National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families
The Director's Corner
The holidays can be a wonderful time of year! Lights and decorations
brighten streets and homes! It's also a great time to gather with
friends and family that we don't often see! Unfortunately, the holidays
also bring added stress. Family drama and financial concerns can be
stressful, especially when trying to meet unrealistic expectations. Part
of having healthy family relationships is managing expectations by
talking about them. Where and when will the family gather? Will we
exchange presents this year or only buy presents for the children?
For individuals suffering mild depression, the stress can be overwhelming. Beating the Blues
is a tip sheet available in the Resource Center Library to help you
sort through the levels of depression and know when help might be
We wish you and the families you serve a safe happy holiday season!
Robyn Cenizal, Project Director
Tip of the Month
Your monthly tip to strengthen the significant relationships of those you serve.
Building intimacy is an ongoing
process of knowing and understanding one's partner. In a healthy
relationship that happens through a process of mutual sharing - referred
to as "self-disclosure" and "partner responsiveness."
- Conversation Starter to discuss time spent sharing with a
partner or older child(ren) as a strength to build on: "What is it like
when you are able to take time and just share your day with [your
partner or your child]? When that happens, where does it usually happen?
If you were able to spend just 10% more time each day [in that place,
or chatting together], what would that look like?"
- Working with older youth? Help distinguish good relationship
differences from ones that spell trouble with the Act Youth Network's
quiz, Do Opposites Attract?
The Resource Center's Virtual Library
has collected more than 500 materials in a variety of formats -
including factsheets, research-to-practice briefs, brochures, pamphlets,
training resources, program reports or evaluations, and research
materials - to help safety-net stakeholders integrate healthy marriage
and relationship education knowledge and skills into their service
delivery. Below are two recently added resources.
The Resource Center will be hosting a free webinar on healthy
relationship education in December for interested Federal, State, Tribal
and local agency administrators and social service providers. Please
click the link below for information and registration.
The Resource Center’s Events Calendar
offers a listing of Resource Center events and other national, regional
and community-wide events that might be of interest. The NeighborWorks
Training Institute is an example of events that can be found on our
Feedback and Technical Assistance:
If you have suggestions or wish to speak with a Resource Center staff member, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you. If you would like to request Technical Assistance, please submit a Training and Technical Assistance Request Form and our Technical Assistance Coordinator will contact you.
To learn more about the Resource Center visit us at www.healthymarriageandfamilies.org
The National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families
supports safety-net service providers as they integrate healthy marriage
and relationship education skills into service delivery systems as part
of a comprehensive, culturally appropriate, family-centered approach
designed to promote self-sufficiency.