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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.

Talking About Mass Violence and Terrorist Attacks

Ask the Experts by Amy Lawrence

Q: How do I talk to my children about mass violence and terrorist attacks?

A: An added task to modern day parenthood, is answering questions centered on violence and terrorism.

Although challenging, these conversations are vitally important to help children feel secure and safeguard their well-being. The most important steps parents can take in helping their children understand and cope with the confusion and fear these incidents invoke comes down to 3 basic ...

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The Value of an Orthodontic Evaluation for Children

Ask the Experts by Dr. Craig Hadgis

Q: Our dentist hasn't yet said anything about orthodontics for my 6 year old. Does that mean he won't need it, or should I have him evaluated on our own?

A: I recommend evaluation for all children no later than 7 by an orthodontist. Although many people associate orthodontic treatment with young teens, most orthodontists can spot subtle problems with jaw growth even when "baby" teeth are present. Your child's teeth may appear straight, however, there could ...

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"A Celebration of Family" Event a Great Success

June 2, 2016: Our 15th Anniversary event at the Historic Charles Lambert House was a great success, thanks to the tireless efforts of our hosts Stephen Butler Murray and Cynthia Dawdy. Nearly 100 guests enjoyed delicious and beautiful strolling dinner prepared by Chef Bobby Nahra. Visit our Photo Galleries page for more photos! Photo Gallery


Talking with Kids About Grief and Loss

Ask the Experts by Mary Beth Garvey

Q: How can I talk with my children about a recent death when I am struggling to deal with my own feelings of grief?

A: As a parent, it is our instinct to protect our kids from pain and minimize the loss they experience. There are many ways to comfort our children during difficult periods, but often we feel we have to mask our own response to grief as a way of protecting them.

Though understandable, given how vulnerable we feel after a loss, it undermines the powerful ...

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Support our 15th Spring Appeal

by Kathy Leverenz and Debbie Liedel

Planting seeds more than 15 years ago, The Family Center has sown an impressive family tree. From our generous donors and volunteers; to association members, speakers and resources; to community partners including sites and media support, our branches are wide and strong.

Through these partnerships, which we truly consider part of The Family Center "family," we are able to provide a far-reaching, wide-variety of programs and resources that people need in varying ...

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Help for Sleep-deprived Parents of Newborns

Ask the Experts by Patty Werner

Q: My husband and I have a 4-1/2 month-old baby who is not sleeping well. We are becoming very short with each other as sleep deprivation sets in. How can we avoid fighting all the time?

A: It is very common for mom and dad to take frustrations out on each other when sleep is scarce and partners are overtired. Here are 3 things you can do to help ease the conflict:

1. Get Back On the Same Page: During your pregnancy, you likely experienced feelings of excitement ...

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Choosing a Home Care Agency

Ask The Experts by Anne Marie Gattari

Q: I think it might be time to start looking for options for my mother and extra care in her home. How do I know for sure and where do I begin?

A: Are there signs she may be lonely or not adequately taking care of her daily needs? Is she eating and drinking well or keeping up with her hygiene? Is she managing housekeeping chores?

Sometimes even a few hours a week can make a big difference in energy level and emotional well-being of your loved one.

Once ...

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Making Dinner Time Family Time

Ask the Experts by Chef Bobby Nahra

Q: I'm a working mother with young children. When I come home from work getting dinner on the table is a stressful chore. I would like to turn it into a learning activity - to teach them cooking skills and healthy eating habits - but finding the time and ways to do so is so difficult in our active schedule. Please share your tips!

A: Try not to look at making dinner as a dreaded task. You can do some simple things ahead of time to make the process more fun ...

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Behavior Changes Can Signal Depression in Teens

Ask the Experts by Valerie Southall

Q: I've recently noticed a friend of mine has been acting withdrawn and different than he used to. He's been missing school more and not participating in social outings or responding to texts when I ask him to get together. I'm worried that he may be depressed and I don't know how to help him. Are there things I can do, or ways I can reach out to get him help?

A: Being a teenager is very hard. Your body starts to change as well as your voice and appearance. ...

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In-home Physicians Services are Available

Ask the Experts by Dr. Farzin Namei

Q: My husband is ill and often immobile. It's very hard for me to get him to his medical appointments. I've heard of some organizations offering home visits - how do I know if we are eligible and what kind of care is offered?

A: From what you describe, your husband could benefit from a home care physicians service. These services are like the old-school medical house calls.

Comprehensive health maintenance and preventative care and treatments for acute and ...

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About Power of Attorney Documents

Ask the Experts by Mike Kelly

Q: What is a power of attorney and how do I know if I need one for my elderly father?

A: A power of attorney (POA) is a legal document that provides authority from one person, called a Principal, which allows another person to take actions on behalf of that Principal. A POA can be specifically limited to time and scope or it can be very general and be unlimited as to time and scope.

The most commonly used POAs are called Durable Financial Powers of Attorney and ...

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Help with the Stigma of Autism and the Hope of ABA

Ask The Experts by April Ceno and Frank Pinkham

Q: My child is diagnosed with autism. Public outings are challenging as people say rude things or stare. How can I educate people in that moment? I've also heard a lot about therapies/treatments for children with autism, specifically Applied Behavior Analysis. What is ABA and is it a good choice for my child?

A: The stigma families with an autistic child face is common, unfortunately. Often, these situations lead parents to become discouraged ...

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Does spring fever really exist?

Ask the Experts by Amy Lawrence

Q: Every spring I start to feel more energy and have an overall happier sense of well-being. Does spring fever really exist?

A: In a nutshell, yes. Research shows that spring fever exists especially in northern latitudes where the seasonal changes are most drastic.

Although spring fever cannot be caught like a cold and fails to be recognized as an authentic medical diagnosis, the term itself describes what our bodies go through as the season transitions from ...

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