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Sharing Time


By Julia Tolliver Maranan

When you have children, its natural for relatives and friends to want to get to know your little tykes. But with jam-packed schedules and far-flung families, it can be tricky to see everyone as much as they would like. Arthur Kornhaber, MD, child and family psychiatrist and founder and president of the non-profit Foundation for Grandparenting, offers suggestions for scheduling family fun so everyone feels included.

Discuss your expectations Kornhaber sees parents as the center of the family team, which means it's your responsibility to set the tone for your family's relationships. Talk with grandparents, other relatives and friends who want to be involved in your child's life about your family schedule -- in the short and long term. Then work together to set a reasonable schedule for getting together and plan some specific visits. By talking together about your family's needs and desires (even before your baby is born, if possible), you'll set the stage for communication, openness, and caring.
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