Nothing Says I Miss You Like a Sign Message

Nothing Says I Miss You Like a Sign Message

Today, when so many families are spread out geographically, technology has provided many tools to ease the pain of being far away. And sometimes even small creative flares can make the most of the tools at our disposal.

And so, in today’s Connecting Families post: Sign Messages.

Never underestimate the power of the cuteness of your children/family combined with a customized message for the person you’re missing.

For the Sign Message you will need only four things and about ten minutes of your time (fifteen if you get really creative!):

  • Paper
  • Markers
  • Your adorable children
  • Your phone

Feel free to use creative license, but choosing a short message and then splitting up the words in the message and having different kids or family members hold them up is both quick and cute. You can even have each family member write their own word and decorate the page. Then everyone holds them up enthusiastically and snap the photo with your phone.  You can have them do different faces and even take a few to make a collage.  That’s it – send it off in whatever form the lucky recipient uses most regularly.

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You Know You’re the Birthday Person When…

You Know You’re the Birthday Person When…

You may or may not be aware of the term “birthday person” but you have undoubtedly met one or two of them in your life, or you may be that person yourself. Here are a few tell-tale indicators that you are that dedicated and tireless “birthday person”:

1. You have texted/emailed/called your sibling/parent/child to remind them it’s someone else in the family’s birthday

2. You do #1 on a regular basis

3. You keep either a physical or mental list of gift ideas for family members (even if their birthday is 11 months away)

4. The first thing you do at the beginning of the year is to enter all family birthdays into your wall calendar/preferred electronic calendar/both

5. You have been known to wake up in the middle of the night in a sweat for fear that you might have forgotten to call your aunt for her birthday

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10 Interesting Stats about the “Sandwich Generation”

10 Interesting Stats about the “Sandwich Generation”

The so-called “sandwich generation”, referring to those adults who are sandwiched between aging parents and young or grown children – both of which they may support in some fashion – is a term that was added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary in 2006, pointing to its increasing relevance. Last year, the Pew Research Center published a report about the growing sandwich generation, which is saddled with various challenges and new realities about intergenerational ties and living.

Here are a few nuggets of info we gleaned from the Pew Report:

1) Middle-aged adults are providing more financial assistance to their grown children now than in the past (48% say they have provided some or primary support for their child over the age of 18 in the past year). [Tweet this]

2) When asked if they were “very happy these days” sandwich generationers answered yes slightly more often than “other adults” (31% versus 28%, but still) and 52% described themselves as “pretty happy”, similar to 51% of other adults.

3) 31% of sandwich generationers said that they “always feel rushed” versus 23% of other adults.

4) As of 2012, Generation X-ers are more likely to find themselves in the sandwich generation than Baby Boomers who have been aging out of the sandwich (42% of Gen X-ers now have both a parent over the age of 65 and a dependent child, versus 33% of Baby Boomers). [Tweet This]

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New Feature Alert: Ask for Help

New Feature Alert: Ask for Help

One of the challenges that our Admins having been facing is the fact that they want to complete their group but they get stuck on a few dates and maybe email addresses that they don’t know. We wanted to help our Admins out, and so we developed the “Ask for Help” feature which we are excited to announce is now live! The “Ask for Help” feature is based on the assumption that even if you – the trusty Admin – don’t know a particular date, someone else in your family surely does. You might also have that person’s email address, but you simply don’t remember their birthday, anniversary, or other date you want the family to be reminded of (this is why EverMinder exists! So that no one forgets their family’s important dates ever again! Duh!).  And so we wanted to make it as easy as possible to ask for help from the right person, to fill in the just the exact blanks that you need.

Although seemingly simple, that little question mark icon next to each name is your key to completing your group!

There are two main ways you can use the Ask for Help feature:

  • asking someone about their own dates  OR
  • asking someone about other people’s dates

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The Social Director of the Animal Kingdom – Elephants and Memory

The Social Director of the Animal Kingdom – Elephants and Memory

Have you ever been told that you have a memory like an elephant? In case you weren’t sure if it was an insult or a compliment, I have come to clear that right up – it is indeed a compliment [Tweet this!]. Elephants are considered to be among the most intelligent mammals in the animal kingdom, and one of their most unique features is their ability to recall – specific elephants, people, events, and places.

The Scientific American explains that elephant herds are usually led by the matriarch of the family who retains a great deal of social information about the herd. She knows exactly who the members of the herd are – who is present and who is missing. She can retain memory on up to 30 of these comrades and is immediately suspicious of unfamiliar new elephants who come along.

But wait, there’s more!

By 5pm today spend this money on somebody else

This was the assignment given to participants in a study conducted by the Harvard Business School, while others were also given money except they were told to spend it on themselves. What did they find? That “people who spent money on other people got happier,” while for “people who spent money on themselves, nothing happened.”

Michael Norton presents the findings in this eleven minute Ted Talk. Interestingly, from buying someone else a cup of coffee to giving the money to a homeless person, they found that the exercise had the same effect – it didn’t matter how the person spent the money, it only mattered that they spent it on someone else in order for it to have a positive effect on their happiness.

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