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Raising a Happy Family

What does it take to create a happy family, when modern life threatens to overwhelm us? Here are six secrets of Happy Families that you can easily put to use in your own home to create a joyful and connected family, where everyone flourishes and even the teenager treasures family time.


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Dinner: 30 Minutes to a More Connected Family

Dinner is the best predictor of how kids will do in adolescence because families who eat together talk more, which helps them stay connected and build better relationships.

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Why Kids Need Routines

Children handle change best if it is expected and occurs in the context of a familiar routine. A routine allows children to feel safe and develop a sense of mastery in handling life.

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Getting Your Child Out the Door In the Morning

This used to be a stressful time of day when I would yell at them, they would not cooperate, and I'd get angry and stressed out. What a difference connection makes!

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Surviving Arsenic Hour

Kids have meltdowns at the end of the day when they're hungry and tired -- but also because they feel disconnected. Stave off meltdowns and set a pleasant tone for the evening. Here's how.

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The Family That Plays Together

Infusing a spirit of joy and playfulness into your home nurtures your family like little else.

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How to Use Family Meetings to Build a Closer Family

Does the idea of Family Meetings seem stilted and artificial to you? Here's why you should give them a chance.

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Sanctuary: Making your Home a Haven

Giving your children a sanctuary is an enormous gift. It allows them to go out and do battle in the world, and return home to recharge.

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Family Culture: Shared Identity and Belonging

How do you hold a family together? Much of the answer has to do with the family culture you create, which can take your family life from good to great. Here's how.

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Moving? 10 Tips To Help Your Child Adjust

A little prevention goes a long way to help your child adjust to a big move.

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Divorce: How to Protect Your Child

Research shows kids can cope with a divorce and come out ok. But often they don't. Here's why, and what you can do to protect your child.

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