Kids & Family
Throughout North Dakota, nearly 5,000 or approximately one in 33 children are living in households headed by a relative other than a parent. The majority are living with grandparents (3,901 or 2.4 percent of all children in North Dakota). Statewide, the number of children living with grandparents rose 62 percent between 1990 and 2000. Here are some of the most common issues and questions concerning the rights of grandparents. The answers are based in general on North Dakota law.
Alcohol and drug abuse prevention is a job NDSU cannot perform alone. We need the involvement and support of parents and guardians. Please talk with your student about your expectations regarding drug and alcohol use.
This aging population brief presents a picture of the health, finances and well-being of adults ages 65 and older in ND. The brief focuses on well-being indicators including population, health care, economics, health risks, and behaviors and health status as well as cognitive impairment and caregiving.
Millions of family relatives, particularly grandparents, become “parents the second time around” when parents experience difficulties and children need care. Grandparents in this situation need answers regarding concerns they may face, insight into feelings and experiences in their role as parent to a grandchild, and support in finding sources of strength for themselves and the grandchildren in their care.
Children, especially young children, may experience challenging emotions when faced with stress resulting from exposure to terrorist acts. From the bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City to the tragedy of Sept. 11 to terrorist events that occur in other parts of the world (for example, Israel, Spain, London, Pakistan), exposure to terrorism and its graphic results is a difficult experience for many children. Parents and other adults can best support children through kindness, understanding and reassurance.
Grandparenting typically occurs when a person has reached maturity and has wisdom or experience to share with the rising generation. This publication introduces an educational series on the art of grandparenting and the unique contributions that grandparents can make to family life and the lives of grandchildren.
Parenting after a child is born involves activities such as feeding, nurturing and protecting a new baby. But what about during the pregnancy?
Conflict is an inevitable part of life and exists when people don’t agree on an issue, decision or action. Some conflicts are minor and dealt with easily, while other conflicts can be major and require a significant amount of time and attention. Learn five methods to address conflict.
This publication reviews the eight critical elements that must exist for youth to have opportunities and experiences that are positive and effective.
While remembering that every child is unique and special is extremely important, some needs and interests are universal to all children to ensure successful development. this publication reviews the characteristics of different age groups and their implications for working with kids.
Bright Beginnings #27 Practical Strategies in Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Prevention for Young Children - FS1463
What can parents and other adults do with young children to prevent use of alcohol,tobacco and other drugs? Parents and caregivers have a number of things they can do to help young children prepare to make good choices. This publication offers suggestions for parents and other adults to consider as they guide young children in learning to make healthy choices regarding alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
As young children grow older, the challenges they face in life become more serious. Parents and other adults may become increasingly concerned about children’s safety. This publication addresses the topics of alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention, and how to guide children in growing up healthy and drug-free.
What do children learn from their play experiences? More than you might expect! Play opens the windows of learning in a child’s life and acquaints him or her with movement, observation, relationships, emotions and much more. Play time is learning time for young children.
Play often is considered a child’s work. It is even more. It is a child’s world. Skills and concepts learned during play will last a lifetime. When do we see children most happy and growing? At play. When do we see children at their most creative? In play. What do most children ask parents to do? Come and play. Play in all its myriad types and activities is the cornerstone of a child’s learning and development. Why wait? Go out and play!
Play is not just fun for children – it is fundamental! Play is a key to a child’s learning and development. Parents are often their child’s first play companion, so understanding play and its value to children is helpful. What are some of the primary purposes of a child’s play and why is it important?
Making choices about child care and education is not easy. Having tools to assist in making your decisions is important. Use the resources in this publication to assist you in preparing to make a sound and responsible choice in the selection of child care environments for children.
Bright Beginnings #21 Developmentally Appropriate Child Care and Education for Young Children - FS1413
An important dimension of high-quality care is that care is given to children in a way that is developmentally appropriate. Children are each unique. Each child needs care and education that will take into account his or her individual needs and abilities. Care and education that is developmentally appropriate responds to the age, developmental level and uniqueness of a child.
A high-quality setting is what many parents are looking for in making decisions about child care and education. What are the dimensions of high-quality child care? High-quality child care environments are typically positive, supportive, encouraging, engaging and safe. Key dimensions of a high-quality care environment for children include the teachers or caregivers, the setting and the activities.
If you had an expensive diamond ring to be taken care of for a day, what would you do with it? With whom would you leave it? Why? These questions would be important for taking care of any valuable asset, but they become even more important when talking about care of young children.
Seeing a baby roll over for the first time or watching a preschooler learn to kick a ball are precious moments in the life of a parent or caregiver. Rolling over or eating with a spoon are examples of physical development. Think about the importance of physical abilities and the role they play in a child’s life.