Feel like you want to pull out your hair when it comes to disciplining your child? Do you have trouble getting your children to take responsibility for chores, homework, or their possessions? Are your teenagers rebelling against your curfews, rules and values?
Four parenting classes will be offered this fall to help raise your children, grandchildren or young people under your care.
These classes will be held the first four Thursday's in October and cover a different topic each week:
¨October 5– Temper Tantrums
¨October 12– Arguing and Fighting
¨October 19– Teaching Responsibility
¨October 26– Bed Times & Togetherness
A light supper will be served at 6:00 p.m. in the University of Illinois Extension Office, located at 1120 N. Webster St. in Taylorville. The programs will run from 6:30–7:30 p.m. each evening, and certified Christian County Safe Sitters will provide childcare at no cost for all parents needing assistance.
Added incentives will be provided by the Christian County Head Start program–5 "Parent Bucks" for each session attended and an extra 20 for attending all 4 sessions; and Loving Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center will offer 3 "Mommy or Daddy Dollars" for each session attended.
These classes are based on the "Raising Children in Troubled Times" curriculum. Each class will begin with a video session depicting specific problems families can face with their children. There will be time for questions and discussion at the end of each program.
To make a reservation, or for more information, please contact Linda Smith at the University of Illinois Extension Christian County office at 287-7246. The deadline to call in reservations is the Monday before each session.
Reservations are required to insure enough food and childcare each evening.
The final University of Illinois Extension fall gardening session, "How Insecticides & Miticides Work" will be presented on Tuesday, October 24 at 1:00 p.m.
In order to select the appropriate pest control material and achieve maximum effectiveness, it's important to know how and why insecticides and miticides kill plant-feeding pests? Dr. Raymond Cloyd, Ornamental Entomologist, will present this informative and entertaining program.
Dr. Cloyd will discuss issues related to how pest control materials work, including classifications (conventional vs. alternative), types (contact, systemic, and translaminar), mode of action, and concerns associated with resistance.
The Four Seasons Gardening programs are held at the University of Illinois Extension Christian County office, located at 1120 N. Webster St., in Taylorville, IL. The cost for each session is $1 and advance registration is recommended. Phone the U of I Extension Christian County office at 287-7246 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
"Older people are so rigid. They need to be more flexible!" "Young people today just don't respect authority!"
Have you ever heard these comments? As people live longer and healthier lives, more generations than ever before are living and working together. A challenge arises when each generation comes with its own perspective. Sometimes these perspectives are quite different and clash with one another. Learning to cope with the misunderstandings that can result from intergenerational relationships at home, at work and in the community is very valuable.
The workshop, Building Bridges Across the Generation Gaps, will discuss current research regarding what perspectives today's generations share and how they differ. Participants will also learn how to communicate effectively to build bridges across the generations.
Building Bridges Across the Generation Gaps will be presented by Patti Faughn, U of I Extension Family Life Educator, on Wednesday, October 25, 2006 at 9:30 a.m. This workshop is being sponsored by Christian County Home and Community Education Association and U of I Extension. The public is invited to attend and there is no charge. For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Linda Smith at 287-7246.
Now is your chance to attend a series of workshops designed to let you taste test food cooked with diabetics in mind.
Four classes have been scheduled again for this year:
¨Thursday, November 16, 2006
¨Thursday, February 22, 2007
¨Wednesday, May 30, 2007
¨Wednesday, August 22, 2007
These classes will run from 6:00–8:30 p.m. each evening and are not a repetition of last year's programs. Russell Beard, a certified chef, will be teaching these classes again this year, and all classes will be held at the University of Illinois Extension Christian County office, located at 1120 N. Webster St. in Taylorville.
Each evening will feature a variety of recipes, and class size is limited to the first 40 people who register. Sign up today by calling Linda Smith at 287-7246. The cost to attend each workshop this year will be $2.
This program is being co-sponsored by St. Vincent Memorial Hospital and University of Illinois Extension.
The reason we keep food in the refrigerator or freezer is to preserve its freshness, inhibit the growth of most bacteria, and keep it safe for use at a later time.
For safety reasons, it is important to verify the temperature of refrigerators and freezers. Keeping a refrigerator thermometer inside your units will help assure that they are maintaining a refrigerator temperature no higher than 40°F. Frozen food will hold its top quality for the longest possible time when the freezer maintains 0 °F.
An appliance thermometer, kept in the refrigerator and freezer to monitor the temperature, can be critical in the event of a power outage. When the power goes back on, if the refrigerator is 40 °F or colder, and the freezer is still colder than 40 °F, the food is safe. (Source: FSIS/USDA)
To help assure safe food in your refrigerator or freezer, the University of Illinois Extension Christian County office has a supply of refrigerator/freezer thermometers available for $2.00 each. These thermometers may be picked up any time during regular office hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at 1120 N. Webster St. in Taylorville.
