Category Archives: Family

Growing up with a Single Parent

POVERTY, DISRUPTION AND SINGLE-PARENT FAMILIES   What is the problem with single-parent families?  Why do the children of single mothers drop out of school at a rate twice that of children from intact homes?  And why do their teen-aged daughters … Continue reading

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When Children Parent Their Parents

THE PARENTIFIED CHILD   We might devoutly wish that those considering parenthood would wait until they are psychologically ready before reproducing.  Babies have a way of appearing nine months after a particular encounter between their parents. Readiness is not a … Continue reading

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When You Marry, You Marry a Family

MARRIAGE IS A FAMILY AFFAIR: the role of in-laws   Perhaps you didn’t realize it at the time but when you married your spouse you got more than just a mate.  You got a new family.  You kept your membership … Continue reading

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How Are Happy Families Different from Unhappy Ones?

ATTRIBUTES OF THE HEALTHY FAMILY At the beginning of Anna Karenina, Tolstoy observes that “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”  Well, we know people can find a million ways to make themselves … Continue reading

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Parenting Teens Challenges Adults

ADOLESCENCE HARD ON PARENTS, TOO   When I was a kid we were very aware of the generation gap.  We called ourselves “freaks” because we thought we were different.  We thought we were having a revolution. Our parents looked on, … Continue reading

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Family Rituals Contain Identity Messages

HOLIDAY RITUALS:  A TIME TO REASSERT FAMILY IDENTITY   Well, it’s that time of year again.  Time for families to come together and repeat the traditions that remind us who we are, who we belong to, the proper ways to … Continue reading

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