Understanding Family Dynamics

Can't we all get along? That's a tall order when your limelight has been snatched away by your adorable new little brother. Family, you love them and you hate them. There are so many things to consider when you think of family: there's birth order, rivalries, the only child, to name a few.

Recent posts on Family Dynamics

Straight Life Cycle/Queer Life

A psychotherapy vignette about navigating traditional milestones as a gay man.

How to Get the Family You Deserve

Creating the family you deserve and want.
Dora Calott Wang

What's Up with Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder is as malignant as cancer, says Robert Post.
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5 Essential Tips for Getting Along with Your In-Laws

Relationships with in-laws can be a blessing or a curse. Tips on how to make it more the blessing.
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Help! My College Student Is Coming Back Home!

College students coming home aren't used to being told what to do. Conflicts can arise if expectations aren't discussed. Mutual respect is the key to a harmonious home.
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Picture Perfect?

Parents often do not intend to relay the message that comes with unwanted photography: it is more important for me to get the right shot of you than to respect your wishes.

Child Custody in Polyamorous Families Part 5

This fifth and final blog in the series on children in polyamorous families examines the trends in custody of these children, from the best interests standard to recent changes.

When Is the Best Time to Have Sex?

Misinformation about sex is just about as pernicious as no information about sex. Both are worse than having lots of information about sex.

A Simple Way to Improve Communication with Your Partner

By Yael Schonbrun Ph.D. on May 18, 2017 in Moderating
Learn about a simple idea that can help you improve your communication with your partner.
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Are You the Black Sheep of Your Family?

Five strategies for staying resilient if you are the black sheep of the family.

How Important Is Your Dog in Your Family and Social Life?

New data shows just how significant a part of our social and family lives our dogs have become.

Couples Therapy: 15 Essentials That the Best Therapists Do

If you are a therapist, to what extent do you follow these guidelines? If you are choosing a therapist, or evaluating whether to stay with one you've been with, here's help.

Can Being a Female Breadwinner Cost You Your Relationship?

7 signs that your relationship is at risk of romantic bankruptcy.

What's So Hard About Parenting a Child With a Disability?

Have you ever told a parent of a child with a disability to "lighten up"? Perhaps that's not the best approach.

Children in Polyamorous Families Part 4

This blog offers a sneak peek into the ongoing fourth wave of research on children growing up in polyamorous families by focusing on the experiences of young adults.

Divorce Island

People change and act differently during divorce. I like to call it divorce island - a place where new rules apply. Learn more.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Take an Earlier Train

By following through on promises, responding to what a loved one needs or wants, not making assumptions, and thinking of consequences before we act, we show love with sensitivity.

Is It Okay To Dislike Young People?

By Nick Luxmoore on May 13, 2017 in Young People Up Close
We pride ourselves on liking young people. So when we inevitably find ourselves disliking some young people, it disturbs our equilibrium. What's going on? How do we move forward?

How to Accept Your Mother for the Person She Is or Was

By Sheila Kohler on May 12, 2017 in Dreaming for Freud
Her mother had asked my mother how much she should spend on caterers and flowers for my wedding. “The sky’s the limit, Win,” my mother told her.

Talking to the Doctor’s Family

Aren't sure if your suicide risk assessment meets the standard of care? Talk to the family.

Walking Through the Emotional Desert With Shaun Morgan

“You get super drunk or super high and you don’t feel anything. And that’s the whole point.”
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The First Motherless Mother’s Day

By Lybi Ma on May 12, 2017 in Brainstorm
Guest post by Annabelle Gurwitch

Home Is Where the House Is

My parents bought this house for Margaret, but we have always understood this house is for us too. The house means we don’t need to plan on Margaret moving in with one of us.
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How to Help (and Deal With) an Anxious Person

Struggling with a person who is easily anxious? Here's how to help you and them.

This Conversation Can Protect Your Relationship From Stress

Are you feeling stressed out and lonely in your relationship? A few adjustments can go a long way.

Do You Need Mother's Apology? What Should Your Mom Say?

Nobody said being a mother was easy; perhaps it's time to say that being a daughter to a certain kind of mother is very, very hard.

The Trophy Child

By Peg Streep on May 10, 2017 in Tech Support
One of the most cherished myths about motherhood is that mothers love each child equally. Research comes up with a very different answer. A close look at why favoritism matters.

The Best Mothers’ Day Gift

This Mother’s Day, honor all your mothers by asking for their stories. Asking for their stories is your gift to them; sharing their stories is their gift to you.
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Are Parents Good Role Models for Teen Drivers?

We are all hostages of the digital age. A new survey shows that parents report their driving behaviors using smart phones demonstrate poor role modeling.