Home and Family

Local Highlights

August 18, 2014

Children must learn to read before they can read to learn. Parents, families and friends can help them on their way to reading independently, says Cindy Thompson, Human Sciences Specialist - Family Life, with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

August 13, 2014

As families welcome the new school year, sometimes parents can forget a child’s need to ease into a new grade, says Cindy Thompson, a family life specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

July 30, 2014

Think about it. “No” is a two letter word, one syllable, easy to pronounce.        Easy – to use, that’s another matter.

June 12, 2014

When it comes to children and religion who gets the choice? Who gets to choose, select or decide?

May 14, 2014

 To buy or not to buy: that is the question that travelers face when confronted with the option to buy travel insurance.

Statewide Resources

  • Get answers to your home and family questions from the specialists at AnswerLine. Connect with them on the phone, email, Facebook or Twitter for information about cleaning, food preparation, preservation, and safety, home environment, equipment, nutrition, textiles, and laundry. - 1-800-262-3804 or - answer@iastate.edu

  • Help children succeed at school by creating a home environment that promotes learning.  Find out how developing routines, setting limits, and providing good nutrition can help.
     

  • A 24-hour resource for legal, finance, crisis and disaster and personal health issues, Iowa Concern provides access to an attorney for legal education, stress counselors, and information and referral services.

  • A national resource that brings quality, research-based information to families at the time it can be most useful and make the biggest difference in their lives.

  • A series of classes designed to empower family caregivers of older adults to take better care of themselves. Learn more about the six-week series and find a class near you.

  • Human Sciences Extension and Outreach is all over the social media networks. Stay in touch with us through our blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

  • Find reliable, high quality, research-based information for professionals and parents in CYFERNet’s clearinghouse of the best children, youth and family resources of all the public land-grant universities in the country.

  • Are you an early childhood professional that provides care and education in your home, a center or a school? Check out our programs, resources, and trainings available to help you be the best early childhood professional you can be.

  • Learn about connecting family and the environment, get ideas on “living lighter”, and share your experiences and thoughts on how to positively impact economic and environmental health through sustainable living.
     

  • Parenting can be fun, enjoyable and stressful! Check out our blog and podcasts for the latest research based information and resources to help parents in their important role of raising children.

  • Articles from Ag & Biosystems Engineering for housing issues.

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