In June we celebrate National Family Month, which is a great time to reflect on your family and how to make it stronger. As the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reminds us, strong families share many valuable qualities: trust, commitment, communication, growth, affection, fun, and love.
As rough as bad times can be, strong families are more likely to grow through a crisis, allowing the difficult experience to bring them even closer together. This is something I happen to have learned through difficult experience after losing my husband to cancer in 2010. Although this was one of the most difficult moments of my life, it also marked the beginning of an even closer connection to my three children, who were then 19, 17 and 13 years old.
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Maria Diaz is a public affairs specialist for the Social Security Administration. If you have Social Security questions, call (800) email@example.com