Family Dynamics

What makes a family? Learn about traditional and non-traditional family relationships, including single-parent families, families with gay parents, military families, and more. Try these tips for making your family work regardless of your family make-up.

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Raising Five Siblings: 'I Became Their Mom, Dad, and Sister at 17'

After the tragic loss of her parents, Samantha Rodriguez stepped into the role of caregiver to her five younger siblings at the age of 17. Together, they represent the selfless love it takes for a family to thrive. 
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Are ‘Granny Pods’ Really the Ideal Guest Room for Grandparents?

Multigenerational housing has become both a blast from the past and a forward-thinking trend thanks to the invention of the "granny pod," a free-standing home for grandparents that goes in the backyard. But before you ask the in-laws to move in, here's a look at the perks—and potential drawbacks—for parents.
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As More Women Under 40 Are Diagnosed With Breast Cancer, Is 'Hospital Bed Mom' the New Face of Parenting?

Right now, there are moms all over the country squeezing in homework help and signing school trip permission slips between rounds of invasive cancer treatments. It’s not a trend anyone wants to be a part of, but for so many, this is their reality.
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