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​What do movies teach us about bullying?

bullying are portrayed and discussed in all types of media today, including … music,... more

Minding Our Future: Investing in Healthy Infants and Toddlers

Written By: Sallie Lide- Hooker, MA, CFCS, FDC, Certified Family Life Educator, Regional Extension Agent, Alabama Cooperative Extension System ... more

Smart Phone App to Help Parents Talk to their Children about Bullying

​Parents can have a hard time knowing how to start conversations with their children about bullying. With the increasing prevalence of... more

Building Positive Parent-Child Relationships to Prevent Bullying Issues

Research has shown that healthy relationships between … parents and children can lead to... more

New Movie that Tackles the Effects of Bullying

about a high school shooter in the making, and the devastating effects of teen … ... more

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

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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