*This blog post was first published on December 11th, 2010 in The Prevention Researcher blog, a journal on adolescent development that I worked for. The journal’s last issue is being published 9/2013.
Over the past month, I have been reading and thinking about this concept called familiness. “Familiness reminds us as individuals and as members of particular families to think always about possible alternate structures and sets of functions that constitute family for others” (Shriver, 2011, p. 274). This concept has been helpful when looking at the challenges of the holidays. Often there is a mixed bag of emotions as the holidays approach: who do we include in our holiday planning, how are members included or not included, which family members are no longer living, and how might we celebrate with our friends or others we consider family instead? These are just a few questions that come to mind.
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