t have a partner.  This situation, where women feel like they are stuck doing it all, is becoming more common and has even led to the start of internet sup » Read more

What Triggers Your Anger?

 
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What Does it Take to Raise Happy Children?

By Dr. Jim Taylor

One of the most frequent comments I get from parents is “I just want my kid to be happy.” Though an admirable and common objective, happiness is one of the most neglected family values in twenty-first-century America. Few parents grasp the essential meaning of happiness for their children and fewer still understand how they can help their children to find it. » Read more