Interdependence in Families: It’s Okay to Ask for and Receive Help

Stock photo credit: tsny los angeles on Flickr There’s no question that human beings possess an innate pull towards independent action, individuality, and self-determination, and that it is critical that each of us acquire the skills and the confidence to live successfully on our own and transmit those values to the next generations. I don’t…

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Adult Children Moving Home: Embracing Our Interdependence

“If the family were a fruit, it would be an orange, a circle of sections, held together but separable—each segment distinct.” —Letty Cottin Pogrebin “Diversity: the art of thinking independently, together.” —Malcolm Forbes Independence: It’s the American Way In 2010, I took an adult-education course at Northwestern University, titled “Families in the 21st Century.” My…

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Use Your Executive Grandpa Power to Enrich the Whole Family

Get The Grandest Love: Inspiring the Grandparent-Grandchild Connection now in time for Father’s Day! Google ‘grandma’ and you get 113 million results; ‘grandpa’, only 63.5 million. Both numbers are astronomical, but in the world of kids and cuddlies, women still rule. (see original article here: http://patch.com/illinois/deerfield/using-your-secret-executive-grandparenting-power-enrich-whole-family-0 ) But, the truth is, being a grandparent tugs at…

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Like a Grandmother

I never really knew my grandparents. My Grandma Lynette, the only grandparent alive when I was born, died when I was only four. My family has a canon of hilarious stories about Lynette, an intensely opinionated woman with four former husbands. But my foggy memories of her are merely the minty taste of Kellogg’s Grasshopper…

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