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  • 8 Needs of Every Partner, Parent, and Child.  When individuals, couples, and parents learn how to meet their personal needs consistently, they can better help others and their children learn how to meet their own needs. This tip sheet identifies 8 needs that are important to address in order to feel happy, satisfied, and fulfilled, as well as a way to track progress in meeting those needs. Part of the Happy Relationships and Marriages Series (University of Florida Extension, 2012).
  • Appreciation: Making Your Family Strong. This tip sheet raises awareness about the importance of showing appreciation to your family on a regular basis. It offers suggestions on showing appreciation with an activity sheet to complete. (Kansas State University Extension, 2010).
  • Basic Family Communication.The goal of this six-part program is to nurture in family members the capacity to engage in mindful communication with each other covering these concepts: Why Family Communication Is Important; Take Time to Listen; How We Say It Makes a Big Difference; The Impact of Unspoken Rules; Handling Tough Times; and Having Fun Together.  (Kansas State University Extension, 2001).
  • Detecting the Warning Signs of Suicide in Children. This tip sheet provides the risk factors and warning signs of suicide in young adults. It stipulates that the depression that precedes suicide is treatable. It also provides resources for anyone contemplating suicide and offers ways to help in a suicide crisis.
  • Everyday Conversations Can Improve Relationships.  This tip sheet gives tips for improving interpersonal communication within everyday relationships, in both personal and professional settings. Some suggestions include taking the time to listen, responding positively, and respecting boundaries. (Kansas State University Extension, 2008).
  • Family Members Handle Stress Differently.  Everyone experiences and manages stress differently. This tip sheet suggests that age and the stage in life are important considerations for managing stress successfully. Good communication skills are addressed in dealing with family members and stressful events, with special consideration given to children and teenagers. (Kansas State University Extension, 2010).
  • FamilyTALK: Making It Work.This FamilyTALK lesson and tip sheet is designed to give participants research-based information for improving everyday communication among family members, especially for couples. It emphasizes skill-building with the overall goal to increase the capacity to help persons engage in mindful and respectful communication with their family members. Leaders Guidealso available. (Kansas State University Extension, 2011).
  • Fathering Your Adolescent: Ways to Strengthen Your Relationship. Adolescence is a puzzling time for fathers and their teenagers. This tip sheet offers suggestions for fathers that can strengthen their relationship. This includes understanding an adolescent's social, emotional, and physical maturation. It also explains that contact, communication, support, and affection are important things to offer a teen during this time. (Ohio State University Extension, 2010)
  • Helping Adolescents Cope with Grief. This tip sheet provides a basic plan that schools, community professionals, and youth leaders can use to ease pain following a traumatic death. It explains ways to show teens that their grief is understood and offers suggestions to facilitate communication and provide appropriate support. (Ohio State University Extension)
  • Limit Kids' Activities.  School and extracurricular activities can quickly fill up a parent's schedule. This tip sheet offers suggestions to plan just a few activities that will allow time for family members separately and the family as a whole. Some tips include involving the children in decision-making and establishing priorities. (Kansas State University Extension, 2007).
  • Loving Long-Distance: Families Separated by Distance. How can families build strong connections from a distance? This tip sheet, and accompanied leaders guide, can be used to help participants understand the time, motivation, and effort it takes to remain connected during times of geographical separation. Tools and strategies for maintaining for long-distance relationships with others are shared. Leaders Guide also available. (Kansas State University Extension, 2011).
  • Manage Your Money self-study course. Online, six lesson home-study course for couples focused on managing finances: Getting Started, Where Does Your Money Go?, Stop Spending Leaks, How Much Credit Can You Afford?, Develop Your Budget, Your Net Worth, and Financial Records.
  • Parents to Children: Home Again?  College-age children returning home for the summer, or permanently, can pose challenges for both children and the parents. This tip sheet suggests that communication is a key factor in making it an enjoyable time for everyone. Other suggestions include posting schedules, sharing housework, and finding compromises together. (Kansas State University Extension, 2006).
  • Skip the "Humbug!" 10 Tips to Relieve Holiday Stress. This tip sheet provides tips for families to manage stress during the holidays when family visits. Suggestions include: start planning early, explain house rules to children, and involve others. (Kansas State University, 2007).
  • Taking Time Away from Technology at Home. By limiting screen time, children and parents can encourage greater personal interaction among family and friends, increase opportunities for physical activity, and promote personal growth. This tip sheet offers tips for appropriate technology use in the home, such as establishing guidelines, setting boundaries, and turning off technology during meals and family time. (Kansas State Extension, 2007).
  • Tickle Your Stress Before It Tackles You.  Handling stress effectively can significantly improve the quality of our life. This tip sheet provides advice on how to handle stress. It highlights the role of humor in reducing stress and suggests a number of ways to use humor in our daily life. (Ohio State University Extension, 1998)
  • Tips for New Parents.Most parents have no formal training for their parenting roles. This tip sheet provides new parents with a basic foundation in parenting. Topics include normal growth and development, crying, bonding, and feeding the baby. It covers the topic of working and enjoying alone time, which are important issues for new parents. (Ohio State University Extension, 2009)
  • Tips for Parents: Balance School, Family Time.  This tip sheet offers suggestions for reestablishing family time and balancing family, school, work, extracurricular activities, and community. It includes tips, such as having a weekly family night, considering the costs (time and money) of an activity before committing to it, and being willing to make changes if something is not working for the family or individual. (Kansas State University, 2005).
  • Tips for Parents: Divorce, Separation Not Excuse for Abandoning Child.  Although divorce or separation may be difficult, it is important for both parents to support their children through it all. Some tips for divorced or separated parents include setting aside anger and hostility when making decisions regarding children, fulfilling one's share of the responsibility, and not using money or gifts as leverage. (Kansas State University Extension, 2005).
  • Tips for Parents: Trim Back-to-School Stress.  The beginning of school is a stressful time, especially for children. This tip sheet offers tips to parents to help reduce stress that comes with going back to school, such as maintaining a family calendar and eating together. (Kansas State University Extension, 2007).
  • Tips to Help Beat Holiday Blahs.  This tip sheet discusses overcoming losses or disappointments to better enjoy the holiday season. It suggests ways to improve one's outlook on life, particularly during the holidays, and recommends spending time with those who are nurturing. Other suggestions on this tip sheet include ways to improve relationships with other people. (Kansas State University Extension, 2005).
  • Understanding Latino Families, Implications for Family Education. This article raises awareness and understanding about the importance of family in the Latino community and highlights the roles of religion and gender in Latino culture. It also presents five key implications for family education. (Utah State University Extension, 2011).
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