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Families NEED routines and structure in order to function well. Why? Because routines provide security and people NEED to feel secure. You can think of the routines of family life as the skeleton supporting everything else. But, how do you actually establish routines that work? Continue reading
Creating a shared vision of the family helps bond members by providing common direction and goals. The goal here is to create a sense of unity – which, in turn, will help diminish conflict. By the end of these activities, you will all be on the same team, working toward the same goals. Continue reading
Family. It can be a source of joy and security; a safe nest from which we fly out to take on the world. Or, it can be a spring of constant strife; a stressful, crazy place from which we long to escape. We all want to create the first version. But how do we actually create such a place amid the constant bickering and daily dramas? Continue reading
Disasters happen. Sometimes we have plenty of advance warning. Sometimes we don’t. The hurricane pounding the southeast this week gave people days to prepare or evacuate. Fires, floods, tornadoes, and earthquakes are not so considerate. But, all of these events are facts of life. And, we all have to learn how to cope with the storms of life – both real and emotional. As parents, we have an extra burden Continue reading
Okay. I’ll admit it. This post is way more for me than it is for you. My baby just moved across the state to go to college. For years I have been looking forward to and dreading this day in equal measures. I have fantasized about a clean, quiet home free of smelly gym clothes and week-old pizza boxes. And, I have been dreading the end of late night talks and Sunday morning pancake breakfasts and family game night. So, I cried on the way back from helping my very grown up and capable kid move into his dorm. And today, as a form of self-therapy, Continue reading