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Alabama Winter ... Baby it's Cold Outside (or Will be)

The Alabama Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service have declared November 16-21, 2014 to be Winter Weather Awareness... more

Why they don't tell: Understanding why youth may not tell adults about bullying

Bullying is an increasing problem for schools in … the United States. However, even... more

Extension Gifts for the Family Tree

When all through the family tree … In search of gifts to keep them... more


The holiday season is here. It is time for family get-togethers, decorating, shopping, gift-wrapping, baking and attending special events. You... more

In sickness and in HEALTH: Creating healthy habits with your partner

Written by Kelsey Blythe  Alabama Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Initiative​ … We hear... more

​Stop, Look, and Listen: Reacting to Conflict Without Blowing Up

By Laura Knizley, Alabama Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Initiative … Everybody has conflict. ... more

Parenting in the Early Years

​The early months of your parenting journey can be overwhelming. Messages about parenting and baby care come flooding in from... more

The Journey of Aging is theme for Madison County SAI on October 9

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University will host its thirteenth Successful Aging Initiative in Madison County... more

New Report Shows High Prevalence of Adverse Experiences among Children: What Does it Mean for Alabama?

Submitted by : Ellen Abell, Extension specialist, Family and Child Development. … Children... more

Happy Parents' Day!

In 1994, "Parents’ Day” was nationally recognized as the fourth Sunday in July. The day is dedicated to “recognizing, uplifting,... 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...

Just In Time Parenting

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