National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families
The Director's Corner
Summer time can be lots of fun for the family! Children are out of
school and lots of families take vacation time to enjoy family time
together whether they go out of town for vacation or have "stay-cations"
at home. Unfortunately, the added expenses of summer camp or other
child care arrangements can be stressful, especially to low resource
families. Even the extra family time can bring challenges, especially
for divorced or blended families. Co-parenting when parents are not
together can be tough, different parenting styles, financial situations
and household rules add to the challenge. This can be even more
complicated in blended families with children that are "his, hers and
ours". The Resource Center offers tips and tools to address co-parenting
and blended family challenges. Take advantage of the resources and
share them with the families you serve. Summer should be a special time
to create family memories - not family drama.
Robyn Cenizal, Project Director
Tip of the Month
Your monthly tip to strengthen the relationships of those you serve. Share it - Post it - Pass it on!
Family meal time-is it worth all the hassle? Experts say,
"Yes." This important ritual may represent the overall relationship
health of the family. Having family meals at least 3 days per week
promotes open parent-child communication, which is especially important
in the teen years. Family meals have also been linked to youth mental
and physical health benefits. From preparation through clearing the
plates, it's dedicated time to share food facts and preparation skills,
pass on cultural traditions around meals, have positive interactions,
and celebrate accomplishments.
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
Click the links below to view our featured June resources:
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. Upcoming
- This month, the Resource Center is convening the Kansas Integration Institute-
a one day training event for safety-net service providers across the
State of Kansas. Attendees will have an opportunity to share information
regarding their agencies' current efforts to promote relationship
skills; participate in facilitated discussions regarding healthy
marriage and relationship education skills and integration strategies;
and engage in consensus building and action planning activities. This
event is by invitation only. However, if you would like more information
on upcoming institutes or to organize an event in your state or area,
please contact us
- The Resource Center will be hosting a free Webinar, Successful Strategies for Working with Latino Families
on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 2pm ET. This webinar will explore the
culture and different segments of the Latino community, as well as
provide practical resources and strategies to help your organization
deliver effective marriage and family programs to the Latino community.
This webinar will also introduce a new free toolkit from the National
Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families on working with Latino
families. Click here to register.
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.