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Building Baby's Brain Series: Buffering the Brain From Toxic Stress
Children who live in unpredictable worlds, who do not have the opportunity to form a secure attachment with a caregiver, or who live in an unsafe physical environment live in a constant state of heightened stress. This severe, chronic stress can have profound and long-lasting negative effects on brain development. Buffering children from toxic stress and helping reduce that stress to more tolerabl…
Building Baby's Brain Series: Creating Consistency
The developing brain thrives on repetition. When a baby experiences the same things over and over, the pathways of connections in her brain become stronger and more complex. One of the best ways to provide repetition for the developing brain is to create consistency in the child's world. This publication explains the components of consistency and what you can do to create a positive and predictabl…
Building Baby's Brain Series: Is Breast Milk Best?
Deciding how to feed your baby is one of the most important decisions expectant parents make during pregnancy. The first year of your baby's life is a time of rapid growth. By making sure your
baby gets the nourishment he needs, he'll be able to develop to his fullest potential. This publication address questions you may have regarding breast- vs. bottle-feeding and what you can to do enhance your…
Building Baby's Brain Series: Learning Language
If you're like most adults, learning a new language can be challenging. But the average baby learns a new language relatively easily. Babies learn language by hearing other people speak around them and by practicing making those sounds. Here is some information on how babies learn language and ways you can help your baby.
Building Baby's Brain Series: Nurturing Positive Relationships
Over the first months of life, babies build relationships with the adults who care for them. These early attachment relationships matter. Babies who form warm, loving relationships feel secure exploring and learning. Babies who live in an unpredictable world tend to form insecure attachments. They learn that the world is unreliable and expect later relationships to be negative. Here's what you nee…
Building Baby's Brain Series: Prime Times for Learning
Research in brain development shows there are certain windows of opportunity, known as sensitive periods, when certain parts of the brain develop most quickly. These windows are prime times for learning certain skills because the brain is ready to build networks of connections in response to what the five senses absorb. Here are some of those prime times, what to expect, and what you can do to imp…
Building Baby's Brain Series: The Basics
From the moment a baby is born, every experience taken in by the five senses helps strengthen the connections that guide development. No two brains are alike! Each child's brain creates individual pathways of connections based on specific experiences. Here are some general tips you can use to help wire the brain for success.
Building Baby's Brain Series: The Importance of Play
Play is one of the most essential activities babies do. Through play, babies and young children have the opportunity to experience new things and practice existing skills, which strengthens networks of
brain connections. This publication explains what babies learn while playing and what you can do to help build brain connections through play.
Building Baby's Brain Series: The Role of Music
Children who grow up listening to music develop strong music-related connections in the brain. Some of these music pathways actually affect the way we think. Listening to classical music seems to improve our spatial reasoning, at least for a short time. And learning to play an instrument may have an even longer effect on certain thinking skills. Here is some information on how music affects our br…
Building Baby's Brain Series: What Child Care Can Do
Child care providers play an important role in nurturing children's healthy brain development. When it comes to supporting healthy brain development, the type of child care is less important than the quality of care a child receives. This publication will help you understand the components of quality child care and the effects of low-quality child care on brain development.
Building Baby's Brain Series: What Parents Can Do
All parents want their children to be smart and successful. Researchers have found that a child's brain continues to develop long after birth. Parents can do many things to support their child's healthy
brain development, beginning before birth and continuing until their child is an adult. This publication explains some of the things you can do to ensure healthy brain development for your child.
Building Baby's Brain Series: What to Eat When You're Expecting
Your diet is important throughout your pregnancy. However, there are some special needs to consider during each trimester. You can help your baby get a healthy start in life by eating a variety of nutritious foods and making sure you gain enough wait. This publication explains what to eat for each trimester and offers insight on eating the right foods.
Coma Saludable Mantengase Activo Series: ¿Cuánta Agua Debería Beber?
Beber agua y mantenerse hidratados es importante para mantener a su familia sana.
Coma Saludable Mantengase Activo Series: El Agua Ayuda a los Niños a Tener Éxito
Beber agua y mantenerse hidratados es importante para mantener a su familia sana.
Coma Saludable Mantengase Activo Series: Tomar Agua es Importante
Tomar agua y mantenerse hidratado es una parte importante para mantener a su familia saludable.
