Work & Family Life

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

Articles from Vol. 15, No. 4, April

10 Ways to Make Your Children More Resilient
What do most parents want for their children? High on the list are: happiness, success in school, satisfaction with their lives and solid friendships. In order to reach these goals, our children need the inner strength to deal competently with the many...
Does a Handshake Matter? You Bet It Does
Does it really matter if I shake hands? Should I shake hands with a woman? Can you shake hands sitting down? How firm does a handshake have to be? These may not seem like important questions but, in fact, your handshake affects how people perceive you....
Fostering Strength, Hope and Optimism in Your Child
Wouldn't we all like our children to deal effectively with stress, cope with everyday challenges, bounce back from adversity, solve problems, relate comfortably with peers and adults and treat themselves and others with respect? In other words, wouldn't...
How Other Family Members Can Help out with Elder Care
Those who provide primary care for an older relative often complain that other family members aren't helping enough. Sometimes relatives would like to be supportive, but don't know what to do. Here are some suggestions from Denise Brown, editor of the...
How the Run/walk Approach Builds Endurance
Hybrid run/walk programs have become increasingly popular with experienced walkers and runners. It's an alternative that helps build endurance as well as add variety to your workout. If you're a runner Walking breaks will allow you to run longer before...
Interchange: 'My 13-Year-Old Doesn't Want to Be Seen with Me'
My 13-year-old wants to be picked up around the corner from her friend's house and walk behind me at the mall. Why the sudden urge to not be seen with me? B.C., Madison, WI This often happens with early adolescents, so don't take it personally. Your...
Staying Close after Old Friends Start Raising Children
Parenting If you don't have children yourself, it's not easy to maintain a close relationship with old friends after they have become parents. "Jan and I were best friends growing up and I was maid of honor at her wedding," says Linda. "Now all she can...
Studies Find Older People 'Open-Minded' and 'Well Adjusted'
Elder Issues Conventional wisdom says that we become more rigid in our thinking as we get older. But a study by psychologists Penny Visser of Princeton University and Jon Krosnick of Ohio State University suggests that a more accurate adage might be:...
When It Comes to Fruits and Veggies, Color Counts
Three of the most popular fruits and vegetables are white potatoes, bananas and iceberg lettuce. Not bad choices, but they lack some of the disease-fighting power of leafy greens and sweet potatoes, for example. It seems that brightly colored fruits...
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