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At the heart of almost all of his patients’ problems are issues that stem from the family that raised them—creating problems in the family they’ve started, said psychiatrist Gary Malone, M.D. “Almost all of us deal with this to some degree or another. Very few families are idyllic,” said Dr. Malone, a distinguished fellow in the American Psychiatric Association, and co-author with his sister Susan Mary Malone of What’s Wrong with My Family? “Forget Leave it to Beaver. Normal families are more like The Twilight Zone.” Despite that, most of us manage to lead happy, productive lives. “Once we recognize… Read more...
Our nation’s medicine cabinets contain more than two hundred million pounds of wasted, leftover prescription medications. Often going unmonitored, six out of nine youth are sneaking these meds for some type of high—but who is using, and what do parents need to look for?  Answers to these questions and more substance use facts are available on the new Talk Sooner app for iPhone (only) and on www.talksooner.org. Parents could easily access information about different substances, including alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana, and learn about the latest drug trends facing West Michigan youth.  More than just facts, the Talk Sooner app provides… Read more...
In an effort to strengthen local child passenger safety education efforts, Safe Kids West Michigan recently hosted a National Child Passenger Safety Technician course in Rothbury. CPS Technicians are trained to provide personalized instruction about how to properly install a car seat in a vehicle, as well as how to properly secure a child in the car seat. Sixteen West Michigan community members successfully obtained Child Passenger Safety Technician status, including students from Pentwater Police Department, Muskegon Police Department, Michigan State Police, Mercy Health Muskegon, Ludington Police Department, Mason County Sheriff Office, Muskegon County Sheriff Office, Norton Shore Police Department,… Read more...
Parents sending their children off to college for the first time typically have prepared years in advance for the big occasion. And since tuition rates continue to increase, parents are, more than ever, focused on having their child be successful and graduate, said David Porter, founder of a firm that designs campuswide dining programs and dining halls at colleges throughout North America, and author of The Porter Principles: Retain & Recruit Students & Alumni, Save Millions on Dining and Stop Letting Food Service Contractors Eat Your Lunch. “The average cost for an in-state public college for the 2012–2013 academic year… Read more...

Tulip Time: Go Dutch

Monday, 29 April 2013 12:25
For the perfect Midwest spring and summer destination, go Dutch to Holland, Michigan. Our Tulip Time Festival is renowned, but what happens after the klompen go back on the shoe rack and the tulips go back in their bulbs?  Plenty! With a bustling downtown at one end and breathtaking Lake Michigan at the other, Holland offers acres of activities for the whole family. Holland’s Lake Michigan beaches provide not only a great way to spend the day, but also a spectacular place to watch the gorgeous sunsets. Holland State Park is known for its expansive white-sand beaches, and for its… Read more...

What to Ask the Nursing Home

Monday, 08 April 2013 12:42
When you or your loved one needs nursing care, here are ten questions to ask when looking for nursing home placement. WHAT ABOUT MY SOURCE OF PAYMENT? Is the facility licensed as a skilled nursing facility? Many facilities that provide a relatively high level of care are licensed as homes for the aged, not skilled nursing facilities. When private pay money runs out, Medicaid generally only assists people in skilled nursing facilities. Does the facility accept Medicaid? What are the consequences of a change from Medicare or private pay to Medicaid? State and federal reimbursement rates are so low that… Read more...
When the weather is warm and school is out, there should be one thing on kids' minds: summer camp! And at YMCA Camp Pendalouan in Montague, children will stretch their imaginations in the great outdoors and get a chance to grow as people, too.  Founded in the mid-1920s, Camp Pendalouan has been pitching tents and making campfires for nearly ninety years. In that time, generations of families have come to define summertime with paddling around Big Blue Lake, hiking through the surrounding woods, and making friendships that last a lifetime. But what makes Camp Pendalouan unique among summer camps is… Read more...

Is There Life After Divorce?

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 09:34
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” —Albert Einstein When you’re dressed in a waterfall of white, pledging “til death do us part” in front of your friends and family, you couldn’t imagine that life could be any better than it is in that instant. All of your hopes, dreams, and goals are laid out before you; the hand that lies in yours contains your future—far-reaching and filled with beautiful moments. And then one day that future changes. As a family law attorney, I find clients spend as much time in my office… Read more...

Marriage Ending? Start Reviewing

Tuesday, 05 February 2013 09:10
In the movies, the end of a relationship for a woman is usually commemorated with tears and ice cream amongst friends, while poignant, heartbreaking music plays on repeat in the background. Later (depending on how long the movie is), those same women are generally found around a bonfire (graciously provided by the ex’s personal effects), sipping wine and listening to songs about women’s empowerment. While all of us could relate in some way, there are other important actions you should take at the end of a marriage to ensure you’re able to move forward in your life, in the best… Read more...
A good friend called me last night and said her son had hit his head and vomited an hour later. She was concerned about a concussion, and was questioning whether or not to go to the ER. Of course, as emergency luck would have it, it was night time and Urgent Care was closed, which would mean a trip downtown to the ER, where the wait could be five minutes to all night. I recently had a similar situation of "do I go to the ER or not?" with my daughter. She took a big fall off of her skateboard… Read more...