"No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that ... Read More
The Benefits of Family Bonding Last More Than A Lifetime
The benefits of family bonding last well beyond your own lifetime. Strong family ties mold the families that your children will create and the families that their children will create.
Creating strong, loving family bonds and also awesome bonds between brothers and sisters takes time and attention.
I know how challenging it can be to find activities that will engage each family member. Tweens and teens, who are developmentally pulling away from family and gravitating towards friends, can present a unique challenge.
Family bonding activities strengthen your family's connections with one another. They also create lasting memories and bonds. Activities like cooking and eating meals together whenever possible are great times to connect. Family traditions, like sacred dedicated family time, game nights, or family meetings create a sense of security and reliability.
Interactions such as interesting conversations of the day or creating a family mission statement help each of you open your hearts to one another.
In short, whether you are working together or playing together, as long as you are doing it as a family - you will be nurturing your family bonding and creating lasting memories together!
I recently drove a car full of lively kindergarteners, including my son and three girls on a school field trip. My son was really excited that I was going with them. As we began loading, ever the gracious host, he excitedly showed each of the girls where they could sit and helped them with their ... Read More
Did you ever see "Shall We Dance?" A line delivered by Susan Sarandon perfectly describes the reason that we commit to one another and, in a sneaky little way, holds the secret to choosing the best gift for Valentine's Day: We need a witness to our lives. There's a billion people on the planet... ... Read More
My heart goes out to kids today - growing up is stressful. Screens, bullies, being over scheduled, pressures to perform. And in between all this, I desperately want my boys to grow up to celebrate and see value in all people. I want them to stand up for people in marginalized communities - it seems ... Read More
I love these stories for children about gay and lesbian families for several reasons. First, as my boys grow up, I often wonder if or when they will come to me with a question that results in an uncomfortable conversation. You know - THOSE questions? The questions that you both dread and hope they ... Read More