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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.

Be Vigilant About Signs of Suicide

Ask the Experts by Megan Gunnell, LMSW

Q: I've been hearing more and more about suicide recently, both in our community and nationwide. Is there a trend in the spring? What are the warning signs I should be looking out for and what can we do as a community?

A: A recent publication on health.com stated: "According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide rates spike in the spring and to a lesser extent in the fall - not around the holidays as everyone suspects. And suicides in ...

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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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