Category Archives: Family


National Coloring Book Day

Many of you have been waiting for my August blog: I have chosen musings on my birthday, August 2nd, which incidentally is National Coloring Book Day.   While I very much enjoy being a “summer baby,” it is interesting that National [...Read More]

In Vitro Fertilization – Just Be Careful

I read with horror the recent story about the Asian American couple who gave birth to twins only to be told that due to a “mix up” at the California fertility clinic, the twins were not their biological children and [...Read More]

National Children’s Day – June 9, 2019

Sunday, June 9th, is National Children’s Day.  According to www.nationaldaycalendar.com, it is a day to “honor the children in our lives….a time to slow down our fast-paced lives…and refocus on the important things.”  While we should all certainly try to [...Read More]

Take Home DNA tests – Fun or Folly – Part 1

At Home DNA tests (e.g. 23andMe and AncestryDNA) are all the rage.  DNA test kits were gift of choice in many families this past Christmas.  In fact, it is reported that 1,500,000 of the take home kits were sold on [...Read More]

Take Home DNA tests – Fun or Folly – Part 2

DNA take home test kits can be used to receive information about “disease risk” and/or to learn about ancestral background.  Whatever the purpose, users must remember that DNA is an extremely complicated set of genes that cannot be simplified into [...Read More]

How to Ease the Holiday Stress

Holidays can be a difficult and stressful time when they have to be shared between two households, but they don’t have to be.  There are many things a divorced or separated parent can do to ease the stress of the [...Read More]

Do You See What I See?

Have you looked at your family members with open eyes to see what has changed in the past year?  Holidays are a great opportunity to evaluate aging family members.  Often we don’t get to see our parents, grandparents, aunts, and [...Read More]

Do Mental Injuries Meet the Definition of Abuse under the PFA Act?

The Protection From Abuse Act (hereinafter the Act) 23 Pa.C.S.A. Sections 6101-6117, defines “abuse” as an attempt to cause or intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing bodily injury, serious bodily injury, rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, statutory sexual assault, [...Read More]

Back to School

It is that wonderful time of year when our high school graduate children are packing their rooms to go off to college and/or trade school.  Some are choosing to move out on their own and immediately join the workforce! What [...Read More]

Providing for Our Pets – In Sickness and in Health

On February 20th, pet lovers everywhere will observe National Love Your Pet Day.  This day is set aside to give extra attention to and pamper your pets.  It is also a good day to focus on the special relationship that [...Read More]