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March 12, 2018

Stop, breathe and talk are three simple words that together can have a big impact in everyday parenting, says Lori Hayungs, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

February 21, 2018

Some children are more sensitive to scary stories in the news or may worry about their safety and the safety of their loved ones. Malisa Rader, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, suggests parents be reassuring, monitor their TV viewing when children are present and watch for signs of stress in their children.

November 16, 2017

One way to make the holiday season memorable is with a wreath, and a fresh, homemade wreath can really brighten a gathering. Making a wreath isn't as difficult as you might think.

November 2, 2017

As the holiday season approaches, holiday stressors tend to sneak up as well, says Dawn Dunnegan, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. She offers tips for taking control of time and money commitments during the holidays.

October 5, 2017

Coping witha frightening event in the news or a natural disaster can be difficult for children and their families. Lori Hayungs, a human science specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, suggests actions paretns and caregivers can take to help children cope.

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