What’s your family’s secret? Dare to share. Tweet us (@WoollyMammothTC and use #ourlittlesecret), or submit anonymously here.

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"The Stories That Bind Us"

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The New York Times: The Stories That Bind Us
By Bruce Feiler, march 2013

NYT writer Bruce Feiler explores how knowing one’s family history has an impact on one’s outlook on life (and can positively affect the bond between family members).

What is the secret sauce that holds a family together? What are the ingredients that make some families effective, resilient, happy?

It turns out to be an astonishingly good time to ask that question. The last few years have seen stunning breakthroughs in knowledge about how to make families, along with other groups, work more effectively.

READ more here

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Dysfunctional Families in Pop Culture: THE WHITES/SCHRADERS

The Whites/Schraders are #7 on Complex Magazine's list of "The 10 Most Dysfunctional TV Families."

"Once upon a time, when "Breaking Bad" first began airing in 2008, chemistry teacher Walter White (Bryan Cranston) was feeling stifled by his boring life… One lung cancer diagnosis later, everything changed, and before long one of TV’s most emasculated men evolved into one of its most powerful.

With this refined new sense of self, however, came certain sacrifices. His professional and personal lives began to intertwine far more than anticipated, and his family crumbled as a result.”

See the rest of the list here. Have any other examples? Tweet us at @WoollyMammothTC.

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Colleen Donaghy anyone?

Colleen Donaghy anyone?

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Have A Dysfunctional Family? Here’s How To Cope.

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Persephone Magazine: A Beginners Guide to Surviving Dysfunctional Family Holidays (November 2011)

"Here’s the thing to know about dysfunctional families: truly dysfunctional relationships operate on their own, twisted set of rules that can be hard for an outsider to understand. If your familial liaison tells you something about their family–say, that sweet Grandma May is a racist, or that Uncle Roger will drink too much and bulldoze anyone who even mentions Hilary Clinton–don’t tell them their family seems perfectly nice, take them at face value.

Now, let’s get down to it. There are several ways to keep your sanity while dealing with family drama.

The Good Advice: Meditate

One quick way to take your blood pressure back down into the healthy range is to count your breaths in and out. Count the seconds that tick by as you slooowly inhale…and then count the seconds as you slooowly exhale. Deep breaths force more oxygen into your blood, which can make you feel a little buzzed and happy. The bathroom is a good place to hide out for a few minutes, but if you can lay down while you do this, you may be rewarded with tingles from head to toe. Yay, endorphins.”

For more advice, continue reading here.

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BuzzFeed14 Crazy Family Traditions That Are Way More Messed Up Than Yours

"Five-finger Christmas shopping with grandma…"

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Click here for 13 MORE wacky family traditions.

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BuzzFeed: 32 Ways You Know You Grew Up in a Dysfunctional Family

#11: “Your family photos had something a little wrong with them…”

Can you relate? Check out the 31 other reasons here!

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There are some awkward family photos we’d love to forget, but there are others that are worth a recreation. 
Dontpkethebear offers these. Check out some others!

There are some awkward family photos we’d love to forget, but there are others that are worth a recreation. 

Dontpkethebear offers these. Check out some others!

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#awkward family photos 

Do you recognize some of these “not so great” TV mothers? Complex Magazine has compiled a list of “the worst!”

Moms from “Modern Family,” “Weeds,” “Seinfeld,” and ”It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” top Complex Magazine's list of The 25 Worst Fictional TV Moms

Have examples of others? Tweets us at @WoollyMammothTC.

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Obsessed With Watching Families On Film

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NPR: Talk of the Nation: ‘The Joy of Watching Dysfunctional Families On Film’ with host Ari Shapiro (December 2008)

The holidays are a time to celebrate family, and for family members to spend time with each other. But film makers keep returning to stories about adultery, rebellion, mental illness, drug addiction, and the occasional criminal indictment. Murray Horwitz, director of The American Film Institute Silver Theater and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Md., discusses celebrating the dysfunctional family on film.

'And I think that, like, we love seeing fam - we all have families. All families have challenges and problems and sometimes and very serious ones. And somehow, when we see them on film, I guess it somehow expiates our own troubles. I will tell you this, Ari. We have now hit, for all of our topics on Talk of the Nation over the years, this is the mother lode of movie themes.' -Murray Horwitz”

Listen to or read this NPR conversation here.

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#The Grisworlds #dysfunctional movie families #family reunions #the holidays