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The FAMILIES! website from K-State Research and Extension is designed to share research-based educational information for enhancing the quality of personal and family life in communities throughout Kansas as well as the nation. We hope you take time to browse through our web pages to find resources that could be helpful in your daily life, whether it be with family, friends, co-workers, or other persons with whom you are connected in the community.

If you are a Kansas resident, your local K-State Research and Extension office can give you assistance with family-related resources. They can provide you with the materials listed under publications and other information as requested.

February Tip of the Month (Information from The Spruce – www.thespruce.com)

Consider these fun activities to enjoy as a family during the month of February!

  • Enjoy winter activities together – consider activities with your children that do not involve playing video games, such as watching movies together, scrapbooking, skating, cooking, decorating, volunteering, and crafts.
  • Plan a trip – consider brainstorming an inexpensive family vacation over spring break.
  • Valentine’s Day fun – celebrate Valentine’s Day all month long creating various crafts with your children.
  • President’s Day – teach your children about President’s Day with different fun activities, such as writing a letter to the president and taking a trivia quiz.
  • American History Month – take a look back in time and teach your kids something new today that happened on this day.
  • Black History Month – find age-appropriate activities relating to people who made a difference in history, such as Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Rosa Parks.
  • American Heart Month – teach your kids about how the heart functions and the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.
Relationship Tip

Coping with stress often begins with healthy communication and conflict resolution. Here are some tips to maintain positive relationships during busy times of the year:

  • Avoid accusatory statements so that the listener is more willing to respond positively.
  • When stress levels rise, practice calming techniques such as time-outs, soft voices, humor, or smiling.
  • Avoid hot-button topics and focus on keeping the conversation light and cordial.
  • Accept your differences and work towards a compromise. While conflict can be stressful, forgiveness can strengthen your family and your relationship

Source: National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families