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Why the Family Meal Is Important

For attorney Lenore Forsted, it might have been easier to just forget about family dinners. With a career, two kids, and after-school sports schedules to deal with, Lenore had plenty of excuses for an eat-on-the-run philosophy.


Use Family Meetings for Communication

Holding regular family meetings can help your family establish healthy communication and coping.  Schedule a meeting time every week to discuss what’s going on in one another’s lives, what household chores are assigned to whom, and what family events are coming up. It can also just be a great time for family members to connect and clear the air. You can make it a fun time for everyone; order take-out or let everyone bring his or her favorite food.  

Tips for Parenting in Today’s World

It’s not possible to be a “super-parent,” but many parents hold themselves up to this standard. Instead, find ways to be the best parent you can be. Let the guide below help you: 

How Divorce Affects Kids

Divorce can be an emotional train wreck for both partners, but often the family members hurt most by a divorce are those who have the least control over their fate -- the children.


Establishing Family Quiet Time

Quiet time can help you recharge and regain a sense of peace that is critical to healthy living. One way to be sure you have this time is to establish a routine with your family and all take part in quite time together. This will help reduce interruptions and distraction and allow everyone time to de-stress from the problems of daily life. 


Handling Stress as a Single Parent

As a single parent, you are aware of the responsibilities you have to take care of your family. The situation can be sad and lonely and most times, it can be stressful too. You alone have to take care and provide for the family and you have no one to help you do this. There are times that you just need the time to slow down and think of possible ways to handle stress. By learning to handle stress, you would be able to go through life with a better and more positive outlook for you and your family.

Strengthen Your Family Bond

When we don’t spend time with our family, we fail to nurture the relationships that matter most. Even though work and busy schedules may try to get in the way, it’s important that you make building better relationships a priority in your household.  


How Routines Can Help Your Household Run More Smoothly

Routines are an important part of family life.  Not only can they provide quality family time, but they can also help accomplish more than one thing at time.  For example, when routines involve activities like chores done as a group, you can spend time with your family and get a household task accomplished.    

Wedding Health and Safety Tips

Say, "I do" to your health! Follow these tips to help you plan a safe and healthy wedding and marriage. 


Understanding Dating Violence

Dating violence is a pattern of violent behavior—physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal—by one partner in a dating relationship toward the other partner. It can happen to teens at any age, no matter what race, ethnicity, or religion they are, and no matter their level of education or economic background. Dating violence can also occur in same-sex relationships.


The Write Stuff: Your Family History

What was your grandmother's maiden name? Where did your ancestors come from? Is your family known for a strong work ethic, a bold spirit or something else? Are there illnesses or diseases that tend to run in your family? If you know the answers, write them down! It's a priceless part of your family legacy, and nobody can tell the story better than you. 

Healthy vs. Unhealthy Relationships

Relationships that occur in the teen years may affect dating relationships later in life. The lessons teens learn today about respect, healthy vs. unhealthy relationships, and what is right or wrong may carry over into future relationships. So it is important for teens to recognize healthy relationships.



Budgeting to Meet Goals

In personal finance, you set financial goals so you can plan your budget around those goals. After all, they are your priorities, aren't they? Here is how financial planners work with budgets:

Divorce Recovery: Building Trust With Your Children In Small Steps

Divorce is destabilizing for adults and children alike. Suddenly the rug has been yanked out from under family members, sometimes literally. Moving or changing homes as children move back and forth between parents is unsettling enough. But combined with the breakup of the family unit, and prolonged discontent or even hostility between parents, the disturbance factors for adults and children can reach profound levels. Trust between family members often suffers the most erosion; after all, a marriage is based on a bond of trust between two people, and consequently between the children of that union and their parents as well.


How to Stay Connected With Your Kids

Your youngster has grown quiet and distant, and you're worried he or she might be stressed or unhappy. What do you do?