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.

Anywhere Dads Podcasts

A podcast about parenting for incarcerated fathers and their families, featuring the voices of fathers who are incarcerated

Anywhere Dads,” focuses on parenting for incarcerated fathers and their families and features the voices of fathers who are incarcerated. The number of fathers in U.S. jails and prisons has increased substantially since the late 80s. Ninety percent of the parents in federal and state prisons are fathers. “Prisoners who participate in employment, education, or substance abuse programs are more likely to obtain employment and less likely to return to prison.” Additionally, while only 11% of the parent prison population receives classes geared towards family strengthening, studies suggest that incarcerated parents’ involvement in these programs improves their attitudes about the importance of fatherhood.

Additionally, their participation in family strengthening programming has increased their parenting skills and led to more frequent contact between fathers and their children. The Anywhere Dads podcast is a product of the University of Wisconsin Madison Division of Extension’s Huma Development and Relationships Institute and was created by Anne Clarkson, Roxy Etta, Mary Huser, Margaret Kerr, Elizabeth Lexau, Kevin Murphy, and Ciara Walker Morgan.


Anywhere Dads podcast

Black Fatherhood Podcast

“Black Fatherhood,” is a series of conversations that explores specific issues related to Black Fatherhood and mental health. These conversations are hosted by Dr. Alvin Thomas, Assistant Professor in the School of Human Ecology. Dr. Thomas believes that black fathers have faced unique challenges, including their virtual erasure, mischaracterization, and invisibility in American conversation and policy, except in discussions of dysfunction and psychopathology. Recent data reveals that “African American/Black fathers spend more time in their children’s day-to-day lives than dads from other racial groups, defying stereotypes about black fatherhood.”

This series of discussions with other scholars and leaders from various fields highlights and supports the critical roles fathers play in the lives of Black families and their children. The Black Fatherhood podcast is a product developed by Dr. Alvin Thomas and a graduate assistant funded and supported by Extension, SoHE, and the SoHE’s Equity and Justice Network expanded PA initiative.

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Raising Wisconsin's Children

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Positive Parenting Program -Triple P

Positive Parenting Program – Triple P– an introduction to the strategies of positive parenting.  

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.

Family Transitions -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. NO Registration Fee while grant funding lasts.

Successful Co-Parenting -

crayon drawing of a family on yellow paperSuccessful 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.


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.


 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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