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Seminars emphasizing the non-work side of life scheduled

The MIT Center for Work, Family & Personal Life is responding to new and ongoing community interests in its midday seminar and discussion groups planned for this fall.

Offered for the first time are seminars on "Planning for Long-Term Care" (Wednesday, Sept. 22), "Autism: An Unfinished Puzzle" (Tuesday, Sept. 28), "Humanizing Your Office Space to Enhance Productivity" (Tuesday, Oct. 5), "What Makes Parenting Difficult in the U.S.?" (Tuesday, Oct. 12), "Same-Sex Marriage: Financial and Legal Issues" (Tuesday, Oct. 19), "Housing Options for the Elderly (Thursday, Nov. 4), and "Creating Family Rituals and Traditions" (Monday, Dec. 6).

Also new this fall is a six-week discussion group on "Raising Teens," beginning Wednesday, Sept. 29. This peer-led group, with occasional outside speakers, is designed to provide those parenting teens and preteens with an opportunity to exchange information, insights and ideas on the special challenges of raising teenagers.

Seminars to be repeated due to community interest include "Negotiating Job Flexibility" (Friday, Oct. 29), "Raising Bilingual Children" (Monday, Nov. 1), "Single Parenting" (Tuesday, Nov. 9), "Sibling Rivalry" (Friday, Nov. 12), and "Reaching Your Financial Goals" (Tuesday, Nov. 30).

Briefings are also scheduled on child care issues, including twice-monthly sessions on infant/toddler child care, as well as a session on short-term/back-up child care on Thursday, Nov. 18, and a session on summer camps on Thursday, Dec. 2.

All programs begin at noon in Room 16-151. They are free of charge and open to everyone in the MIT community. For further information or to pre-register, visit the center's web site at, send an e-mail to, drop by the center (Room 16-151) or call 253-1592.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on September 22, 2004 (download PDF).

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