Facing the Future Together: Living and Working Well in a Complex World

Facing the Future Together: Living and Working Well in a Complex World poster is a poster (2) at the OSU Extension Annual Conference 2022.

Poster Description We live in a complex world. Family and consumer sciences is the field of study focused on the science and art of living and working well in our complex world. We would like to share that “art and science” with our colleagues. The ESP Extension Professionals’ Creed states: “I believe that education is a lifelong process, and the greatest university is the home.” Not only is education a lifelong process for those we serve in our communities, but we are also fortunate to be lifelong learners. Using the theme of “facing the future together,” we will share real-life examples of learning across the life span and leveraging the work of the family in the home to increase Extension’s impact and empower individuals, families, and communities to thrive.


Authors: Patrice Powers-Barker – educator, family and consumer sciences; Marie Economos – educator, family and consumer sciences; Margaret Jenkins – educator, family and consumer sciences; Heather Reister – educator, family and consumer sciences; Katie Schlagheck – educator, family and consumer sciences; Sandra Slater – educator, family and consumer sciences


American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences aafcs.org

Heckman Equation. (2022). Quantifying the Life-cycle Benefits of a Prototypical Early Childhood Program https://heckmanequation.org/resource/lifecycle-benefits-influential-early-childhood-program/

Lin, J. T., Bumcrot, C., Mottola, G., Valdes, O., Ganem, R., Kieffer, C., Lusardi, A., & Walsh, G. (2022). Financial Capability in the United States: Highlights from the FINRA Foundation National Financial Capability Study (5th Edition). FINRA Investor Education Foundation. www.FINRAFoundation.org/NFCSReport2021

National Council on Family Relations family.science 

Nickols, S., Ralston, P., Anderson, C., Browne, L., Schroeder, G., Thomas, S., and Wild, P. (2009). The Family and Consumer Sciences Body of Knowledge and the Cultural Kaleidoscope: Research Opportunities and Challenges. Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, vol. 37, No. 3: 266-283.

Scheer, S. D. (2021). Introducing the Human Development-EcoLogic Model: A Practical Approach for Outreach and Extension Education Programs. The Journal of Extension, 58(2), Article 29. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol58/iss2/29












Nurturing Environments for Positive Care

November 22, Nurturing Environments for Positive Care by Patrice Powers-Barker, CFLE, (Certified Family Life Educator). This webinar is one lesson in the Connection Cafe: Caregiving Around the Clock, 2022

All References are listed at the end but this list will help direct participants to specific resources:

Safe storage and disposal of medication:


Wellness Wheels:

All References:

Holiday Expense Planning

Starting Today:

  • Choose the best options for this year’s holiday spending
  • Ask your loved ones about their preferences
  • Create a holiday spending plan (or commit to listing your spending this year)
  • Identify your hidden holiday costs
  • Make a plan for next year’s holiday expenses (Jan. Apr. June)


To help prioritize, asked loved ones ….

  • If you could only choose one favorite activity for the holidays, what would it be?
  • Is there a food dish, treat, or drink that you would really miss if it weren’t on the holiday menu?
  • Do you have any ideas about simplifying our holiday schedule?
  • Do you have any ideas about reducing our costs?


Handout: My Holiday Savings and Spending Plan.  https://americasaves.org/media/dxjflmii/holiday-savings-and-spending-plan.pdf


Apps (there are many options, this is just a sample of some of the apps to help organize planning and spending)

  • Giftster
  • Santa’s Bag
  • GiftPlanner
  • Gift List Diary
  • Christmas Gift List



These food ideas are not to replace favorite holiday dishes but instead to think about easy foods to add to the holiday season – from the larger get together pot-lucks to other times like hosting out-of-town guests or planning meals when the kids are off school for holiday break.


Find Your Local County Extension Office: https://extension.osu.edu/lao



Rupp, M. (2021). Preparing for Holiday Expenses. Webinar. Ohio State University Extension.

Stefura, B., Scammahorn, R., and Kline, R. (2022). Give the Gift of Financial Fitness This Holiday. Live Healthy Live Well Webinar. Ohio State University Extension.







Living in the Moment and Creating a Hopeful Future

Fall 2022: The Stay Calm and Well  Series brought to you by the Office of the Chief Wellness Officer is kicking off a year of Hopes, Dreams and Connection. Part VI of this series will help you reconnect to your purpose, people, places and experiences around you and identify what inspires you.

