NEW 3/6/19 – Executive Director Search

We are excited to announce that the Board of Directors of The Family Center has begun accepting applications for the position of Executive Director.

Please click on the link below for the Executive Director’s job description          Executive Director Job Description.

Please click on the link below for more information on the application process Executive Director  Job Application Process.

Family Center DVDs Available at Libraries

Question: I’ve heard that some of the programs that The Family Center has sponsored like last year’s annual parenting symposium in March “How Much Is Enough” were recorded. How could I find out what programs were taped and learn where to get one to borrow?

Answer: They are now available in DVD format at your local Grosse Pointe and Harper Woods libraries – in the Parent Education Section. There is no charge for rental and could be used by parents, mother’s groups, PTO’s, or other local groups for discussion purposes.
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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) in the Community Setting

By M. C. Thirumoorthi, M.D., Pediatric Infectious Diseases, St. John Hospital and Medical Center

Question: Everywhere you turn, people are talking about MRSA. I hear conflicting reports about the risks involved. Some schools are closing but others, like Grosse Pointe South, are not. Do you have someone who can clarify this?

Answer: MRSA (usually pronounced Mir-suh) has been in the news a lot lately, both nationally and in our community. A great variety of concerns (both justified and exaggerated) have arisen in relation to this bacterial germ.

Read more: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) in the Community Setting

Safeguard Family Time – Protect Your Kids from Over-Scheduling

Question:  How can I safeguard family time and protect my kids from over scheduling?

Answer: Mary Beth Garvey, MSW, CSW, a family therapist in private practice in Grosse Pointe and member of our Early Childhood Committee provides the following answer to your question. There seems to be increasing pressure for parents to provide children with multiple activities.

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Strong Girls

Question: My 6th grade daughter was so excited about going to her school dance, but after a fight with a few of her friends, she no longer wants to go.  Now, I’m having a difficult time getting her to go to school.  What can I do for her?

Answer: Erin Williams, a Licensed Child and Family Therapist in Grosse Pointe works with adolescent girls and their families and answers your question as follows: I tell girls at this age that this is one of the messiest and most difficult times in life!

Read more: Strong Girls

10 Ways to Create Sibling Rivalry

Question: Many parents have asked us what to do about sibling rivalry.  It seems inevitable in any family with more than one child.

Answer:  Below is an article by Thomas Haller and Chick Moorman.  It’s entitled 10 Ways to Create Sibling Rivalry

Do you want to make sure you don’t inadvertently encourage sibling rivalry in your family? Do you want to avoid the ways many parents promote tension among their children? If so, read on and consider the top ten ways parents promote sibling rivalry without even knowing it. Then, if you decide sibling rivalry is not something you want to encourage in your family, do the opposite.
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How Do I Teach My Children Respect?

Written by: Diane Strickler, Founder, The Family Center

Question: How do I teach my children respect?

Answer: Children learn how to relate to other adults and children, other cultures and races, the opposite gender, and different socio-economic classes by watching their first role models, their parents. If a parent is worried that their child is not showing respect, it behooves the parent to step back and assess his or her own behavior.
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Easing the Back-To-School Transition

Question: I enjoyed your newsletter article on “Shifting from summer to school with ease” and wondered what other tips you had for easing the transition back to school.

Answer: I’m glad you enjoyed the article. For those of you who don’t subscribe to our free quarterly newsletter just visit our website listed below in order to download a copy and email me your address – postal or email – to receive your free quarterly copy of our next newsletter. Lisa Khoury, School Psychologist at Parcells, supplied great information for that article from an article written by Ted Feinberg, EdD, and Kathy Cowan. Here are some other tips from Lisa Khoury that may be helpful with that first week back, overcoming anxiety, and extra curricular activities during the year:
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About Summer Jobs for Teens

Question: My husband says our teenage son needs to get a job this summer. Aren’t there restrictions on what a teenager can and cannot do?

Answer: Ah yes, the summer job. There are some things to keep in mind when your teen applies for that “ideal” summer job in order to help pay for all those “necessities” like Itunes, Starbucks, concert tickets, etc. Read more: About Summer Jobs for Teens