extended family

All about how to stay connected, strengthen ties and talk politics with your big, happy extended family.

Martin Boyer8 hours ago
Travels with My DNA
A DNA kit arrives in the post, a gift from my son. This kit promises if I spit into a little plastic tube and fork out £85 (thank you, my boy) to tell me where I come from. Now this is irresistible to...
Yanelis Otero7 days ago
Hurricane Maria Destroyed My Childhood Memories
Hurricane Maria left terrible destruction in its path through Puerto Rico - massive deforestation throughout the island, many destroyed houses everywhere you looked, no power or cell phone service, am...
C.C. Curtis10 days ago
10 Reasons Why Being Childfree Doesn't Mean You Have No Family
Having a family isn't always achieved strictly by becoming a parent. For many people who don't have children, the meaning of family becomes understood in a whole different perspective. Even for those ...
Kerri Rae10 days ago
Blood and Water
Here's another 'things that keep me up at night' moment. We say, a lot, that blood is thicker than water and that blood comes first. I think we give a wrong ideal on that premise and make people feel ...
Jaz Johnstone2 months ago
A Letter to My Mother In Law
Dear Mother in Law, I remember years ago, getting off the school bus and strolling slowly down an unfamiliar path to your house. The sun was shining, ponies were in the field next to us as I walked ha...
Diana B2 months ago
My Dear Mother-in-Law
Can we talk about mothers-in-law for a second? I know I left my last story half way there and I promise I will finish it, eventually. However, I wrote that story on my 5-hour flight to see my boyfrien...
Andrea Ortiz2 months ago
How I Went from an Only Child to a Woman with Two Siblings, Seemingly Overnight... at 40
It was a typical lazy Sunday. My kid was playing video games, I was folding and hanging up laundry. I decided a needed a break, so I went on Facebook, because...isn’t that what we all do while breakin...
Marga Rita2 months ago
Godparents - The Orthodox Version
Here you are visiting your best friend's house. Both she and her spouse are excited to have you there. There is a special reason for you to be there today. She is pregnant with either a boy/girl. Her ...
Lucig Aroyan3 months ago
How an 84-Year-Old Woman Changed My Life
Just over a month ago, my family and I immigrated to Toronto, Canada, a city where we have no relatives except one: Aunt Rose, an 84-year-old lady who lives all by herself. Aunt Rose was kind enough t...
Nathonia Smith3 months ago
How I Define Family
Family. That group we are born into once we are removed from our mother’s womb. Individually, we are related by blood and along with others who share that same bloodline, we are considered family whet...
Bri Pinson3 months ago
Monster in Law Pt.2
Welcome back to "How to betray your child 101". A step by step guide on how to ruin you relationship with your son and daughter in law. Brought to you by, the actions of my very own mother in law. Now...
Bri Pinson3 months ago
Monster in Law Pt.1
So the other day I saw an article on Facebook with the headline "Why it's OKAY to cut toxic family members from your life." Without even reading the article, my mother in law came right to mind. Now I...
Iria Vasquez-Paez3 months ago
Domestic Violence Shelter for Those Escaping Families
Domestic violence is a reality in the world today, but not everybody has the strength to get away from an abusive family, especially if you have a disability. I want to help disabled people on SSI sta...
Lynn Adams3 months ago
Call the Monster-in-Law
We have all heard so many horror stories. We all are terrified of one part of a relationship. The parents. For the men, it is usually fear of the dad or the brothers. You have heard some pretty intere...
Ann King4 months ago
Hope You Can Live With Yourself
Sometimes you just have to cut people out of your lives and move on. I have tried with all of my might to remain considerate and polite throughout the handling of my husband's estate. Now it seems tha...
Michaela Martin4 months ago
Home
When I was born, I was born into a family very different from others. I was born into a Christian family, but not just any Christian family. No, I was a pastor’s kid. My grandfather, whom I call Poppy...
Ashleigh Smith4 months ago
Family Isn't Always Blood
"They're like a sister to me!" We live in a world where the term "family" is getting harder and harder to explain. For some, their family includes their grandparents, aunts, and uncles, cousins -- eve...
M W4 months ago
When Your Time as Their Nanny is Over
I have been a nanny and babysitter for seven years. Seven years of meeting little ones and falling in love with them almost immediately. Seven years of “hello” and seven years of “goodbye”, although s...