When Your Parent Becomes Enmeshed With Your Sibling: 4 Ways to Cope When You’re Left Out
The author has struggled for decades with the enmeshment between her mom and her troubled adult brother. This unhealthy bond has often left her and her other siblings feeling abandoned. She has four pieces of key advice for others who face this situation so they don't become frustrated and defeated.
Do You Kiss Your Child on the Lips? Pros, Cons, and If You Should Stop
Is kissing your child on the lips acceptable? This is an ongoing debate among parents and professionals. Each side provides interesting arguments. What about you, do you kiss your child on the lips? Tell us why or why not.
Writing Ancestor Stories: How to Bring Your Family's Ancestry to Life
Take your genealogy research a step further and turn it into family stories. Profile a person or a family in a compelling story to share with family or put in a blog.
Why Do Adult Children Cut Ties With Their Toxic Mothers? It Depends on Who You Ask
Revealing study results show toxic mothers blame everyone else when a child cuts ties with them. However, the child disagrees completely.
Feeling Disconnected From Your Husband After Having a Baby: What to Do
Are you feeling distant and maybe even scared that you and your partner aren't in love anymore? As with everything else after a baby, adjusting your relationship to your new life takes time. Here's some tips on how to get there.
10 Signs Your Kids Have a Narcissistic Grandmother
Is your kids' grandmother narcissistic or just self-centered? Here, you will find a checklist of telltale signs of a toxic grandma and a list of ideas for how to deal with it if she is.
100+ Best Compliments for Fathers: Nice Things to Say to Dad
This is a collection of the sweetest, nicest, and most heartwarming things you can say to your dad to make him feel cherished and appreciated.
100+ Best Compliments for Mothers: Nice Things to Say to Mom
This is a collection of the sweetest, nicest, and most heartwarming things you can say to your mom to make her feel appreciated and cherished.
Understanding the Quiet, Introverted Child: A Guide for Parents
As I child, I was an introvert. I can help you understand your quiet child.
5 Tips for Bonding With Your Stepchildren
Bonding with stepchildren isn't easy. They have different personality traits, you haven't always known them, and they have different opinions than you. Here, I discuss how I worked at bonding with each of my fiance's kids through the last few years.
Effect of Strained Family Relationships
Strained family relationships have been shown to cause an increased number of chronic health conditions, particularly in the older family members. In this article, negative and positive family relationships are reviewed along with their outcomes.
My Father Is Homeless: 5 Things I Want You to Know
My father is homeless, and we have no relationship. I wanted to share five things I want others to know about what it's like.
How to Use Facebook for Your Genealogy Research
Make the magic of Facebook groups work for you. You can find lots of help from other genealogists, create your own family groups, get photos restored or colorized by volunteers, research in history groups, and contact museums and libraries through this social media platform.
Why You Shouldn't Toss Old Photos (Plus Photo ID Tips)
Unidentified photos of mystery ancestors are tempting to toss. Don't do it! Here are suggestions for what to do with those.
Sisters: Staying Connected When You're All Grown Up
Your sisters are your first friends, but after you grow up and move away, how do you stay close? Here are a few ideas to help you keep your sisterly ties strong as you juggle life.
Common Sinkholes in a Blended Family Dynamic
Sinkholes are where the ground sinks under you without warning. My husband and I fell into so many of our own sinkholes, I felt it necessary to share a warning with other blended families in hopes of helping people avoid these.
15 Rules for Visiting Your Family or Friends Who Have a Newborn
Visiting your family or friends who have a new baby? Wondering what to expect? Here are guidelines for visiting new parents with their baby in the first few weeks. Don't turn up unannounced, don't create extra work, be helpful, and admire the baby.
What Not to Say to a Friend Who Is Estranged From a Parent (and 3 Things They Need to Hear)
Have a friend that is estranged from one or both of their parents? Here are a few things you should avoid saying to them, as well as three things they need to hear.
When Your Adult Child Stops Talking to You: 5 Things They Want You to Know
More and more parents are being cut out of their adult children's lives. This is a difficult phenomenon and completely heartbreaking. It's hard to find comfort, no matter which side you're on. My intention with this article is to provide some comfort for parents and adult children alike.
