This is a normal, healthy stage in adolescent development, where the child seeks to pull away from her parents. read more
Teen Independence Teen Pulling Away from Family
In this article, you will find:
- We all come from somewhere
- Involve the entire family
Get Hooked on Your Family History
We recently spoke with Megan Smolenyak, the author of the book Who Do You Think You Are?, the companion to the NBC television series by the same name.
A sixth-grade family history project hooked Megan Smolenyak into the world of genealogy, and decades later, she's as captivated as ever.
Genealogy: Approximating Family History Dates
If an exact date is not known, then whenever possible estimate the dates rather than leaving them entirely blank. In this section, we discuss a few of the many ways in which this can be accomplished.
Holiday Movies Top Family Movies for the 2016 Holiday Season
Have fun as a family by seeing some of this holiday season's best movies in the theaters. read more
Writing Your Family's Value Statement
There's family values—that's a political agenda—and then there's your family's values, which are your family's personal beliefs and behavior guidelines. (In some cases, these two kinds of family values may be the same thing. In most, they will not be.)
It’s the holiday season, and that means it’s a time of traditions, family, and gift giving. Having a big family can mean more excitement and merriment throughout the holidays, but it can also make a Christmas gift exchange problematic in some ways.
Family History Research: Steps to a Successful Interview
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In normal conversation, both people talk. Ideas are exchanged. Each person contributesinformation. The talk flows in unpredictable ways.
Discussing Adoption with Your Family and Friends
You can be sure that if you're thinking about adoption, just about everyone you know will have an opinion about whether you should (or shouldn't) adopt. But the problem with listening to everyone else is that you will receive conflicting advice. Also, the people telling you what to do probably don't know squat about adoption. They all want what they think is best for you—but how can they know what truly is the right choice for your situation? Answer: It must be your decision.
It’s finally summer! Your kids have anxiously been awaiting a season of fun, and there are a string of long, empty days ahead just waiting to be filled. If you need a little inspiration, here’s a list of activities to keep your whole family busy and entertained no matter what kind of day you are looking to have.
Infertility: Responding to Questions from Family and Friends
When you are experiencing infertility, one of the most difficult challenges is communicating with family and friends about what may be a devastating life crisis. Even the most caring relative or friend may offer a "helpful" suggestion, which will appear wildly insensitive to you. Here are some questions you may encounter-and answers you can use to deal with your in-laws and friends.
Spring is (finally!) here! Which means, more time at the playground, more time on the sports field...and, most likely, never-ending piles of your kid's muddy clothes. When your kids come home with muddy clothes, instead of cringing--or even considering just tossing them away--know this: their dirty items can be salvaged!
Education is a hot topic these days as we face a new school year during a global pandemic. As moms, we have carried our families through all of the regular parental responsibilities in addition to the added emotional labor that has come with the difficult decisions regarding our family’s health and safety on a daily basis. We have navigated questions of how our families can safely spend their time, what to do about childcare, how to address health crises, and more during this time of COVID-19.
Family Budget Makeover: Cutting the Grocery Bill
Trying to save a few bucks? Cutting grocery bills can be a relatively painless way to make monthly savings. We went prowling for the best ways to spend less without making kitchen duty endless or meals tasteless. Here are some easy ways to change how you shop and how your family eats.
Before You Shop
Handling Family and Social Gatherings with an Autistic Child
Over the years when we get together with other parents of children with autism, we joke that we used to have a social life and we have pictures to prove it! In reality, although it is true that it is harder to participate in family and social gatherings, it can be done. Gatherings can be overwhelming, and attending with your child requires a certain amount of preparation on both ends, depending on the type and size of the gathering.
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Knocking the Fat Out of Family FavoritesSkimming the fat in your recipe means more than just using leaner ingredients. It also means using healthful cooking techniques and tools. Here are some quick tips and tricks of the trade:
Be careful when cutting back on the amount of sugar in cakes, cookies, or other baked goods. Many times, reducing sugar will affect the texture or the volume.
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You stand over a sink full of dirty dishes, feeling a familiar ache of self-pity settling heavily on your shoulders, triggered by the unceasing monotony of chores.
Mother's Day is a celebration that I look forward to each year. It seems fitting that we get a whole day dedicated to honor all those diaper changes, lunches packed, and tears wiped. Are you looking for a unique Mother's Day gift idea? Here's my round-up of one-of-a-kind gifts that will be sure to please mom.
Set Reasonable Expectations for Yourself and Your Family
Element number eight of the Twelve Disciplinary Elements widens the scope of discipline outside of you and your child. Your child doesn't exist in a vacuum, he lives in your family, probably with you.
Genealogy and family history have become hot topics for many families thanks to affordable and easy ways to test your DNA. These tests allow us to do everything from discovering how prone we are to like a certain ice cream flavor to learning important health data to exposing family secrets. You might have friends who have uncovered a different heritage than they knew to be true for their family or even long lost family members.
Family Meetings: Spelling Out House Rules and Obligations
Household rules—and the consequences of breaking them—should be spelled out clearly. ( Family meetings may be the ideal time to do this.) Writing them out and posting them will avoid confusion.
Congratulations on your decision to homeschool! We are living through a very unique and challenging time in our lives as we make our way through a global pandemic, and following your gut to make the right decision for your children and your family as a whole is important. Beginning a homeschool journey as a family can feel both exciting and nerve wracking until it starts to feel like part of your routine.