Do your children know the importance of gratitude?
As a parent, it can be awfully tempting to spoil your kids, especially around the holidays. And while it's okay to regale the with gifts every so often, it's essential that they learn to appreciate what they have. With that in mind, here are some tips from our experts about how to teach your kids the importance of gratitude.
Understand what causes holiday angst & anxiety. Learn what to do during your next family gathering.
It’s that time again—the beginning of the holiday season. I actually had another topic I was going to address this week in my blog but I succumbed to the pressure I felt (from whom or what, I’m not sure) to write about Thanksgiving. I guess it makes sense to do so as family gatherings provoke a lot of things for many people. For some, the annual get-togethers are something to look forward to—a means to connect and spend time with family. But for many, Thanksgiving marks the beginning of a holiday season riddled with anxiety, trepidation, obligation, and conflict.
Use these planning tips to protect your heart during family/work holiday gatherings.
What is the most stressed part of your body during holiday gatherings?
At first response you may say stomach. As we delve deeper the most active or stressed organs during these gatherings is our heart and mind. That’s why it’s so important to plan with the diligence what we are going to: say, do and feel during these intimate interactions.
4 tips for avoiding conflict with your extended family during the holidays.
Why are in-law relationships so difficult? While some would suggest it's pure jealousy, I think it's more complex. Here are four steps useful for handling tense "in-law" situations this holiday season.
Use this example when trying to break through to family members on Thanksgiving.
The Thanksgiving holiday is a perfect time to offer up some ideas that each can consider for bringing the family back to what you want it to be and start having more fun with each other in the light of love and connection.
Five things you can do when you just aren't feeling it, in relationship or not.
If I read one more email about gratitude I just might…be more grateful. LOL. I know, know…Thanksgiving doesn’t always make us feel instantly grateful. For some of us this Epic Holiday is like a gigantic beacon reminding us of what’s not quite right. Could be that someone’s missing, or maybe you feel displaced, out of touch, lonely, or not as connected to your family in the way you have been or would like to be right now.
Lately there have been a lot of questions in regard to how best to manage ADHD within the family. ADHD is not isolated to the individual (or individuals) in the family that have it. It affects the entire family on a daily basis in significant ways.
When a family member presents with what we would consider many common ADD symptoms, and has been properly diagnosed, the next step is;
Thanksgiving is a time of giving thanks! Make sure that is what your kids realize.
by Dr. Mark McKee, for GalTime.com
how to foster thankfulness at the holidays
Parents work extremely hard in order to provide their children with opportunities for enrichment and experiences they hope will lead to their children’s success in life.
What do you do with those people who you may not have wanted at your wedding anyway?
by Life Love Shopping, Amy Hoglund, for GalTime.com
You’ve been dreaming of this day ever since you were a little girl playing with Barbies. I’m talking about your wedding day! You’ve got it all figured out, except there’s one problem. Your extremely difficult family who forgets that it’s YOUR special day rather than their own.
Put prying friends and family in their place, because they shouldn't be asking you that anyway.
Oh, the holidays. So much of scrumptious food, armloads of gifts — and people who've been waiting all year to descend on you with uncomfortable questions about your (and by that I mean your love life). It’s bad enough that your parents ask you intrusive questions year-round, but during the holidays, aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents join in on the fun, too; even certain neighbors seem to have free reign. The polite thing would be to prepare a few "beauty pageant" answers — answers that aren't genuine but rather what they want to hear. Like when your grandmother asks, “When are you going to get married?” you'd say, "Well, I want to make sure when I get married that I pick the right person so I can have an idyllic relationship like you and grandpa." (Sigh.)