5-2-1-0 Resources for Families

As a parent, what you do makes a difference in your family! Research shows that kids model their parents’ behaviors and attitudes. Kids learn to be physically active and to eat well by watching those around them, and even small changes can make a big difference. Here are a variety of resources to help you and […]

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November is National Healthy Skin Month

As we head into November, temperatures and humidity start to drop and winds become blustery. The winter season can be tough on people with dry skin. It is important to be aware of the functions of the skin and how to keep it healthy. Skin is considered an organ and needs gentle care, as it […]

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Social media can connect family during the holidays

Holidays often bring to mind iconic images of the whole family around the dinner table or gathering to open gifts. When the imaginary tinsel and turkey aroma clears, however, the reality is that many families cannot be together during the holidays. Separation, divorce, military deployment, college, high travel costs, poor health, and bad weather can […]

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Creativity is key for holiday gifts on a budget

Merrill, WI – For many people, spending on gifts to celebrate the holiday is an important family tradition–whether the holiday is Hannukah, Kwanzaa or Christmas. GIft-giving offers families the opportunity to be creative and give meaningful gifts as they try to do more with less, says Amanda Kostman, UW-Extension Family Living Educator in Lincoln County. […]

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Family stories a special holiday gift for kids

Research shows family storytelling benefits young children and teens Contact Laura Froyen, 608-263-4294, froyen@wisc.edu Research shows that sharing family stories may be as beneficial to children as reading to them; in fact, storytelling may even provide additional bonuses. “When parents tell detailed family stories to their children, kids tend to view their family as stronger […]

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Holiday traditions may change to meet family needs

Families develop many holiday activities, events and rituals over the years. Some activities become family traditions and others fall by the wayside. As children get older, the schedules and demands of school, jobs and sports may affect their feelings about time-honored family traditions. One way for parents of teens and preteens to ensure that holiday […]

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