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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Initiative Matches Refugee Families to New Neighbors: 'A Friendly Connection Can Make All the Difference'
Refugee families need more than a clothing donation to make America feel like home. This photo essay highlights how the New Neighbors Partnership creates longstanding relationships between locals and newly arrived refugee families within a community.
My Teenager Is So Mean to His Little Sister—Is This Normal Sibling Behavior or Bullying?
Parents.com's "Ask Your Mom" columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D., says some sibling conflicts count as bullying and need to be addressed. Helping the meaner sibling better understand their behaviors can be the first step in making behavior change.
How a Teen Parent Program Is Helping One Mom Follow Her Dreams While Raising Her Son: 'I Feel Like I'm Not Alone'
After Amaria Dowdell welcomed her son, she was back in the classroom three months later, thanks to a high school program in Florida. Today, she's laying the groundwork for a bright future as a teen mom, high school graduate, and hopeful entrepreneur.
School Board Member Filed a Criminal Complaint Against a Florida School District Over Black Queer Book
'All Boys Aren't Blue' is at the center of a national debate and turmoil between school board officials, students, and celebrities, like Gabrielle Union, about censorship of race and queer erasure.
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The Year I Couldn't Afford Christmas Changed My Whole Approach to the Holidays
I had to make a very difficult decision: I could either pay off my arrest warrant, or I could buy my son Christmas presents.
Why It's Important to Pay Yourself First as a Single Parent
These are the top four reasons experts say it's important to pay yourself first as a single parent—and tips to make those self-payments happen.
I'm a Single Foster Mom—Here's How I Budget for Retirement, Meals and More

Three single foster moms share how they've saved for retirement, funded their kids' sports and activities, saved on weekly grocery runs, paid for vacations, and more.