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School Directory page 34

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The Most Romantic Gift p. 40

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Fourteen-year-old Hanna, on the other hand, primarily likes to run Disney races because they have really cool medals. And since the Half Marathon has the best medal, and she is now old enough to participate, that’s what she will be running (on her dad’s actual birthday). Like Haylee, she too has been training, but unlike Haylee, she takes the “walk breaks” far more seriously than she does her actual running. She likes to run for about 30 seconds at a time before taking a 30 second (or longer) walk break. So at that pace, her training runs take a very long time! Thankfully Disney has a pretty generous time limit, so she won’t have any problem getting her coveted medal, but I have a feeling that if you throw in a bathroom break or two (she takes at least two during a long run) and a picture in front of the castle, it’s going to take us most of that three and a half hour time limit.

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To be more romantic, don’t make things about your happiness but about your wife’s happiness instead. When you do that, you’ll be romantic in her eyes. And Valentine’s Day will be just an extension of the natural romantic that you now are. Here are 4 ways you can make Valentine’s Day and your marriage not about you but about your wife.

1. Set her apart. It’s here, fellas. Valentine’s Day is upon is. To some, the mere thought may cause you to break into a cold sweat. It’s the one day of the year where we are supposed to be, no, have to be romantic with our spouse. Well, Valentine’s Day is really not the only day of the year we are supposed to be romantic, but it is one of those days where we are encouraged to do so and may be judged if we’re not. For those of us who don’t know the meaning of the word romantic or who don’t have a romantic bone in our bodies, it can be a challenge. For those of us who struggle in the romance department, there is a trick, a hack that can help you be the most ro-

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How Do You Spell LOVE? With Valentine’s Day season upon us, you might wonder how you spell L.O.V.E. In our book, The First Five Years, we explain how to create a memorable romantic encounter for your spouse no matter how many years you are married. Keep this acrostic for LOVE in mind as you make plans to wow the one you love:

Listen • Observe • Vary • Extract


Your spouse will drop hints about the things he or she loves and you can use these hints to create more romance and sizzle in your re-

lationship. For example, if you listen to Bill and me in a casual lunch conversation, you would be apt to find out that Bill loves things like: Football, fishing, cooking, joke telling, and the Bible. If you listen to Pam you’d discover she loves travel, biking, swimming, tennis, laughing, and helping women-and the spa! It doesn’t take much imagination then to know that if I (Pam) give Bill a day of ocean fishing or if he gave me a day at the spa, we would be more interested in each other at the end of that day. Bill and I also keep a running list of “loves” we discover about one another while listening.

For dating couples, being an active listener can show you are cherishing and valuing the one you are dating. If he or she shares a favorite food, type of entertainment, or hobby and you create a date that includes this you gain points in the romance column.


On the TV show Sherlock, Sherlock Holmes wows the audience by his keen detective skills of observation. You can become a detective and easily observe what will bless and ignite your spouse: • What raises stress in your partner-then make a plan to lower it • What lifts the spirit-then make a plan to repeat it • What calms the atmosphere-then recreate it • What things are collectible-then add to it • When he or she sighs or purrs-then repeat it • What makes him/her ask for more-then expand it • What draws him/her to you-then protect it


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To extract love, take an old idea and give it a new spin. Personalize it, shake it up, add to it. Take a tradition and give it a tilt: If you go to dinner each Thursday, next week eat it on the rooftop, or on a blanket at the park. If you usually work out as a couple, then make the next date a payoff- get some new athletic wear and try out a new activity. L.O.V.E: Listen, observe, vary and extract to create a love to look forward to living. It is possible to keep love as red hot as those candy hearts you munch on each Valentine’s Day-it just takes a little creativity and some L.O.V.E.

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In the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, Derek Redmond believed he could win a silver medal for Great Britain. After five years of daily training and eight operations on his Achilles tendons, Derek had won the first two heats and was running in the semifinals of the 400 meters. Things were going as planned until, coming out of the first turn, he heard a snap and felt a sharp pain in his left leg. Derek went down in a heap on the track as he realized that his left hamstring had exploded, and with it, his dreams of an Olympic medal. He got to his feet and began to run—hop, really—to finish the race. He later said that he was determined to finish and therefore waved off the race officials, who were running toward him with a stretcher. And then he felt a hand on his shoulder.

