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Avoiding Stress During the Holidays

AUBURN, Ala. – While the holidays can be a time of fun and fellowship, they can also be a time of stress. There are some healthy ways to reduce stress and make the most of your holiday season. Synithia Flowers, a regional Alabama Extension agent who focuses on family and child development, offers some advice. “First, don’t try to control everything; ... Read More »

Five Commonalities in Healthy Marriages

Auburn, Alabama — No two people are exactly the same, just as no two relationships are exactly the same. However, the number one skill all couples must develop to ensure a long-lasting, healthy relationship is communication, according to an expert. Debra Ward, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System regional agent in human development and family studies, has guided multiple couples to healthy marriages. Ward advises ... Read More »

Family Night Food and Fun

AUBURN, Ala. – Having a family game night can be a great way to spend quality time with one another. For your next family night, try these two recipes that the whole family can help prepare. You will have a delicious meal and have fun while preparing it. Vegetable Pizza 2 8 ounce packages crescent rolls 2 8 ounce packages ... Read More »

Healthy Marriage Tips

With the correct tools provided from programs like Elevate, couples can foster their relationship whether they are recently engaged or ten years married. It is never too late to start improving your marriage. Read More »

Save Money This Holiday Season

ONEONTA, AL— The holiday season brings about a spirit of joy, togetherness, generosity and love. We create memories with our families and pass down traditions to younger generations. We spend generously on the ones we love to see the joy on their faces when they open their gifts. At such a special time of the year, stressing about finances is ... Read More »

Money Saving Tips: Energy efficiency in the home

AUBURN, Alabama–For many, opening the monthly power bill can be a stressful experience. If you are one of those people constantly wondering why your power bill  is so high, take a moment to reflect on your daily routines. You may find that too often you wake up hot in the middle of the night, run to the thermostat and turn ... Read More »

Don’t Get Tricked When Trick or Treating

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AUBURN, Ala.–It’s time for pumpkin patches, jack-o-lanterns, hay rides, colorful leaves–and most exciting for the kids–trick or treating on Halloween! As a parent or as an adult who will be handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, it is important to know how to keep children safe on Halloween. The following are a few tips for parents and homeowners from Leigh Akins, ... Read More »

Fostering Healthy Esteem in Children

In a world filled with cyber bullying, instant access to any picture, video or comment, parents’ role to build healthy esteem in their children is more vital than ever. Shannon Kish, a regional family and child development agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, explains why parents need to foster healthy esteem in their children and provides strategies for parents ... Read More »

Alabama’s Chick Chain Project Expanding to Florida

Alabama has had great and growing success with the Chick Chain project since 2013. Now, other states are taking notice and adopting the program to their 4-H programs as well. Florida 4-H is taking on the Chick Chain project after seeing how beneficial and successful it was in Alabama’s 4-H program. The Chick Chain project is a program targeted at ... Read More »

Holiday Activities for Family Bonding

The holidays can be hectic. People are dashing from store to store to find the right gifts, sending Christmas cards to relatives and friends, and gearing up for the end of another year. Somewhere in between all of the busyness of the holidays, it’s important to find time to spend with your family and loved ones. There are many inexpensive, yet meaningful ... Read More »