The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service through local Extension offices, community partners, and websites offers research–based parent education programs that help prospective parents, parents, grandparents, and caregivers deal with the challenging role of parenting. AgriLife Extension offers a wide variety of parent education opportunities that enhance parental confidence by increasing parental knowledge, practices, and care-giving skills.
Benefits of Participation
Positive parenting practices play an essential role in a child’s development and later life success. Research indicates that parents who are warm, responsive to their children’s needs, respectful, consistent, highly involved in all aspects of their children’s development, model appropriate behavior, and who provide firm, yet not overly harsh discipline, increase their children’s potential for success in life and reduce the risks for delinquent behavior during the adolescent and teen years.
Positive parenting practices in times of stress (such as financial hardship, divorce, or family illness) can often act as a buffer against such stressors and help build children’s coping and adjustment skills. In contrast, ineffective or dysfunctional parenting practices can lead to poor outcomes for children, including behavioral problems and diagnosed mental health conditions.
Health and Aging
- Pre$cription Drug$: Can You Afford Not to Take Them?
- Fall Prevention for Older Adults
- Minority Peer Educator Project
- Data Profiles on Chronic and Disabling Conditions (Center on an Aging Society)
- Health and Aging Chartbook – The Health and Aging Chartbook in Health, United States, describes the health of older Americans. This report shows that the health of older persons in the United States today varies greatly. Persons 85 years of age and over, the majority of whom are women, have noticeably higher rates of illness, disability, and utilization of health care services than older persons who are less than 85 years of age. (National Center for Health Statistics)
- Hearing Aids
- Consumer Information (American Academy of Audiology)