Redmond began to push the hand of assistance away until he turned to find himself looking into the face of his father, Jim. When Jim Redmond had seen what had happened to his son, he had pushed his way out of the crowd and onto the track and rushed to tell Derek that he didn’t have to finish. But when Derek insisted that he complete the race, Jim said they would do it together.

that they’re okay, to help them see that failure isn’t final and that when they take their next steps, they will not be alone. Quality time is important. Being actively engaged with our children in their schoolwork or their activities or by simply reading a book is important. But they need quantity time, too, and lots of it. Even if there’s nothing special on the agenda, they need to know that we’ve chosen to be in the room or in the house with them, over all other interest competing for our time.

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Derek cried into Jim’s shoulder as they walked the remainder of the course, and race officials continued to come to their side in an effort to assist the pair. Jim now was the one who waved them off, later saying he didn’t understand Spanish and wasn’t going to be stopped from being with his son.


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Bornean Orangutan Born at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo New year, new zoo baby! Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo welcomes 2018 with the birth of a rare Bornean orangutan baby. The endangered primate was born in the early morning on Jan. 6, 2018, to experienced mother Dee Dee, weighing in at an estimated 3 pounds. There are fewer than 100 Bornean orangutans in 24 AZA-accredited institutions in North America, making this birth very significant for the species and the Tampa community. Dee Dee is quite the experienced mother, already giving birth four times successfully and this will be

father, Goyang’s third baby at the Zoo. In October, a human pregnancy test confirmed that Dee Dee was pregnant. The Zoo’s animal care team and veterinary staff worked closely with Dee Dee to voluntarily participate during ultrasounds. “Dee Dee continues to do well with her female baby. As an experienced mother, she didn’t show any signs of any possible issues. We determined that Dee Dee’s baby had turned during one of her regular ultrasound exams,” said Dr. Ray Ball, VP of Medical Sciences at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo.

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Why Is It So Important to Wear Retainers After Orthodontic Treatment? by Dr. Nick Reynolds, Northeast Orthodontics “Really? My kid has to wear the retainer every night for the rest of their life? When I had braces, my orthodontist told me to wear it for just a couple years and then stop.” This is a very common comment we hear from curious parents when discussing the importance of wearing retainers after orthodontic treatment is completed. Where the misconception came from, we really aren’t quite sure. The evidence has been in the literature for decades about treatment relapse being predictable in both amount and timing. Nonetheless, the same surprised expression on parents’ faces are seen weekly when we deliver the news that we recommend night time wear, or as we call it, “nighttime for a lifetime” of the retainers after braces come off. For those of you wondering what exactly a retainer is and what it does, I will digress

and fill you in! The point of braces is to take your teeth from the natural position your body wants them in, to a position of a perfect bite and a handsome or beautiful smile. Once braces come off, we like to describe the teeth as being in “wet cement”. The bone and gum tissue around each and every tooth is immature. If left alone, your body will immediately fight to put the teeth back into the “natural” position they were before you ever had braces. The reality is, you have natural orthodontic forces in your mouth twentyfour hours a day. Your teeth’s position are a result of cheek pressure, tongue pressure and chewing forces. Braces did a great job overpowering those forces and putting the teeth in their perfect position, and retainers are your insurance policy of keeping them there. The retainers themselves are typically made of plastic, or acrylic, and they fit over the teeth to keep them placed in the proper position. Ev-

ery patient has unique teeth, and unique treatment circumstances, so we prescribe and tailor make the retainers for each individual patient. Our office has a protocol of requesting you wear your retainers full time (twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week) for the first month after the braces come off, and then we will taper the number of hours down to nighttime only wear (approximately eight to ten hours) by month three. We find that starting full time and tapering down the number of hours increases the chance of the patient’s compliance with following the protocol long term and minimizes the pressure and soreness of wearing the retainers much quicker. Additionally, we also offer a bonded wire retainer behind the lower front teeth, if requested. We are very proud of our treatments, and want you to

maintain that healthy and wonderful smile forever. After all, our completed cases are our best advertisement. We want you to walk around town with a huge smile on your face, and tell everyone it was our office that made your smile perfect!

Dr. Nick Reynolds “Since as long as I can remember, it’s been my goal to pursue a career in which I can work with my hands, help someone everyday, be artistic, strive for perfection, and provide for my community. Orthodontics is the perfect marriage of all those things. I couldn’t see myself doing anything else! My goal at Northeast Orthodontics is to provide the children and adults of St. Petersburg with handsome and beautiful smiles while providing first class service, state of the art care, and a friendly atmosphere.”