Eat Healthy, Be Active Series: A Variety of Foods for Picky Eaters
Read tips for helping picky eaters try new foods, and play a food finder game with your child on your next grocery shopping trip.
Eat Healthy, Be Active Series: Appropriate Portion Sizes
Learn quick ways to estimate appropriate portion sizes for common foods, and help your child practice measuring and comparing portions of cereal.
Eat Healthy, Be Active Series: Benefits of Staying Physically Active
Read about the benefits of being physically active for adults and children, and play walking games with your child.
Eat Healthy, Be Active Series: Breakfast Fuels Your Day
Learn why breakfast is essential to good health, and encourage your children to make breakfast more interesting with healthy toppings for their hot or cold cereal.
Eat Healthy, Be Active Series: Current Physical Activity Trends
Read about current trends in physical activity, and help your child be active by finding creative ways to move while drawing with sidewalk chalk.
Eat Healthy, Be Active Series: Drinking Water is Important
Learn why drinking water is an important part of keeping yourself and your family healthy, and help children learn about hydration by exploring wet and dry sponges.
Eat Healthy, Be Active Series: Eat Breakfast Together
Read tips for creating a quick breakfast your family can eat on the go, and make breakfast fun by inviting your family on a breakfast picnic.
Eat Healthy, Be Active Series: Eating a Variety of Foods can be Fun!
Find out how to make eating foods from all of the food groups more fun, and encourage your child to eat fruit by making silly fruit faces on a plate.
Eat Healthy, Be Active Series: Eating a Variety of Foods is Healthy!
Learn about the five food groups that make up MyPlate, and help your child learn the groups by coloring in sections of a paper plate.
Eat Healthy, Be Active Series: Healthy Breakfast Feeds the Brain
Read about the connection between a healthy breakfast and children's learning, and work with your child to make a fruit smoothie for breakfast.
Eat Healthy, Be Active Series: Healthy Eating on a Budget
Learn how to help your family eat healthy on a budget, and help your child keep track of what he/she eats in each food group using a simple chart.
Eat Healthy, Be Active Series: How Much Physical Activity?
Find out how much physical activity young children need, and encourage your child to be active by playing a freeze dance game with music.
Eat Healthy, Be Active Series: How Much Water Should You Drink?
Find out how much water you should drink to stay hydrated, and help children make drinking water more fun by making colored fruit ice cubes.
Eat Healthy, Be Active Series: It's Important to Stop When You're Full
Learn why it’s important to stop eating when you are full, and teach your child about “full” and “empty” using bowls of water.
Eat Healthy, Be Active Series: Making Breakfast can be Fun
Check out breakfast foods that your child can help make, and work together with your child to build a fruit and yogurt parfait.
Eat Healthy, Be Active Series: Modeling Healthy Eating Behaviors
Find out how to model healthy eating for your child, and work with your child to create a healthy trail mix for a snack.
Eat Healthy, Be Active Series: Motivating Your Child to be Active
Learn how to motivate your child to be more active, and encourage your child’s physical activity by setting up a treasure hunt.
Eat Healthy, Be Active Series: Physical Activity Teaches New Skills
Learn about the skills children learn through physical activity, and be active as a family by playing a giant board game with your child.
Eat Healthy, Be Active Series: Safety and Physical Activity
Read safety tips for your active child, and encourage your child to be active by creating and moving through an obstacle course together.
Eat Healthy, Be Active Series: Tips for Serving Smaller Portions
Read tips for serving your family smaller food portions, and help your child practice healthy eating by self-serving food at the next meal.
Eat Healthy, Be Active Series: Water Helps Children Succeed
Read tips to help your child drink enough water every day, and help your child keep track of water drinking with a simple chart.
Eat Healthy, Be Active Series: What Does Full Feel Like?
Find out how to help your child recognize what feeling full is like, and encourage your child to practice “full” by filling a plastic bag with flour or cornstarch.
Eat Healthy, Be Active Series: What to Eat for Breakfast?
Check out breakfast ideas that include foods from several food groups, and encourage your child to draw a favorite breakfast food.
