Relationships

Recognize and Report Child Abuse

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Many persons in Washington are required to report child abuse and neglect. (RCW 26.44.030.) These persons include medical practitioners, nurses, dentists, social service counselors/therapist, school personnel, child care providers, law enforcement officers, and adults residing with a child suspected to have been severely abused. These people have a legal relationship with the children such that… Read More

Mental Illness in Marriage: For Better or For…

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When a couple says “I do,” often they do not anticipate the possibility of mental illness in their relationship. While marriage can be an amazing and wonderful experience, it can be challenging, especially if adding psychological disorders to the mix. It is important to understand that your attitude and behavior play a vital role in helping… Read More

Challenges, Hopes and Dreams of Interracial Families

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The homogenous face of the American family is rapidly changing as interracial marriages and transracial and international adoptions become more commonplace. According to the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, there are approximately 7 million people in the United States who identify as mixed race. And by 2050, it’s estimated that the mixed race… Read More

Why Family Mealtimes Really Matter

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The frantically paced, overly scheduled lives of many American families can make finding time to eat routine meals together as tough as scooping chicken broth with a fork. Precious opportunities to gather slip through the cracks as kids scramble off to music lessons, sports practices, youth group meetings, tutoring, rehearsals and medical appointments. And even… Read More