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Help Children Cope When the News Is Scary

March 13, 2020, 8:45 am | Malisa Rader

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.


Online Course Helps Home-buying Dream Become Reality

March 1, 2018, 10:36 am | Susan Taylor, Laura Sternweis

Signs of spring are popping up in many front yards, advertising homes for sale. Many Iowans are hoping to claim those for-sale signs because their American Dream is to buy their own home. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers an online course for those who may need some help achieving their dream.


Online Training Equips Child Care Providers with Information about Health and Safety

February 19, 2018, 11:38 am | Lynn Meadows

Iowa State University is working to ensure that child care centers and homes, preschools, and after-school programs across the state are healthy and safe for all children. An online course developed by Human Sciences Extension and Outreach has provided training to 23,640 Iowa child care providers and early childhood teachers since September 2016.


Start New Year with New Goals for Saving and Spending

January 2, 2018, 10:18 am | Jan Monahan, Laura Sternweis

For many Iowans, the new year brings old bills – for holiday gifts, travel and other expenses – and ratchets up their financial stress. “Money Talk,” a workshop series from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, can help Iowans learn to plan their spending throughout the year, as they address past holiday debt, lessen stress and prepare for their future.


Gifts of Experience Benefit Relationships

December 4, 2017, 2:29 pm | Barbara Dunn Swanson, Laura Sternweis

During the holiday season, instead of giving gifts that need to be purchased, consider giving gifts of experience -- sharing a skill or offering a helping hand, says Barbara Dunn Swanson, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.


Take Control of Holiday Stress, Time and Money

November 1, 2017, 7:57 am | Dawn Dunnegan, Laura Sternweis

As the holiday season quickly 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.