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Parents Face Rising Costs to Raise a Child



Since 1960, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has produced a report annually that estimates the yearly expenditures parents could face in raising a child from birth through age 17. The most recent report, released last month, projected middle-income parents will spend $245,340 on average to raise a child born in 2013 until that child turns 18. This is a 1.8 percent increase from the projection for children born in 2012.
9/23/2014 8:00:00 AM


Reverse Mortgages: New Online Resource is Available



In the midst of other big decisions that come later in life often comes the decision whether to stay in your own home, move into a retirement complex or in with another family member.
9/12/2014 8:00:00 AM


IDENTIFYING ADOLESCENT HEALTH NEEDS Play Audio



K-State Research and Extension is conducting a survey to identify adolescent health needs and what can be done to address those needs. If you live in Kansas and are over the age of 13, you’re eligible to participate in the online survey. However, the deadline for completing the survey is September 19th. K-State Research and Extension youth development specialist Elaine Johannes and Kansas Adolescent Health Community Input Survey project manager, Bryant Miller, a graduate student in the K-State School of Family Studies and Human Services, discuss how the information being gathered can be used to improve adolescent health in Kansas.

9/11/2014 7:00:00 PM


DEALING WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT Play Audio



It’s reported that in their lifetime, as many as 25-percent of women will say they have been sexually assaulted.  But one expert on the subject feels those numbers are wrong…very wrong.  He says no one addresses one of the most serious elements of sexual assault — a failure to obtain consent.  And, the average person does not relate to the importance of needing to have permission before engaging in an intimate act with another person.

8/28/2014 7:00:00 PM


FINANCIAL RECOVERY AFTER A DISASTER Play Audio



Disaster is commonly defined as a sudden event, such as an accident or a natural catastrophe that causes great damage or loss of life. While we can’t always control what happens, we can be better prepared to deal with a disaster. For the nearly three million people who live in Kansas, a disaster could include a tornado, flood, ice storm or fire. K-State Research and Extension family resource specialist Elizabeth Kiss says Prepare Kansas, an online financial challenge to organize and help ease recovery after disasters, is being offered throughout September to help families build a household inventory, review insurance coverages, make a grab-and-go box and provide tips for what to do following a disaster.
 

8/27/2014 7:00:00 PM


Building an Emergency Fund



According to an annual survey conducted by Bankrate.com more than a quarter of Americans have no emergency savings. Of those who do have savings, 67 percent have less than six months worth of expenses saved. Having access to just $500-1,000 in savings could help most people meet unexpected financial challenges, said K-State Research and Extension family resource management specialist Elizabeth Kiss.

8/19/2014 8:00:00 AM


Managing back-to-school expenses



According to the National Retail Federation, the average cost for back-to-school spending this year is projected at nearly $670 per family with children in grades K-12, which means U.S. families will spend a total of $26.5 billion for K-12 children. With college-aged kids added in the mix, that number is expected to soar to nearly $75 billion.
8/6/2014 8:00:00 AM


BALANCING ACTIVITIES WITH FAMILY Play Audio



As a new school year starts, there is typically a mix of anxiety, excitement and stress for students and parents as they consider all the opportunities available for outside activities. It’s natural for parents to want to provide opportunities for their children, while at the same time, protecting time for family activities. However, maintaining that balance is often difficult. On today’s Sound Living: balancing the time children spend on outside activities and the time they spend with family.
 

7/31/2014 7:00:00 PM


A DISCUSSION ABOUT HAVING CHILDREN... Play Audio



According to a government report, the number of babies born last year rose by about 4,700 – the first annual increase since 2007. Experts have been blaming the downward trend mainly on the nation’s economy, which was in recession from 2007 to 2009 and shaky for several years after that. Now the economy has started to pick up and so has child bearing – at least in women ages 30 and older. On today’s Sound Living: K-State Research and Extension child development specialist Bradford Wiles discusses how parenting begins long before the baby is conceived.
 

7/23/2014 7:00:00 PM


Upcoming K-State Research and Extension Events



K-State Research and Extension is offering these events, available to all interested persons. For more information about these, as well as more localized events, check with your local K-State Research and Extension office.
12/11/2013 8:00:00 AM


Upcoming K-State Research and Extension Events



K-State Research and Extension is offering these events, available to all interested persons. For more information about these, as well as more localized events, check with your local K-State Research and Extension office.
12/4/2013 8:00:00 AM


Thanksgiving Holiday Shopping: Keep Fun and Budget in Mind



Holiday ShoppingA K-State expert provides insight into why people enjoy shopping over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and how they can make the most of their shopping experience.
11/21/2013 8:00:00 AM


Including Children in Holiday Activities is Best Gift



Oh, the holidays. They can be joyous and warm … or stressful and budget-breaking … or all of the above. Plus they can leave families, particularly children, with unrealistic expectations. To help individuals and families navigate the holidays without breaking the bank and still providing positive experiences, two Kansas State University specialists provided tips.
11/19/2013 8:00:00 AM


Foster Grandparents Reach Out to Military Kids in Kansas



A partnership between Foster Grandparents and Kansas Operation Military Kids provides seniors with information to assist military children, who face many unique challenges and opportunities.
11/18/2013 8:00:00 AM


Farm Transition Workshops Planned in Kansas



MANHATTAN, Kan. – When it comes to devising a plan to transition the family farm to the next generation, communicating may be the hardest part, according to Jeri Albright, who along with her husband, Corky, operates a crop and livestock operation in Jackson County, Kan.
11/15/2013 8:00:00 AM


Push Processed Trans Fats Aside



Trans FatsAs the holiday season approaches, many thoughts run through people’s minds, thoughts that might include food, family, gatherings and gift wish lists. Considering the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recent news that it plans to phase out the use of trans fats in foods, perhaps the perfect gift for someone this holiday season is a hot air popcorn popper.
11/13/2013 8:00:00 AM