Raising Caring Kids uses articles and videos to teach parents of 1st to 5th graders how to build their children’s social and emotional learning skills: https://parenting.extension.wisc.edu/raising-caring-kids/Parent Connect
FOCUS ON FATHERS
Focus on Fathers is a father-led discussion centered series on how to build skills in our children to understand their emotions, to make and keep friends, and to make fair and safe choices. These skills help children to positively participate in their family and community, help ensure school success, and help them develop a more positive sense of self. Each Focus on Fathers is facilitated by an Extension Educator and lasts one hour. Topics, such as, Making Choices, Take a Deep Breath, and Helping Children Identify their Strengths, are first introduced by the Extension Educator with examples of why this is important and how fathers can build this skill. The second half of the hour allows for discussion and response among fathers, to make Focus on Fathers relevant to the needs and situations of each family.
- Focus on Fathers series, which is a father-led discussion series dedicated just for dad. Current class offerings: TBD
Triple P: The Power of Positive Parenting
These Triple P – Positive Parenting Program seminars will provide parents of children ages 0-12 years and teens with a toolbox of strategies to raise confident and healthy children, build strong family relationships, manage misbehavior, and prevent problems from happening in the first place. The series offers both seminars and group discussions and participants can choose as many of the sessions in the series to attend to support their learning needs.
Current Class offerings: TBD
Raising A Thinking Child
The Raising A Thinking Child Program (RTC) is an evidence-based, 6 week, 2 hours per/ week, education program for parents and caregivers of children ages 4-7 years of age. Parents will learn and practice skills in class, then use a workbook at home to teach and practice the same skills with their children. Three of the key problem-solving skills 4 – 7-year olds learn in the Raising A Thinking Child Program (RTC) are perspective-taking, alternative solutions skills, and consequential thinking skills. As a result of participation in the RTC Program, children are able to build positive skills and behaviors that can prevent negative outcomes for children as they mature into teens and adults.
Check out these 11 videos introducing how parents and teachers can support children’s ability to think independently through the “I Can Solve” short video series.
*Scholarships may be available for those with financial need; please speak to the educator.
Current Sessions: TBD
Just in Time Parenting Tips
Finding reliable parenting information and advice on the web can be overwhelming! How do you know what you can trust — especially when you are busy and there’s just so little time?
Just in Time Parenting is a free parenting newsletter that is delivered by email and specific to a child’s age and needs. They are designed so that information that’s relevant to your family is automatically delivered to you just in time!
MONEY AS YOU GROW
Meet some of UW Madison, Division of Extension’s dynamic educators as they do story time with you and your child! Utilizing some the great reads from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB), Money as You Grow series, our educators demonstrate how you can use these stories to encourage early ready skills while also building some basic, positive financial skills at the same time. Follow along to all 26 videos in the series or choose the ones that speak most closely to your child’s interests! Then…go out to your local library and give these great reads a go at home yourself. There’s nothing your kids love more than spending quality time with you and their favorite characters, while you get the benefit of knowing you are teaching them some valuable life skills.
An important part of helping children through the preschool years is making sure that their minds and bodies are working their best. When children’s physical needs are met they are better able to learn, have more self-control, and are generally happier, which is good for both of you! Here are a few fact sheets that highlight the importance of nutrition, good sleep, stress reduction (yep, even little ones get stressed out), and physical activity.