The fifth webinar in the series is on Tuesday, October 4th, 2022, Living in the Moment and Creating a Hopeful Future by Patrice Powers-Barker, OSU Extension, Lucas County.

From the presentation – tools for practicing mindfulness and future visioning:

From the presentation – resources from OSU Extension, Family and Consumer Sciences

From the presentation – Additional Resources:

  • American Association of Family and Consumer (FCS) poster
  • What is Family Science? from National Council on Family Relations
  • PAX Tools, PaxisInstitute
  • Quote: “As someone who has dealt with his fair share of disappointment, I’ve learned the best way to cope with trouble is to approach every situation with eyes wide open; focused and determined” Author, Carlos Wallace


Coping with COVID: Lesson Plans to Promote Mental, Emotional and Social Health (MESH). (2020). Ohio State University. 4-H Healthy Living Design Team.  https://ohio4h.org/books-and-resources/design-team-curriculum/coping-covid-lesson-plans-promote-mental-emotional-and

Coyne LW, Gould ER, Grimaldi M, Wilson KG, Baffuto G, Biglan A. (2020) First Things First: Parent Psychological Flexibility and Self-Compassion During COVID-19.

Kumar, A., Killingsworth, M., and Gilovich, T. (2014, August 21). Waiting for merlot: Anticipatory consumption of experiential and material purchases. Psychological Science.

Lieberman, M., Eisenberger, N., Crockett, M., Tom, S., Pfeifer, S., and Way, B. (2007). Putting feelings into words: Affect labeling disrupts amygdala activity in response to affective stimuli. Psychological Science.

Neff, K., Rude, S., & Kirkpatrick, K. (2007). An examination of self-compassion in relation to positive psychological functioning and personality traits. Journal of Research in Personality. Volume 41: 908-916.

Neupert, S. (2020). Knowledge is power: learning more about COVID-19 can reduce your pandemic stress. North Carolina State University.

Neupert, S. (2020) Quiz: Pandemic stressbusters. Accolades Magazine. North Carolina State University.

Pearman, A.,  Hughes, M.,  Smith, E.,  Neupert, S. (2021). Age differences in risk and resilience factors in COVID-19 related stress. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, Volume 76, Issue 2, February 2021, Pages e38–e44,

Polk, M.G., Smith, E.L., Zhang, L.-R., & Neupert, S.D. (2020). Thinking ahead and staying in the present: Implications for reactivity to daily stressors. Personality and Individual Differences.

Praharso, N., Tear, M/, Cruwys, T. (2017). Stressful life transitions and wellbeing: A comparison of the stress buffering hypothesis and the social identity model of identity change. Psychiatry Research. Volume 247: 265-275


OSU Extension partnering with FCS teachers in Lucas County

In Lucas County we are fortunate to have school districts that offer Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) classes to high school students and some offer it in middle school and/or junior high school. When students are choosing their classes for the next year, it may or may not say “Family and Consumer Sciences” but some of the specific classes that fall under this field might have course titles like: Principles of Food, Nutrition and Wellness, Transitions and Careers, Personal Finance Management, Textiles and Interior Design, Personal Wellness, Human Growth and Development or Child Development. Please encourage students to consider taking these classes!

The following document has a list of classes that Patrice Powers-Baker, OSU Extension, Lucas County, FCS Educator offers to present to middle school/junior high and high school students (in Lucas County Ohio). Her email is powers-barker.1@osu.edu and the document describes the following classes:

  • Feeding a Family
  • Introduction to Local Foods
  • “Outlaw” Veggies – what to do with all these vegetables?
  • Plan a Menu Garden for Health and Wellness
  • PAX Tools for Families and Caregivers
  • The Spending Game (aka Count Your Beans)
  • Food Choice and Food Insecurity
  • Mindfulness
  • Food For Young Children
  • Universal Design
  • Plastics in the Home
  • Real Money Real World

Document for Lucas County FCS teachers, Extension lessons for High School and Middle School FCS classes

In addition to classes that are specifically offered by the FCS Educator, there might be additional options for teachers like partnering with 4H Youth Development or Community Nutrition Education.

OSU Extension: Then and Now

Established over 100 years ago (1914), how does the national Cooperative Extension Service serve communities now? These resources will focus on Ohio State University Extension, with a brief history and current highlights. Emphasis will be on Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) programming for individuals and families across the lifespan.

If you attended 2022, August 1st session at OATFCS and need additional materials, please email Patrice at powers-barker.1@osu.edu

CLASS PARTICIPANTS: please take a moment to complete an evaluation for the August 1st session. Click HERE    (IF promoted, for an access code, please use R-Zfd0mvuUoEngrtv  (the first 0 is a zero)

A copy of the PowerPoint can be found HERE.

