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Families and Children

In this wired, fast-paced world, Extension educators are working to provide Alabamians of all ages and backgrounds with practical, research-based knowledge and skills they need to build stronger, healthier family relationships.

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​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

Raw Milk May Be Chic, but It’s Still Risky, Experts Say

​According to some family accounts, Augustus “Gus” Buttram, a … star running back at... more

Extension Publications Extend Parents a Helping Hand

Novice and veteran parents, alike, discover they could sometimes use a hand navigating the rewarding yet challenging journey of parenting.... more

Healthy Choices at the Vending Machine or Cafeteria

​Snacking during the work hours can help to keep a person's energy up during the day if they haven't been... more

Extension Providing Alabamians with Educational Resources on Affordable Care Act

One of the hottest topics in the news today is health care reform. But, if you are like many... more

Raptor Trek Soars to Butler, Lowndes County Elementary Schools

students in schools across Butler and Lowndes​ counties … experienced birds of prey on... more


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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