Communication is perhaps the most important thing in building a tightly knit family. Parents need to be able to communicate clearly with their children, and children need to be able to talk to their parents without any reservations. Without an open channel of communication, family relationships will not reach their full potential. [Read more…]
There’s an unwritten rule in the wedding vows: marry a guy, and you accept his parents—or at least, try to get through a family reunion without killing each other before dessert. Here are some ways to impress your in-laws and even lay the foundation for a healthy and even enriching relationship. [Read more…]
Good friends are hard to come by. We have a lot of acquiantances—co-workers, neighbors—but often say nothing more than ‘hi’ if we accidentally run into each other in the corridor or street.
However, people need close, fulfilling relationships to really achieve work-life balance (and when we’re feeling discouraged a long-distance phone call can’t replace a tight good hug, a kind face, or someone saying: ‘Don’t worry about that. I’ll help right now.’
The good news is that the support system could be just a door away. We can form closer bonds with neighbors and form deeper relationships with casual acquaintances we meet through work, church or recreational activities. Here are some tips on forging that bond. [Read more…]
We all want to stay close to our kids, but it’s hard to squeeze in quality time when the demands of real life suck us in every day. Working moms (and dads) have to juggle family and career, and even stay-at-home parents have a long to-do list: laundry, cooking, housecleaning.
Sometimes, from sheer exhaustion, it’s tempting to just park the whole family in front of the TV and watch a movie together. But even if you’re sitting right next to your child, that doesn’t count as ‘quality time.’ Kids need one-on-one, interactive activities where you get to know each other, and show how much you care about what they think and feel. Here are some ways you can do that every day. [Read more…]