Family Dynamics

Family philanthropists seek to do good as a family, as a group of people bound by love, lineage, law, and a little luck. Families do argue. Families have baggage. Just like their professional counterparts. Families also have affection—for spouses, parents, siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles, grandparents, and grandchildren. They listen… Read More

Rites of Passage for Your Son

Rites of Passage for Your Son by Robert Lewis David Wills faced a monumental task. Governor Andrew Curtin of Pennsylvania appointed him to oversee the burial of thousands of Union and Confederate soldiers at Gettysburg. In addition, the 32-year-old attorney was to plan a dedication ceremony for this pivotal Civil War… Read More

Rites of Passage for Your Daughter

Rites of Passage for Your Daughter by Pam Farrel, Doreen Hanna The conversation with the group of young women that day had been one of excitement and laughter as they planned the upcoming special Night of Celebration. Each girl’s family would join in a special rite-of-passage ceremony that would culminate with… Read More

Sibling Rivalry

Sibling Rivalry by Grace Stopani Sibling conflict is as old as Cain and Abel, as legendary as Cinderella and her stepsisters and can be as deadly as the daughters of King Lear. Parents should know the battles are inevitable and must prepare their kids to defuse potentially ugly situations. And… Read More

Family Time and Relationships

Family Time and Relationships by Jim Burns My wife, Cathy, and I stared at each other in disbelief as our oldest daughter, Christy, told us she was running away. When she started packing her suitcase, we knew she was serious. Cathy and I weren’t sure if we should laugh or cry… Read More

Family Legacies

Family Legacies by J. Otis Ledbetter, Kurt Bruner No matter who we are, where we live, or what our goals may be, we all have one thing in common: a heritage. That is, a social, emotional and spiritual legacy passed on from parent to child. Every one of us is… Read More