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MissouriFamilies eNewsletter

July 24, 2017



“He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.”

~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe



Girl hanging from tree branchFinding balance between latchkey and helicopter parenting benefits parent and child

David Burton, Civic Communications Specialist; Source: Janice Emery, 4-H Youth Development Specialist, University of Missouri Extension

The term latchkey kid refers to a child who returns from school to an empty home because their parent(s) are away at work or because they are living in a single parent home. Latchkey kids surged from the 1970’s to the early 1990’s due to economic changes that required two incomes to get by and societal changes where an increased divorce rate created more single parent homes.

“Now the generation of latchkey kids are parents themselves. Many generation X’ers over-compensate for their latchkey upbringing by being a helicopter parent,” said Janice Emery, 4-H youth development specialist with the University of Missouri Extension...

To learn why it is important to find the middle ground between these parenting styles, see the full article at

PeachesIt’s peach time in Missouri

Summer is the time for fresh, juicy, sweet peaches. Take advantage of easy access to locally grown, tree-ripened peaches while they are in season because peaches do not get sweeter once harvested.

“Peaches shipped in from out of state are picked before fully ripe, and will soften over time, but won’t get sweeter,” explains Lynda Johnson, former nutrition & health education specialist with MU Extension.

You can easily obtain locally grown fruit by visiting area orchards, roadside produce stands and farmer’s markets...

For tips on selecting, storing and preserving fresh peaches, see the full article at

Jars of various jams, jellies and spreadsPreserve jam, jelly and other sweet spreads with reduced sugar

Janet Hackert, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, Harrison County, University of Missouri Extension

As berries and other fruits ripen, many think about preserving the harvest in a sweet form, such as jellies, jams or other sweet spreads. University of Missouri Extension recently released an updated publication called Sweet Spreads and Syrups (GH1461) that explains sugar’s role in these tasty treats and offers some alternatives for those who are concerned about consuming too much sugar.

Although one might be tempted to simply leave out the sugar in a jam or jelly recipe, or to use a sugar substitute to make it lower in sugar and calories, this is not recommended when preserving them. In fact, the sugar plays an important role in getting the gelled consistency that is characteristic of these items...

To learn how to reduce the sugar while maintaining the safety and quality of the canned product, see the full article at

Credit score rangeSix credit myths

Adapted from MU Office for Financial Success Tip of the Week by Andrew Zumwalt, Assistant Extension Professor, Personal Financial Planning, University of Missouri Extension

A credit score is a number based on your credit history that is used by banks, lenders, landlords, employers and many others to try and predict your future reliability. Your credit score matters, but it’s not always clear what hurts or helps your score. Here are six common myths about credit scores and the related truth.

  1. Myth: Having no credit history is the same as good credit.
    FALSE! While having no credit history is better than having a bad credit history, it’s not the same as having a solid track record managing credit. You have to use credit to influence your credit score, and it may be tough to establish credit without a credit history and an established relationship with a financial institution...

For the complete list of myths and facts, see the full article at

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