Building Strong Families

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Today’s diverse families form the foundation of strong Wisconsin Communities.  Family Living programs provides statewide leadersip to promote education,  resources and partnerships that create an environment where families and their communities can thrive.

Parenting

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Many grandparents or relatives who are raising their grandchildren are turning to each other to find the comformt and help they need.

The Grandparent Raising Grandchildren Support Network of Winnebago County focuses on the roles grandparent/relatives play and provides an opportunity to meet others who share similar experiences, knowledge, strengths and hopes.  The support group provides a place to belong and a network of support.

Meetings are held the second Thursday of the month at:
J.P. Coughlin Center
625 E. County Road Y
Oshkosh, WI  54901

Download a copy of the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Brochure with schedule for the 2013-2014 school year.

Parenting the 1st Year

Becoming a parent is an exciting change in your life. But it can be a stressful and trying time too. In this set of 12 newsletters, find out from child development experts how your baby changes during each month of the first year.

Get the latest information on child development, nutrition, health, safety, child care, changes in family life, and much more. The newsletters include new articles on if baby is premature, routines for baby, and separation distress, as well as updates on feeding, where baby sleeps, immunizations, and more.

Parenting Newsletters and Website 

Parenting the Preschooler

If you are interested in “enhancing the parent/caregiver child relationship,” “increasing parent/caregiver confidence,” and/or “reducing parent/caregiver stress,” the Parenting the Preschooler newsletter may be a useful resource for you.  Parenting the Preschooler newsletters contain information on a variety of topics including: Discipline, Feeding & Nutrition, Financial, Health & Safety, Nurturing & Love, Parent Support, Personality Styles, Play Activities, School Readiness, and School Interactions. Check out recent newsletters:

Praise or Encouragement Issue

Creating a Family Tree Issue

Setting Limits with Your Children Issue

Board Games for Preschoolers Issue

Directory of past newsletters

Caregiving

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Even after children grow up families keep right on changing!  But old family patterns and decisions don’t always fit changing needs.

Personal decisions about health care, housing, legal issues financial matters can be hard to think about and even harder to dicuss with family members.  You need accurate information to make wise decisions.  You also need some communication tools.

By exploring the issues and questions included in this program you and your family members can strenthen your understand of change.  You also can increase your skills for coping with change together.

Resilience

We often hear that people are resilient. They manage to not only get through tough times but end up stronger than they were before their troubles began. While it may sound a little trite, research actually has found that individuals and families can indeed be resilient. When confronting stressful challenges, many do have the capacity to rebound and grow in a way to be better able to meet future challenges.

Family therapist Froma Walsh identified nine ways to build resiliency. She observed that families who were able to thrive despite the adversity they faced had common strengths. They found ways to effectively deal with their stressful situations. Walsh offers these nine keys to resilience:

Walsh offers these nine keys to resilience:

  • Make Meaning of Crisis and Challenge
  • Value Transcendence and Spirituality
  • Be Flexible
  • Be connected to others
  • Find support through social and economic resources
  • Share clear, consistent messages
  • Openly Express Emotions
  • Use collaborative problem solving

Learn more about resilience here.