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Set a Back-to-school Budget

The start of the new school year is just around the corner.

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Make Waiting, Transitions Easier for Young Children

Waiting is an important skill to learn, and it can be peaceful if we prepare young children for the inevitable “waiting times.”

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Are You Having "The Talk" About Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs?

Calendars already are filling up with exciting events for high school-age students. Prom and graduation top the list for many as “rites of passage.”

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Extending Support for Farmers, Ranchers in Times of Stress

Many farmers, agricultural professionals and family members are facing increased stresses linked with uncertain market conditions. The hours they must spend in checking on market prospects, reviewing financial needs, and making farming decisions can be long, stressful and tiring.

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A Child's Guide to Making Friends

Making friends is an important part of child development.

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If Meals Were More Fun

Shared mealtimes with family members seem to be going the way of the dinosaur for many American households.

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Grit

Picture the person you might think of as stubborn, obstinate, uncompromising, adamant, hard-headed, insistent or unrelenting. Do you have someone in mind? Now think about a person who you would call determined, unwavering, strong-minded, gritty, persistent, firm, steadfast, resolute or persevering. What about now? Do you have someone in mind?

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Can We Talk? Making Couple Communication Effective

You cannot not communicate. It’s a rule. It’s a law of the universe. It’s a reality.

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How Much is Too Much?

All I want for (insert occasion here) is one of these, and one of these, and, oh! ALL of these! Please? (Picture adorable face of child, grandchild, nephew or niece, eyes wide, smiling hopefully.)

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Differing Family Traditions at the Holiday Season

Traditions offer family members an opportunity to feel included, share values and connect with each other in meaningful ways. While many link the holiday season with family traditions involving a celebration, celebration is only one type of tradition. The other major types are traditions of connection and traditions of community.

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Winter Weather: Kids Won’t Want to Waste a Flake

A warm sweater and slippers, a toasty cup of cocoa, a good book or movie all sound like the perfect weekend plan to many adults who have to battle the elements all week getting people to school, work and childcare. Kids on the other hand are excited for the snow and all the fun that comes with the fluffy white stuff.

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