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Bringing Back Family Night: A Few Out-of-the-Box Ideas to Spend More Time with Those You Love

Consider the following story as it relates to this week’s topic. Last week, my wife and I spent our entire Saturday at my mother-in-law’s home for her birthday. We loved every minute of it, and I even got to see some of the family’s old photos! There were a ton of pictures of birthdays, Christmases, and Thanksgivings, but even more of just regular nights of them together as a family. My mother-in-law said they really enjoyed having “family nights” as often as possible doing fun and quirky activities. She says she misses them and hopes that Jackie and I do the...

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JOMO – The Joy of Missing Out: How We Can Liberate Ourselves from Overstimulation Through Restraint and Moderation

Consider the following story as it relates to this week’s topic. Chloe considers herself a technologically-savvy person. She's old enough to remember always having a computer around, though she sometimes finds herself amazed by how quickly technology has advanced. Her use of social media grew as it became not just a place to share thoughts, but also a tool to coordinate events, share pictures, and create a full-fledged digital persona. For the most part, it made her feel like she was connected and informed in a fun and engaging way. Though recently, she's been thinking about the amount of time...

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Father’s Day: Getting Through it or Making the Most of It

Consider the following story as it relates to this week’s topic. You know, it’s not that I don’t love my dad, it’s just that I don’t feel like I know him all that well. In fact, I think he barely even knows me. He didn’t treat me badly when I was growing up, and I knew that he cared about me. I just don’t think he was especially good at expressing his love for his kids, and sometimes it feels like we’ve even come to terms with that. Unfortunately, given our situation, every year, things get tricky around Father’s Day. My...

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Mother’s Day: A Celebration for Some, but Disregarded by Others

Consider the following story as it relates to this week’s topic. My brother Paul will be staying with my wife and I next weekend. We plan to go out for dinner with some old friends on Friday, then for a quick trip to the beach with the kids on Saturday. On Sunday, my wife Belle and I wanted to visit my parent’s house for Mother’s Day, but I don’t know if I should invite Paul to come see Mom. He had it a bit rough with her when we were growing up and I don’t think things ever got better. I...

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Valentine’s Day: A Love/Hate Relationship

Consider the following story as it relates to this week’s topic. It’s that time of year again, and I really wish I wasn’t reminded by it every time I walk into a store, restaurant or anywhere else for that matter. I’m sick of the hearts taped on doors, the arrow-wielding Cupids on walls and the sudden influx of roses at the flower section. I swear my favorite part of Valentine’s Day is the day after when all the chocolates go on sale for people like me. My sister says I should lighten up and try to do something fun this year,...

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Social Tips: Helping Your Child Connect

I was at my mother’s yesterday and was telling her about how Brian can be pretty awkward when he’s with other kids. It’s not that he doesn’t like spending time with his classmates; it’s just that his social cues seem to be…off. I told her that two of his friends told him what appeared to be a secret, and he replied by repeating what he’d just heard loud enough for everyone to hear. While I laughed as I witnessed it, I realized that this might be a sign that his social skills are not exactly honed. I want Brian to...

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Learning to Build and Maintain Healthy Adult Mother/Daughter Relationships

Consider the following story as it relates to this week's piece. When you think about your relationship with your mother, does it make you smile and feel good inside or do you get a knot in your stomach and start to clench your fists? To the moms, when you think of your daughter, do you feel proud and grateful or do you get angry and think about how your daughter never listens to your advice and generally makes the wrong decisions? Relationships with our mothers can be quite tricky and complex, and we all handle them in different ways. Some daughters have...

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Too Social: How Generation X’s Obsession with Social Media Can Cause Problems at Home and Work

I’ve never been one to obsess over social media. A couple of years ago, I created a Facebook account to connect and keep in touch with long-distance family members and old friends from school. Over time, I noticed that the more time I spent on there, the more I wanted to reach out to people I hadn’t spoken to in years and share news and recipes I found interesting. It was nothing too extreme, though. Then during last Thanksgiving, my oldest son’s girlfriend told me about how much more she preferred Twitter to Facebook, so I decided to give it...

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5 Tips to Help Keep Your Relationship Strong

I love my husband and we’ve been married for eight years now. Our lives together before our kids were born were full of adventure and fun. Like most married couples with no kids, we could always go out whenever we wanted. For example, in the past, we’d been known to get up and go to Denny’s at 3 AM because we were both awake and hungry! All of that changed, however, when we had Hallie four years ago. We both love her to pieces, but let’s face it, life as we once knew it has changed. We barely have time...

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The Victim, the Rescuer and the Persecutor: Understanding the Basics of Drama

Jack and Jill have been married for 25 years. They’ve done a wonderful job in raising their four children who’ve already made their way in the world. Jack has generally been the breadwinner of the family and Jill is thinking about returning to college to finish her degree...

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