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4 Ways Family Members Can Bond Together

When a family bonds, it grows closer together. Not only does it enjoy the activities, but each family member becomes a better person.

 
It is important for a family to bond together as it grows. You not only enjoy the activities but each of you becomes a better person. Consider the following bonding opportunities.

Get Healthy
If someone in the family is making an effort to become more healthy, take the opportunity to work toward healthy goals for everyone. If your goal is to enhance your fitness level, suggest that that the family takes walks together. First, be prudent …

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The Importance of Trust in a Family

Where does this all- important trust come from? It has to start with a loving family, that then extends outward to a caring and secure community.

By: Peter Buffet

You’re Warren Buffett’s son? But you seem so normal!

Over the course of my life, I have heard many versions of this comment, and I have always taken it as a compliment—a compliment not to me, but to my family.  Why? Because what we mean by “normal” really comes down to this: that a person can function effectively and find acceptance among other human beings. To put it another way, it …

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Tales of Thanksgiving Food and Friendship

The truth is, we don’t pick our relatives. So if the Thanksgiving gathering of the clan is an annual emotional challenge, you aren’t alone.

By: By Andrea Israel and Nancy Garfinkel

For some people, Thanksgiving evokes warm feelings triggered by memories of a close-knit family gathering, where relatives share traditions and a home-cooked meal.

For others . . . it’s the beginning of a holiday season stuffed with lunatic relatives, family dysfunction, bitter recriminations, and heartburn.

We heard a wide range of Thanksgiving Tales this year while traveling around the country for our Recipe Clubs. Inspired by the plot and …

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A Mother and Daughter Memoir

I grew up in 1960s suburban Los Angeles.  My mother didn’t like me to smile at strangers, play outside after dusk, and most importantly, be far away from her.

By: Leslie Gilbert-Lurie

“Mommy, I was afraid that you died.”

“I didn’t die. Sleeping. I was sleeping.” Holding my cell phone, I propped myself up on the pillow and regained my bearings. I was in an elegant hotel room in Washington, D.C. Judging from the burning sensation in my eyes, I had not been asleep for long.

“I was so worried when you didn’t answer the phone.” My daughter’s small voice …

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Boomers Are Using Social Media to Make New Friends

Boomers Are Using Social Media to Make New Friends

Baby-boomers considered social media to be a tool for the younger generation. After all, didn’t they already have a hard time keeping up with the activities of their existing friends and family?

By: Natasha Morgan

The internet was always thought to be the exclusive domain of the young. Then, the older age groups discovered that e-mailing family and friends was easier and more cost effective than sending a fax or using “snail mail”.

While several years passed, Boomers began exploring the various “Search” options on the net and learned that nearly anything they wanted to know was available on some …

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The Silver Lining of the Recession

Woman Considering Her Life

If you are wondering ‘what it’s all about’, here are some ways you can reconnect, raise your awareness and start re-designing your way to a new meaningful life.

By: Laura Berman Fortgang

Human beings have often engaged in the search for meaning, but today’s economic downturn has brought the subject to light in a new way. People are re-evaluating whether their financial power to accumulate possessions and wealth is the only determining factor of their happiness and success. Some are being forced to shrink their activities, their budgets and their ambitions and many report that it is not all bad. …

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How to Recession Proof Your Family and Develop Kids Strengths

Girl Working on Computer

Too many CDs taking up space and not enough time transfer them to an iPod? If your child can work an iPod, he can offer this service to others.

By: Jenifer Fox

Remember the movie Karate Kid? Wax on, wax off? The zen master prepares the boy for Karate championship by having him repeat endless chores that seem meaningless like rubbing the wax on a car and rubbing it off. Later in life this motion is used as an expert Karate move.

When I was a girl, my father had us cleaning plate glass windows with a squee gee. Surprisingly,

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