Relationships and Parenting

UW-Extension offers resources to strengthen communities by providing

  • Parent education and support – to help parents be their best in this challenging and rewarding role
  • Relationship education – to help individuals develop essential skills for strong interpersonal relationships, including communication, problem solving, self-control, self-care and stress management.

Raising Wisconsin's Children

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Positive Parenting Program – Triple P

Positive Parenting Program seminars provide parents of children ages 0 – 12 with a toolbox of strategies to raise confident and healthy children, build strong family relationships, manage misbehavior, and prevent problems from happening in the first place.

Positive Parenting Program Discussion Groups provide parents of youth ages 12+ with a toolbox of strategies to deal with the most common parenting issues we all face. Participate virtually from the comfort of your own home and walk away with more knowledge and confidence as a parent! Attend one, two or all three of the seminars at no cost to you.

*New* Coming Soon!  -Online via Zoom – Family Transitions – Triple P. Designed for parents who are experiencing personal distress from separation or divorce, which is impacting on or complicating their parenting. Budget friendly fees.

child and woman on floor reading Strengthening Families & Systems: Building Positive Relationships with Children who have Experienced Trauma. This 8-week workshop you will learn information about trauma & its effects on children, how to recognize and understand trauma reminders, and more. . . .
Focus on Fathers, daughter, son and father Focus on Fathers     Focus on Fathers- Workshops to help fathers explore parenting tips and learn ways to strengthen their relationships with their child.
families blended Helping Children Feel At Home in A Blended Family          Making the transition to blended family life work for a child. . .
1 man & w women - Mental Health First Aid Header Adult Mental Health First Aid Training – teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. This training gives you the skill you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem & help connect them to the appropriate care.
 Parenting Wisely Logo Active Parenting and Parenting Wisely  Parenting Skills for Today’s Families. These evidence-based program can be scheduled for individuals or groups. They use videos showing common family challenges to demonstrate effective parenting techniques. Modules are available for parents of kids ages infant-18.
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Relationships Matter: Within My Reach  Within my Reach is a relationship awareness and communication skills program for adults.  Participants can be single or in a relationship.  Through discussion and fun activities students learn how communication, values, expectations and goals can make or break relationship success.  Relationships really matter!  The quality of our relationships impacts our parenting, work, school, community and life satisfaction.  Explore ways to find and support smart, successful relationships.


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Raising a Thinking Child is a program that helps parents of 4-7 year olds teach their children valuable conflict resolution and problem solving skills.  These skills can help reduce problems that are common in families with young children like tantrums, conflicts with siblings, friends, or classmates, and impulsive behavior.  Through a series of fun activities they can do at home, parents teach kids to understand the feelings of others, ask for what they want or need, think about outcomes of their actions, and manage everyday conflicts.  These skills not only help reduce yelling and nagging at home, but also protect kids from problems later on.


crayon drawing of a family on yellow paper Successful Co-Parenting –  Co-Parenting classes will be offered via live Zoom Video Conference Parents must register in advance, have access to the internet, a camera and microphone.  Offered monthly in Ashland and Bayfield Counties for divorcing parents and others involved in co-parenting situations.  Explores healthy strategies for parenting between two households and keeping kids out of the middle of parent conflicts.
 Building Strong Families logo Building Strong Families A family resilience program that focuses on traits research has shown to be important to strong, healthy families. Participants identify existing family strengths and explore practical ways to enhance communication, respect, connectedness, adaptability and other resilience-building traits.
 Strengthening Families Logo Strengthening Families, 10-14  In partnership with cooperating agencies, Extension is available to co-facilitate this evidence-based program designed to prevent teen behavior problems, boost parenting skills and enhance family strengths.
  Grandparents Raising Grandchildren is a 10-part newsletter series for grandparents raising young children (birth to age 8). The focus is on family relationships and child development rather than legal or financial issues. Topics include: understanding child behavior, the importance of close relationships and open communication, and maintaining contact with parents.


Would You or Your Organization Like to Host a Parenting Class?

Parenting Newsletters  offering research-based information for parents of infants, young children, preschoolers and grandparents raising grandchildren

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension Parenting Website  research-based guidance for parents of infants to teens

Parent Further Website   this website for families from the Search Institute offers resources on discipline, relationships, media and more.


To schedule an appointment, arrange a workshop or ask a question contact:
Tracy Henegar
Extension Bayfield County
Courthouse, PO Box 218
Washburn, WI  54891
711 for Wisconsin Relay (TDD)


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