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New "Making a Pointe" Video

Making a Pointe, a TED Talk-like presentation on issues facing the Grosse Pointe communities, took place on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. Co-sponsored by the Grosse Pointe News and the Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce, Making a Pointe addressed the challenges, successes and innovations found in our evolving community and looked at regional and national trends affecting Grosse Pointe and Metro Detroit.

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The Heart of the Matter

Ask The Experts by Marla Ruhana

Q:  I've been in a relationship for seven years. Nothing is wrong per se, I just want us to be better. Can you help?

A:  You are not alone. Many couples get caught up in the daily grind and feel that since nothing specifically is really wrong, there is no need to seek help. Yet, with time, the demands of daily life can cause relationships to erode and couples to grow apart.

This erosion is unnecessary. I commend you for writing and recognizing the need ...

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Is it safe to send children to school with cold symptoms?

Ask the Experts by Nancy Ajemian, M.D.

Q: If my children have a high fever, but no other symptoms. Should I still send them to school?

A: If a child has had a fever within the last 24 hours, he/she should stay home from school. Fevers are an indication that the body is fighting some type of illness, so it is important to allow your child time to rest until the fever has subsided. Once the fever has passed and your child feels well enough to return to school, you do not need to keep him/her home....

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Safe Disposal of Unused Prescriptions and Medications

Ask the Experts by Ghada Abdallah

Q: I've been hearing a lot about teenagers using their parents' and grandparents' unused medications to get high. I also know that many of the drugs cannot just be discarded in the trash. So what do I do with unused or expired meds in my home?"

A: It is important to dispose of medications properly to help reduce harm from accidental exposure or intentional misuse. Proper disposal also protects our nation's water system.

Medications may be disposed of at a collector ...

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The College Selection Process

Ask the Experts by Milissa Pierce and Beth Walsh-Sahutske

Q: My child just started high school. Is it too early to start talking about college?

A: Chances are you have been talking about college his whole life via favorite sports teams, family alma mater or some cool random mascot. That's great!

Now is the time to explore beyond those familiar names to take a casual look at some other convenient colleges. Visit local colleges or some near vacation destinations and take a tour- even if he has ...

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Skills to Get Ready for Kindergarten

ASK THE EXPERTS by Dorothy Heitjan and Kristen DeVooght

Q: How can we as parents help our preschooler make a successful transition into kindergarten? 

A: It is vital in the preschool years to provide your child with the experiences that will build the foundation for later success in school. In order to help your child build this foundation, parents should provide:

A variety of hands on experiences. Dig in the dirt, cook, build, paint, and sculpt with your child. These types of activities ...

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In the Grosse Pointe News

Recently published in the Grosse Pointe News:

New Board Members Announced

HOLLYFEST coming November 20th

Play Central Offers Indoor Play Options


Indoor Play Option for Little Ones

Ask the Experts by Mary Beth Austin

Q: The weather is turning cooler and I'm a bit anxious about the upcoming long winter days and trying to keep my little ones entertained and socialized. I also would like to meet some other parents with children the same age as mine - are there any options around here?

A: You are not alone! Those infant and toddler years can feel a little isolating for parents during the cold months. But the energy level of the kids doesn't wane - so finding activities and ...

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Video: Interview with Patty Warner "Mistakes Parents Make with Baby's Sleep"

From WJBK: "Patty Werner joins us on The Nine to share some tips for getting babies to sleep through the night. She is a local certified sleep consultant from the accredited International Maternity and Child Sleep Consultant Institution." Click to view the video.

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How do we proceed after a dementia diagnosis?

Ask the Experts by Barbara Roden

Q: Our father has been diagnosed with early signs of dementia. What approach should we take with him now? What activities can we still plan with him? What should we expect in the future?

A: The first step may be to determine at which stage of his disease is your father. One method of assessing that is called The Senior Gems®. This six-stage classification system, created and developed by Teepa Snow, Positive Approach, LLC, is a method for identifying the ...

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The Consequences of Social Media on Adolescents and Families

Ask The Experts by Michael Dib

Q: My middle school child is part of that significant majority of adolescents who has a cell phone in her possession twenty four hours in a day. How do I regulate the use of that cell phone? 

A: Remember, you pay the monthly bill for that cell phone and you own it.

You should always know your child's password and social log in to access phone usage. Make it a priority to regularly check your child's use of online searches, text messaging, Facebook, Instagram, ...

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Let's Talk Tech

Ask the Experts by Beth Walsh-Sahutske

Q: I feel like my teen is forever on a screen of some sort: phone, iPad, gaming. It's too much! Why don't kids just go out and play anymore?

A: That's an excellent question. Teenage years are a time when kids naturally crave that social time with friends as they begin to pull away from their parents and develop their own identity. The old story of our generation hanging out on the street until the streetlights came on just doesn't seem to hold true for this ...

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4 Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep All night

Ask The Experts by Patty Werner

Q: I am an expectant mother with anxiety about sleeping issues once the baby arrives. What can I do to help my baby sleep well?"

A: "Whaaa! Whaaa! Whaaa!" It is the sound that wakes new parents out of a deep sleep! And for parents who are months into sleep deprivation, it is a dreaded sound! Squinting at the alarm clock, mustering up every bit of energy to go into their baby's room, they wonder in exhaustion, "When will this ever end?"

As a baby sleep expert, I ...

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