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Common Home Buying Mistakes by Sonny Glover and Melody Gallion

It can be easy to get lost and confused during the home buying process. Proper planning is paramount. It’s also helpful to learn from other people’s mistakes. Here are some of the most common errors people make when shopping for a new home.

Not budgeting for everything

Yes, this sounds obvious, but many people forget about some of the costs of buying a home. There are added costs such as furniture and appliances, DIY projects, moving fees, or your first mortgage payment. This last one is especially important—setting a budget may help you determine how much you can comfortably afford to pay for your mortgage.

Neglecting your credit score Your credit score will play a major role in the home buying process. This 3-digit number might be the thing that keeps you from your new home! Credit reports often contain errors or misinformation, so it’s important to retrieve your report ahead of time and fix any errors before sending it out to lenders. Looking at your credit reports may also give you a better idea of what interest rates you can expect so you can make room for them in your budget.

Trusting verbal agreements

A home seller can verbally accept your bid and still turn around and give it to someone else if a higher bidder comes along. So before you celebrate your new home, make sure you’ve signed paperwork!

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Skipping the home inspection

Sweating the small things

You can’t expect the seller to tell you about all the potential problems you might face if you buy their home. There might even be issues with the house that the seller isn’t aware of, which is why it’s crucial to hire an inspector to take a look through the house. An inspector will examine the overall foundation and structural features of a house. It’s their job to find these areas of concern so that you don’t have to worry about them later on! (Tip: Don’t be too reliant on the inspector. You may catch problems that they sometimes miss.)

Don’t like the color of a house or the wallpaper inside? Is there something about the kitchen that you just can’t stand? Don’t sweat the small things! Focus instead on the location and the overall structure of the house. Once you move in you can change the small things you don’t like and make your house a home! If you avoid these mistakes and work closely with a CENTURY 21® Affiliated Sales Associate, you may just find the home you’ve been searching for!

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1. E – Ronald Reagan had a well-known affection for jellybeans, and he would serve red, white and blue jelly beans at his inaugural parties. The Jelly Belly “Blueberry” flavor was launched in his honor. 2. I – While at the University of Michigan, Gerald Ford, an outstanding football player, was drafted by both the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions. However, he turned down their offers to attend law school instead. 3. J – Franklin D. Roosevelt founded a hydrotherapy center in 1927 in Warm Springs, Georgia, to treat polio patients. The resort still operates today as the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation.

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4. H – During a state dinner on January 8, grazed freely on the White House lawn and 1992, George H.W. Bush vomited into the even provided the First Family with milk. lap of the Prime Minister of Japan. Bush 8. A – Dwight D. Eisenhower reportedly smoked four packs of cigarettes per day blamed the incident on the flu. The next until his doctor told him to cut back. Rather time the two officials met, Bush reportedly joked, “This time, dinner is on me.” than moderate his smoking, Ike decided to 5. G – Thomas Jefferson, was an enthusiastic kick the habit altogether. architect and product designer. He actually 9. D – Harry S. Truman, a president remembered for his ability to connect invented the swivel chair, which he used to common Americans was a failed in Monticello, the home he also designed himself. entrepreneur. The haberdashery he opened 6. B – Former Union General and Commander with his partner Edward Jacobson in 1919 went bankrupt three years later due to the in Chief Ulysses S. Grant was not only the 18th president of the United States, but also nation’s economic recession. the eighth president of the pro-gun advocacy 10. C – James Buchanan was engaged but group, the National Rifle Association. never married. His fiancé, Ann Caroline Coleman, broke off the engagement and 7. F – While several presidents have owned died several days later, from what many dogs and cats, William Taft kept pet cows. believe was an intentional overdose. Pauline, one of Taft’s Holstein cows,

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5. Which president invented the swivel chair? 6. Which president became the president of the NRA after serving as the top man in the nation? 7. Which president had a pet cow that was kept on the White House lawn? 8. Which president was known to smoke four packs of cigarettes per day? 9. Which president owned a haber­dashery before becoming president? 10. Which president remained a bachelor for his entire life? February 2018 • 19

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If there’s one event that brings people together, it’s the Olympics! And we are eagerly looking forward to the 2018 Winter Olympics which will be held this February. The 23rd Olympic Winter Games will officially begin on February 8th and we’re ready to give our colder sports some love. So, get ready to light a torch and set out for gold, because the Games are getting ready to begin!

