Family & Relationships

Family and Consumer Sciences: Building Positive Relationships

Posted: 10 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Family & Relationships | Read Time: 0 minutes, 21 seconds
Excerpt: The decline of a parent’s health, death of one parent or financial pressures often mean an aging parent will need increased social and emotional support or services from family—such as help with meals, cleaning, transportation or financial matters. Sue, like many adult children today, is confronted with increased interaction with her aged parent and with decisions that will affect her life and her parent’s life.
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Psychology Today: When Parents Play Favorites

Posted: 10 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Family & Relationships | Read Time: 0 minutes, 18 seconds
Excerpt: A large proportion of parents display consistent favoritism toward one child over another. This favoritism can manifest in different ways: more time spent with one child, more affection given, more privileges, less discipline, or less abuse. Research by sociologist Jill Suitor examines some of the causes and consequences of parental favoritism, which occurs in 1/3 to 2/3 of American families.
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Family Dynamics

Posted: 10 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Family & Relationships | Read Time: 2 minutes, 7 seconds
Betsy married Bill Camden when she was 20 years old. During their 55-year marriage they raised three children, worked hard to be financially independent and continued to be best friends until the day Bill died. Prior to Bill’s death, he managed all the family finances, including setting up a trust for the children and making sure their legal papers and wills were in order. As he aged, Bill talked to each of the children about what would happen in the event Bill and Betsy died and how the estate...
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Life Management

Fast Company’s The 6 Myths of Creativity

Posted: 10 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Life Management | Read Time: 0 minutes, 32 seconds
While this article is directed towards business, the underlying concepts work for the individual as she or he tried to think differently about managing their lives. Excerpt: These days, there's hardly a mission statement that doesn't herald it, or a CEO who doesn't laud it. And yet despite all of the attention that business creativity has won over the past few years, maddeningly little is known about day-to-day innovation in the workplace. Where do breakthrough ideas come from? What kin...
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General

CreatingMinds.org examines a simple way to start being creative

Posted: 10 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: General | Read Time: 0 minutes, 21 seconds
Excerpt: A simple way to start being creative is just to be open. Ontology is 'the metaphysical study of the nature of being and existence'. This whole field of study considers what it is to be. We don't just exist: we exist in external contexts in the world. We also exist in internal contexts, where our state of mind frames and changes everything else we perceive. Read the full article
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Psychology Today Discusses: The Art of Creativity

Posted: 10 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: General | Read Time: 0 minutes, 33 seconds
Excerpt: Has this ever happened to you? You're out for a jog, completely relaxed, your mind a pleasant blank. Then all of a sudden the solution to a problem you've been mulling over for weeks pops into your head. You can't help but wonder why you didn't think of it before. In such moments you've made contact with the creative spirit, that elusive muse of good—and sometimes great—ideas. Yet it is more than an occasional insight. When the creative spirit stirs, it animates...
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Thinking Creatively About All Stages of Life

Posted: 10 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: General | Read Time: 2 minutes, 4 seconds
Gail’s mom lived alone in the 2500 square foot suburban ranch style home that her parents purchased in 1973. After her father died, Gail tried to talk to her mother about moving into a town house or patio home within walking distance of her church and local shopping but Amanda Davis would not even discuss it. The house was paid for and her neighbors had been extremely supportive since the death of Gail’s dad. While Gail acquiesced to her mother’s wishes, she believed there were better living...
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AARP Helps Identify Warning Signs for Driving

Posted: 10 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Family & Relationships | Read Time: 0 minutes, 16 seconds
Excerpt: Most people want to continue driving as long as they can do so safely. However, for many of us, the time comes when we must limit or stop driving, either temporarily or permanently. What are the warning signs that indicate someone should begin to limit driving or to stop altogether? Read the full article
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A renaissance has begun!

Posted: 10 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Family & Relationships | Read Time: 5 minutes, 0 seconds
The warm and kindly tradition of multi-generational living has been a part of the American home since colonial times. Now, the time for multi-generational living has come again, more gracefully and more stylishly than ever before. I’d like to share a few words about multi-gen home and then take you on a pictorial tour of my favorite multi-gen space. Let’s also look at how make your m...
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