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SPRING 2019 

FAMLF 131 (Click here to go to the Resource page).    

** Sect #4379  Thurs,  8:45 - 11:50 am. 

** Sect #8112  Thurs,  1:30 - 4:35 pm. *Classes meet in Muir 155 (West)

 ***  SPRING 2019 SYLLABUS (modified 1/19/19)  

+ Link to textbook online study tools:  Log in under "student resources"; review flashcards with terms, concepts, and definitions; and review quizzes. 


WEEK 14:  April 18, 2019   This is Sexual Assault AWARENESS Month; "Friends don't let friends blame victims".    

April is also Stress Awareness Month                                                                                         Here is Stress Reliever:-)  "three minutes of bucket filling.."

For Students who missed the documentary, "happy":  You can come to the office to view it on Thursday, 4/18, if you cannot find it on a cable or streaming channel. (Copyright does not allow it to be uploaded to website). Length is 1.25 hrs. If you want the questions for Reflection response, email me separately. (20 pts)

* * * * * Reading assignment for in-class exercise for next 2 weeks, 4/18 and 4/25 classes: Read/scan through Chaps. 12, 13 and 14: "Divorce and Remarriage"; "Growing Older in Families", and The Evolution of Families in the 21st Century". 1) Student will choose a section or related topics (including "Highlights", concepts, terms,) etc. from one of the chapters that resonate with their family life or relationships, either current or past. What core beliefs or paradigms can you relate to and claim experiential knowledge and experience?  What did the research (studies, data, "Focus on My Family", "How Would You Measure That?", etc.) explore or discover that either enhanced or challenged your paradigms and beliefs?  2) Student will outline, take notes and include references from the research to bring to class for Discussion.  Points will be given for notes, and for discussion (15 pts.) 3) Discussion of these chapters will also serve as Study Guide for Final Exam. Students please take note: Coverage of these chapters over two weeks should NOT be interpreted as choosing one of the two classes in which to participate.  Points will be given for each class session. Think PARTICIPATION points! 

*** Family Interview Assignment *** - Due 4/25/19      Sample Interview questions       Sample Family History questions here

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$$$ Completed Budget.  Here are links to: Sample Monthly Income  and Sample Monthly Expenses .  Completed Budget must show: (1) List of Income sources and (monthly)Total. (2) Listing of Expen$e$ in two separate columns: "Fixed/Recurring", and "Fluctuating/Non-recurring", with subtotals. Student will show 10+ categories or itemization of expenses for each column. (3) Must show Totals of "Income" minus "Expenses", and the difference. Is it a positive or negative number? (4) Write a half-page reflection of your takeaway of your Budget process. Was it helpful or revealing in any way? Explain. Is there any insight that came from this earning/spending cycle, or "working economy"? Why or how? Add a reference from the section in the chapter that resonated with your thinking or belief systems about financial well-being (See last week's reading assignment below). (5) Attach the Energy audit (self-assessment) taken in class last week (pp. 430, 431) and add 2 lines at bottom of that page regarding your score. Did you agree with it, or did it point out anything new to your thinking, etc. How or what was different?  

$$$ Budgeting Tips: a) Round out your itemized expenses to nearest dollar or half dollar; makes summarizing totals easier and more realistic. b) Do your math calculations using "monthly" as the denominator for income and expense sources. For example, since "tuition" is expended on a semester basis, the monthly amount would be divided by 4 (4 months in a semester) to get a more accurate allocation (breakdown). c) Students must show these items in their budgets: "Tuition", "Books" in "Fixed Expenses"; and show "Fees" in "Fluctuating Expenses".  (There will be 5 pts. EC given to every Completed Budget turned in with all of the above criteria of "Completed Budget" and "Budgeting Tips" sections:-)

 The Wisdom of Fred Rogers...

"There is no normal life that is free of pain. It's the very wrestling with our problems that can be the impetus for our growth".                                                    


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Welcome to FAMILY LIFE 131! 










Professor Karen Wells with Mom, son and two granddaughters; photo taken June 2004, 5 months before her Mom died.

What is Family? What is a generation? What is your family of origin? Of procreation? Does everyone have a family?  And who gets to tell the story of the family?  There is a great quote that may be anonymous, but Sesame Street of PBS thrives with these words: "A child's story is yet to be told".

The Family Life 131 course embraces the paradigm of the family "story", its identification and composition, and its evolving structure in today's American society. MJC's Family & Consumer Science Division and Professor Wells invite the students to participate with a willingness to look closely at other perspectives while giving credence to their own experiential knowledge of the family story. It is hoped to be a most worthwhile learning endeavor here at MJC.  Welcome!

 Three Rules for Daily Happiness!