UMaine Cooperative Extension Publication Cited in Parenting Article

April 23rd, 2014 9:57 AM

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension publication “Children and Respect” was cited in an parenting report titled “Respect: You get what you give.” The article states the publication helps breakdown what respect is and how better to teach it. Marilyn Ellis, a UMaine Extension 4-H youth specialist, prepared the publication.

Spring Activities for Kids

April 10th, 2014 12:03 PM

Spring is a great time to explore nature with your children as well as participating in many other activities.  Activity Village has some great spring craft ideas to do with your children.  Some of the craft ideas include puzzles, games, crafts and coloring pages.

Forstadt Quoted in Press Herald Piece about CEO’s Pregnancy Announcement

March 31st, 2014 2:57 PM

Leslie Forstadt, a child and family development specialist for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke to the Portland Press Herald for an article about Melissa Smith, the new CEO and president of South Portland-based WEX Inc., announcing her pregnancy to the company’s board of directors and executive leadership team, as well as through a memo to 1,400 employees. Forstadt said men tend not to disclose they are starting families and that as a female CEO, Smith “realized she was bucking the norm.” She added, “It would be great if it wasn’t news that people in positions of power are trying to balance work and family issues, but work and family integration is an ongoing discussion.”

Early Child Care and Education

March 28th, 2014 3:54 PM

All babies and toddlers need positive early learning experiences to foster their intellectual, social and emotional development and lay the foundation for later school success.

To learn more about child care and it ‘s importance please check out Zero to Three for some great parenting information.

Kids and Outdoor Play Activities

February 28th, 2014 10:03 AM

The National Wildlife Federation has a great website to get kids playing outdoors.  The website provides information on activities such as growing gardens, planting trees, geocaching and more.


Maine Maple Sunday is March 23rd

February 12th, 2014 11:20 AM

Now that Spring is just around the corner and the weather is warming up.  The Maine Maple Producers Association has the schedule posted for Maine Maple Sunday which is March 23rd.  Click on the link to find the activities near you.


Taking Precautions to Prevent Frostbite

January 6th, 2014 2:47 PM

Extreme cold temperatures have been throughout the state recently.  Children should be extremely careful when playing outside this winter.  The Centers for Disease Control has some information on how to take care of frostbite if it should happen.

kids on sled

Changes to LATCH for Carseats in 2014

December 23rd, 2013 2:26 PM

Curious about the changes in the car seat LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) system? Click herefor this post by Car Seats for the Littles. The most important pieces are 1) know your child’s weight and 2) know the weight of your carseat. Add them together, then determine the weight limit for the LATCH system that is in your car. The post also details different car makes and models. There is also more information from the Maine Department of Highway Safety.

Holiday Craft Ideas for Children

December 20th, 2013 11:08 AM

It is an exciting time of the year for children.  Family Education has some great craft ideas if you are looking for something fun to do with the kids on a snowy day.

Gift Giving and Overindulgence

December 6th, 2013 2:39 AM

With the holiday season approaching, UMaine Extension has a great video on Gift Giving and Overindulgence. This video also has some great ideas on alternatives for gifts by using family time and making memories that will last a lifetime.