Family and Child Development

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  • Posted by: Adrienne Duke on 10/13/2015 2:00 PM

    Researchers have been studying bullying and its effects over many years. One of scientists’ main concerns has been whether bullying predicts violence and aggression later in life. For this reason there have been many studies conducted to see how bullying affects bullies and their victims over time.


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  • Posted by: Adrienne Duke on 4/14/2015 9:51 AM

    STOPit, which was made available in January 2014, comes preloaded with tools to anonymously report harassment to school officials, help friends in need, access 24/7 helplines or alert local law enforcement of potentially dangerous situations. The app concept originated three years ago, after Todd Schobel, the company's founder and CEO, heard about the high-profile suicide of Amanda Todd, a 15-year-old Canadian who killed herself after years of being bullied.[...]

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  • Posted by: Adrienne Duke on 4/7/2015 12:52 PM

    Issues of bullying are portrayed and discussed in all types of media today, including music, movies, television shows, and literature. However, the biggest entertainment industry that brings to light the issues of bullying is movies. Movies have been used to show how bullying can effect children emotionally and socially, ways children can take a stand against bullying, and the struggles of both bullies and victims. Below are some examples of movies that highlight these issues of bullying.

    Mean Girls (2004) shows how easy it can be for children to move roles from being the victim to becoming the bully and vice versa. Cady is the new girl at school who plays a joke on the popular girl at school, Regina. She is sucked into the idea of popularity and tries to bring Regina down by turning the other girls against her. Regina goes from being the bully to becoming the victim of bullying in a matter of weeks. Mean Girls shows the spectrum of the relatio[...]

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  • Posted by: Adrienne Duke on 3/17/2015 9:09 AM

    KnowBullyingApp.jpgParents can have a hard time knowing how to start conversations with their children about bullying. With the increasing prevalence of bullying in schools today, it is important for parents to discuss bullying with their children. It can be difficult talking to children about the different types of bullying, strategies to prevent bullying from occurring at school, and/or ways they [...]

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  • Posted by: Adrienne Duke on 3/11/2015 8:29 AM

    Daughter-sharing-text-message-with-dad.jpgResearch has shown that healthy relationships between parents and children can lead to better outcomes for children throughout their lives. These positive parent-child relationships can help decrease the negative effects of bullying, such as helping children build more positive relationships with peers, be more engaged at school, have higher self-esteem, and be less likely to bully others.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has designed a free, online resource for parents on essentials for parenting toddlers and preschoolers to build healthier parent-child relationships. The purpose of the resource is to provide information on how parents can build healthier relationships through the use of videos and activities. Some of the features of the website include: assisting parents to[...]

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  • Posted by: Adrienne Duke on 3/3/2015 9:12 AM

    “White Rabbit,” staring Britt Robertson (“Tomorrowland”), Nick Krause (“Boyhood”) and Sam Trammel (“True Blood”) is about a high school shooter in the making, and the devastating effects of teen bullying. Jordan Roberts, executive producer of the movie states, “Our writer, Anthony Di Pietro, was brilliant. He basically looked at: What are the four elements of the composite of most high school shooters? A lot of them suffer from parental neglect, mental illness, access to guns and they were bullied.”

    The film tackl[...]

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  • Posted by: Adrienne Duke on 2/17/2015 3:57 PM

    It is normal for people to disagree, have conflicting viewpoints, and become angry with one another for their actions.  For example, siblings often disagree and may engage in rough-housing, children may find it difficult to get along with certain classmates, even adult strangers can find themselves in conflict with one another in traffic, waiting in lines, and over public policy issues.  Questions parents often ask are, “Where do we draw the line?  What is a normal amount of conflict for my child to experience? How do I know if they ar[...]

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  • Posted by: Adrienne Duke on 2/9/2015 10:44 AM

    Bullying is an increasing problem for schools in the United States. However, even with the rate of victimization increasing, children and adolescents do not always let adults know about the bullying they are experiencing.  Most researchers focus on asking adults why children choose to keep bullying a secret; instead, DeLara (2012) asked youth why they choose not to report being bullied.  Below are 8 reasons why victims of bullying choose not to talk about their experiences:

    1. Bullying is Common

    Bullying is increasing in schools and seems to be occurring all the time. Students responded that since bullying is so common, it has beco[...]

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  • Posted by: Adrienne Duke on 2/3/2015 9:30 AM

    Nationally, 1 in 7 students in Grades K-12 is either a bully or a victim of bullying. 71 percent of students report that incidences of bullying is a problem at their school. Bullying is a national issue and is also a local issue in the state of Alabama. Every year, Alabama students endure bullying and harassment in person and online.  Oftentimes adults do not know or recognize that their child is being bullied or that their child is bullying others.  [...]

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  • Posted by: Synithia Flowers on 12/18/2014 2:26 PM


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  • Posted by: Ellen Abell on 10/28/2014 5:05 PM

    Written by Kelsey Blythe  Alabama Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Initiative

    We hear about the importance of physical health all the time, it’s everywhere: “Eat healthy, stay active!”  But did you ever consider that being healthy with your partner can also be good for your relationship?

    One aspect of having a healthy relationship with your partner is to consider sharing a healthy lifestyle.  This is good for your relationships and for your bodies!  People who are physically healthy have greater self-confidence, more energy, and less stress (Thomassian, 2014). They also experience increased closeness and intimacy with their partner (Cook, 2011).  It makes sense that we are often more [...]

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  • Posted by: Ellen Abell on 10/7/2014 9:47 AM

    By Laura Knizley, Alabama Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Initiative


    Everybody has conflict.  Period.  Avoiding conflict will only create more feelings of resentment and bitterness towards the other person.  So, is it a lose-lose situation?  Do we either get our feelings hurt in a major blow out or sweep it under the rug to clean up later?  Nope.  But when we are in the situation, it’s really tough to stop and think rationally.  If someone is yelling at me for being messy or “forgetting everything,” I don[...]

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  • Posted by: Kara Newby on 9/22/2014 12:35 PM

    mother and baby.jpgThe early months of your parenting journey can be overwhelming. Messages about parenting and baby care come flooding in from mommy blogs, websites, WebMD, TV shows, Facebook friends, and other social media outlets.  And then there is the well-meaning advice you are likely to receive from your own parents, relatives, and strangers on the street. 

    How do you make sense of it all at a time when you may already be feeling tired and stressed? Family and Child Development educators from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System have gathered together information on key parenting topics that include normal child development and nutritio[...]

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  • Posted by: Ellen Abell on 8/29/2014 1:40 PM

    Labor Day is a day to celebrate the labor movement and the workers in our nation’s labor force who keep our economy, education system, government, and country moving forward. On this holiday weekend, as you are relaxing and, perhaps, grilling up a tasty feast, here is a little food for thought:
    Question: Who are the workers on whom families depend to enable them to go to work every day?
    Clue #1: Work is an essential part of family life that is usually done outside the home.
    Clue #2: In 65% of two-parent families with children under 6, both parents work outside the home.
    Answer:  Child care [...]

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  • Posted by: Kara Newby on 7/24/2014 3:04 PM


    In 1994, "Parents’ Day” was nationally recognized as the fourth Sunday in July. The day is dedicated to “recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children.” 

    Being a parent can often be rewarding, however it can also be very difficult and stressful.  The responsibilities of raising children can be emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually draining. 

    This is why it is so important to learn about and practice parental self-care—taking care of you.  Sometimes we as parents get so busy taking care of the children in our lives that we forget to tak[...]

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