Work & Family Life

Monthly newsletter providing employees with tips to help balance family, social, and working lives.

Articles from Vol. 17, No. 1, January

Focus on Life Skills Is Best Antidrug Strategy
Studies have found that a five-year TV advertising campaign aimed at keeping kids off drugs was unsuccessful. High school drug use is about the same as it was in 1975. A more effective antidrug strategy is one that focuses on helping young people cope...
Heading South? Pack a Blue Shirt
If you're planning a vacation in the sun, two studies reported in The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology may be of interest. Researchers at New York University Medical School looked for ways to enhance a cotton shirt's protection against...
Helping the Family Cope with Job Layoffs
Parenting When his father was feeling low after being laid off, Carleton W. Kendrick Jr. remembers his mother's family doing something extraordinary. They hosted an Italian banquet in his father's honor. Don't misunderstand. It was not a celebration....
How to Stay Refreshed and Resilient as a Caregiver
How resilient are you as an elder caregiver? Here's a quick test that may help you find out. Your sister-in-law pops in unannounced at the worst possible moment. Your husband looks awful and hasn't taken his shower yet. She yells out to you: "What have...
If Your Boss Is Also Your Buddy, Read On
It's natural for people who work together to become friends socially, and some of us have met our best friends at work. But a personal relationship with a boss can backfire sometimes. "When I started working for a small family-owned company, the line...
Interchange: Volunteer Job Well Done Is 'Thanks Enough'
A reader writes: I read with interest P.K.'s letter about volunteering for her school's PTA in your November issue. The comment that struck me was the one about receiving little thanks for her efforts. I, too, am a fulltime working mother who has spent...
New Ideas to Get (and Stay) Smart as We Get Older
While most of us are convinced that exercise increases our physical well-being, it's less commonly appreciated that the brain too needs exercise. It's a dynamic organ that improves with use and challenge. The more you know about how your brain works,...
Unleashing Your Brain's Potential.At Any Age
It's no wonder so many of us are eager to learn more about how to keep our minds agile and fit as we get older. More and more baby boomers are in their 50's. Many of us also have parents who are aging-and as we look to the future, there's the startling...
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