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Parenting and caregiving

Supporting family transitions

Divorce and other family transitions

Find resources and information about the impact of family transitions including divorce or separation.

Stress and change

Tips, online courses and resources for understanding and coping with stress.

About the Parents Forever program

Explore this educational program for parents experiencing a family transition such as divorce, separation, or change in custody.

Parents Forever Online

Parents Forever is an educational program for families experiencing divorce, separation, or a change in custody.

Care for self and others

Developmental Affirmations

Download the e-book "Words that Help: Affirmations for any age" by Jean Illsley Clarke and Extension educators.

U Got This! | ¡Usted puede!: Text message support for parents and caregivers

University of Minnesota Extension offers a free text messaging program that supports parents and caregivers of children birth to 18 years of age, called U Got This. Available in both English and Spanish.

What is mental health?

Learn about mental health interventions, how to begin conversations about mental well-being, and find resources for professionals.

The 40-Day Project

The 40-day postpartum period can be one of great joy, significant change and sometimes struggle for parents. The 40-Day Project promotes mental wellbeing and social support for new parents before birth and during the first five weeks after birth.

Talking with teens

Understanding teen development

Learn about the biological and physical changes, social and emotional changes, teen brain development of teens and more.

Alcohol, tobacco and drugs

Advice on teen parties, talking with your teen about substance use including alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, and dealing with the "everybody's doing it" attitude.

Bullying, violence and suicide

Information on bullying, school violence, and more.

Changing relationships

Learn about how to talk with young people about some of the challenging moments in their adolescent years.

Teens online and social media use

Understand the role of social media in your teen’s life. And help them use it wisely.

Later-life decision making

How to support aging parents and address potential conflicts

Follow these strategies and tips to help your family cope when faced with problems and decisions related to long term care.

Preventing elder family financial exploitation

Learn prevention strategies to avoid elder family financial exploitation (EFFE) which is one of the most prevalent types of elder abuse.

Minnesota Health Care Directive Planning Toolkit

Write down your wishes for your care in a health care directive.

Working with families

Working with families experiencing incarceration

Resources for professionals who work with families and youth in the carceral system.

Trauma and healing

Learn about trauma-informed care for youth work, historical trauma and cultural healing, and secondary trauma and workplace wellness.

Understanding opioid addiction and treatment

Learn about opioid use and overdose. Find resources for treatment and support for long-term recovery.

Children's mental health resources

Read about topics relevant to the needs of children and families, as well as research-driven articles from University and community professionals.

Parenting in the Age of Overindulgence take-and-teach modules

Professionals can access five free take-and-teach modules that coincide with this course to use with parents and caregivers.

Parent-school partnerships

Meaningful dialogue between parents and teachers creates mutual understanding and enhances both parents’ and children’s experiences with school.

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