extended family

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

amanda molletta month ago
The Dad I Never Got to Know
I will never know my father-in-law, except the stories my husband tells me. I can see pictures and videos, but I may not get the full picture ever of what kind of father he would be, both to my husban...
Elizabeth Webb2 months ago
Diary of a Doormat
I feel like I have been talked out of my feelings my entire life. When I'm angry, I never know how to express it without saying the wrong thing, or bringing in things that aren't even relevant to the ...
irene tijam4 months ago
A Tribute to the Three Women Who Shaped the Lives of Twelve Siblings
I grew up in my grandmother's house wherein my childhood memories were deeply cherished. It was there where discipline and moral values were strictly imposed and observed. Being the first granddaughte...
hailey clark4 months ago
Marriage Expectation: The In-Laws
The in-laws ... I can never tell if they actually like me or not. Once they went from my 'boyfriends parents' to my 'in-laws' everything changed. About four years ago, I was approaching my boyfriends ...
Doe's Crafte`6 months ago
Been There Done That
The other day I was reading a post that asked if it would be wrong for a man to be on a family outing with his children and their mother, and for him to just want to take a picture with just his child...
Suzanne Gayle6 months ago
Six of My Favorite Christmas Traditions
I'm a very traditional person. Every Christmas, I look forward to going to the same places and doing the same things with my family and close friends, because to me, it just wouldn't be Christmas with...
Sierra Lynn7 months ago
We Gave You Everything. Oh, By the Way, You Left Your Knife in Our Backs
It can really suck when someone hurts you. You can gain a lot of trust issues from that, as I have. Losing friends is hard, losing lovers can be worse, but nothing stings quite as bad as when someone ...
Brandi Payne7 months ago
Family Is Family
Some families are so broken that it is impossible to make amends. You were born into this family and share the same bloodline and genes, but some people find that you can have the perfect loving famil...
Valentina Sophia7 months ago
Why Growing up in a Religious Household Made Me Hate Religion
I grew up being raised by a family that devoted their whole lives to their religion. That's great, don't get me wrong. I think believing in something gives you hope. We could all use a little of that ...
Becca Pace8 months ago
Raising Six
It has been nothing short of a struggle with six kids—two being my biological, and four being my boyfriend's. My two are with us always. Their father, my ex husband, left a couple years ago and jumps ...
Martin Boyer8 months 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 Otero8 months 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. Curtis8 months 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 Rae8 months 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 Johnstone9 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 B10 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 Ortiz10 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 Rita10 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 ...