How to Research for Gateway Ancestors of Royal Descent
Learn how to research for gateway ancestors through the old Magna Carta Surety Barons whose descendants are the missing links to royal ancestry.
Should Grandparents Be Given a Say in Parenting When Providing Financial Support?
Many parents struggling with the financial woes of modern times are already under pressure and are susceptible to feeling like they’re not doing a good enough job. Many grandparents feel it’s in their right to pass judgment on the way their grandchildren are raised.
How to Cope With the Grief of Estrangement When Your Parent Cuts Ties With You
Every day, hundreds of ties are severed in families due to a misunderstanding and poor communication. How do we cope with losing a parent who's still alive? Keep reading to learn my take on this phenomenon and the coping strategies used to emotionally navigate these complicated waters.
120+ Conversation Starters for Kids
Most people have a lot to say. And believe it or not, children are no exception! In fact, kids have an immeasurable amount of interesting things to share. It’s all just a matter of talking with them. Luckily, this list provides 120+ conversation starters for kids that are ready for use!
Four Basic Principles for Happy Christian Family Living
Did you know that the main issue in most Christian families is the neglect of Bible-based principles? This article encourages Christians to alleviate problems and improve happiness in four basic areas, including awareness.
How to Be a Better Mother-In-Law
In a day and age when mother and daughters-in-law seem to always be at odds, hope towards peace and reconciliation can still be found, as long as both parties seek compassion, kindness, and understanding. If you are a MIL, consider changing your tactics, as well as remembering how you felt as a DIL.
How to Avoid Common Mistakes That Fatherless Daughters Make
Daughters who grew up with absent fathers can fall into the trap of ignoring their anger, acting invulnerable, and blaming themselves, resulting in being stuck in a state of victimhood, closed off from giving and receiving love.
How a Fatherless Daughter Can Heal From Her Dad's Rejection
Whether her dad was physically or emotionally absent, a girl can get stuck in grief and self-pity because of it. As an adult, she doesn't want his rejection to diminish her joy or limit her potential. The author gives 5 pieces of advice so fatherless daughters can move on and enjoy purposeful lives.
Websites You Can Upload Your My Heritage DNA Data To
In this article, learn how you can download your raw DNA data from My Heritage, which you can then upload to various websites so you can compare results.
How to Improve Your Relationship With Your Mother-In-Law
Have you found yourself struggling to maintain a healthy relationship with your mother-in-law? Worry not; this can be a common problem for many. Read this article to start mending your relationship with your mother-in-law.
8 Steps to Taking Your Power Back From a Toxic Mother-in-Law
Does your mother-in-law suck the joy out of your life and make you feel powerless? Then it's time to take your power back.
10 Things I Learned While Growing up in a Broken Home
Did you grow up in a broken home like me? I wanted to share with readers that even though growing up in a toxic home can be difficult, there are also lessons to be learned from it that can be applied to your everyday life.
Dealing With Your In-Laws After Having a Baby
Now that you've welcomed your baby home, you've also welcomed a whole new version of your in-laws: grandma and grandpa. With new grandparents comes uncharted territory for all involved. Let's figure out how we can get through it together.
The Names We Call Our Grandma
Grandma, granny, nana, or mimi; there are many names that can be applied to the family matriarch. Sometimes the title is chosen because of language or cultural norm, or it is a selection made by a grandchild who is not yet able to voice the traditional title so the name is shortened.
15 Ways to Be an Impactful Grandparent and Make Your Grandchild's Life Better
The author, a longtime teacher, wants to empower grandparents to impact the lives of their grandkids. She worries about families today, consumed by their devices. She sees kids battle depression and anxiety and knows a grandparent's unconditional love and involvement could make all the difference.
How to Become a Happy, Healthy Adult After Being Parentified as a Child
If you switched roles with your mom or dad as a kid, becoming their emotional support system or physical caretaker, you were parentified. Having missed out on a carefree childhood, you may be depressed, isolated, and angry now as an adult. By grieving what you lost, though, you can begin to heal.