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Family Life

Family LifeThe WonderWise Parent is a website designed for parents, grandparents, foster parents, stepparents, caregivers, teachers, and parent educators. It was created and is maintained by Dr. Charles A. Smith, Extension specialist with Kansas State Research and Extension in the School of Family Studies and Human Services at Kansas State University.

If you ask parents if they have any questions about child rearing, they are likely to respond with a concern about child guidance. The Responsive Discipline online course will lead you through a series of lessons about discipline for your own personal study.

CoupleTALK - Enhancing Your Relationship is a booklet and activity cards to help each couple find ways to communicate better and enrich their relationship.

Related Information


Developmental Milestones:  Guide for Parents, 1st Year

Developmental Milestones:  Guide for Parents, 2nd Year

Developmental Milestones:  Guide for Parents, 3rd Year

Developmental Milestones:  Guide for Parents, 4th Year

Developmental Milestones:  Guide for Parents, 5th Year

Choosing Care for Your children

Consideration in the Childcare Decision

Children and Television: Using TV Sensibly

Self Esteem in Parents and Children


Taking time to Think about My Step-family

Building a Strong Couple Relationship

Building Step-Relationships

Understanding a Child's Realities

Understanding Financial and Legal Matters

Working with Others

Family Communications

Basic Family Communication

Senior Issues

Tenderhearts:  Caregiver Resilience and Vitality

End of Life:  Kansans Deserve Excellent Care