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March 18, 2019 April-Just Around the Corner!

Liz Larson, NDSU Extension, Parent & Family Resource Center

Dates to Remember:

March 23 – Parents Forever, Mandan, 8:30a.m.
March 25 – Spring Garden Forum: Vegetables, Morton County Courthouse, Mandan, 6:30pm
March 27 – Field to Fork webinar: How to Identify, Manage and Prevent Diseases in Your Garden, 2pm
April 5 – Wear Blue Day!     

April – Just Around the Corner!

April is a big month for the Parent and Family Resource Center as it is Child Abuse Prevention Month. During April, we team up with several agencies and partners across the region to offer activities, events and resources geared towards creating healthy and great childhoods for the children in our communities. I think everyone agrees that all children deserve great childhoods. That begins by supporting families and caregivers as they are raising children. Think about the families you encounter in your own life. Are there ways you could offer some support or be a part of building a healthy community for that child? Perhaps it is making a meal for a neighbor family, babysitting for a friend or family member so they can get a much needed break, or finding a place to volunteer regularly within your community.

Prevent Child Abuse America (www.preventchildabuse.org) offers ‘Parenting Tips’ blogs and information on their website and Facebook page. Some recent topics include talking to children about bullying, the importance of skin-to-skin contact with infants, and finding structure and routine during school breaks. If you are searching for a local resource or a material you can pick up, call or email me at the Parent and Family Resource Center: 701-667-3342 or Liz.Larson@ndsu.edu

Throughout April, we would love to have you participate in the events and programs happening in this region. This year’s theme is, “Do more of what you love to create #greatchildhoods.” So, let’s get out there and create for the sake of our kids.

  • Friday, April 5: Wear Blue Day! Everyone can wear blue to bring awareness to April being Child Abuse Prevention Month. Then, take a photo with your co-workers, friends, or family and post to social media with the hashtags #greatchildhoods and #wearbluedayND. Throughout the day, follow our Facebook page @NDSUExtensionPFRCRegion7 .
  • Monday, April 1 through Friday, April 5: Resource Fair at Kidder County Courthouse in Steele. From 7:30a.m.-5:30p.m. Each day that week, families can find support and browse several resources to take home. Please use the annex doors.
  • Saturday, April 6: Family Day Make & Take. Join us at the Bismarck Public Library between 11:00a.m. - 2:00p.m. This free event is perfect for the whole family. There will be activities, crafts, story time with Miss Sparkles, kid yoga, parent resources, and more. No registration needed.
  • Saturday, April 13: Caring for Children, The First Five Years. Held in Linton, this one-day program is for parents/caregivers of children ages birth to five. Program from 9:00a.m.-2:15p.m. Child care is not available. ND Growing Futures credit hours for child care providers are available. To register for this free program, call Emmons County NDSU Extension at 701-254-4811.
  • Monday evenings in April: Active Parenting Now in 3. This 3-week series is for parents/caregivers of school-age children. Series is free and child care is available. Mondays, 6:00p.m.-7:30p.m. April 8, 15 & 22, held at Flasher Public School. To register call our office at 701-667-3342 or register online at www.tinyurl.com/region7prc

For more information about listed programs, resources, or other information contact NDSU Extension Parent and Family Resource Center | Region 7 at 701-667-3342, email Liz.Larson@ndsu.edu and follow us on Facebook for other events throughout the year @NDSUExtensionPFRCRegion7 .

 

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