Work & Family Life

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Articles from Vol. 30, No. 5, May

Creating a Positive Co-Parenting Environment
Parenthood is the dawn of a new epoch in people's lives, and how new is often what stuns parents the most. Expectant couples tend to think it will not be difficult to communicate about their baby's needs and other child-related decisions.But from juggling...
Do Supplements Work? Are They Safe?
Supplements have become a multi-billion-dollar industry that stocks the aisles of U.S. drugstores, supermarkets and health-food stores. Many of us take supplements to get the nutrients we need, to stay healthy and to protect ourselves against heart disease,...
Dynamic Approaches to Decision-Making
Making consistently good, timely decisions is a life skill we can all admire. But it's not like learning to ride a bicycle. Successful decision-making is a complex and dynamic process. And, because it's so important on the job (and at home), a great...
Have You Thought about a Caregiver Support Group?
Family caregivers are pretty amazing, but there's a limit to what they can do. The plain truth is that caregivers need to be nurtured, too. They need backup for emergencies, relief from daily stresses, and advocates who understand what they're going...
How to Say It So Your Kids Will Get the Point
There are times when I want to make an important point that my children will remember, and I can't come up with the right words. I find myself repeating things my parents said to me, and I think at the time, "Oh, I should have said that better."I know...
Surgery on the Horizon? Get a 'Prehab' Advantage
Many patients enter a rehab program to recover after surgery. I But these days people are also trying to improve their health beforehand. "The idea is you build up your reserves, like an athlete training for a marathon," says Francesco Carli, MD, a professor...
The Importance of 'Partnership Parenting'
Partnership parenting is based on the idea that when any two adults share the parenting of a child, the nature and quality of the relationship between those adults will have a strong impact on the child's development, for good or ill.This seems like...
Want to Make a Change? Write about It
Research on the benefits of so-called "expressive writing" is growing by leaps and bounds. The latest studies suggest that writing and editing our personal stories can help us make needed changes in our lives and even boost our feelings of happiness....
With Teenagers, Loosen but Don't Let Go
Teenagers are a bundle of paradoxes. They can be curious, fun, idealistic and enthusiastic. They can also be prone to angry outbursts, defiant acts, foolish risk-taking and inexplicable plunges into despair.And, despite what they may say, teens need...
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