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By Tasha Wulf, Early Childhood Development Extension Educator

Looking for fun, simple, activities to do this summer with young children, then check out A Beautiful Day website. A Beautiful Day uses ad-free videos to share ideas that foster learning and play while supporting caregivers. The University of Nebraska at Lincoln faculty and staff, along with their children are featured in these real-life, relatable videos that have been filmed in their kitchens, living rooms, and backyards. 

Brittany Fulton, communication specialist, 308-632-1252,

Although we are familiar with the foods we prepare, for our children they are new and different. Children may be receptive to trying new foods or they may not be. They may even be teenagers before they are willing to try a new food and then only because they have not been pressured or manipulated to try it.

Since school will be out soon and the kids will be home for the summer, families are concerned how they are going to stretch the family’s money. Creating a budget and following it can be helpful!

The word “budgeting” often gets a negative first reaction, but in fact, this process and the resulting budget are quite beneficial. A budget is a financial plan for spending, a tool families can develop to help them use their money more effectively.

By Jill A. Goedeken, Nebraska Extension 4-H Youth Development

While connecting in person may not be possible right now, maintaining positive social connections for youth is important for supporting their social and emotional well-being. These connections are critically important for all youth – those who appear to be doing okay with these uncertain times and for those who may be struggling. Certainly, everyone is experiencing the sudden disruptions in routines and being with friends.

By Dr. Michelle Krehbiel, Nebraska Extension 4-H Youth Development

“I don’t like this!”

Children or youth might say this during a heated game, when being asked to correct unwanted behavior or when plans change. Young people who were looking forward to milestones like field days, end of school year celebrations, prom, or graduation, have reason to believe that life can be sad, frustrating, and difficult. How can nurturing adults help young people cope with these emotions and equip them with the skills they need to be caring, connected, and capable adults?

By Jackie Guzman - Learning Child Educator, Nebraska Extension in Scotts Bluff County

When parents or grandparents find themselves working from home with kids, your work world is bound to collide with your family life.