Brief Timelines:

Links to Other Resources:

OSU Extension Programs and Resources:

References: (in addition to those listed above)

Clark-Robinson, M. (2021). Standing on Her Shoulders: a Celebration of Women. (L. Freeman, Illus.). Orchard Books.

Donnan, R. (1954). The Beginning of Agricultural Extension Work in Northwestern Ohio. The Historical Society of Northwestern Ohio, Toledo. Northwest Ohio Quarterly, Winter 1954, Volume XXVI – No. 1.

Dreilinger, D. (2021). The secret history of home economics: How trailblazing women harnessed the power of home and changed the way we live. W W Norton & Company.

McGregor, S. (2020). Home ecology to home economics and beyond: Ellen Swallow Richards’ disciplinary contributions. Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences. Vol. 112 No. 2.

Miami University. Digital Collections. Alice Swisher Memorial: https://digital.lib.miamioh.edu/digital/collection/facmem/id/209

Nickols, S., Ralston, P., Anderson, C., Browne, L., Schroeder, G., Thomas, S., and Wild, P. (2009). The family and consumer sciences body of knowledge and the cultural kaleidoscope: Research opportunities and challenges. Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, vol 37:3: 266-283.

Wonder Woman Wednesday – Mindfulness

OSU Leadership Center and Community Development in Medina County Extension hosted Wednesday webinars during March 2022 with the theme of Wonder Woman Wednesday. This page shares the resources from the Wednesday, March 30th session.

Sign up TODAY: Join the OSU Extension Live Healthy Live Well 6-week email challenge. The spring 2022 challenge focuses on the dimension of health and wellness. Look for your county here or sign up with the state option or with Patrice in Lucas County.

Want to learn more about your local Ohio State University Extension? Locate an office here: https://extension.osu.edu/lao

Looking for free mindfulness practices? Try the OSU Wexner Medical Center Mindfulness Practices https://wexnermedical.osu.edu/integrative-complementary-medicine/resources/mindfulness-practices

Considering an app for your mindfulness journey? https://osuhealthplan.com/sites/default/files/2020-09/meditation-apps.pdf

Please don’t delay in seeking additional care for mental wellness. If you have any questions please use:

Set Your Intention for the day 3-Minute Mindful Practice To Start Your Day (2016) by Hillary Wright at Mind Body Green

In week #4 of Wonder Women Wednesday on careers, the presenter shared the J Flowers Health Institute Wellness Wheel Worksheet https://2w5y7415e67d1ns5kb10c0n3-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/jflowershealth.com_wellness_wheel_worksheet-1.pdf

List of books related to mindfulness: https://u.osu.edu/powers-barker.1/2021/12/15/on-the-bookshelf-mindfulness/

Short 3 minute video: Why Mindfulness is a Superpower, narrated by Dan Harris, Animation by Katy Davis  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6T02g5hnT4

Descriptions of mindfulness used in the presentation: surfing, puppy and leash, computer with too many tabs open, car in neutral, pause, space

Blog post Spilt Milk – To Cry or Not to Cry – Patrice’s mindfulness journey

OSU Extension, Educational Resources across the lifespan:

If you have any additional questions or want to share about your mindfulness journey, please contact Patrice at powers-barker.1@osu.edu 


Bishop, S.R., Lau, M., Shapiro, S., Carlson, L., Anderson, N.D., Carmody, J., Degal, Z.V., Abbey, S., Speca, M., Velting, D., &  Devins, G. (2004) Mindfulness: A proposed operational definition. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 11, 230-241.

Martin, W. (2009). The Parent’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents. Hachette Book Group. New York: NY

Powers-Barker, P., Carter, S., and Worthington, T. (2019). OSU Extension Publications. https://extensionpubs.osu.edu/mindful-wellness/

Why Mindfulness is a Superpower: An Animation (n.d.). Happify. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6T02g5hnT4

Wickham, J. (2015, February 16). Mindfulness and our mental health. Mayo Clinic Health System. Retrieved from http://mayoclinichealthsystem.org/hometown-health/speaking-of-health/mindfulness-and-our-mental-health

On the Bookshelf – Mindfulness

The following books are listed in the OSU Extension Mindful Wellness reference page:

