Newsletter: November 2008

NEW from Dibble: Mini-course for teens about living togetherBuilding Relationship Skills Newsletter – November 2008

• NEW! Myths and realities of living together• Parent portal unveiled by National Campaign• Connections programs highlighted• Marline Pearson part of winning grant team• Dibble Institute calendar

Dear Friends,I’m delighted to announce a new mini-course for teens about the myths and realities of living together: Why Buy the Cow? (when you can get the milk for free!)An hour-long PowerPoint lesson, Why Buy the Cow? presents a teen-friendly summary of the report “Should We Live Together” from the National Marriage Project at Rutgers University. This research shows that most teens value marriage and family life, but doubt that their own marriages will have long-term success. Increasingly, they see cohabitation as a low-risk way to ‘try out’ a partnership, improve the odds of a successful marriage, and benefit their children.Is this truth or wishful thinking? Why Buy the Cow? reveals the (sometimes surprising) research findings, while helping students explore their personal beliefs about cohabitation. At a critical time in their development, teens gain a broader perspective on living together, including unexpected pitfalls that can influence future decisions.Why Buy the Cow? targets teens in grades 9-12 in schools, youth agencies, clubs, and faith-based groups. Priced at $54.95, the ready to use package includes a PowerPoint presentation on CD, lesson plan, and student handouts.Order Now…Shipping is FREE until November 30, 2008.We think this is a terrific new program and hope you’ll agree. You can try it without risk – even the shipping is FREE if you act quickly. To order, visit or call 800-695-7975.As always, we hope you’ll send us your comments and suggestions. And thanks for your interest.Best Regards,Kay ReedExecutive DirectorP.S. Remember, free shipping ends November 30. To avoid disappointment, please place your order promptly or call us today.

Parent portal unveiled by National Campaign helps with the “Talk”.In conversations with young people about sex, pregnancy, and family formation — aka, the dreaded “Talk” —parents too often leave out one of the most important topics of all: healthy relationships.The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancies has just unveiled a new site just for parents with some suggestions they think might be helpful in conversations you should have with your sons and daughters. Check it out!Another resource from the Dibble Institute for parents anticipating the “Talk” is the DVD “First Comes Love” which will help open the door for communication and learning.

Connections program highlightedChar Kamper and her Connections curricula were praised in a detailed review in the September 9, 2008 issue of The Christian Century Magazine. The article spells out how and why her curricula are so effective in public high schools. The author gives clear examples of what makes the Connections programs life-changing for teens.Copyright (2008 CHRISTIAN CENTURY. Reproduced by permission from the (September 9, 2008) issue of the CHRISTIAN CENTURY. Subscriptions: $49/year from P.O. Box 378, Mt. Morris, IL 61054. 1-800-208-4097

Marline Pearson part of grant winning teamCongratulations to Marline Pearson who was part of the successful team at the University of Wisconsin Colleges to receive one of three two-year grants from The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. The aim of the grant is to fund demonstration projects at community colleges to reduce unplanned pregnancy through innovative approaches including teaching young adults relationship skills. Click Here for More Information

Dibble Institute CalendarNovember 12 – 14Family Consumer Sciences ConferenceLansing, MIEducator: Irene VarleyNovember 16 – 1814th Annual Building Bridges ConferenceEssential DisciplinesTan-Tar-A Resort, Osage Beach, MOEducator: Joyce HuffDecember 3 – 6National ACTE ConferenceEssential DisciplinesCharlotte, NCEducator: Joyce Huff

The Dibble Institute, a 501c3 non-profit organization, is dedicated to promoting healthy relationships and helping teens make wise choices! All of our materials are free of political or religious bias. Visit our Website & Catalog, or call 1-800-695-7975.Our research based, best practice, developmentally appropriate programs – being taught across the country – teach students the skills and knowledge that are central to building and maintaining healthy romances and, eventually, marriages. Curricula are easily adapted to classroom, church, community, agency and youth group settings and are appropriate for Family and Consumer Science, career prep and English teachers; youth agency workers; independent living coordinators; abstinence and teen pregnancy prevention workers; camp and after school program staff; Healthy Marriage, CBAE, and Head Start grantees; youth pastors; social workers; and parents. Our activities are funded through sales of educational materials and services and through support from foundations, corporations and individuals.©2008 The Dibble Institute – Phone: 1-800-695-7975