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The FAMILIES! website from K-State Research and Extension is designed to share research-based educational information for enhancing the quality of personal and family life in communities throughout Kansas as well as the nation. We hope you take time to browse through our web pages to find resources that could be helpful in your daily life, whether it be with family, friends, co-workers, or other persons with whom you are connected in the community.

If you are a Kansas resident, your local K-State Research and Extension office can give you assistance with family-related resources. They can provide you with the materials listed under publications and other information as requested.

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When you talk to a friend in person, on the phone, or email and text messages, you may share and listen to each other about the small details of what's happening in your individual lives and how you are feeling about it. The same thing needs to happen with family members that are very special to you. Couples who have lived together for many years may think they know everything there is to know about the other person. However, we are are constantly growing and changing, and our reactions to what is happening around us change, too. Unless that is continually shared, a spouse or other family members may have no idea about those changes.

Young couples who have an active and growing family can run into the same problem, thinking they don't have time to share and spend time with each other. That can be dangerous to a partnership as they may find themselves growing apart and not turning to each other when challenges arise. Having a deep friendship helps us turn toward-rather than away from-a special person during both good and bad times. That is important for long and enduring relationships.

Retrieved and adapted from PeopleTALK: Enhancing Your Relationships fact sheet.

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