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May 16, 2019

The definition of kindness focuses on what an individual can do to make someone else feel better. However, Iowa State University research shows that thinking kind thoughts about others can improve your own mood.

February 5, 2019

When parents have an understanding of their child's unique temperament, they can tailor their approach to best meet their child's needs, says Malisa Rader, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

January 16, 2019

The stress of farming can strain a couple's relationship, but the relationship doesn't have to break, says David Brown, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

September 5, 2018

By starting early and making learning part of everyday activities, parents can encourage the skills children need for success in school later on, says Joy Rouse, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. 

August 10, 2018

Besides buying school supplies, another necessary item for back-to-school planning is open communication, which will ease parents' and children's first-day nerves, says Barbara Dunn Swanson, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

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