University of Illinois Extension
Urban Programs Resource Network

Family Works

To build a strong, supportive family you need family members who respect and understand each other, who work together to achieve goals, and who know how to keep anger and stress from destroying the family unit.

Extension educators and members of the group DuPage Organized Violence Education (DOVE) worked together to create Family Works, a series of worksheets and handouts that provide information and suggest activities to help build family unity and understanding.

In the first week of the program, a family recieive a one-page fact sheet that addresses a specific issue. In the following six weeks, the family receives additional sheets that reinforce the main point of the first fact sheet and examine the issue in more detail.

For example, the first six-part Family Works series examines the issue of respect. The first fact sheet includes a suggested reading list and basic information about showing respect for others. Subsequent sheets discuss respect and feelings, how to listen to others effectively, respect and diversity, "hidden hurts" that result when people are not shown respect, how to develop a pattern of respect and teaching a learning about differences.

Other sets of worksheets are being developed on the issues of anger, stress, time management, control (of self, family and the outside world), family and societal values, and family guidlines and discipline.

For more information, please contact:

North Suburban Cook County Extension Unit
2121 W. Euclid Ave., Room 251
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
Phone: (847) 818-2901
E-mail: cooknorth@mail.aces.uiuc.edu

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