Eat Healthy, Be Active Series: Why It's Important to Stop When Full
Learn why it is important not to force children to clean their plates, and read a story with your child about why stopping eating when full is important.
Life Hacks for Wanna-be-Well-Adjusted 20-Somethings
Graduating from college is a time of difficult transition for many young adults. This circular is a research-based guide giving practical tips to assist recent college graduates in transitioning to their new role as adults in the workplace and beyond.
Marriage Matters Series: Are We Compatible?
While contemplating if a dating partner might turn into a marriage partner, deciding how compatible you are as a couple is an important factor. In this Marriage Matters publication, we describe why compatibility is important and how you can decide how compatible you and your partner actually are based on five areas of importance.
Marriage Matters Series: Before You Say “I Do”
Taking the time to think about the marriage can be difficult while planning a wedding, but taking the time to think about the decision to marry can help you avoid future problems. In this Marriage Matters publication, we offer questions you should ask yourself and describe with your partner before you say "I do."
Marriage Matters Series: Before You Say “I Do” Again
Remarried couples are different from first-marriage couples in that they bring different experiences to the marriage. These experiences can lead to unique difficulties. In this Marriage Matters publication, we describe the characteristics of a successful remarriage and encourage communication and commitment.
Marriage Matters Series: Bids for Connection: Creating Positive Interactions in Your Marriage
Positive interactions are important to building a strong marriage. When one partner attempts to make a positive connection, how the other partner responds impacts whether the connection is positive or negative. In this Marriage Matters publication, we describe what it means to "bid for connection" and what each partner can do to create more positive connections.
Marriage Matters Series: Caregiving Spouses
As couples reach the later years of marriage, one partner may become ill and the other take on the caregiver role. In this Marriage Matters publication, we describe ways for the caregiver to support their partner's self-esteem and describe options of support for the caregiving partner.
Marriage Matters Series: Commitment to Look for the Positive
Committing to look for the positive in the relationship can have a strong impact on the strength of a couple's marriage and their levels of satisfaction. In this Marriage Matters publication, we encourage couples to commit to having a positive point of view, to look for and built upon the positive things in their lives, share in and talk about positive events, and to be positive and encouraging to…
Marriage Matters Series: Dealing Positively with Your Former Spouse
After divorce, many parents have difficulty establishing the type of relationship they will have in order to co-parent their child or children. In this Marriage Matters publication, we describe the different types of co-parent relationships that can be established and offer suggestions on how to interact with a former spouse to maintain a relationship beneficial to raising a healthy child.
Marriage Matters Series: Dealing with Anger
Anger is an emotion that everyone feels from time to time, but mismanaging this emotion can lead to hurt and difficulty in the marriage. In this Marriage Matters publication, we describe some ways that anger is not handled well, and how to better manage and express anger so that the problem can be resolved without damage to the marriage.
Marriage Matters Series: Empty Nest, Now What?
When the last child leaves home, many couples experience difficulties to this new life adjustment. In this Marriage Matters publication, we offer suggestions on how to identify and describe these problems as a couple and move into the "second half" of marriage.
Marriage Matters Series: Enhancing Midlife Marriage
While, at times, marital satisfaction might decrease during the middle years, there are also many benefits to this stage of marriage. In this Marriage Matters publication, we describe the highs and the lows of the middle years and what couples can do to increase satisfaction during this stage.
Marriage Matters Series: Getting to ‘Really’ Know You
Dating is an important time of learning about yourself and your partner, but during the beginning stages of a dating relationship, each partner tends to put their best foot forward, which may lead to disappointment later in the relationship. In this Marriage Matters publication, we describe the beginning stages of a dating relationship, and the steps new dating couples can take to avoid future dis…
Marriage Matters Series: Goal Setting in Marriage
Setting goals in a marriage can lead to expectations being met for both partners and for more marital satisfaction. In this Marriage Matters publication, we describe the importance of setting goals and give some suggestions on how to set, evaluate, and reach them.
Marriage Matters Series: Great Expectations: What Do You Want for Your Marriage?
Each person brings certain expectations to a relationship from previous experiences and exposures. In this Marriage Matters publication, we describe expectations in the marriage and how opening describeing these expectations can lead to better marital satisfaction.
