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Bright Beginnings 1: Preparing for Parenthood (FS601 (Revised))

Becoming a parent brings about a series of changes in the life of a person. Preparing for the transition to parenthood includes changes in life roles and taking steps to manage such changes. New or expectant parents and others can prepare for parenthood by considering skills, tasks, experiences and resources that can assist in becoming a parent.

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Gossip, Whining, Conflict

Addressing Gossip, Whining, Conflict and Negative Attitudes - FS1816

People need to feel valued. A workplace that values diversity and manages change with respectful conversations will have less negativity to address.

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Farming and Ranching in Tough Times

Farming and Ranching in Tough Times - FS1804

Farmers and ranchers experience pressures from many directions. Stresses can pile up and result physical or mental health concerns. Individuals can take steps to reduce stress and improve health by noting and managing stress symptoms. Also, learning to control events, attitudes, and responses will help farmers and ranchers to manage the stresses of tough times.

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Responding to Distressed People

Responding to Distressed People - FS1805

Sometimes you need help. Sometimes you are help. This flow chart outlines the process of responding to distressed people.

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Farm/Ranch Stress Management Plan

Farm/Ranch Stress Management Plan - FS287

Farm and ranch families experience a variety of additional life stresses, such as uncertain weather conditions or machinery breakdowns. By meeting together and planning ahead, family members can take steps to reduce or eliminate stress. Use this planning guide to create a stress management plan that works for you.

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When Generations Farm/Ranch Together

When Generations Farm/Ranch Together - FS286

Many benefits can exist when generations in a family farm or ranch together. However, conflicts or challenges may arise that develop into stressful situations. Sharing decisions, asking for what you want, listening well, and resolving conflicts quickly can help to reduce or eliminate stress among generations farming or ranching together.

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Stress Management for Farm/Ranch Couples

Stress Management for Farm/Ranch Couples - FS285

Working together under pressure, changing roles, and holding down more than one job can add up to one thing-high stress levels for farm/ranch couples. But by being sensitivities, communication, and relaxing together, a husband and wife can ease pressures and cope with stresses.

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Stress Management for Farmers/Ranchers

Stress Management for Farmers/Ranchers - FS284

Working in agriculture is accompanied by managing a variety of stresses on a regular basis. Learning to control events, attitudes, and responses day-in and day-out will help farmers and ranchers to management those hectic stressful times.

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Stress Symptoms

Stress Symptoms - FS283

It is helpful to recognize the early symptoms of stress. These symptoms can include rising blood pressure, rapidly beating heart, clenched teeth, aching neck and shoulders, churning stomach, or excessive fatigue. You and your family can take steps to reduce stress and regain health and self-esteem by noting and managing stress symptoms.

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Stressful Occupations

Farming/Ranching: Stressful Occupations - FS282

Farmers and ranchers experience pressure from many directions. While all of us must contend with economic ups and downs or family concerns, families have added uncertainties like weather and commodity prices that directly influence their livelihoods. Farming and ranching can be challenging occupations due to some of the dangers and stress difficulties that occur.

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Preparing for Parenthood

Bright Beginnings #1 Preparing for Parenthood - FS601

Becoming a parent brings about a series of changes in the life of a person. Preparing for the transition to parenthood includes changes in life roles and taking steps to manage such changes. New or expectant parents and others can prepare for parenthood by considering skills, tasks, experiences and resources that can assist in becoming a parent.

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Talking to Children About Suicide

Talking to Children About Suicide - FS637

Suicide is not a comfortable topic. It is sobering, serious and saddening to talk about. But the factors involved in suicide and approaches to diminishing or preventing its occurrence must be openly talked about in responsible ways. Silence cannot prevent the problem of suicide – it only can make it worse. Understanding when, how, why and who should talk about suicide is important.

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Working With Distressed Clientele

Working With Distressed Clientele - FS1789

As the farm economy plunges, many farmers will struggle to obtain operating loans and maintain cash flow. The financial stress can lead to depression and anxiety. This publication will help professionals deal with struggling clientele.

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Talking to Children About Armed Conflict

Talking to Children About Armed Conflict - FS636

Whenever stories about armed conflict, terrorism or the possibility of war appear on television or in the news, considering the possible reactions of children and youth is important. Such topics quickly become a focus and concern for children. Addressing children's reactions is especially important when the issues directly relate to their family life, such as deployment of a parent for military service.

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Talking to Children About Divorce

Talking to Children About Divorce - FS638

Divorce can be a challenging and painful transition that children experience differently than adults. The distress of the parents involved in a divorce can interfere with their ability to respond to their children and their children’s needs. However, parents and caregivers can find the tools they need to help themselves and their children through the difficult transition of divorce.

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Talking to Children About Sexual Abuse

Talking to Children About Sexual Abuse - FS1363

Sexual abuse is among the most serious issues that face children and youth today. The specter of child sexual abuse is frightening to parents and caring adults. Sexual abuse steals so much from children, robbing them of trust, innocence and security. Addressing the problem of child sexual abuse directly and responsibly is important to fostering appropriate awareness of this difficult topic.

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Sensory Losses

Making Sense of Sensory Losses as We Age - Childhood, Adulthood, Elderhood? - FS1378

The aging process brings changes that include sensory losses. Key senses are vision, hearing, touch, taste and smell. As we age, understanding sensory changes and their effects can be helpful.

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Tips for Talking to College Student About Alcohol and Other Drug Use

Tips for Talking to Your Student About Alcohol or Other Drug Use - YD 1525

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.

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Rights of Grandparents and Stepgrandparents

You and the Law in North Dakota: The Rights of Grandparents and Stepgrandparents -FS1729

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.

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ND Aging Population

North Dakota's Aging Population: Profile and Trends of Seniors Ages 65 and Older - EC1673

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.

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