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SUMMER 2018 

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

** Sect #1310:  Tues, Thurs, 8:45 - 11:10 am, MUIR 155 (West)                                                 May 8 - July 12                                                  



WEEK 7: June 19, 21       "Happy Father's Day!"   MIDTERM on 6/21/18.  Review on 6/19. 

*** DUE 6/19! Guest presentation Quiz:  SB 918 (Homeless Youth); SB 940 (Foster Youth Cal Grant program) Here are questions for your response: 1) Go to leg and search bill by number. 2) Give definition of each bill. "An act to...". 3) State/define three (3) declarations of each bill. 4) For SB 918, what are three (3) means of funding as specified by "Gifts and Donations"? OR for SB 940, what are three (3) criteria that must be met to qualify for Cal Grant B award? 5) What is the next step of the legislative process of either bill, as presented by advocate Kista on 6/14? 6) How is an advocate position different from a lobbyist position for Homeless and Foster Youth?  10 points; typed or ink-written; single-spaced acceptable. No specified length, but responses must be in full sentences.

*** Due Tues, June 19th: Submit your Monthly Budget assignment: 1) Completed Monthly Budget will show: 1)"Income" categories with Total; 2) "Expenses" in two columns: "Fixed/Recurring" (at least 10), and "Flexible/Non-recurring"(at least 10) with Totals; 3) Income minus Expense Totals: what is the difference? 4) Half-page reflection of what this budget exercise shows. What is your takeaway? Was it helpful, challenging, insightful? Explain how or why, and respond in first person. Single-spaced, typed or ink-written.10 points. Attach "Working budget/draft" for additional 10 points.                                *** Here are sample "Income"  and "Expense" worksheets. It is helpful to round off numbers instead of using exact amounts of expenses; don't forget to use averages where there are fluctuating amounts from month to month.   For 3 points Extra Credit: 1) What  percent of Total Expenses is the "Fixed/Recurring" total? 2) What percent of Total Expenses is the "Flexible/Non-recurring" total? 3) What are your 3 highest expenses; the subtotal? What percent of your total expenses are the 3 high-cost expenses?  Show the numbers. 

*** Read Chap. 10, "The Challenges of Parenthood"; pay attention to these sections: "Discipline vs Punishment", "Mild to Strong Child Control Methods", and review Power Point. There will be a quiz:-). 

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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!