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Reflective Listening Helps Parents Communicate with Children

Ask the Experts by Teresa Sandner

Q: Why do I have to tell my children something ten times and then threaten them with punishment before they actually do what I say?"

A: Most children tune out because they don't feel listened to or we say way too much.

Reflective listening is a way to let children know their feelings are being heard and understood. I-Messages are a way to let children know how their behavior affects us without shaming or blaming which helps to create an atmosphere of mutual ...

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Social Security Benefit Questions Answered

Ask the Experts by Matthew Swegles

Q: Can a newly divorced client who is 50 yrs. old, has not worked in 15 years or more, her ex owns a small company and takes a small salary, file to get some sort of benefit under his Social Security benefits now or at age 62 etc.? Will it affect his or her regular SS benefit later at retirement? How does that feature work if she wants more income eventually?

A: First, your client is not eligible to receive Social Security benefits until age 62 with an exception ...

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About Hybrid Long-term Care Policies

Ask the Experts by Dan H. Tripp, CLU

Q: I keep hearing about a "hybrid" form of long-term care insurance.  What is this and should I consider it?

A: Basically, a hybrid long-term care policy is life insurance with a long-term care rider. The rider allows the policy owner to use the death benefit to pay for any expenses related to long-term care.

Developed in the early 2000's as an alternative to traditional policies, hybrids offered guarantee premiums. Many traditional policies, due to ...

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Time Mastery for Moms

Ask the Experts by Charmaine Johnson-Fuller

Q: How do I create the perfect schedule to make sure I have enough time for it all without feeling like a zombie at day's end?

A: Well first of all, there is no such thing as a perfect schedule. Relax.

In being a SAHM (stay at home mom) and Mompreneur (mom entrepreneur) I had to learn that not every day will look the same. The schedule I had for Monday might not work on Tuesday. I had to learn to be flexible with myself, my business and my family. ...

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is Your Loved One Considering Suicide? Warning Signs to Look For

Ask the Experts by Gigi Colombini, LMSW - Kevin's Song

In the US, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death, accounting for 44,193 fatalities in 2015, the most recent year data is available. For youth aged 10-24, it is the 2nd leading cause of death. Each day, 121 people die from suicide, yet still most people have little or no idea what is needed to help when someone may be experiencing a suicidal crisis.

According to the American Association of Suicidology, research based estimates suggest ...

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The Tragedy of Suicide

Ask the Experts by Megan Gunnell, LMSW, MT-BC - Psychotherapist

Yesterday a student at my son's high school went to school in the morning, sat through all his AM classes, left campus for lunch and committed suicide.  An absolutely unthinkable tragedy for his family and those who knew and loved him.

The principal shared the news with the student body sending shock waves from room to room. Kids were sobbing in the halls, hugging each other as they left school for the day in a shocked and saddened ...

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The Bridge Between Suicide and Life

The Family Center wishes to share a powerful message about suicide that is presented in this very special TED Talk. See the Video here >

From TED: "For many years Sergeant Kevin Briggs had a dark, unusual, at times strangely rewarding job: He patrolled the southern end of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, a popular site for suicide attempts. In a sobering, deeply personal talk Briggs shares stories from those he’s spoken - and listened - to standing on the edge of life.

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Teens & Screens: Locked Into an Online World

Ask the Experts by Nicole Runyon

Q: I am witnessing my teenage son experience emotional problems and I think his screen is the culprit. I would like to remove the screen from his life in order for him to reset and get back to himself. However, I worry that he will be disconnected from his friends and risk feeling lonely and alienated. How do I help him find a balance?

A: This is a common issue among parents who are worried that screens are creating a situation for their children to be locked ...

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Raising Young Men and Women in a Culture of Sexual Assault

Ask the Experts by Peter Henry and Mary Petersen

Q: With so much sexual assault rampant these days, I worry about raising teenagers in our society. How can you help me?

A: Human beings have lived in a culture of sexual assault for centuries. What’s different today is that we talk about it more, and thus we have a better chance to help our children consciously break the cycle.

Young men and women are in a particularly vulnerable position. They’re learning about themselves and how ...

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Are You A Phubber?

Ask the Experts by Dr. Lori Warner

Q: My husband told me I'm "phubbing" him. What does he mean??

A: The term Phubber combines "phone" and "snubber". But are you a Phubber? Let's find out - here are a few of the indicators.

Do you:

  • Check your phone during meals with others?
  • Check your phone during a lull in the conversation?
  • Glance often at your phone while talking to someone?
  • Place your cell phone where you can see it when with others?

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Cooperative Parenting After Divorce

Ask the Experts by Sonya Thompson

Q: I feel like my ex-husband and I cannot get along. I am not sure how to put aside our differences - can you help?

A: Feeling hurt or angry is common. If you want to succeed as co-parents, the "co" has to mean cooperation.

Shifting roles from former spouse to co-parents can be challenging. Parents might find it difficult to manage anger or hurt without putting their children in the middle. Criticism of the other parent in the presence of the child can be ...

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Making Modern Divorced Families Work: During and After the Divorce

Ask the Experts by Sean Cleland

Q: My spouse and I are discussing divorce, but I am worried that it will get ugly and hurt our kids. What can I do to prevent this?

A: There are four basic elements to obtaining a healthier divorce:

  • Focus on your post-divorce life. Divorce is the end of a way of life for you and your family, but it is also the beginning of the rest of your life. Your divorce is the time to make the transition into that new life as smooth and well thought out as possible. ...

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Managing Health Care Costs in Retirement

Ask The Experts for The Family Center 

Q: As I get older, what considerations should I have regarding my health care associated costs during retirement? 

Here are 3 steps to take prior to retirement to help plan in managing your health care costs. 

  • Incorporate estimates of health care costs in your retirement financial planning. Recent projections for a 65 year old couple place total out of pocket health care costs for a 20 year retirement at $260,000. (Source: Feb.4, 2017 ...

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