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  • 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
  • The Language of Money (12/14/2018) - As we continue our conversation with Human Sciences Family Finance Specialist Mary Weinand, she reminds us how important financial literacy is and even recommends a few children’s books. I believe financial literacy is like any other language and like any other language we need to hear it often to understand it. Young children learn best … Continue reading The Language of Money
  • Keep it Fiscally Healthy this Holiday Season (12/6/2018) -  Guest blogger Mary Weinand, Human Sciences Specialist, shares some important helpful ideas for fiscal health this holiday season. Each year at Holiday season we are flooded with articles and advice on how to “stay healthy” with all the choices we have and the opportunities to overindulge. Well, the advice we hear to maintain our physical … Continue reading Keep it Fiscally Healthy this Holiday Season
  • Celebrating Thanksgiving (11/16/2018) - As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, Science of Parenting would like to offer you a few resources to assist you in creating a memorable holiday for your family. Many families celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing foods that are not only traditional but that are meaningful to members of the family. Recipes passed down through the generations and … Continue reading Celebrating Thanksgiving
  • Developing Conflict Resolution Skills (11/9/2018) - One of the goals many parents have for their children, is to watch them grow into independent young people. Independence, however, comes with its own set of challenges. Children, from a young age, want to do things “on their own”. Watching a crawler, learn to stand, or perhaps even take a step is exciting. Mastery … Continue reading Developing Conflict Resolution Skills
  • Practice Kindness Today (11/2/2018) -   We thank our guest blogger, Cheryl Clark, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach for reminding us about kindness and its impact on those around us! Another day, another act of incivility, anger or violence. Ever-pervasive attitudes of self-centeredness and disregard for others seem to symbolize our times. But what … Continue reading Practice Kindness Today
  • Essential Elements of Positive Youth Development (10/18/2018) - As a nationally recognized youth development program, 4-H has a one hundred year history assisting youth to develop into competent, contributing members of society! Through participation in a variety of activities, educational opportunities and club meetings, youth are developing the ability to make good decisions, improve their communications skills and learn to lead! Over the … Continue reading Essential Elements of Positive Youth Development
  • Celebrate National 4-H Week (10/10/2018) - Each year, during the first full week of October, National 4-H Week is celebrated! As parents of young children, you may wonder why so many people have joined 4-H over the years. The answer is as varied as the learning experiences offered in 4-H! Some join to learn a new skill; others join because they … Continue reading Celebrate National 4-H Week
  • Connecting Home and School (9/5/2018) - Did you finally get all of the school events in your personal calendar? Have you purchased the last minute supply requests? Often we focus on getting children ready for school to start that we overlook how we can continue to support the school learning while at home. Dare to Excel is a resource, available in … Continue reading Connecting Home and School
  • Back To School Communication (8/20/2018) - As children prepare to head back to school, parents are getting ready as well. Buying school supplies, registering their children for activities and arranging for transportation are among the activities on many parents’ to-do list. However, another necessary item for back-to-school planning is open communication, which will ease everyone’s first-day nerves. All children will not … Continue reading Back To School Communication
  • Understanding Why They Do What They Do – Temperament (8/6/2018) - Last time I shared a bit about brain development and how I feel that it really helps to answer many of child development’s great questions, but what about all those emotions and feelings that get in the way of what the brain is trying to accomplish? Temperament has fascinated me for more than two decades. … Continue reading Understanding Why They Do What They Do – Temperament
  • Understanding Why They Do What They Do – Brain Development (7/30/2018) - When I teach on child development I often say “my two passions are brain development and temperament”. For more than twenty years I have loved sharing with adults how children’s brains physically grow, connect and shape who that child becomes. Take that developing brain and put it alongside the ‘nature AND nurture’ of temperament and … Continue reading Understanding Why They Do What They Do – Brain Development

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