Marriage Matters Series: Honey, Do You Want Lilies or Daisies? Discussing End-of-life with Your Partner
describeing end of life decisions can be uncomfortable and upsetting, but is an important topic to consider. In this Marriage Matters publication, we describe ways for a partner to bring up end of life decisions in conversation and offer guidelines for talking about and making these decisions.
Marriage Matters Series: How Attached is Your Relationship?
Positive attachment is an important part of building a healthy marriage. When knowledge, trust, reliance, commitment, and sex are at balanced levels, strong, lasting attachment can help build stronger marriages. In this Marriage Matters publication, we describe the five areas of attachment and offer suggestions on how to evaluate and improve attachment levels in these categories
Marriage Matters Series: Instant Family and Love?
Many couples in a stepmarriage bring certain expectations to the new marriage that might be unrealistic, not only for the marriage itself, but for the whole family. In this Marriage Matters publication, we describe what some of those expectations might be and offer tips on how to help the entire new family connect and love each other, which takes commitment and time.
Marriage Matters Series: Is Work Starving Your Marriage?
Due to the increasing demands of the workplace, some couples experience problems due to the interference that work might have with couple or family time. The working spouse may feel the stress of a demanding job while the other spouse may feel that they are not the priority. In this Marriage Matters publication, we describe the increasing demands of a job or career and the impact it may have on th…
Marriage Matters Series: Knowing Your Partner
Taking the time to really get to know your partner can help build a strong relational foundation so that when significant life changes occur, the marriage can continue to stay strong. In this Marriage Matters publication, we explain the importance of knowing your partner well and steps you can take to get to know each other better.
Marriage Matters Series: Let’s Talk S-E-X
Communicating about the sexual relationship can be very difficult for some couples. In this Marriage Matters publication, we describe the importance of communication about sex, how sex is viewed differently, and offer some tips on how to communicate about the sexual relationship.
Marriage Matters Series: Listen to Learn
During partner communication, listening to learn, rather than listening to reject, is an important communication skill. In this Marriage Matters publication, we explain the difference between listening to learn and listening to reject and explain how listening to learn can lead to better communication and understanding between partners.
Marriage Matters Series: Love for a Lifetime: Acting on Your Love for Your Spouse
Many married couples say "I love you" to each other, but practicing love is key to a lasting marriage. In this Marriage Matters publication, we offer suggestions of how to express love and give ideas of how to put love in to practice on a daily basis.
Marriage Matters Series: Making Couple-time a Priority
Because of their busy lifestyles, many couples find it difficult to make time for just each other. In this Marriage Matters publication, we describe the importance of one-on-one time and offer tips on how to make time for one another in a busy daily life.
Marriage Matters Series: Managing Conflict, Winning at Love
Conflict is a natural part of any close relationship, and learning how to handle conflict well can lead to each partner feeling understood and safe to share opinions and feelings, which can lead to an increase in marital satisfaction. In this Marriage Matters publication, we describe the importance of conflict resolution skills and offer suggestions on how to communicate so that each partner feels…
Marriage Matters Series: Marriage, a Promise to Work
Many people believe that marriage is "happily ever after" and that happiness is the goal. In the Marriage Matters publication, we describe the reality of marriage and the commitment involved.
Marriage Matters Series: Money Talks
Since conversations about money are often emotionally charged, these conversations can quickly turn into disagreements. In this Marriage Matters publication, we list ways to communicate effectively about money, which may lead to better money management and harmony in the family.
Marriage Matters Series: Money: Yours, Mine, and Ours?
How money is handled in a remarriage is a major decision based on past experience and financial resources available. Many remarried couples use a variation of a "Yours, Mine, and Ours" approach. In this Marriage Matters publication, we describe different options for handling money in a remarriage and offer questions to answer on how money will be handled, opening the lines for communication.
Marriage Matters Series: Newlywed Bliss Versus the Money Monster
Money plays a major role in every marriage, and each partner handles money differently, which can lead to emotionally-charged disagreements. In this Marriage Matters publication, we describe the impact money decisions can have on a marriage and offer suggestions on how to communicate with your spouse about money.
Marriage Matters Series: One Marriage, Two Religions
Interfaith couples may experience hurdles when blending religious beliefs and traditions. In this Marriage Matters publication, we describe challenges that interfaith couples may face and offer suggestions of how to describe situations couples may face.
