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Family Life Education (FLE) is an area of study that focuses on healthy family functioning within a systems perspective and provides a preventative approach. FLE professionals work to teach and foster the skills needed for healthy family functioning: positive self-esteem, strong communication skills, understanding of typical human development, good decision-making skills, and healthy interpersonal relationships. Family Life Educators are certified and work under the auspice of The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), a nonprofit professional organization that focuses on family research, policy, and practice.

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Co-Parenting During COVID-19:

Should Co-Parents Temporarily Stop Shared Parenting/Child Transfers?


The courts and the science/medical field have not yet examined the possible repercussions of continuing to allow children to move from one parent’s household to the other parent’s household. It seems as if they have failed to recognize that healthy children can be at high risk for complications or death due to the coronavirus. However, the continued transfer of children could be deadly to other household members who are at high risk, including grandparents or other relatives living with the family. As most countries are mandating that families stay home and avoid contact with others, logically, we can infer that children are placed at a greater risk of exposure to COVID-19. An infected child may be a carrier of the virus and show no symptoms of illness and transfer the virus to the co-parent’s residence. A child may also come into contact with asymptomatic carriers and transmit the virus to the other parent’s household after a shared parenting exchange.

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Click on the link below to view this month's suggested read, “False Start-Race To Prison: ‘My Mom Set Me Up’”, authored by Dr. Robin J. Bell and co-authored by Terry Bell. This enlightening book examines the dynamics of female mate selection within the black community and its resulting impact. Dr. Bell asks whether women make sound decisions when it comes to selecting fathers for their children. She notes the overwhelming number of black men in prison today, the factors that lead them to prison, and how motherhood ultimately ties into the equation. This book takes a critical look within the black community with interviews from young men sharing stories of growing up with an almost "pre-destined" path to prison. Dr. Bell's research, analysis, and fluid writing style makes this a great read!