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Family Life

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We’ve got practical resources that can help you build and sustain strong families! K-State Research and Extension strives to assist persons of all ages, experiences, and backgrounds through the delivery of educational services and resources that promote healthy relationships, positive caregiving and development, and the empowerment of each other’s strengths. We advocate overall wellness in the lives of individuals, couples, family units, groups, and communities.

 For more information about scheduling an educational program or to access resources please contact your local K-State Research and Extension Office.

 “All families have strengths. If one looks only for problems in a family, one will see only problems.” – The International Family Strengths Perspective

When people across the country and around the world describe the qualities that make their family strong, these are some of the things they say:

 Appreciate and Affection

  • Caring for each other
  • Friendship
  • Respect for individuality
  • Playfulness
  • Humor


  • Trust
  • Honesty
  • Dependability
  • Faithfulness
  • Sharing

 Positive Communication

  • Giving compliments
  • Sharing feelings
  • Avoiding blaming
  • Being able to compromise
  • Agreeing to disagree

 Enjoyable Time Together

  • Lots of quality time
  • Good things take time
  • Enjoying each other’s company
  • Simple good times
  • Sharing fun times

Spiritual Well-being

  • Hope
  • Faith
  • Compassion
  • Shared ethical values
  • Oneness with humankind

The Ability to Manage Stress and Crisis Effectively

  • Adaptability
  • Seeing crises as challenges and opportunities
  • Growing through crises together
  • Openness to change
  • Resilience

 For more information about the 6 qualities of strong families visit: http://child.unl.edu/strongfamilies


Nora Rhoades
Extension Agent
Family and Youth Development

Post Rock District
113 N. 1st Street 
Osborne, KS 67473
(785) 346-2521
Email: nrhoades@ksu.edu