Keep in mind, too, that the controls may need to be adjusted seasonally. For example, a refrigerator set for 40°F in the summer may be too cold for the winter, resulting in frozen lettuce or milk. Also, don't overload the refrigerator. Air must circulate freely to cool all foods evenly.
In addition, freezing to 0 degrees Fahrenheit inactivates, but does not destroy microbes -- bacteria, yeasts and molds -- present in food. Once thawed, these microbes can become active, multiplying under the right conditions to levels that can lead to foodborne illness. Never defrost foods outdoors, in a cold room in the house such as the basement, or on the kitchen counter. These methods encourage growth of harmful bacteria that may be present.
There are three safe ways to defrost food: in the refrigerator, in cold running water and in the microwave. Food thawed in the refrigerator may be refrozen if the food is still good, but there may be a loss of quality. It is important to plan ahead because food takes longer to thaw in the refrigerator.
Are you one of the millions of parents with a child headed to college, either now or in the future? It may come as a surprise that saving for your own retirement could help you pay for college. How's that for good news?
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the standard form used to determine the level of federal financial aid your child will receive. Your income and assets, and your child's income and assets, are run through a formula to calculate the amount of aid available to you. And here's where putting money into your own IRA or employer retirement plan can help: retirement accounts don't count.
Karen Chan, Certified Financial Planner and educator with University of Illinois Extension offers this example: "If you have $5,000 in a bank savings account, you include that as an asset on the FAFSA form. And you could be expected to use 5 to 6% of that for your child's education each year. Over four years, that could cost you more than $1000 of your savings. But if the $5,000 is in an IRA or your retirement plan at work, it doesn't show up in the calculations and you get to keep the whole $5000."
Not all families qualify for financial aid, so this might not apply to you. And parents whose income and assets are very limited will qualify for the maximum amount of aid without reducing their countable assets any further. But for those in the middle, this is just one more reason to fully fund your IRA or 401(k).
If you're afraid that you'll actually need that money to pay for your child's college, you can hedge your bet by putting the money into an IRA. Distributions from IRAs used to pay for qualified higher education expenses (including tuition and fees, books, and even room and board if the student is enrolled at least half time) get special treatment. You will owe income tax if you take a distribution. But you avoid the 10% penalty that applies if you're not yet age 59½, because you're using the money for higher education expenses. "Just wait until after you've filed the FAFSA for the last year of college before you take that distribution," advises Chan, "since you will report it as income on your 1040. That additional income could reduce the aid your child receives."
And what if it's a Roth IRA? Distributions from Roths that are used for qualified higher education expenses also avoid the 10% penalty. And, distributions from Roth IRAs are treated as coming first from contributions. You already paid the tax on the contributions to a Roth, so you'll owe no tax until you've withdrawn all your contributions and start taking out the earnings.
If you've saved enough money elsewhere to take care of your own retirement, you might consider your IRAs as a source of funds to help your child with college expenses.
You can get the details on this and other aspects of retirement planning at University of Illinois Extension's award winning website, Plan Well, Retire Well at www.RetireWell.uiuc.edu. Click on the link for the fact sheet, Taking Distributions from Tax Deferred Retirement Plans, under the website section "Save for Retirement/Tax Deferred Plans."
Source: Karen Chan, Extension Educator, Consumer and Family Economics
For many years, the Christian County Home and Community Education Association published a zucchini cookbook. Three or four years ago, we sold our last copy of the 7th printing and the decision was made not to reprint them again.
Well, zucchini still grows prolifically here in central Illinois, and people have a hard time planting one or two plants, so they end up with bushels and bushels of zucchini squash every year, and we continue to get requests for a cookbook to help use up their supply.
Thanks to the Sangamon-Menard Extension Unit, we now have copies of a zucchini cookbook you can purchase here at the Extension office for $3. Better yet, you can print it off of our website: www.extension.uiuc.edu/christian from the convenience of your home if you have access to a computer and printer.
Copies of the most recent Christian County Plat books are still available now at the University of Illinois Extension office. These plat books, published by the Rockford Map Company, are of an excellent quality and are for sale at a cost of $35 per copy. Checks should be made payable to the Christian County 4-H Federation.
Nutrition Fast Fact
Think that skipping a meal is an effective way to lose weight? Think again. If you skip a meal, your body will think it's in starvation mode and will slow down your metabolism to compensate. A better approach for losing weight is to eat smaller, frequent meals and snacks.
When cooking with fresh herbs, add them at the end of cooking for a final burst of color and flavor. When substituting dried herbs for fresh, use one-third the amount. Dried herbs can be added in the earlier stages of cooking because their flavors develop during the cooking process.
Fitness Fast Fact
It is a common fallacy that working out with weights will cause your fat to turn to muscle. Muscle and fat are two different kinds of tissue. When you do weight training, you will build up muscle and that muscle will take the place of fat that you lose.
Before you make a make a million excuses about everything you have to do, exercise as early in the morning as your schedule will allow. Not only will this prime you for the day ahead, but it will free your mind to make plans for the day. If you wait to exercise until later, you might just talk yourself out of it!