Beth Walsh-Sahutske, vice president, The Family Center, addresses more than 200 attendees at the organization's annual fundraiser, HOLLYFEST, last Thursday at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club. "The Family Center provides resources for life's issues at all ages and stages," said Walsh-Sahutske. "Our winter, 2018 free programming includes technology in the classroom, dementia, empathy in our youth, the role family plays in recovery and many more topics. As a mom and a school counselor, I see the need for information on these important and emerging topics every day."

The matching gift opportunity continues until December 31, 2017 - every dollar donated will be doubled, so make your year-end, tax-deductible contribution today!

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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.

What Parents Can do to Help their Child be Ready for Kindergarten

Ask the Experts by Kristen DeVooght and Dorothy Heitjan

Q: How can we as parents help our preschooler make a successful transition into kindergarten? Might you have some tips to share?

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:

Hands on experiences:
Dig, cook, build, paint and sculpt with your child. Activities like ...

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Aging Parents? Strategies to Remain Conflict-free

Ask the Experts by Sean Cleland

Q: My parents are getting older and I worry what will happen if/when my siblings and I must make decisions for them. Is there anything we can do ahead of time?

A: By 2030 there will be more Americans over the age of 65 than under the age of 16. As we age an increasing number of care concerns arise, such as the ability to live independently. Families should have a plan in place to handle these care concerns before they arise.

If you have parents in their mid-seventies ...

Read more: Aging Parents? Strategies to Remain Conflict-free

   

Helping Seniors Agree that It's Time to Stop Driving

Ask the Experts by Marian Battersby

Q: My family and I are struggling with our elderly father and his insistence on driving. What resources are out there for resolving this sensitive issue?

A: You are correct that the issue of driving when elderly is a sensitive one. Driving a car is a symbol of independence and is closely tied to an individual's identity. It represents freedom and control and allows senior adults to gain easy access to social connections, health care, shopping, activities ...

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Professionals Connecting with Professionals

Ask the Experts by The Family Center 

Q: What are my options, as a professional working with individuals and families, to grow my network of referral sources?

A: It can certainly be hard to connect with other professionals. Trying to fit that in to an already busy schedule can be daunting.

The Family Center of Grosse Pointe & Harper Woods can help. Its online resource listing of the Association of Professionals (AOP) members has providers’ profiles listed, along with easy ways ...

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Indoor Play Option for Little Ones

Ask the Experts by Kristen Young

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 options ...

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