About Me
Working To Create Lasting Family Relationships

As someone who deals with struggling teenagers on a regular basis, I have seen the immense impact that a strong family, or the lack thereof, can have on an individual. Every family faces challenges, big and small, on a regular basis. Despite the many forces in society that work contrary to the family, there is an endless variety of ideas and activities that can help to strengthen family relationships between spouses or between a parent and a child. Positive change and developing a strong family takes time and patience. This blog's purpose is to offer a few ideas, tips, and suggestions to spark that change.


Ashes To Ashes, Dust To Diamonds? Eco-Friendly Options For Your Loved One’s Cremated Remains

17 August 2015
 Categories: Relationships & Family, Blog

Saying a final goodbye to a loved one is never easy, but the increased cost of a traditional funeral and burial can make the time even more traumatic. Considering cremation is a more affordable option, almost 50 percent of the deceased are cremated.  You may believe placing the cremated remains of your loved one in an urn to be impersonal, but there are many unique alternatives available. Using one of these eco-friendly options, you can skip the boring urn and place your loved one's ashes in a manner suited to their personality. Read More …

Three Ways To Offer Your Assistance At A Funeral Service

13 August 2015
 Categories: Relationships & Family, Blog

A family grieving the loss of a loved one can often find support simply by seeing you and your family members in attendance at a funeral. You can further show the family your support by offering some thoughtful and sympathetic words, either in the greeting line before the event or when mingling afterward. If you want your actions to demonstrate support, think about offering to help the family in a specific way. Read More …

Great Tips When Adopting Internationally

12 August 2015
 Categories: Relationships & Family, Blog

If you are not able to have children on your own, another viable option is adopting internationally. If you are going to be doing this, these tips are important to consider. Find out about the Child's History Before adopting a child internationally, it's a good idea to learn about the child's history. See what you can learn about the type of parenting style that had to live with. Utilizing a similar style with the child can help them adjust to their new environment more quickly. Read More …

Want To Adopt In Washington? 5 Steps To Help You

11 August 2015
 Categories: Relationships & Family, Blog

In the United States, each state offers unique avenues to becoming an adoptive parent. Washington is not unique in having its own guidelines. If you are looking forward to adopting a child, understanding these guidelines will help you acclimate to the process much quicker. Here are a few things you should do before you complete your adoption application: 1. Know who can adopt. In Washington, single individuals and couples may adopt. Read More …

3 Common Myths About International Adoptions

7 August 2015
 Categories: Relationships & Family, Blog

International adoption is a large step for anybody. What many people don't realize before they start the process is precisely how complicated it can be. One of the things that people can do to prepare themselves for the process is leave behind the myths and preconceived notions that many have about international adoption. 1. You Cannot Adopt From Everywhere Some people are under the assumption that it's possible to adopt a child from anywhere in the world. Read More …