Families and relationships


Families and relationships
Having a furry friend may enhance, extend human life

There are a number of explanations for exactly how pets offer health benefits. First of all, pets need walking, feeding, grooming, and encourage lots of playing and petting. Read more

MU Extension program aims to strengthen Missouri families

Family specialist David Schramm hopes the Show Me Healthy Families and Relationships project will strengthen families of 2,000 low-income Missouri residents in 21 counties over the next five years. Read more

Friendship is important to older adults

Having a strong circle of friends can be a good boost for aging hearts and can help the body's autoimmune system resist disease. Read more

Everyone benefits from family meals

Family meals are not only a simple, effective tool to help prevent substance abuse in kids, but are also good for children's nutrition. Read more

Car seat safety

Child safety seats and booster seats may seem like a hassle, but it's important to know how to use them properly to protect children. Read more

Helping children get along with friends

Children who have friends are less lonely and depressed. They are also more likely to feel confident and good about themselves. Read more

Keeping fun in our relationships

Remember those first days of falling in love — the endless talks, the long walks and that feeling of happiness? Read more

Prioritizing your time

Time is a unique resource in that everyone is given an equal amount. How you invest that gift is a major factor in how you feel about life. Read more

Promoting young children's early literacy

Children who have reading difficulties in the primary grades often had limited early literacy learning experiences. Read more

MU Extension offers program to deal with stress

Life's many choices and obligations can take their toll on body, mind and spirit. Read more

Helping children during a time of crisis

What adults say and do can help distance children from the sense of threat, help them work through their emotions, and maintain or regain a sense of normalcy. Read more



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