Mindful parenting

  “Being present” or “mindful” is a goal many people set for the new year. These terms might call to mind yoga or meditation, but did you know that mindfulness can also enhance parenting? Anne Clarkson, University of Wisconsin-Extension digital parenting education specialist, says mindfulness and parenting go hand-in-hand. “Mindfulness is very simply learning to […]

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Recognizing Learning Disabilities in Teens

Ways that parents can help a teen who is struggling with a learning disability from our friends at Parenthetical! Admitting a learning challenge can be difficult for anyone, but for teens, who are already struggling with issues of identity and self-worth, asking for help can be even harder. As parents, there are steps we can […]

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LEGO-MANIA at the library

LEGOs are engaging for those who like the structure of themed building challenges as well as those who thrive on open-ended creativity. Beginning January 3, Family LEGO Club has been scheduled for Sunday afternoons.  Kids and families may drop in any time between 12 and 4 p.m. For children under age 4, there are age-appropriate building sets […]

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Parents, teens often changing in opposite ways during adolescent years

Most people know the teen years are a turbulent time for adolescents, but many might be surprised to know that mid-life parents are also undergoing significant changes. Stephen Small, human development and family relations specialist with UW-Extension and professor in the UW-Madison School of Human Ecology, says that parents and their teenage children are often […]

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Move Towards a Healthy Holiday Season

Have you noticed that the winter holidays are associated with food more than at any other time of the year? From Thanksgiving turkey with all of the trimmings through New Year’s Eve celebrations, there are many temptations put in front of us. Cookies seem to magically show up at the office and there are multiple […]

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November is National Healthy Skin Month

As we head into November, temperatures and humidity start to drop and winds become blustery. The winter season can be tough on people with dry skin. It is important to be aware of the functions of the skin and how to keep it healthy. Skin is considered an organ and needs gentle care, as it […]

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Fresh or frozen turkey: Ready for Thanksgiving

Perhaps the biggest holiday meal of the year is just around the corner. Thanksgiving brings families together from all across the state to share a meal that often centers on roast turkey and all the fixings. To help you prepare the holiday meal, University of Wisconsin-Extension food scientist Barbara Ingham offers some helpful hints. “Whether […]

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