Marriage Matters Series: Owning the Message
Making an effort to nourish your marital relationship can greatly strengthen your marriage. When conflicts do arise, using "I" statements can make communication more positive. In this Marriage Matters publication, we list ways to nourish the relationship, explain the use of "I" statements, and describe the positive impact compliments can have in improving the marriage.
Marriage Matters Series: P.S., I Love You: Dealing with Time Apart
When one spouse is away and time is spent apart due to job- or military-related duties, the couple may experience unique hurdles and difficulties. In this Marriage Matters publication, we describe difficulties long-distance couples may face and offer important strategies to help the couple and family during the time apart.
Marriage Matters Series: Preparing Your Marriage for Retirement
Retirement is not only a transition period for the individual but also for the marriage. In this Marriage Matters publication we describe the impact that retirement might have on the marriage and how to prepare for this major life change within the marriage.
Marriage Matters Series: Staying Together After the Loss of a Child
The loss of a child is an extremely difficult event for anyone to go through and often takes a toll on the marriage. Many couples do, however, maintain a healthy marriage through the difficult loss. In this Marriage Matters publication, we describe strategies couples can use to talk about the loss and where to get support during this extremely difficult time.
Marriage Matters Series: Stepparenting Begins with Common Ground
Defining the role as a stepparent can be a very difficult transition, both for the stepparent and the stepchild. In this Marriage Matters publication, we offer steps to help make the transition smoother and to help a new stepparent know what to expect in his or her new role.
Marriage Matters Series: Surviving the Holidays
Expecting a magical or perfect holiday season is something that many individuals practice, possibly leading to stress and disappointment, which can put strain on the marriage. In this Marriage Matters publication, we offer suggestions on how to prepare for the holiday season by having open communication with your partner about expectations and realistic plans.
Marriage Matters Series: The Honeymoon is Over, Now What?
After the "honeymoon phase," many couples find that marriage is not exactly what they envisioned, possibly leaving them less than satisfied with their relationship. In this Marriage Matters publication, we describe the normalcy of this feeling, acknowledge that adjustment is necessary and offer strategies for building a strong marriage.
Marriage Matters Series: The New Year, a Good Time for an Intimacy Checkup
Taking an annual inventory of the emotional, social, sexual, intellectual, recreational, and spiritual intimacy that is in a marriage can reveal what is being done well and what areas might need improvement. In this Marriage Matters publication, we explain each area of intimacy in a marriage and how couples can evaluate and improve their intimacy level in these areas.
Marriage Matters Series: What Did You Mean?
Men and women communicate in different ways, which may lead to a misunderstanding. In this Marriage Matters publication, we describe the ways in which men and women generally communicate and offer suggestions on how to communicate so that misunderstanding is minimal.
Marriage Matters Series: What I Said vs. What You Heard
Many things, such as distractions, emotional states, beliefs and expectations, differences in communication styles, and self-protection can lead to a miscommunication between couples. In this Marriage Matters publication, we point out several things that might lead to a miscommunication so that couples can identify them before they become a problem.
Marriage Matters Series: When Baby Makes Three: Making Time for Two
The significant life-changing experience of becoming a first-time parent can be an exciting and stressful time, but can also take a toll on the marriage. In this Marriage Matters publication, we describe why becoming parents may be difficult on the marriage and offer suggestions of how to cope with the changes that come along with a family addition.
Poison Look-Alikes: Tips to Prevent Accidental Poisoning at All Ages
We often think of poisoning as something that happens to small children, but it's also easy for adults to mix up medications or mistake one product for another. Poison look-alikes are potentially harmful substances that can easily be mistaken for safe ones, usually because they look the same or have very similar packaging. Often, they are things that we use every day for cleaning, self-care, or fi…
The National Extension Relationship and Marriage Education Model: Core Teaching Concepts for Relationship and Marriage Enrichment Programming
With both the demand and the need for broader offerings of RME, a large number of programs have been developed, presenting somewhat of a dilemma for practitioners who are interested in providing effective programming that is research-informed. Based on an extensive review of the research, this model presents key patterns of thinking and behaviors associated with healthy, stable couple relationship…