Most of us are familiar with the old saying, "He who represents himself in court has a fool for a client." In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court stated that even an attorney, whose profession is representing clients in court, should not represent himself or herself. And yet the trend toward self-representation has grown significantly in recent years. The ramifications have not yet been fully recognized.
When we think of holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, everybody wants it to be a special time, especially for the children. Creating healthy memories is something we all want to do. Unfortunately, holidays are an especially stressful time for many families due to frantic busy-ness, crowds, and long lines in stores. On top of all this is anxiety about potential family conflicts. All too often, despite our best intentions, there's a blow-up, with our children right in the middle of it. Are there practical steps we can take to make things go more smoothly? There are.