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- Be Kind and Feel Better, Research Shows (5/14/2019)- I wanted to take the opportunity here in our blog to share research by our very own Science of Parenting co-founder, Douglas Gentile. Gentile was instrumental in launching ISU Extension and Outreach’s Science of Parenting. In 2011 Science of Parenting began with audio podcasts and a blog, and we have now grown to a one-stop, … Continue reading Be Kind and Feel Better, Research Shows
- 101 Ways to Celebrate Your Family: Community Engagement (4/17/2019)- The last category I pulled out of the ‘101 Ways to Celebrate Your Family’ was community engagement. Week one, we explored hobbies. Week two, we embraced family. This week, we’re getting out and giving back! Building civic engagement in kiddos is critical – we need to help build a generation of youth who support one … Continue reading 101 Ways to Celebrate Your Family: Community Engagement
- 101 Ways to Celebrate Your Family: Family Connections & History (4/10/2019)- Last week, I gave you some hobbies and activities to try in order to celebrate your family and create #greatchildhoods. Want to dig a little deeper? The next step beyond immediate family activities is family connections and family history. These are the ideas that will help parents connect their children to those who came before … Continue reading 101 Ways to Celebrate Your Family: Family Connections & History
- 101 Ways to Celebrate Your Family: Hobbies & Activities (4/3/2019)- April is national Child Abuse Prevention Month. The national organization Prevent Child Abuse (PCA) America’s theme this year is “Do more of what you love to create #greatchildhoods,” which I LOVE. It embraces the idea of finding a passion – or finding things you enjoy doing – and using them to spend quality time as … Continue reading 101 Ways to Celebrate Your Family: Hobbies & Activities
- E-Cigarettes (3/25/2019)- About a month ago, a colleague of ours wrote a piece on the costs of smoking e-cigarettes. We decided we wanted to highlight her words were worth sharing over here at The Science of Parenting as well. Please welcome our guest blogger, Joyce Lash, Human Science Specialist in Family Finance. March 5, 2019. Money Tips … Continue reading E-Cigarettes
- Are we even communicating? (3/15/2019)- Talk. Conversation. Communication. My last blogs on talk and conversation led me to communication. Have you ever asked this “Are we even communicating?” Or how about “Is anything I’m saying getting through?” As parents I KNOW you have asked yourself this at least one time. Communication can almost be a four letter word, right? Every … Continue reading Are we even communicating?
- We need to have a conversation (3/7/2019)- Talk. Conversation. Communication. My last blog hinted that I had some things to say about these three words. We started with Talk. Now we need to have a conversation. Sometimes as adults we struggle when it comes to having a big conversation with our children. Do we tell our children the bad news? Should we … Continue reading We need to have a conversation
- Can we talk? (2/20/2019)- Talking. Conversation. Communication. I have been having some thoughts on those three words recently, so I thought I might come here to share them with you. This may take several posts but I don’t think I’m the only one with these thoughts. Talking. Let’s start with the obvious one. And let’s just go ahead and … Continue reading Can we talk?
- Understanding Temperament Helps with Family Relationships (2/7/2019)- Guest blogger Malisa Rader, Human Sciences Specialist, shares insight on supporting children’s temperament. Children’s temperament develops early in life and is influenced by genetics and experiences. When parents have an understanding of their child’s unique temperament, they can tailor their approach to best meet their child’s needs. Think about different babies you have held. … Continue reading Understanding Temperament Helps with Family Relationships
- Help we are all inside-TOGETHER! Stop. Breathe. Talk. (1/30/2019)- Those of us here at the Science of Parenting are snuggled deep in our blankets and sweaters. Realizing that most of you probably were too, we decided that it might be a good time to revisit the idea of Stop. Breathe. Talk. With the long cold spell and the possibility of cancelled events and schools … Continue reading Help we are all inside-TOGETHER! Stop. Breathe. Talk.
- Outdoor Winter Walking (1/18/2019)- I’m not sure where you live, but in Iowa, it’s January and we are all preparing for a great snow fall! Children wait for the snow so that they can get outside and sled. Parents too, wait for the snow so that those same children will go outside. Being out of doors in the winter … Continue reading Outdoor Winter Walking
- It’s Never Too Late to Say Thank You (12/28/2018)- For many families, the last week or so may have been filled with gift giving and celebrations including good food and holiday cheer. When others spend so much time, preparing just the right holiday celebration, a hearty thank you is in order! So before the New Year rings, how about helping your children learn the … Continue reading It’s Never Too Late to Say Thank You