Building Strong Families


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


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Kids in the “in between” years provide parents and caring adults with a unique set of challenges and opportunities.  We all have those conversations with other parents and professionals that leave us wondering what do other parents do?  How do they feel about certain situations; money, chores, responsibility, bullies, attitude, technology..the list is really endless!  Find us on Facebook and join our new online group, Conversations that Matter (Winnebago County Parenthetical) and share your stories, insights and questions.  It’s free and open to everyone.


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Get the latest information on child development, nutrition, health, safety, child care, changes in family life, and much more. Newsletters are available for Preparing to Parent, Parenting the First Year, Parenting the Second and Third Years, Parenting the Preschooler, Parenting Your Unique Child, Parenting Future Readers, Family Keys: Teaching Self-Care Skills to Our Children, Parenting Your School-age Child, and Parenting Your Teenager. Most are available in Spanish and once you subscribe you will receive the newsletters via your email. You can also find a more interactive experience by joining Parenthetical, a blog, website and social network for parents of tweens and teens.
Family Matters
Newsletters and Other Resources from University of Wisconsin-Extension


Parenting Information When YOU Need It

Online newsletters, communities, publications, podcasts, and links to reliable parenting advice for everyone preparing to or currently parenting – from birth all the way through the teenage years.

From UWEX/Parenting:
Why you can trust our advice.

* We are professors and staff of a great public university (the University of Wisconsin). We teach college courses on child development, parenting, and human nutrition.

* Our knowledge is based on research findings, which tell us what usually works for most parents. Our advice is not based on any philosophy about how the world ought to work. We just tell you what works most of the time, according to research on families like yours.

* We aren’t trying to sell you anything, and our web site makes no money for us. We are public employees.

Go to and explore the various resources available to you and sign up for the digital newsletter.

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

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Many grandparents or relatives who are raising their grandchildren are turning to each other to find the comfort 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 2015-2016 school year.


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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.



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.

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