Family and Relationships

Raising Well-Connected Kids

Summer 2012

Raising Well-Connected Kids

Gina Stepp

One of parenthood’s great challenges is teaching children to display active concern for others. How can parents encourage their kids to be helpful, caring and inclusive? 

Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Mo: Teaching Children Decision Making Skills

Winter 2012

Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Mo

Gina Stepp

As parents we want to help our children become competent decision makers. But what skills are required, and how do parents instill them?

People: Who Needs Them?

Fall 2011

People: Who Needs Them?

Gina Stepp

Pop psychologists freely use words such as introvert and extravert, but these terms can be misleading as well as harmful to personal development.

On Personality and Character

Fall 2011

On Personality and Character

Brian Orchard

Is personality merely a random product of genetics, or a construct of unique environmental conditions? What influence can we exert over our own personalities?

Beyond the Nuclear Family

Summer 2011

Beyond the Nuclear Family

Gina Stepp

Researchers Bella DePaulo and Robert Milardo explore the importance of collateral kin—aunts, uncles and others in extra-nuclear support systems.

Getting to Know You

Spring 2011

Getting to Know You

Michael McKinney

What can you do to develop better self-awareness on the road to personal change?

Proverbially Speaking

Spring 2011

Proverbially Speaking

Mark J. Hulme

Conflict between siblings is so common that it often goes unremarked, even unseen in many families, but its effects can be extremely damaging.

Interview with Laurie Kramer: Brothers and Sisters, Unite!

Spring 2011

Brothers and Sisters, Unite!

Gina Stepp

Vision interviews Laurie Kramer, associate dean and professor of applied family studies at the University of Illinois. It’s never too late to build healthy relationships between children or to mend a broken sibling bond, says Dr. Kramer.  

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