National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families
The Director's Corner
The Dog Days of Summer are upon us. The heat index steadily rises.
School ends. Routines are thrown off. Sleep patterns change. That's a
whole lot of stressors at one time! High stress, poor sleep, and summer
heat are just a few of the things that can negatively affect our
behavior and cause strain on our relationships. It's a good time to
remind ourselves that we're not alone; these same stressors are
affecting the families we serve. This month, our e-newsletter offers
tips and resources to help you and the families you serve keep your cool
and beat the Dog Days of Summer!
Robyn Cenizal, CFLE
Tip of the Month
Your monthly tip to strengthen the relationships of those you serve. Share it - Post it
- Pass it on!
Help keep family relationships strong as the mercury rises by sharing these tips:
- Communicate, communicate, communicate.
- Talk with your children about needs and expectations (yours
and theirs) when routines change. Talk with your partner about how to
best manage the changes together without losing sleep or income.
- Visit our Library to find communication tip and fact sheets, such as Communicating with your Teen, produced by Alabama Cooperative Extension.
- To help ensure summer fun involves proper child supervision,
ask children's teachers, friends, neighbors, and community organizations
for recommendations on age-appropriate summer camps and events. Explore
carpooling or babysitting exchanges with other parents.
- Build in extra time to new schedules. Children's sense of time
and "urgency" is often different from parents'. Extra time allows kids
to be kids while reducing parents' stress over kids' seeming inability
to get dressed and out the door efficiently.
- If the news of children being left in cars has you secretly
stressed out and/or you've been feeling overwhelmed lately, give
yourself an extra reminder: Put something you'll need at your next
destination--your cell phone, purse, or work ID badge--next to the
infant/toddler seat. Visit Safe Kids Worldwide for more tips on keeping kids safe in and around cars.
- Find ways to keep cool together--drink plenty of cold water;
make a family outing to a public beach or pool; fan each other with
homemade paper fans; have a friendly exchange of ice down each other's
The Resource Center's Virtual Library
more than 700 materials in a variety of formats including fact sheets,
research-to-practice briefs, brochures, pamphlets, training
resources, program reports or evaluations, and research materials.
Select the links below to view our featured July resources:
- FamilyTALK: Making It Work (Library Resource)
This FamilyTALK fact sheet is designed to give participants
research-based information for improving everyday communication among
family members, especially for couples. It emphasizes skill-building
with the overall goal to increase the capacity to help persons engage in
mindful and respectful communication with their family members.
- 9 Important Communication Skills for Every Relationship (Library Resource)
Effective communication is critical to successful relationships.
This tip sheet describes basic information which focuses on the 4 Don'ts
and the 5 Dos of Communication (9 Skills) from John Gottman, one of the
nation's leading researchers and practitioners on marriage. It also
includes a tracking sheet for implementing the 9 communication skills.
The Resource Center's Events Calendar
a listing of Resource Center events and other national, regional, and
community-wide events that might be of interest. Upcoming events
2014 National Pathways to Adulthood: A Convening on Youth in Transition in Philadelphia, PA, August 6-8, 2014
The National Pathways to Adulthood 2014 conference will host state
independent living coordinators, federal transitional living program
grantees, and other social service providers who work with youth to
examine innovative practices across systems promoting positive
transitions to adulthood; highlight successful public and private
collaborations assisting youth in transitioning to adulthood; showcase
strategies involving youth and family members/caring adults in the
development and delivery of transition services; and provide
cross-system networking opportunities for those who work with youth who
are transitioning to adulthood. The Resource Center will be exhibiting
at this conference.
2014 National Child Support Enforcement Association Annual Conference & Expo in Portland, OR, August 11-14, 2014
The NCSEA conference provides a unique opportunity for IV-D
Directors, researchers, policy experts, and child support professionals
to discuss and learn about the most recent developments and initiatives
on the federal, state, and local levels. Experts in the Legislative and
Executive branches, as well as experts from within our own community,
provide the latest information on issues that impact the child support
program. The Resource Center will be exhibiting at this conference.
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
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.