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AG Discovery Adventure - September 13th, 2014

​Ag Discovery Adventure is coming soon! Join us on September 13 at Auburn Universities E.V. Smith Research Center, Shorter, AL. The... more

Camps Help Military Youth Have an Enjoyable Summer

 Summertime is all about spending time with friends, having fun and making new memories – just what Operation: Military Kids... more

Extension Regional Agents Work With Autauga County Centennial Service Initiative

Autauga County Family and Consumer Sciences regional Extension agents Janice Hall and Sallie Lide-Hooker worked together on a recycling project... more

Happy Parents' Day!

In 1994, President Bill Clinton signed a resolution into law to recognize “Parents’ Day” as the fourth Sunday in July. ... more

Bullying: Our Response

​Bullying is a hot topic in today’s world. But, what is the … big... more

​We All Can Play a Part in Making Meaningful Connections

April is National Child Abuse Prevention … and throughout the year, Alabama Cooperative Extension... more

Spring Hazards

Springtime brings certain weather-related occurrences. Among them are wildfires, tornadoes, and floods.  … You... more

Auburn and Alabama Extension Help Secure Multimillion-dollar USDA Grant

​With an almost $5-million grant from the U.S. Department of … Agriculture, Auburn University... more

Spring Weather Can Be Severe

This year, the calendar indicates that spring will arrive with the vernal equinox on March 20. When I think of... more

Mastering the Mysteries of Love Program Set to Begin in Roanoke Feb. 10

Mastering the Mysteries of Love, a four-week program sponsored by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Circle of Care Center for... more

eXtension.org: Parenting

Building Family Strengths

Family TimeThese are stressful times for families. Most families face difficult strains on time, money, and emotions. Sometimes homes become the place where everyone is worn-out or angry. But, in spite of these difficulties, there are ways that our families can remain strong and happy.

What makes some families strong? Researchers have worked on answers to this question for years. This publication discusses six of the most important of these family strengths. It also provides activities that may help build or improve these strengths in your family.

As you read about each of these family strengths, decide where your family is already strong. Then identify one area where you want to be stronger. It is probably not a good idea to work on several areas at once, as the family might get overwhelmed. Work on developing one identified area at a time. In addition to using the exercise in this publication, you might invite family members to suggest ways to build in the area that you are working on.   more...

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