December Newsletter

Building Healthy Relationship Skills Newsletter – December 2009

  • Puppy Love story in the Wall Street Journal
  • NEW research on Relationship Smarts PLUS
  • Char Kamper featured
  • Cool new teen website
  • Relevant Child Trends Briefs
  • The Dibble Institute calendar

Dear Friends,Imagine the Wall Street Journal printing a story on “Why Puppy Love Matters for Parents”! Well, they did just that in the November 11, 2009 issue.The upshot is that “teen romance is emerging as a powerful factor in kids’ development – one in which parents have a major role to play, new studies show. The romantic ties kids form between middle school and college are important markets of progress towards adulthood; their choices of partners as early as middle school actually shapes their development to a surprising degree.”Bottom line….parents play a huge role in helping their children learn how to navigate their love lives! Check out these two FREE resources to get the conversation started.

We also know from Dibble research and from what you tell us that young people learn important life lessons about romantic relationships from their teachers, coaches, mentors, leaders, and adult friends.One teacher from Iowa wrote us to say:

“I overheard a few students talking about their current relationships with people outside of the class. Their re-evaluation of what their relationship was based on was more than enough to convince me that they were learning about healthy relationships. I have also seen changes in how many of my students are currently dating; they are beginning to realize that they are very young and maybe not ready for these commitments.”

We can all give teens the gift of learning healthy romantic relationship skills whether we are their parents or teachers or friends.As we approach this holiday season, we thank you for your important work with youth.With all good wishes,Kay Reed, Executive DirectorP.S. Remember our journal contest for your students! YOU could win up to $150 from Amazon and one of your students could win an iPod. Contest ends December 8. Click here for details.


NEW Love U2®: Relationships Smarts PLUS research


Char Kamper featured

  • Video interview of Char Kamper on the TwoofUs.org website offering advice about how to make the dating process easier
  • Radio interview of Char Kamper on Parenting Tool Talk Radio discussing teen dating with practical advice for parents whose teen may be in an abusive relationship.
  • An excellent article about Char Kamper and her latest curricula, Healthy Choices, Healthy Relationshipsappeared Oct 29 in The Redlands Daily. Read it to remind yourself why this work is so critically important! You’ll gather important points to make in your own cases for teaching these skills to your teens.

Cool new website!

  • It’s fun, it’s interactive, it’s… Boss of Me. Tell your teens to check it out! They’ll have another place to practice and get support for the healthy relationship skills you’re teaching them.

Relevant recent Child Trends Briefs


The Dibble Institute CalendarJan 14MN Fatherhood SummitAlexandria, MNWorkshop: Through the Eyes of the ChildInformation and Registration: www.regonline.comPresenter: Nancy LenkJan. 27Standing Strong, Creating Opportunities, Embracing the FutureArlington, VAWorkshop: The Case for Adolescent Relationship Education: Broadening the Foundation for Long-term SuccessPresenter: Char Kamper Feb 26Illinois Association of Family and Consumer SciencesE. Peoria, ILInformation and registration:Workshop: Relationship Education: Invest in YourselfPresenter: Nancy LenkMarch 4-7California Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (CAHPERD)Ontario, CAInformation and Registration: www.CAHPERD.orgExhibitors: Charlotte Worley, Char KamperMarch 13-15Society of State Directors of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance24th Annual MeetingIndianapolis, INExhibitor: Irene VarleyMarch 16-20American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD)125th National Convention & ExpositionIndianapolis, INInformation and Registration: www.AAHPERD.comWorkshop: Topics in Teen NeurosciencePresenter: Char KamperApril 8-10PA Annual Family and Consumer Sciences ConferencePittsburgh, PAInformation and Registration: www.pafcs.orgWorkshop: Relationship Skills Education: Developing a cultural roadmap(through the jungle)Presenter: Irene VarleyMay 18-20Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention ConferenceGreensboro, NCInformation and Registration: www.appcnc.orgWorkshop: Love NotesPresenter: Jessica Pool


Need a Speaker? The Dibble Institute can customize a keynote, plenary, or workshop to meet the individual needs of your organization. Our presentations are interactive, high-paced and exciting!Simply let us know what you are trying to accomplish and we will do our best to get you there.For more information, please contact Irene Varley, Director of Education, at 614-204-7574 (M-F, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Eastern Time).


About The Dibble InstituteFounded in 1996, The Dibble Institute (TDI) is a private, nonprofit organization created to promote relationship skills training for youth, with a special focus on dating and romantic interactions. Our goal is to help young people gain the skills and knowledge essential for healthy relationships now, and in the future. Some of our activities include:

  • Raising awareness of the needs for and benefits of helping young people learn the skills needed to navigate their romantic lives;
  • Developing and distributing teaching materials designed for use in schools and a wide variety of other settings,
  • Educating opinion leaders and policy makers;
  • Training teachers and youth instructors;
  • Consulting on effective implementation strategies and grant application approaches, and
  • Serving as a clearinghouse to collect and disseminate timely and relevant research and other evidence of the benefits of youth relationship education.

TDI programs are used in all 50 states and around the world in thousands of schools, youth agencies, and other youth programs impacting tens of thousands of young people. We are funded primarily by the sales of our educational materials and training programs. For more information, please visit www.DibbleInstitute.org.©2009 The Dibble Institute – Phone: 1-800-695-7975