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Meeting the Parents

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Meeting the Parents

Marrying into a family with a different standard of pedigree, marrying someone from a different culture, and/or marrying up may present a challenge for some.  Continue reading for tips! For Blog Access and Private Society Members. 

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Never Be The First To Break Away

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Never Be The First To Break Away

At age nine I hugged an elder family member. The hug lasted approximately three seconds before I broke away. She scolded me immediately. "Never break a hug first." I carried that rule with me ever since. According to scientists, the benefits of hugging go beyond the warm feeling we may get when we hold someone in our arms. Showing someone support through touch can reduce the stress of the person being comforted. Hugging can also reduce the stress of the person doing the comforting.  In a study of over 400 adults, researchers found that hugging may reduce the chance a...

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Dear Parents: Take Advantage of the Summer!

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Dear Parents: Take Advantage of the Summer!

I was in tenth grade when I received my acceptance into a one week rigorous summer enrichment camp hosted by The Ohio State University through the Fisher College of Business. The camp's primary objective was to allow students to explore careers in accounting--a field I knew I had no interest in. Even as a teen, I knew there was still a huge opportunity at the forefront for me to gain a wealth of knowledge I would not have otherwise known if I were to be selected, so I applied, received my acceptance letter, prepared, and headed to Columbus, Ohio. During...

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The Spirit of Jealousy and How to Navigate It

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The Spirit of Jealousy and How to Navigate It

If you are a woman, especially a black woman, who is strategic, smart, beautiful, likable, and/or well put together, you may experience jealousy from multiple groups of people. Family members, associates, coworkers, superiors, and even strangers are amongst the group. Learning how to navigate jealously and even sabotage is a skill worth learning.  In high school I was pretty popular. Voted to serve on student council, cheerleader for my first two years and flag corp girl for the other two years, honor roll student, teachers favorite, glee club member, and homecoming court are my statistics. I was also a very...

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Familial Ties

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Familial Ties

  This weekend my grandmother requested that I attend a family meeting in her place with my great aunt and favorite big cousin amongst family members I am not too familiar with. The primary objective was to plan our upcoming family reunion. Our family has been facing multiple challenges and plenty of loss lately so we figured it would be nice for us to meet more frequently.  My grandmother asked me knowing I'd be likely be the only one interested. Despite being notified an hour before, I agreed. I was the youngest and only 20-something year old in the room...

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