National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families
The Director's Corner
Hot summer days can be lots of fun for kids out of school
enjoying summer camps and fun family vacations. It can also be a time
when tensions heat up between co-parents trying to manage
responsibilities associated with children's expectations, shifting
schedules, and competing priorities. Issues can arise related to
communication, conflict resolution, parenting, and financial management.
Be sure to visit the Virtual Training Center
to quiz yourself on these skill areas or learn more about integrating
relationship skills into programs offered to the families you serve. I
hope you will also use and share the other tips and resources
highlighted in this newsletter.
Robyn Cenizal, Project Director
Tip of the Month
During the summer months while school
is out many kids are on new schedules for summer school or camp and
many families take vacations making communicating effectively especially
important and challenging. Here are some tips to help you keep your
cool this summer:
- Accept that building healthy communication in a relationship, especially as co-parents, is an ongoing process.
- Work at negotiating clear and realistic expectations around time and responsibilities with your children.
- Establish a summer calendar with all of the scheduled
events and activities on it including who is responsible for what and
when. For example, who is picking the kids up from summer camp?
- Are you hoping to take a trip on a weekend that you're not
normally scheduled to have your children with you? Be honest and upfront
with your child's other parent.
Find more tips in the Resource Center's Strong Families: Tips for Healthy and Effective Communication tip sheet.
The Resource Center's Virtual Library
has collected more than 900 materials in a variety of formats
including fact sheets, research-to-practice briefs, brochures,
pamphlets, training resources, program reports or evaluations, and
Select the links below to view our featured July 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
- National Council of La Raza (NCLR) 2015 Annual Conference in Kansas City, MO, July 11-14, 2015:
NCLR is proud to exhibit its growth and success at the NCLR Annual
Conference, representing the largest and most important gathering of the
nation's most influential individuals, organizations, institutions, and
companies working with the Hispanic community. The NCLR Annual
Conference has grown with its people, providing a forum for people in
the business of social change to learn about ongoing and emerging issues
in the Hispanic community, connect with key community leaders, and
generate partnerships with Hispanic community-based organizations.
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
Responding to public comments, a new set of Healthy Marriage and
Responsible Fatherhood performance measures have been proposed (an
additional set of instruments for a cross-site evaluation with a subset
of grantees have also been proposed). Please see a short overview at: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/03/23/2015-06534/submission-for-omb-review-comment-request.
This Notice has information on how to request a document containing all
proposed measures, as well as information on how to comment on the