Families and relationships


Families and relationships
Having a furry friend may enhance, extend human life

There are a number of explanations for exactly how pets offer health benefits. First of all, pets need walking, feeding, grooming, and encourage lots of playing and petting. Read more

Car seat safety

Child safety seats and booster seats may seem like a hassle, but it's important to know how to use them properly to protect children. Read more

Helping children get along with friends

Children who have friends are less lonely and depressed. They are also more likely to feel confident and good about themselves. Read more

Keeping fun in our relationships

Remember those first days of falling in love — the endless talks, the long walks and that feeling of happiness? Read more

Everyone benefits from family meals

Family mealtime helps foster a sense of connectedness for children and an opportunity to focus on family communication. Read more

Car seat safety

Car crashes kill more children 1 to 14 years old than any other cause, so adults need to use child safety tools correctly. Read more

Prioritizing your time

Time is a unique resource in that everyone is given an equal amount. How you invest that gift is a major factor in how you feel about life. Read more

Promoting young children's early literacy

Children who have reading difficulties in the primary grades often had limited early literacy learning experiences. Read more

MU Extension offers program to deal with stress

Life's many choices and obligations can take their toll on body, mind and spirit. Read more

Report provides county-by-county data on senior population

As baby boomers age, older Americans will make up a growing proportion of Missouri's population. Read more

Helping children during a time of crisis

What adults say and do can help distance children from the sense of threat, help them work through their emotions, and maintain or regain a sense of normalcy. Read more


  • Monday, September 21, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Sept. 23 is the first day of fall, and it’s also National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, which reminds older adults to take a stand to prevent falls.
    Media available: audio; video
  • Monday, September 14, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Harvest season in the Corn Belt is peak time for accidents involving farm children.
    Media available: photo
  • Tuesday, August 4, 2015
    MACON, Mo. – Doris White enjoys life at the Loch Haven Senior Living Community in Macon. She plays piano in the Loch Haven Washboard Band, an ensemble whose members play both improvised music makers—pots, pans, spoons—as well as tambourines, bells and other traditional instruments.
    Media available: photos; video
  • Monday, July 13, 2015
    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — Even if you think you’re getting used to the triple-digit temperatures, you need to watch out for signs of heat-related illness.


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