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FALL 2017 

FAMLF 131 (Click here to go to the syllabus and course page)

** Sect #4139:  Tues, 8:45 - 11:50 am, MUIR 155 (West)

** Sect #4157:  Tues, 1:30 - 4:35  pm,  MUIR 163 (West)                                                   

CLICK here for.....  FALL 2017 Updated SYLLABUS 


** WEEK 13      NOV. 21, 2017   

Students: please note that the next 3 weeks of in-class exercises/points cannot be made up if class is missed.  

* Read Chap. 7, these specific sections: "The Self-Actualized Person in the Fully Functioning Family", "Characteristics of Mental Health", "Self-Actualization"; pps. 211-213.  There will be short quiz; you can bring notes from home. NOT Open book.  8 pts.

* Current BUDGET assignment*  Students will submit Completed Budget (due 11/21/17).   Monthly "Income"  sample here.   Monthly "Expenses" sample here.  In addition to "Income" and "Expenses" columns, student will show Totals of each column, and include a half-page written reflection evaluating the Budget exercise, i.e., was it helpful?Explain why or how. What did you learn about your spending or buying habits,etc.?   Please add a reference from Chap. 12 that supports your way of thinking. 10 points. 

 Power Point - Chap 12

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Encouraging Positive Behavior assignment, DUE 11/28, to be uploaded this week. 

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Family Interview assignment, DUE 12/05, to be uploaded this week.

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 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!


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 "HOW did you say I got here????" No way, dude!

I better review Chap 9!!!


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