Parenting & Family Relationships

UW-Extension offers resources to strengthen communities by providing:

  • Parent education and support – to help parents be their best in this challenging and rewarding role
  • Relationship education – to help individuals develop essential skills for strong interpersonal relationships, including communication, problem solving, self-control, self-care and stress management.
  • Aging Well – Teaches skills for later life including financial preparation, health & well being and engagement for our aging population and their caregivers.

Looking for Online Parenting Classes?

Join us! Learn the best of what science can offer parents and families and choose what works for you. We offer classes about child and family development, including parenting. Attend in-person or online. All of our classes are research-based, non-formal and available to the public. All are free or low cost.
Questions? Email us at families@extension.wisc.edu.

Trauma Informed Caregiving: Supporting Children Who Have Experienced Trauma

In this workshop, through activities and videos, information about trauma and its effects on the brains and bodies of children is shared with parents, caregivers, community members and child-serving professionals. This information helps adults build positive relationships with children.

This is an eight session series.
Tuesdays, June 11-July 30, 2024, 9-11 a.m.
Online via Zoom
Click to register: https://go.wisc.edu/q3465r

Positive Parenting Program – Triple P

Positive Parenting Program:  Workshops provide parents of children ages 0 – 12 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. Participate virtually from the comfort of your own home and walk away with more knowledge and confidence as a parent!


REGISTER HERE for 0-12 Triple P Registration Spring 2024
Classes are on Wednesdays April 30-May 21, 2024 from 10:00 am-11:30 am or 6:00-7:30 pm. Register for the classes that pertain to you.
To view a PDF of the flyer, CLICK HERE


REGISTER HERE for the Triple P Registration for Summer classes of Teens 12-16 years old
Our next virtual classes meet on Wednesdays June 5 and July 17, 2024 from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm. Register for the classes that pertain to you.
To view a PDF of the flyer, CLICK HERE


Triple P Stepping Stones Parenting Classes for Families of Children with Disabilities REGISTER HERE
This class is taught online. There is a three-part series. Mondays, March 4-March 18, 2024 at 9 am or 6 pm.
to view a PDF of the flyer, CLICK HERE.


Triple P Family Transitions REGISTER HERE
This class is for parents who are experiencing personal distress from separation or divorce, which is impacting their parenting.
This class is taught online. There is a five-week series, Thursdays, Sept 26-Oct. 24, 2024, 5:30-7:30 pm.
to view a PDF of the flyer, CLICK HERE.

Family Transitions

For parents who are experiencing personal distress from separation or divorce, which is impacting on or complicating their parenting. 

Our next classes will be held on Mondays, Oct. 2nd-Oct. 30, 2023 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Register at go.wisc.edu/9e97r7. To see a PDF of the flyer, CLICK HERE.

Helping Children Feel at Home in a Blended Family 

Making the transition to blended family life work for a child.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

This series is tailored specifically for grandparents raising young children (birth to age 8). The focus is on family relationships and child development rather than legal or financial issues. Topics include understanding children’s behaviors, the importance of close relationships and open communication, and maintaining contact with parents.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren was developed by specialists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Wisconsin-Extension with feedback from grandparents and experts in the field. Beautiful color drawings by young artists help bring the series to life. CLICK HERE to learn more about the program.

Just In Time Parenting Newsletter

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! CLICK HERE to learn more and sign up for the newsletter.

Each issue includes:

  • Easy to use guides on how your child is developing
  • Tips on raising a healthy, happy child
  • Tools for solving common parenting problems
  • Strategies for coping with the challenges of raising children

Sign up to receive monthly just in time updates at https://jitp.info/

Raising WI Children on Instagram

UW-Madison Extension’s Family Engagement & Relationships department started an Instagram account called @raisingwichildren as a way to connect more caregivers and families with Extension and with our child development and parenting resources. Visit the page for great parent tips! https://www.instagram.com/raisingwichildren/

Parent Further Website this website for families from the Search Institute offers resources on discipline, relationships, media and more.

Home Alone

This webpage is for parents and their children who are getting ready to stay home alone.  Parents and children should watch the videos together and use the short activities after each video to discuss your plans to stay safe. CLICK HERE to learn more.

AMP-Aging Mastery Program

Build your own personal playbook for aging well. This fun, innovative 12-week program empowers you to take key steps to improve your well-being, add stability to your life, and strengthen ties to your community. Feel better today and stay healthy for your future. We are committed to supporting lives well lived in communities across Wisconsin! The National Council on Aging, ARDC of the North & UW-Madison Extension will be hosting the Aging Mastery Program® (AMP) in your area soon!

February 14-April 3, 2024 Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 am: 
Northern Great Lakes Visitors Center, Ashland, WI
10 core classes and 2 caregiver focused
This class is full. We’ll post when the next one is available.
To register by phone, call the Bayfield County Extension Office at 715-373-3288

For more information and to see the flyer for these classes, CLICK HERE.

Planning Ahead for the end of this life flyer

Planning Ahead

What is Planning AHEAD?

Planning AHEAD is an end-of-life planning curriculum for all ages developed by UW–Madison Division of Extension faculty and staff. This 7-session research-based program will help participants understand how to prepare for the end of life for themselves or a loved one, and why it’s important to have a plan in place.

*This program and workbook were designed for residents in Wisconsin and is specific to Wisconsin law. If you are not a resident of Wisconsin, please refer to your state’s laws around Advanced Medical and Legal Directives, and Estate Planning.

Join us for our next series via Zoom, Thursdays, April 4-May 16, 2024 from 11 a.m.-noon. Register at https://go.wisc.edu/2509pv by Monday, March 25.

 

To schedule an appointment, arrange a workshop/training or ask a question contact:

Tracy Henegar
UW-Madison Extension Douglas County
Human Development & Relationships Educator
1313 Belknap St Room 107
Superior, WI 54880
715-395-1426
tracy.henegar@wisc.edu

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