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For My Mother’s Birthday an Ode to My Father

November 18th, 2014

By Linda Campanella For the NABBW Today I brought two yellow roses to my father. Two days from now, my late mother would be turning 80. Yellow roses were “their” roses ever since their romance began in 1956. Mom lived just long enough to celebrate their 52nd anniversary before succumbing to cancer in the fall of 2009, one year and a day from her terminal diagnosis. The flower shop is less than a mile away from my dad’s house. While driving the short distance, en route to one of my more or less weekly “lunch and laundry” dates with him, I realized I had started to cry. It still surprises... Read More

Losing Our Parents and Keeping Their Memories Alive

March 21st, 2014

Losing Our Parents and Keeping Their Memories Alive By Meryl Ain For the NABBW I still remember the first time I heard The Beatles on the radio as a teenager. My mother had just told me that my boyfriend had arrived for our Saturday night date. “I Want to Hold Your Hand” came on the radio and I was transfixed. I had to hear the whole song before I went downstairs. It has been 50 years since The Beatles first visited the United States, but their music is as alive as ever. Although the Beatles stopped performing as a group in 1970, and John Lennon and George Harrison have passed, their music... Read More

Grandparents As the Voice of Reason: Let\’s Hear It for the Concept of Giving Our Grandchildren Meaningful, Sustainable Gifts — The Good Kind That Keep on Giving

March 12th, 2014

Grandparents As the Voice of Reason: Let\’s Hear It for the Concept of Giving Our Grandchildren Meaningful, Sustainable Gifts — The Good Kind That Keep on Giving By Marie Langworthy, Ph.D. For the NABBW So much is written about the luxury that grandparents have in their ability to spoil their grandchildren. Ironically, that tradition been compounded in contemporary society because of our high divorce rate, which, arguably, has reached epidemic proportions. One of the by-products of America’s high rate of fractured families is the fact that now, instead of having two sets of grandparents... Read More

Millennials, Gifts and the Holiday Spirit

January 2nd, 2014

Millennials, Gifts and the Holiday Spirit By Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D. For the NABBW Now that we are at the tail end of the 2013 holiday season, you may have begun to realize that traditional gift-wrapped presents don\’t mean a whole lot to Millennials. Like so many other issues, they have their own ideas about gift giving. Apparently what they want is cash, mostly to pay down college costs and other debt. So much for the negative stereotype that those born between1980 and 2000 are lazy and have a sense of entitlement. Millennials are laboring under a collective $1 trillion in debt from... Read More

Feeling Hopeless? Your Guide to the Healing Power of Hope

August 30th, 2013

Feeling Hopeless?  Your Guide to the Healing Power of Hope By Chloe JonPaul, M. Ed. There are moments in our lives when a profound sense of hopelessness envelops us, placing us on the brink of despair. Remaining stuck in this state will only bring more misery so we need to learn how to bring victory out of what seems to be defeat. You may feel that your prayers have gone answered and you find yourself muttering “God, don’t You care?”  God’s response, however is always in His own time and in His own way – wonderful and mysterious though it may be.  He may be using your particular situation... Read More

Try On These Sparkling GEMS for Working Moms – You\’ll Soon Wonder How You Lived Without Them!

August 29th, 2013

Try On These Sparkling GEMS for Working Moms – You\’ll Soon Wonder How You Lived Without Them! By NABBW member Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D. Is your life an endless cycle, revolving around work and taking care of the kids? If so, you’re not alone. In a recent study by the Families and Work Institute, half of American women say they don’t have enough time to spend on themselves and to choose the activities they enjoy. We all know that saying ‘yes’ to more responsibility can make us feel safer with the boss and help us avoid conflict in the family. But too often ‘yes’ is our default... Read More

The F-Word You Need to Use

August 21st, 2013

The F-Word You Need to Use By Chloe JonPaul, M.Ed. Anger may be affecting your life so the next logical step is to check out where you stand on forgiveness.  Yes, that’s the F-word you must learn to put into practice. We forgive – not necessarily because that person deserves to be forgiven – but because it frees us up. In essence, you are taking back your power. When we hold on to some resentment, grudge, or hatred toward someone, we are actually empowering them. It certainly isn’t bothering that person. As Dale Carnegie once said: “Our enemies would dance with joy if they knew... Read More

AMOUR: Lessons from the 2013 Best Foreign Film

March 6th, 2013

By Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D. and Rosemary Lichtman, Ph.D. http://www.HerMentorCenter.com Although the 2013 Academy Awards are history one gem, Amour, will continue to shine. This heartbreaking and unflinching movie was painful to watch but it stimulated conversations with more questions than answers. As the people we love decline, how do we deal with the inevitable suffering? Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke tackled this subject and won the 2013 Academy Award for best foreign language film. The leads, veteran French actors Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva, play a vital Parisian couple... Read More

Three Cheers for the Sandwich Generation

July 29th, 2012

Three Cheers for the Sandwich Generation By Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D. and Rosemary Lichtman, Ph.D. July is Sandwich Generation Month, a chance to pay tribute to adult children who are juggling the demands of raising kids while taking care of aging parents. The number of Americans 65 and older is projected to increase from 40 million in 2010 to over 88 million by 2050, doubling the ranks of those experiencing this stressful combination of responsibilities. We expect to take care of our growing children. After all, isn\’t that part of the parenting job description? Even after the last kid... Read More

2012 College Graduates are Moving Back Home

July 29th, 2012

2012 College Graduates are Moving Back Home By Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D. and Rosemary Lichtman, Ph.D. This year over 1.75 million college students walked across the stage to pick up their diplomas. Seniors everywhere were excited to graduate as parents were thinking about words of wisdom to impart. With the scarcity of jobs and school loans due, it\’s going to be harder than ever for these kidults to engage in adult roles. If your brand new graduates are boomeranging back home, here\’s some practical insight to share with them: Face uncertainty with a positive attitude. You can\’t... Read More