10.24.17 A proud moment - the official ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce for The Family Center's new administrative offices in the media wing of The War Memorial.

 


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The Family Center: Resources for Families, Individuals and Professionals

Serving our community through programs and resources vital to today’s families.

Annual Appeal

The award-winning Family Center celebrated 15 years of service in 2015. Ask the Experts Talks, Articles and Videos reached a wide audience; familycenterweb.org provided one million page views in the past 12 months; and nearly 100 Association of Professionals members formed a valuable referral network.

Whether caring for newborns, young children, teens, loved ones, elderly parents or yourself, The Family Center serves as a compass to guide you to the resources needed when navigating life's challenges....

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The Power of Winter Play

Ask The Experts by Mary Cryderman

Q: I'm curious about schools letting children play in the cold, snow, wind, etc. - should I be concerned about this when I send my little ones?

A: Bundle up your children before they go to school this winter because playtime outdoors is as crucial to their development as taking tests at desks.

Inspired by research from Finland, the top educational system in the world, where school children have 20 minutes of recess every 45 minutes throughout the day, the Detroit ...

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Why is my elderly parent so different when I visit in the evening?

Ask The Experts by Dr. Christine Chelladurai

Q: "My elderly parent has been diagnosed with dementia and has moved to an assisted living facility. The transition was difficult, but lately things have been going pretty well. I do notice, however, a significant change in his behavior late in the day and when I'm visiting, I'm not sure what is happening or how to help him settle down. What is this about and is there any way I can help him?"

A: When a person with dementia experiences changes in behavior ...

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Protecting Children in a Divorce

Ask The Experts by Sean Cleland

Q: I am considering a divorce, but I am worried about the negative effect that a divorce will have on my children. What can I do to protect my children?

A: You are right to be concerned. Children of divorce are at increased risk for problems such as depression and diminished academic performance. If staying married is still an option, it will take collaboration with your spouse and counseling to improve your marriage. If the decision is made to divorce, it will ...

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Are the Holidays Trying to Tell You Something?

Ask The Experts by Jennifer Raybaud

Q: "I'm already getting a little stressed about the upcoming holidays and all I need to do. I've been seeing things around about mindfulness and meditation, but I've always been a little skeptical. How does this help and should I try it?"

A: Fabulous question! May I begin by asking you to sit quietly for a moment and reflect to see if this season is trying to "speak" to you in some way? If, when we roll a little "mental tape" on past holidays we find the time ...

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