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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.

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?

Read more: Are You A Phubber?

 

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 ...

Read more: Managing Health Care Costs in Retirement

   

Lasting Recovery - it Takes a Family

Ask the Experts by Jeff and Debra Jay

Q: My 28-year-old brother went to treatment for his alcohol and cocaine problem last year. He never followed his recovery plan, and relapsed almost right away. He's getting really bad again, so we probably need to intervene, but isn't there something more a family can do? 

A: Yes, today there are many more things you can do. Addiction is a chronic illness, and family members can play a critical role during and after treatment. Studies have repeatedly ...

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