Back to school in 2021: We are back, but not to normal

By Leah Persky, PhD & Certified Family Life Educator  • Family Life Education Manager For many parents, the day has arrived or, it soon will. Kids will be off to school, starting off the new academic year, the third to be impacted by the pandemic. Children and parents alike are dealin[...]

Planning for Fall and Beyond in the New Era of COVID-19

By Leah Persky, PhD & Certified Family Life Educator  • Family Life Education Manager Now that summer is in full swing, many of us are starting to think about the transitions to fall and the start of school. I was jolted out of my summertime mentality as I was shopping last week; aisl[...]

Exploring gender with young children: Going beyond the pink and the blue

By Leah Persky, PhD & Certified Family Life Educator  • Family Life Education Manager As we celebrate Pride month, this is a perfect time to focus on engaging with our children about what Pride month is all about, and specifically how children can be brought into discussions that focu[...]

The next step for parents: Transitioning into summer

By Leah Persky, PhD & Certified Family Life Educator  • Family Life Education Manager The moments that many of us of been waiting months for are here; summer-like weather and significantly reduced rates of COVID-19 in Minnesota, and in many places across the country. With all of [...]

A year spent at home: Taking stock and looking forward

By Leah Persky, PhD & Certified Family Life Educator  • Family Life Education Manager I don’t think I have ever spent so much time in my house, and I know this is true for so many of us. The cleaning, cooking, dishes, laundry….did I say dishes? It has been a strange mix of emotions on[...]

Democracy: Good for our health and happiness

By Leah Persky, PhD & Certified Family Life Educator  • Family Life Education Manager With the tumultuous events of the past year and the tragic and jarring events that took place at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021; many of us are left feeling a bit numb. What is next? How can we pre[...]

Talking to kids about the U.S. Capitol attacks

By Leah Persky, PhD & Certified Family Life Educator  • Family Life Education Manager The traumatic events of the last week have left a gaping hole in the foundation of our democracy and in our hearts. They also created yet another challenging and confusing situation for families and chil[...]

Resiliency and positivity in the new year

By Leah Persky, PhD & Certified Family Life Educator  • Family Life Education Manager This year has been one of the hardest times in recent memory for millions of Americans and people across the globe. The challenges we have faced and will continue to face in the months ahead are almo[...]