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Amber Stranahan has always considered her 9-year-old son, Sully, "an extremely talented young man." But it wasn't until she received support from Michigan Alliance for Families (MAF) that she felt truly empowered to ensure that Sully gets the education he needs to develop to his full abilities. Read more...

A Remarkable Legacy

Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:56
What began as a potluck in a church basement has grown into a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support for grieving children and their families. Read more...

The Importance of Early Childhood Education

Wednesday, 04 April 2018 09:16
"For generations, kindergarten was considered the beginning of a child's learning," said Dr. Nkechy Ekere Ezeh, founder and CEO of the Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative (ELNC). "But that's no longer the case." Read more...

Anxiety and High-Achieving Students

Wednesday, 21 March 2018 10:00
In my Grand Rapids counseling office, I work with a lot of high school students who are doing great in school with classes, grades, extracurricular activities and all the other things that put them on track to get into the college of their choice. Read more...
This is the second of four articles discussing lessons Bill McIntyre learned while assisting his father, who was diagnosed with dementia in October 2016. These are lessons that no one prepared him for. Lesson 2: The differences between a Power of Attorney, Guardianship, and Conservatorship. Read more...

The Adult Kindness Shift

Wednesday, 03 January 2018 10:36
Children mimic the behaviors of those whom they admire most, typically their parents. When kids are young, parents teach them how to eat, dress and wash themselves. These are the mechanics of growing up, but they are not the only learned lessons. Kindness is also a learned behavior. Read more...

The Sex Talk

Tuesday, 02 January 2018 07:57
Nearly every family sitcom has an episode about it. There are pages and pages of websites you can scroll through about how to do it right. Every parent has to—or should—do it at some point. It’s the sex talk. Read more...
This is the first of four articles discussing lessons Bill McIntyre learned while assisting his father, who was diagnosed with dementia in October 2016. These are lessons that no one prepared him for. Lesson 1: A hospital emergency room won’t give you a dementia diagnosis. Read more...
Families are a pillar that holds up our American culture. Families are ecosystems that cooperate and collaborate to accomplish chores, show up to everything on time (thanks, Mom) and contribute to the direction of our nation's future. The question: What makes our families operate? What fuels the fire that keeps the day-to-day activities going smoothly? How do we keep our families happy and healthy? Read more...

Is My Child Being Bullied Online?

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 07:41
Bullying is not a new concept, but with rampant use of the internet and social media among teenagers, bullying has adopted new tactics. Read more...
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