Chison Ranch Family Kids
Kids helping move bales on the Chilson Ranch in Roosevelt County.  

Raising a family can be one of life’s most rewarding and fulfilling experiences. It can also be a source of strain and stress. Raising children, juggling finances, managing caregiving for a sick or elderly relative, and relationship communication issues are obstacles that all families experience; however, the good news is that the stress caused by these things can be managed and improved by implementing healthy behaviors.  Here is an article from the MSU Extension Lives and Landscapes magazine on managing work/life balance.

Domestic Abuse      Communication     Raising Children      Caregiving and Grief     

Domestic Abuse

There is a big difference between normal family conflict and domestic abuse or even more specifically, elder abuse. Please read below if you or someone you know needs help. To learn more about what constitutes domestic abuse, view this description by The Center for Family Justice: What is domestic violence? 

Montana Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence Victim Services 

Domestic Abuse Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 

Smartphone Apps to Help Victims of Abuse (find on the App Store or Google Play) 

One Love  

Sojourner Peace  

Aspire News  

Report Dependent or Elder Abuse 1-844-277-9300  


Healthy family relationships are built on strong communication. Publications outlining how communication works and doesn’t work, the value of understanding your own emotions, how to manage your anger, and how to recognizeing when a professional may be able to help, are all outlined in the resources below.  

Positive Family Communication  

Accepting Your Feelings 

Managing Anger for Better Health and Relationships 

Family Stress and Coping  

Parenting Tools for Your Child's Success

Raising Children

Whether you are a parent, a step-parent, or a grandparent, raising children can be challenging. However, understanding developmentally appropriate discipline and behavior management strategies, learning how to respond to the needs of children, and dealing with problems that arise in school or caregiving settings can help reduce the stress of both caregiver and child. Please click on the links below to learn more about these topics. 

Bullying Behavior Across Childhood 

Caregiving: When Our Parents Need Our Help  

Co-Parenting After Divorce  

Discipline: A Parent's Guide for Infants and Toddlers  

Discipline: A Parent's Guide for Preschoolers  

Discipline: A Parent's Guide for School-Age Children  

Helping Children Cope With Natural Disasters 

Caregiving and Grief

Many adult children of aging parents or relatives do not see themselves as caregivers, and many aging adults do not see themselves as needing help. Therefore, this transition of caring for aging parents can be difficult. Click on the links below to access resources on managing emotions, meeting and arranging care with family members, and to learn about outline some options for care for elderly or sick family members.

Caregiving: When Our Parents Need Our Help  

Understanding Grief and Loss Following Death 

Montana Lifespan Respite Coalition 

Caregivers deserve a break, the Montana Lifespan Respite Voucher program provides caregiving vouchers to qualified caregivers.  

Aging and Disability Resource Center