Families, Holidays, Work Require Balancing Act

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Family Responsibilities

Busy calendars during the holidays can make it difficult to manage work and family responsibilities, but the director of Purdue University's Center for Families says it can be a great time to build relationships.

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"Holiday-related school pageants, gift shopping and extra work events can add pressure to an already busy schedule," says Shelley MacDermid, professor of child development and family studies. "But it's a great time to remember that some of the most special family memories arise out of everyday activities."

Families should focus on finding enjoyment in the process of getting ready for the holidays, she says. Tree decorating, card writing and cookie baking can become a family ritual and create great memories by turning work into fun.

"Quality time doesn

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