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SPRING 2018 

FAMLF 131 (Click here to go to the Syllabus and Course page)

** Sect #4379:  Thurs, 8:45 - 11:50 am, MUIR 163 (West)

** Sect #8112:  Thurs, 1:30 - 4:35  pm,  MGLA 101  (West)                                                   



WEEK 15:  April 19, 2018    

*** Read Chap 15,"The Dissolution of Marriage". Pay special attention to "Children and Divorce", pps. 463-465. Also read "What Research Tells Us: The Children of Divorce", pps. 466-467. There will be discussion/review of this chapter and content that will be covered in the Final Exam.  

*** "Encouraging Positive Behavior" assignment due: 4/19/18 or earlier:)

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*** Family Interview Assignment. Due 4/19/18. (Please disregard date listed in link) 25points (part of Final Exam). Family History Sample Questions   20 Questions for Interviewing Relatives.   Ideas for Interviews   

*** Point Totals to date: Syllabus Quiz(10), Sunshine(5), Who Am I?(15), Genogram(15), Love Attitude Scale(6), 15 Positives(10),"What Do You Think?"(6), STI Quiz(5), Chaps 5&6 Oral presentation(10), Week 8 quiz(5), Budget & draft(20), Crisis(10), Haven quiz (10) (subtotal: 127)*** Exam Totals to date: First exam(30), Midterm(45).  (subtotal: 75)

*** Upcoming assignments:  Encouraging Positive Behavior(15), Discussion(5), Documentary(20), Family Interview(25).  (subtotal: 65)*** Participation(50), and Final Exam(35/40).  (Subtotal: 85)   All totals: 352pts (+/- 5)                                         Grading scale:  352-317= A  316-282=B  281-245=C  244-210=D  <209=F

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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!