Blessings of Family Work

For many of us, family work is like taking castor oil -- something we do as quickly as possible so we can get it over with and experience the least amount of pain. We want to get on with the other things we'd rather be doing. The old Erma Bombeck adage sums up these feelings nicely: Housework, if done properly, can kill you. If your family's perspective on family work is this negative, you may be missing out on some important benefits. The Family: A Proclamation to the World teaches that ...
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Money Harmony for Newlywed Couples and Engaged Couples

Young married life should be a joyful time, but conflict over money often interferes. For newlyweds under the age of 30, debt brought into the marriage is the number one cause of conflict. To avoid the unhappiness and divorce this conflict can cause, newly married and engaged couples should take steps to minimize money conflict and maximize money harmony in their relationships. Crushing Financial Burdens -- A Pervasive Problem  American couples live in a financially stressful environme...
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Can Forgiveness Help Us Cope with Family Hardship?

By Alexandra W. I did not grow up in the happiest of homes. It wasn’t terrible or abusive, but it was far from perfect. I dreaded going home each day after school. When away, the actual situation was easy to forget, but the moment I walked through the door I felt the weight of reality slip back on my shoulders. The reality was that my parents, both fabulous individuals, frankly did not like each other most of the time. The reality was that more often than not there was a fight, a slammed door...
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Where Did I Put My Funny Bone?

When you feel like your heart is breaking and your burdens are so heavy that you want to collapse, pull the gray blanket of doom over your head and give it all up, it’s time to find your funny bone. Not that life should be one big laugh fest, because there are times that require a focused, objective and practical approach to difficult situations or trials that come our way unbidden. And there are times when life deals you a hand that includes unfair, unkind, traumatic, disappointing or devast...
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