At this time, our program at K-State Research and Extension Sedgwick County focuses on two aspects of relationships, stepfamilies, and bonding.
Nearly half of all marriages consist of a remarriage for one or both partners. It is estimated that 1 in 3 children will spend time in a stepfamily household. Partners forming stepfamilies expect joy, peace, and happiness that may have been lost in earlier relationships. Because children look at the world differently than adults, they may view the step-family in other ways. Do you know that...
- Children, ages 9 to 15, may have the hardest time adapting to a new family situation.
- It can take 4 years or more for a step-family to develop into what feels like a family.
- It can take 18 to 24 months for children to be friendly to a new step-parent.
Learning to handle new relationships in a positive way enables the step-family to move toward the happiness that the partners are seeking. Step-families must work at understanding, being flexible and developing a style of their own.
Workshop: Stepping Stones for Stepfamilies - A home study program is available at your own pace. Six, two-hour presentations, are available for group study.
- Taking time to think about my family
- Building a strong couple relationship
- Building step relationships
- Understanding a child's realities
- Understanding financial and legal matters
- Working with others
Bonding Thru Board Games is a research-based program with the goal of teaching family life interactions and bonding via playing board games. This teaching helps the family unit strengthen the six characteristics of strong families by creating:
- Quality Time
- Effective Communication
- Values and Convictions
- Coping Skills and
Board games promote family quality time and face-to-face interaction, key components to:
- Connecting and fostering in a scaffolding manner the six qualities that strong, successful families around the world exhibit: enjoyable time together; appreciation and affection for each other; positive communication; spiritual well-being (values, beliefs, life skills); successful management of stress and crisis; and commitment to each other.
- Developing social-emotional skills- learning how to read body language and developing “social capital.” (the networks of relationships among people who live and work in a particular society, enabling that society to function effectively).
This 1-1/2 to 2-hour program is available for groups in the community. You provide the volunteers to teach the games; we will train them! Sedgwick County Extension sponsors board game events every other month where you can participate and strengthen your family relationship. If you would like to have this program in your group, school, etc. contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Brochure - English Spanish 2017 Schedule
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing” - George Bernard Shaw