Pam Houghton

What is Power of Attorney or POA? A Checklist for Parents

As parents tackle the task of estate planning for their aging parents, power of attorney is a key component. Here's what to have in order as you begin.

Questions Potential College Students Should Ask Themselves

These are the 11 questions potential college students should ask themselves before heading off — and what parents should consider, too.

How A Tough Childhood Impacts Parenting

A tough childhood doesn't stop when you become an adult. It also has an impact on parenting, good and bad. Find out how and what you can do to overcome it.

Teaching Children to Embrace Their Emotions

Is it OK to cry? A local expert weighs in on why it's necessary for children – and their parents – to express their feelings.

Pass on the Vino, Please: Choosing Not to Drink

While TV and movies have made drinking look even more appealing, not everyone is doing it. Here, one local mom talks about choosing not to drink.

Do You Suspect a Family Member Hates Your Kid?

An Oakland County psychologist weighs in on how to deal and what moms and dads should do when it seems like a family member hates your kid.

Teaching Siblings to Share the Spotlight

It's a common situation for siblings: One's soaking up the parents' attention while another's sulking. How sensitive should parents be to splitting the attention?

Michigan Family Adopts Child With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

About 40,000 infants are born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder each year. A Farmington Hills family shares how they help their daughter thrive and why greater awareness is needed.

Rethinking Attitudes on Medication

The opioid crisis proves that our attitudes on medication have dire consequences. Protecting our kids means showing them better ways to manage pain.

Advice to Younger Parents, From Someone Who’s Been There

A veteran metro Detroit mom gives nine pieces of advice to younger parents that she's culled from her 24 years in the trenches, all encouraging today's parents to keep perspective and give yourself and your kids more darn credit.

The Role Reversal of Helping Elderly Parents With Finances

When mom and dad aren't keeping up on bills or falling prey to scammers, it might be time for helping elderly parents with finances. Here's how to step in.

Cremating a Deceased Parent: Reflections on Ashes and Family

One local mom reflects on her parent's divorce, deaths and the emotions that came along with cremating a deceased parent and housing the ashes after.
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