Reality Check Financial Education Experience 2017

     In 2017, University of Wisconsin – Extension’s Reality Check Financial Education Experience welcomed Independence School District along with Alma, Cochrane-Fountain City, Mondovi, Durand, Pepin, Elmwood, Plum City and River Valley. The learning event included nearly 350 students, over 120 adult volunteers from local communities and 26 student Reality Check Ambassadors, who took a leadership role […]

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Are We Having Fun Yet?

Do you know that couples who play together are more likely to stay together?  Most couples report that their relationships feel happier when they make time to play and have fun.  Too often, fun is the first thing to fall by the wayside when folks are stressed and life demands pile up.  This is especially […]

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Tax credits a help to state’s working families

Many low- and moderate-income working families in Wisconsin may qualify for thousands of dollars in tax credits at tax time. Together, the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the state Earned Income Credit can provide anywhere from a few dollars to more than $8,000, depending on household income, marital status, and number of children […]

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Planning for Tax Time

As you probably know, almost everyone with an income needs to file a tax return. You may be dreading tax time because you’re afraid that you owe money to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or the state. But, it’s just as likely that you’ll be getting a refund! One benefit of filing taxes is that […]

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Communicating with Adult Children After They Leave Home: Striking a Healthy Balance

Leaving home doesn’t mean leaving behind regular communication between young adult children and their parents. According to educators from the University of Wisconsin-Extension, studies show that even after a child leaves home for life on their own, a high level of communication continues between parents and their young adult children. “College students typically communicate with […]

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Teens and Driving

How parents can help teens be better drivers Learning to drive is a rite of passage for most teens. For many families, it benefits both teens and their parents when a teen gets their license. Driving can offer adolescents more independence and gives parent a break from chauffeuring duties. But along with the new driver’s […]

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Home for the Holidays

As Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz longingly repeated “There’s No Place Like Home”.  The same sentiment holds true for many of us during the Holiday season, when traditions focus on togetherness, tenderness and celebration with loved ones.  More than a house or location, home lives in our hearts.  Home is where we love and […]

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Don’t Miss the Baby Boat

Did you know that babies at birth have more brain cells than stars in the Milky Way?  The nurturing interactions, stimulation and care that babies receive from parents and caregivers will determine which neural connections thrive and grow, and which wither away and die…thus charting a life-long course of brain development, attachment and bonding. It […]

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Living Apple-y

With the closing of a bountiful harvest all around, it’s a great time to think of preserving the sweetness and tang of apples to enjoy throughout the year. Apples can be dried, made into applesauce or apple butter, or made into jelly. Apple pie filling may be canned, or prepared and frozen.  Apples, and all […]

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In all things, give thanks…

The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness.  Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what we individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. When we practice gratitude, we experience a thankful appreciation and acknowledge the goodness in our lives. Gratitude helps us refocus on what we have instead of […]

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