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- Holiday Tears and Tantrums (11/13/2019) - During the holiday season, watch for signs of stress in your children. It can be a time of too little sleep and quiet moments and too much excitement, activity, and food. Is it any wonder the tears and tantrums come easily? No, I’m not talking about you – I’m thinking about the children. So here … Continue reading Holiday Tears and Tantrums
- Expressing Thanks and Practicing Generosity (11/4/2019) - Each year, as the month of November nears, I begin thinking about the Thanksgiving traditions that have been so meaningful for my family over the years. The annual “turkey trot” walk / run happens each year at the high school I attended. Another amazing tradition – a local volunteer and her family generously provide a … Continue reading Expressing Thanks and Practicing Generosity
- Holiday Celebrations: A Choice for Every Family (10/25/2019) - Not every family will celebrate holidays in the same way. For a variety of reasons, families mark holidays in their own way, and those choices should always come without judgement by others. The Halloween holiday is one of those holidays that some families will celebrate, while others will not. Over the years, the way in … Continue reading Holiday Celebrations: A Choice for Every Family
- Gains from Custodial Grandfamilies & How to Help (10/21/2019) - This post is the second in a series on custodial grandparenting, with information from Dr. Jeongeun (Jel) Lee, a Human Sciences Extension and Outreach State Specialist who studies gerontology. Miss last week’s post? Check it out here. Dr Lee, last week we talked about the importance of sharing information about grandparents that are parenting their grandchildren. … Continue reading Gains from Custodial Grandfamilies & How to Help
- Custodial Grandparents, Parenting Stress, and the Loss of Self (10/15/2019) - This week and next, we welcome Dr. Jeongeun (Jel) Lee, a Human Sciences Extension and Outreach State Specialist who studies gerontology. She will share her research on custodial grandfamilies and the stress, loss, and gains of this responsibility. Below is an excerpted interview. Dr. Lee, please share with us some general information about grandparents raising their … Continue reading Custodial Grandparents, Parenting Stress, and the Loss of Self
- Grandfamilies 2.0 (10/9/2019) - Isn’t that a great word? I’m still smiling typing it. I found it on the AARP website while I was looking for statistics. According to their site, 4.9 million children under the age of 18 live with their grandparents. Thus making them ‘grandfamilies’ . In fact to quote the site, “As increasing numbers of grandchildren … Continue reading Grandfamilies 2.0
- Taking Time with the Grandkids 2.0 (10/2/2019) - As we come into a season of spending time with family I thought I would dig into how to manage those times of ‘togetherness’. Grandparents and grandchildren can be both excited and nervous to spend time together during family functions. Children may exhibit behavior grandparents aren’t used to and that can be a confusing dilemma. … Continue reading Taking Time with the Grandkids 2.0
- School Success and Grandparents 2.0 (9/25/2019) - Grandparents have always been an important part of children’s lives. In fact, many schools celebrated grandparents day on Sept 9th this year. In celebration of grandparents and in keeping with the theme of school, here are a few tips on how grandparents can help children this school year. Ask. But ask specifically! Rather than ask how … Continue reading School Success and Grandparents 2.0
- That’s What Grandparents Are For! (9/18/2019) - Burgers and mashed potatoes for lunch. Solving math problems on the back of an old envelope. Horse-back and combine rides. When I think of growing up and going to my grandparents’ house, these are the things that come to mind. What memories do you have of time spent with your grandparents? If you have grandkids, … Continue reading That’s What Grandparents Are For!
- Don’t Bully, Be Friendly (9/11/2019) - The first few weeks of school have come and gone, and you may have had conversations about the classmates your children have interacted with whether playing at recess, sharing the lunch table or perhaps in reading circles. As your children spend more time away from home, they will engage with children who may or may … Continue reading Don’t Bully, Be Friendly
- When is it Bullying? (9/4/2019) - As the school year begins, I am reminded that children may experience classmates who use bullying tactics to get what they want or need in the school setting. These situations may cause your child to feel upset and you might not even know why. According to information shared on StopBullying.gov there are two types of … Continue reading When is it Bullying?
- Ten Tips for Easing into a New School Setting (8/28/2019) - Guest blogger and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Human Sciences Specialist in Family Life, Cheryl Clark, shares insight about facing a new school setting. The first day of school is fast approaching and many families may be facing a transition to a new school. Careful preparation for beginning at a new building or a … Continue reading Ten Tips for Easing into a New School Setting