The concept of the traditional, nuclear family has been outdated for years. In its place are modern families—ones of all sizes, colors, and parenting combinations. Not only are they becoming the norm, but also their so-called “differences” make them incredibly strong and happy. Here, ten big success secrets “modern” families have learned—that all people can apply to their own lives.
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Anna Whiston Donaldson, blogger at An Inch of Gray and author of the forthcoming memoir Rare Bird, experienced devastation when her son, Jack, drowned three years ago. “Grief is a time of upheaval and profound disorientation because the world as you know it is changed forever,” she explains. And while it’s a helpless feeling to know that you have little control over your life, there are always some glimmers of hope and positivity, she says. No matter your situation, take time to appreciate every moment. Donaldson says that losing something precious to her—while incredibly sad—reminds her to cling to the bright spots where you can.
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