  • Bays, J. C. (2011). How to train a Wild Elephant & Other Adventures in Mindfulness. Boulder, CO: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Kabat-Zinn, J. (2016). Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment―and Your Life. Boulder, CO: Sounds True Inc.
  • Kornfield, J. (2008). Meditation for Beginners. Boulder, CO: Sounds True Inc.
  • Nhat Hanh, T. (2011). Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness With Children. Berkeley, CA: Parallax Press.
  • Ryan, T. (2012). A Mindful Nation: How a Simple Practice Can Help Us Reduce Stress, Improve Performance, and Recapture the American Spirit. Carlsbad, CA: Hay House Inc.
  • Siegel, D. J., (2011) The Whole Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind. New York, NY: Dalacorte Press.
  • Siegel, D. & Bryson, T. (2016). No Drama Discipline: The Whole Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Brain. New York, NY: Bantam Books.
  • Sood, A. (2013). The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living.  Boston, MA: Da Capo Press.

Also on the bookshelf:

  • A Still Quiet Place for Athletes: Mindfulness Skills for Achieving Peak Performance & Finding Flow in Sports & Life by Amy Saltzman, MD
  • Mindfulness: A Practical Guide by Mark Williams and Danny Penman
  • Practicing Mindfulness: 75 Essential Meditations to Reduce Stress, Improve Mental Health, and Find Peace in the Everyday by Matthew Socklov
  • Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff
  • 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in my Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help that Actually Works – A True Story by Dan Harris
  • The Little Book of Mindfulness: 10 Minutes a Day to Less Stress, More Peace by Dr. Patrizia Collard
  • The Mindfulness Revolution: Leading Psychologists, Scientists, Artists, and Meditation Teachers on the Power of Mindfulness in Daily Life by Barry Boyce
  • Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Children’s Books related to mindful themes

  • A Handful of Quiet, Happiness in Four Pebbles by Thich Nhat Hanh and illustrated by Wietske Vriezen
  • A Quiet Place by Douglas Wood and illustrated by Dan Andreasen
  • Breath Like a Bear by Kira Willey and illustrated by Anni Betts
  • Charlotte and the Quiet Place by Deborah Sosin and illustrated by Sarah Woolley
  • Don’t Worry Bear by author and illustrator Greg Foley
  • Here and Now by author Julia Denos and illustrated by E.B. Goodale
  • I Am Peace, A Book of Mindfulness by Susan  Verde and illustrated by Peter Reynolds
  • I Am Enough  by Grace Byers and illustrated by Keturah A. Bobo
  • Jonathan James and the Whatif Monster by author and illustrator Michelle Nelson-Schmidt
  • Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda by Lauren Alderfer and illustrated by Kerry MacLean
  • Most People by Michael Leannah and illustrated by Jennifer E. Morris
  • Puppy Mind by Andrew Jordan Nance and illustrated by Jim Durk
  • The Color Monster by author and illustrator Anna Llena

Book recommendations by others (lists):

Let it Snow! Mindful Winter Activities

If you choose not to find the joy in the snow, you will have less joy in your life but still the same amount of snow. 

It’s wintertime in Ohio – we might have snow, we might have rain or ice or we might have a bright, clear day. This quote by an unknown author is like the Midwest winter version of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s quote about a beautiful day at the ocean: you can’t stop the waves but you can learn to surf.

The only advantage of a remote class or conference is that we can be in a cozy spot and not have to travel to other parts of the state. Let’s make the most of this and make sure to take time for some mindfulness practices.

Here’s a quick summary of the links below for wintertime mindfulness: Although we don’t want you to spend all day in front of a screen, if you’re looking for a break from the seriousness of work, take one and half minutes to enjoy a snow globe or a minute to draw and watch your iceberg float. If you’re staying inside, grab some colored pencils and print a copy of winter coloring pages. If coloring is not your cup of tea, make your plans for mindful eating or a warm cup of tea, cocoa, or coffee. Bundle up and head outdoors for a mindful winter walk.  We wish you comfort and joy all through the year and we also acknowledge that the wintertime can sometimes be difficult. If you need any resources related to SAD (seasonal affective disorder) or other seasonal challenges, please find the best support for your situation.

Use your screen for a quick break

  • If you have one and a half minutes, enjoy a meditation snow globe
  • Draw an iceberg and see how it will float at Iceberger
  • For background music and beautiful scenes, this one-hour, Winter Wonderland scenic relaxation film is perfect to play in the background. It highlights scenes across the globe’s most stunning winter locations. From skiing the Swiss Alps to soaring over the glaciers of Alaska, winter is an enchanting time of year.
  • Emotional Blizzards – Calming the Storm, Destress Monday

Coloring pages

Ninety-two Best Coloring Pages are located at homemade gifts made easy. Here are a few winter pages to get you started.

