Resilient Families

Program Contact: Michelle Lain, 4-H Program Assistant
(509) 667-6540 •

Resilient Families, Inside & Out (RFIO)

Parenting is not always easy.  While there is no one “right” way to parent, there are some basic, generally agreed-upon parental skills and practices known to help cultivate thriving, resilient children and families.  Resilient Families, Inside & Out (RFIO) provides both practical information and skill-building activities to help parents, other adults, and their families be their best.    RFIO offers parenting information and strategy sessions on Mindful Parenting (skill-full tools to cultivate optimal relationships with your kids);  Mindful Living (building self awareness and resilience to stress); Communication (using responsive language); Child/Human Development (an overview to reflect on your and your children’s optimal development); Setting Limits (Discipline through offering developmentally-appropriate choices).  Designed to build a person’s effectiveness as a responsive parent by building his or her understanding of oneself and others, RFIO combines parenting education with yoga and mindfulness practice. As a result, participants strengthen their understanding and abilities to skillfully respond to ever-changing important family member needs. 



RFIO Mindful Parenting Curriculum Components that Support Parental Resilience.pdf  (presented at National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX 2013)

Outcomes-based Evaluation Comparison of Mindful Parenting Education Intervention (presented at University of Washington’s  Mindful Families, Schools & Communities: Research-to-Practice Promoting Child Well-being, Seattle, WA  2013)- available upon request


Publicity  (see recent articles on program in North Carolina State University Extension’s Forum on Family and Consumer Issues,  WSU Today,  Wenatchee WorldWSU Spokane

Learn more about RFIO

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En Español: FFSFIOinfoflyer 2011espanolabril junio 2011.pdf

Campus Bulletin, & County page for WSU Spokane’s Health Sciences Program  (Click on Chelan or Douglas County)

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