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.

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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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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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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