Outdoors and Nature

Bundle up and head outdoors! Use all your senses as you walk. Use this Live Healthy Live Well blog on Wonder and Wander in Nature this Winter for ideas. For more information on the value of nature in our lives, including articles and infographics visit Nature Matters.

Cup of tea – don’t forget mindful eating and drinking

Comfort and Joy – what brings you comfort or joy? Jot down a list and then Do More of it! This list of Mindfulness Ideas and Activities was collected by the Mindful Wellness team and can be used as an idea-starter for your practice.  If you’d like to follow a recorded mindfulness practice, we recommend the links at the Wexner Medical Center.

SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder

Learn more from Live Healthy Live Well blogs below or visit the website for a list of webinars

Connect for Support

If you find yourself – or a loved one – struggling, please use local support or call the Ohio CareLine at 1-800-720-9616.  Ohio’s CareLine is free, anonymous, open 24/7, and staffed with licensed behavioral health professionals.


Additional Resources








Compassion Fatigue and Compassion Satisfaction

Virtual Handout on Compassion Fatigue and Compassion Satisfaction.

  • Define burnout, compassion fatigue, and compassion satisfaction
  • Review researched recommendations
  • Practice a few short exercises
  • Set a personal intention related to compassion satisfaction

Questions? Contact Patrice powers-barker.1@osu.edu


References (including previous resources listed above):

Bergstrom, C. (2017) Three senses mindfulness activity for kids, teens, and grown ups. Blissful Kids. https://blissfulkids.com/three-senses-mindfulness-activity-kids-teens-grown-ups/

Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project. (2021). https://compassionfatigue.org/index.html

Coping with COVID: Lesson Plans to Promote Mental, Emotional and Social Health (MESH). (2020). Ohio State University. 4-H Healthy Living Design Team.  https://ohio4h.org/books-and-resources/design-team-curriculum/coping-covid-lesson-plans-promote-mental-emotional-and

Coyne LW, Gould ER, Grimaldi M, Wilson KG, Baffuto G, Biglan A. (2020) First Things First: Parent Psychological Flexibility and Self-Compassion During COVID19

Golden, A. (2021). Supporting Yourself in Uncertain Times Webinar. Bright Horizons. https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/3408866/3063A19E2F4E5AF1A809639C1DC076F7

Kent, C. (2016). 10 ways to survive what you can’t control: As more stresses originate beyond our reach, being a physician is more challenging than ever. Review of Ophthalmology. https://www.reviewofophthalmology.com/article/10-ways-to-survive-what-you-cant-control

Kraynak, A. (2020). Compassion fatigue in the time of COVID. Network, 33(4), p4-5.

Kumar, A., Killingsworth, M., and Gilovich, T. (2014, August 21). Waiting for merlot: Anticipatory consumption of experiential and material purchases. Psychological Science.

Manage stress: Strengthen your support network. (2019) American Psychological Association. https://www.apa.org/topics/stress/manage-social-support

Marrison, E. (2019). My future self. Live Healthy Live Well. Ohio State University. https://livehealthyosu.com/2019/12/12/my-future-self/

Mayo Clinic Staff. (n.d.)  Job burnout: How to spot it and take action https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/burnout/art-20046642

Neupert, S. (2020). Knowledge is power: learning more about COVID-19 can reduce your pandemic stress. North Carolina State University.

Polk, M.G., Smith, E.L., Zhang, L.-R., & Neupert, S.D. (2020). Thinking ahead and staying in the present: Implications for reactivity to daily stressors. Personality and Individual Differences.

Powers-Barker, P., Carter, S., Worthington, T. (2019). Mindful Wellness. Ohio State University. https://extensionpubs.osu.edu/mindful-wellness/

Powers-Barker, P. (2021). What’s wrong with positivity. Live Healthy Live Well Blog. Ohio State University.  https://livehealthyosu.com/2021/04/08/whats-wrong-with-positivity/

The Importance of Having a Support System. (2020). Mental Health First Aid, News, Self-Care. https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/2020/08/the-importance-of-having-a-support-system/

Tips for Disaster Responders: Understanding Compassion Fatigue. (2014). Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). HHS Publication No. SMA-14-4869. https://store.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/d7/priv/sma14-4869.pdf

The November 5, 2021 Zoom session for OSU Extension colleagues also shared the following: