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Easy Ways to Communicate

by Lori Sciame November 29th, 2019 | Relationships
Staying connected to loved ones can be difficult.  There always seems to be something that gets in the way of keeping in touch.  Even those that live in the same house may not see each other enough, as jobs, school, extra-curricular activities, and other obligations pull family members in different directions.  There are ways, however, to keep the lines of communication open - and thriving.

Hand Written Notes

Though out of vogue for many, hand written notes offer a wonderful means of communication. For years, I've slipped loving notes into my children's lunches and even in my husband's briefcase. I do
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Holiday Survival Guide

by Lori Sciame November 15th, 2019 | Relationships
Soon the holiday season will be in full swing.  There will be presents to buy, special treats to bake, and parties to attend.  While many of the parties will be filled with good cheer and laughter, some will seem more like funeral wakes - complete with morose faces and mumbled greetings.  If this sounds familiar, then take the time to read this post.  Learn a few tips on how to survive a less than perfect family celebration.

Reject Emotional Blackmail

The first key to survival involves stopping emotional blackmail in its tracks.  In essence, don't let yourself be bullied.  For instance,
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Food Does Not Equal Love

by Lori Sciame August 23rd, 2019 | Health Observance, Relationships
Moms and dads, please take this advice to heart: food does not equal love.  A candy bar given to a young child after a fall, or a banana split each day after school to celebrate another day of learning may seem harmless enough, but when food becomes a symbol of comfort and/or love to a child, then serious problems may occur.

Do you remember the stereotypical Italian mom who constantly begs her child to eat...anything and everything?  Pasta, sauce, bread, meatballs, sausage...she fills the child's plate again and again.  Although this example seems extreme, sadly, many parents still adhere to
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The Relief of Letting Go

by Lori Sciame January 11th, 2019 | Relationships
Over the past few months I've realized something - letting go of a dream unfulfilled can be a huge relief.  My elusive dream involved my sister-in-law. Even after knowing each other for almost ten years, we never became close. Why, I wondered, couldn't we be picture perfect confidants, those who share coffee, share stories, and ultimately, share lives? What made being friends so difficult?

And then it dawned on me. I realized that just because my brother loves her, doesn't mean that becoming "sisters" would work for us.  In fact, we have completely different core values, plus we live far apart.
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Parenting to Improve a Relationship

by Lori Sciame October 19th, 2018 | Relationships
Parents have a tough job. Raising a young child can be emotionally and physically tiring to say the least, but once a child hits the teen years, the task of being a parent becomes even harder.  However, in order to parent successfully, one must admit that the job of being a teen is also difficult.  At this age, a child must go through a seemingly endless stream of developmental stages. That's not easy to do.  How, then, does a parent do the best job he or she can at this tumultuous time?

Kimberly Kopko, Extension Associate at Cornell University, provides
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