Briefings on Family Matters

Briefings on Family Matters is a quarterly newsletter published by University of Missouri Extension specialists for individuals and families in southeast Missouri. This newsletter is provided by your local extension council.


Donna Aufdenberg, Field specialist in Horticulture
Bethany Bachmann, County Engagement Specialist in Community Economic Development
Rebecca Blocker, Field Specialist in Housing Education  
Robinn Daves-Huey, County Engagement Specialist in Community Economic Development
Mary Engram, Field Specialist in Human Development 


Winter 2019 (PDF)

  •  Connecting for a Healthy Relationship
  •  Plant Hellebores for Winter Bloom
  •  Mobile Apps for Guiding Nutrition and Health       

Fall 2018 (PDF)

  • Protect Yourself from Card Skimmers
  • Salmonella:  Cause and Prevention
  • Master Gardener Training

Summer 2018 (PDF)

  • Sugar Shakedown
  • New Medicare Cards for Missourians
  • Keep Safe During the Gardening Season

Spring 2018 (PDF)

  • Summer Bulbs to Try this Year
  • Key Facts about Mental Illness
  • Is Your Home an Easy Target?

Winter 2017 (PDF)

  • Taking Care of You During the Holidays
  • Healthier Holiday Side Dishes
  • Asian Lady Beetles

Fall 2017 (PDF)

  • Medicare Part D-Open Enrollment
  • Deer Browsing in the Garden
  • Good Health Starts in your Home

Summer 2017 (PDF)

  • Lookout for Diseases on Roses this Year!
  • The Pros and Cons of Using Credit
  • Heat Related Illnesses

Spring 2017 (PDF)

  • National Nutrition Month
  • Children and Grief
  • Bringing up Money Savvy Children

Winter 2016 (PDF)

  • Setting Goals and a Budget for Charitable Giving
  • Striving For Sustainable Perennials
  • Flu Season is Upon Us

Fall 2016 (PDF)

  • The New Nutrition Facts Label
  • Getting Ready for Retirement
  • Plant Pansies for Fall

Summer 2016 (PDF)

  • Growing Vegetables in Containers
  • Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft
  • Ways to Build a Lasting Relationship

Spring 2016 (PDF)

  • Older People Driving:  Warning Signs and Solutions
  • Easter Egg Safety
  • Spring Cleaning for Documents with Meaning

Winter 2015 (PDF)

  • Children and Families After a Disaster or Crisis
  • Plan to Attract Pollinators in Next Year's Garden
  • Reduce Holiday Stress by Spending Less

Fall 2015 (PDF)

  • Exercise Guidelines for Children
  • Retirement Trends in this Century
  • Dividing Perennials in Fall

Summer 2015 (PDF)

  • Starting a Compost Pile
  • Prepare to Preserve your Harvest
  • Involved Dad's and their Influences on a Child's Development

Spring 2015 (PDF)

  • Mindfulness What It Is and How It Helps
  • Seed Starting Basics
  • Health Benefits of Common Spring Garden Crops

Fall 2014 (PDF)

  • Plants with Fall Interest in the Landscape
  • Meal Planning Makes Back to School Easier
  • What is a Family

Summer 2014 (PDF)

  • So, You Are Going To Have Surgery
  • Mulching is Beneficial!
  • Using Herbs and Spices

Spring 2014 (PDF)

  • Use Caution with the "Salty Six"
  • We are all Living Here Together
  • Native Pollinators

Winter 2013 (PDF)

  • Tips for Donating Food this Holiday Season
  • Garden Journaling
  • Just the Facts About the Affordable Care Act

Fall 2013 (PDF)

  • Let Me Introduce...Bethany Schindler-Bachmann
  • Let's Talk Turkey
  • Fall is a Great Time For Soil Testing

Summer 2013 (PDF)

  • Attend Mental Health First Aid Training
  • Be Smart about your Salads
  • Gardening to Attract Hummingbirds

Spring 2013 (PDF)

  • Pruning Spring Flowering Shrubs
  • Spring Cleaning the Kitchen
  • Take a Minute to Take Care of You

Winter 2012 (PDF)

  • Plants With Winter Interest
  • Cooking Ahead
  • Increase in Fraud with Older Adults?

Fall 2012 (PDF)

  • (Happily) Living Together Again
  • Renovating Drought Damaged Lawns
  • Soup's On

Summer 2012 (PDF)

  • Keep it Cool in the Kitchen this Summer
  • Traveling with an Older Relative
  • Container Gardening with Flowers

Spring 2012 (PDF)

  • Growing Bearded Iris
  • Planning to Preserve
  • Listening and Talking with Friends and Relatives

 Winter 2011 (PDF)

  • Making Holiday Celebrations Less Stressful
  • Keep Foods Safe for a Happy Holiday
  • Using Fresh Greens for Holiday Decorations

Summer 2011 (PDF)

  • Planning for the Fall Garden
  • From Pyramid to Plate
  • Working Together for Aging Parents

Spring 2011 (PDF)

  • Keep Your Brain Healthy and Sharp
  • Building Great Garden Soil
  • Be Safe When Being Green

Winter 2010 (PDF)

  • Growing African Violets
  • Choices to Control Calories
  • How to Attain Lasting Happiness

Fall 2010 (PDF)

  • What Information Do We Keep Private In Our Families?
  • Blooming Annuals For Autumn
  • Consumers Demand Healthy Foods

Summer 2010 (PDF)

  • Making Produce as Safe as Possible
  • Friends Make Good Marriage Partners
  • Enjoy Annual Flowering Vines This Summer

Spring 2010 (PDF)

  • Plan a Theme Garden For Added Interest
  • Food Allergies and Food Intolerances
  • Choosing the Type of Elder Care YOU Need

Winter 2009 (PDF)

  • Have You Heard of the Net Generation?
  • Something for the Gardener on Your Christmas List
  • Food and Flu Connection

Fall 2009 (PDF)

  • Functional Foods
  • Look for Ways to Cut Spending
  • Gardening Organically

Summer 2009 (PDF)

  • Edible Flowers
  • Dealing with the Heat and Humidity
  • What Grandchildren Think about Being Raised by their Grandparents

Spring 2009 (PDF)

  • Coping With Bad Economic Times
  • Growing Herbs in the Garden
  • Tips for a Good Night's Sleep

Winter 2008 (PDF)

  • Making the Most of Your Holiday Food Budget
  • Christmas on a Shoestring Budget
  • Keeping Houseplants Looking their Best During Winter
  • Seasonal Best Buys

Fall 2008 (PDF)

  • Maximizing Bloom Time in the Landscape
  • Healthy Snacks is a Planned Snack
  • Use Encouragement Instead of Praise

Summer 2008 (PDF)

  • Some Advice for Arthritis Sufferers
  • Japanese Beetles
  • Making the Food Dollars Stretch