How to deal with family estrangement

Family is supposed to love you unconditionally. They’re supposed to treat you like you matter to them and they aren’t afraid to show you just how much you matter to them. So what happens when your family doesn’t do that? How do you walk away from the people who are supposedly always on your side…

Top Nine Ways to Prevent Cabin Fever

  Iowa winters will invariably mean spending a big chunk of time being stuck inside. The following will make this winter a little more bearable when you’re forced to spend a lot of it indoors. Have a winter to-do list– Make a list of indoor things you need /want to get accomplished while you’re cooped…

Top Ten hopes for 2021

I hope that even though we have started to get the vaccine distributed, people will still practice social distancing and mask wearing until we have reached a point as a country to be able to stop having to take these extra precautions. I hope that people won’t be scared to take the vaccine once it’s…

Top Ten Things to Do On Christmas Day after the presents are opened

Opening presents and eating breakfast only last a few hours at most and then you’re left with the whole rest of the day to find something productive to do for everyone in your family. The following are some ideas to help keep everyone in the family spirit and prevent some meltdowns by all members of…

Top Ten Safe Conversation Starters for your next Family Gathering

  Every family gathering has the potential to bring everyone closer together or tear everyone apart. The following are the most non-controversial but still interesting conversation starters to help learn more about your family and to help keep the peace during your time with them. What job would you have if money and lack of talent/experience…

Top Ten Ways to Make the Holiday Season more Enjoyable

  The holiday season is supposed to be the happiest time of the year but for most it’s actually the most stressful time of year. The following should take some of the pressure off of your shoulders for the perfect holiday and make it easier to feel some joy this season. Don’t try to recreate…

Top Eight Ways to Survive a Holiday weekend with your Family/In laws

This time of year usually means one thing that a lot of people dread- spending time with their own family and/or spending time with your partner’s family.  The following should make the time easier even if you still hate the idea of going. Be prepared for the worst- Yes, they may be trying to make…

Top Ten Questions You Should Never Ask No Matter What

Some things shouldn’t be asked of others no matter how well you know them. Though you may desperately want to know the information, ultimately these topics are incredibly personal and are up to the person to bring up if and when they want to so give them the choice to do so instead of forcing…

Top Ten Things those who are grieving wish You’d Understand

Grief is an emotion that everyone handles differently so giving blanket statements meant to come off as sympathetic can potentially cause more harm than good. The following are ways to avoid making the grieving process harder for those who have recently suffered a loss in their lives. Grief is an emotion that will show itself…