The following publications cover topics related to Focus on Kids. For a complete list of MU Extension publications, visit the main Publications page.

Developing a Parenting Plan: A Guide for Divorcing Parents

Reviewed

Teresa Mareschal,
Regional Specialist, Human Development and Family Science 

In 1998, the Missouri General Assembly mandated divorcing parents with children under the age of 18 to file a parenting plan with the court as a part of the divorce process.

Domestic Violence and Custody Issues

Revised

David Schramm
State Specialist, Human Development and Family Science

Jennifer Carter Dochler,
Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

Kelly Martinez,
Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

Parenting from Prison: A Co-Parenting Guide for Divorced and Separated Parents

New

David Schramm
State Specialist, Human Development and Family Science

Christina Pucci
Graduate Student, Human Development and Family Science

Foundations for a Successful Stepfamily

Reviewed

Diana Milne
Regional Specialist, Human Development and Family Science

Communicating Effectively With Children

Revised

The best parent-child relationships are characterized by positive communication. Visit our site to learn about communicating effectively with children.

Activities for Helping Children Deal With Divorce

Revised

During a divorce, children often feel various conflicting emotions and need their parents’ understanding and support. Learn ways to support children and help them work through their feelings, concerns and frustrations about the divorce in this University

Helping Preschoolers and Elementary-Age Children Adjust to Divorce

New

Jane Hunter
Regional Specialist, Human Development and Family Science

Jessica Trussell
Regional Specialist, Human Development and Family Science

Helping Preteens and Adolescents Adjust to Divorce

New

Preteens and adolescents have some common reactions to their parents' divorce or separation. If you are in this situation, learn how co-parents can work together to promote children’s positive adjustment in this University of Missouri Extension guide.

Divorce and Adults

Revised

Sherry Nelson
Regional Specialist, Human Development and Family Science

Although it might be little comfort if you are currently facing divorce, recent estimates indicate that you have lots of company. More than half of all marriages in the United States and three of five marriages in Missouri end in divorce; just over half involve children.

Parenting: Success Requires A Team Effort

Reviewed

David Schramm
Former State Specialist, Human Development and Family Science

Helping Infants and Toddlers Adjust to Divorce

Revised

Parental divorce can negatively affect a child's development. Visit our website today to learn about helping infants and toddlers adjust to divorce.

Long-Distance Parenting: A Co-Parenting Guide for Divorced and Separated Parents

New

David Schramm
State Specialist, Human Development and Family Science

Christina Pucci
Graduate Student, Human Development and Family Science

Stress Management and the Challenge of Balance

Revised

Lisa Wallace
Regional Specialist, Human Development and Family Science

If you think you don't have satisfactory balance in your life, you're not alone. One of the most stressful parts of life is balancing work and family. Stress is often the unhealthy result of those efforts.

Positive Discipline and Child Guidance

Revised

Adults who care for kids have a responsibility to guide them toward good behaviors. Visit our site to learn about positive discipline and child guidance.