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This Christmas, Celebrate a “Less Valuable” Senior Loved One

This Christmas, Celebrate a “Less Valuable” Senior Loved One

American culture is not just capital-ist, it is capital-centric. Our highest regard is given to people who are millionaires and billionaires, or who …

Helping Those in Need During the Holiday Season

Helping Those in Need During the Holiday Season

“Oh there’s no place like home for the holidays….” an opening line from a well-known song resonates in my head. As much as holidays are about …

Holidays Are Not Supposed To Hurt

Holidays Are Not Supposed To Hurt

Have you ever heard the phrase, “love is not supposed to hurt”? Organizations which help people recognize whether a relationship is doing them …

The Gift of Yourself for the Holidays

The Gift of Yourself for the Holidays

The holiday conflicts we often experience have to do with people and things that don’t fit in with our way of thinking or being. Yet we all want to …

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Helping Those in Need During the Holiday Season

Helping Those in Need During the Holiday Season

“Oh there’s no place like home for the holidays….” an opening line from a well-known song resonates in my head. As much as holidays are about family, home, and making memories, sadly many this year no longer …

Holidays Are Not Supposed To Hurt

Holidays Are Not Supposed To Hurt

Have you ever heard the phrase, “love is not supposed to hurt”? Organizations which help people recognize whether a relationship is doing them more harm than good, tell this to their participants as a plain and …

The Gift of Yourself for the Holidays

The Gift of Yourself for the Holidays

The holiday conflicts we often experience have to do with people and things that don’t fit in with our way of thinking or being. Yet we all want to belong and feel accepted. I recently began reading Brene Brown’s …

How Gratitude Can Save Your Life

How Gratitude Can Save Your Life

Bessel van der Kolk is known as THE trauma expert throughout the world. I have read his famous book, The Body Keeps the Score, and attended several of his trainings. This past weekend, I had the privilege of spending …

Giving Thanks for Our Honored Elders

Giving Thanks for Our Honored Elders

What is the single most important thing you can do to live a long, healthy life? You might think it has something to do with exercise, or eating right, or daily prayer. The last one, prayer, may be the closest to …

Under One Roof: Working and Caregiving from Home

Under One Roof: Working and Caregiving from Home

Working from home was a pipe dream a decade ago; something that many corporate types daydreamed of as they tried to decide whether they wanted to learn Tumblr or Weebly, Zoho or Google Docs. Today, according to Gallup, …

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10 Reminders When You Break the News of Divorce to Your Kids

10 Reminders When You Break the News of Divorce to Your Kids

How do you tell the kids about the upcoming divorce? The answer to this question is unique in every family. Ideally, it’s been written, that both parents sit down with the kids and tell them that they will no longer …

Divorce, Moving Forward & Letting Go

Divorce, Moving Forward & Letting Go

Roseann Vanella, FamilyAffaire.com Founder & Professional Mediator, helps many couples through the process of divorce through mediation. Whether couples are amicable or adversarial through the process she finds a …

Divorce, Custody and King David

Divorce, Custody and King David

Divorce mediators know what the Bible’s King David knew – a judge should not be the person who decides how a child is divided between his or her parents. But parents going through a contentious divorce are …

Graduation: Divorce Shouldn’t Disrupt the Day

Graduation: Divorce Shouldn’t Disrupt the Day

June is a time of transitions and traditions. The flowers bloom and your children blossom – they go to proms, graduate high school or begin their new lives as adults by graduating college. The pleasure of watching …

Divorce: How Did I Get Here?

Divorce: How Did I Get Here?

At age 45, I find myself living in a small apartment with my two teenage boys and walking dogs for a living. It’s not what I expected when I graduated cum laude over twenty years ago from an Ivy League institution. …

You’ve Been Having Sex All Weekend!

You’ve Been Having Sex All Weekend!

This is only one of the accusations hurled at me by my teenage daughter in the early years of dating – my dating, that is. I “came out” and introduced someone to my kids after being separated from their father for …

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