Here are 25 things to know about this year’s games:


The 2018 PyeongChang Olympics run Feb. 9-25, officially. But competition actually starts a day earlier on the 8th.


PyeongChang, South Korea is 13 hours ahead of Tampa, Florida.


Complete coverage of the Winter Olympics will be broadcast on NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, MSNBC, USA Network, Telemundo, NBC Universo, Olympic Channel, the NBC Sports app, and


Katie Couric is returning to NBC to host the Opening Ceremony.


About 240 American athletes are preparing to compete in the winter games.


After two balmy Winter Olympics — 2010 Vancouver and 2014 Sochi — this one should see real winter conditions with average lows in the mountain venues expected to dip below -10°C (14°F).



The Mascots for the 2018 Winter Olympics are Soohorang (White tiger) and Bandabi (Black bear). Soohorang is considered as Korea’s guardian animal.


The official slogan for the 2018 Winter Olympics is “Passion. Connected.”


Ecuador, Eritrea, Kosovo, Malaysia, and Singapore are scheduled to make their Winter Olympics debut.


The Nigerian women’s bobsled team qualified for the Games, marking the first time a bobsled team from the continent of Africa will compete at the Olympics.


Russia is still in, mostly. As punishment for running a massive doping regime that undermined at least two Olympics, athletes who are cleared by a special testing panel won’t wear traditional Russian uniforms but ones that say Olympic Athlete from Russia.

The opening and closing ceremonies are being held in a 35,000-seat open-air stadium.

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Curling fans rejoice: It’s the one sport which begins the day before the opening ceremony and ends on the final day of the Games, making it the only sport to be contested every single day.


North Korea has agreed to send athletes and officials to February’s Olympics.


The Olympic host city has long been named Pyeongchang but organizers suggested the spelling to PyeongChang to further distinguish it from the North Korean capital Pyongyang.


The United States medal hopes are strong with the U.S.A. currently ranked third in World Cup standings, behind Germany and Canada.


The NHL decided its players couldn’t go to the PyeongChang Games, so it will be much harder for the U.S. team to win the gold in men’s hockey.


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A total of 2,900 athletes from 95 countries are expected to compete. That’s far fewer than compete at the Summer Games, which attract more than 11,000 athletes from more than 200 countries.



There are 102 medal events, the most ever at a Winter Games.



This year’s games include six new events: snowboard big air (men’s and women’s), speed skating mass start (men’s and women’s), curling mixed doubles and the Alpine team event.


The gold medals weigh 586 grams, which would mean they’d be worth nearly $25,000 each if they were made of pure gold. However, they’re not. They’re made of silver and plated with six grams of gold. Instead of flowers during their podium ceremony, medalists will be given a small Games mascot — a stuffed white tiger named Soohorang — wearing a gold, silver or bronze hat and wooden gift featuring mountain scenes of PyeongChang. Closing ceremonies will be on Sunday, February 25.


On the final day of the last two Winter Olympics, there wasn’t a single women’s medal event. This time, there are an equal number of men’s and women’s events.


The PyeongChang Olympic Emblem symbolizes harmony. It comprises five colors, namely, yellow, green, blue, red and black. The colors are based on the motif of the Olympic ring and Korea’s five cardinal colors.



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Math Success Begins With Algebra Judy Adorno, Director, Sylvan of St. Petersburg In today’s society, everyone, not just those who are mathematically inclined, must understand algebraic concepts and be able to work with technology. Changes in society and new expectations of colleges and employers have revolutionized math curriculums. Success in algebra often correlates to success in college, so it is very important for today’s students to do their best with this critical subject. Parents can sometimes feel intimidated because they lack experience with updated math teaching and technology. What practical steps can be taken to ease parental concerns and help families build confidence in this new approach to middle and high school mathematics?

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Sara Carroll Klug, a teacher of exceptional students at Morgan Fitzgerald Middle School, has been selected to receive the 2018 Clarissa Hug Teacher of the Year Award from the Council for Exceptional Children. Klug has taught at Morgan Fitzgerald Middle for 36 years. An announcement from the Council for Exceptional Children highlighted some of the many reasons Klug was selected for this honor: She implements lessons and interventions that are research based and data driven, while providing regular feedback on student work and behavior. She provides a supportive environment and instills rituals to guide students through their day. Her classroom includes a ticket reward system that allows students to become eligible for small prizes, a weekly rotation of students into the role of co-teacher, and hands-on activities such as a class butter-making project intended to bring a reading assignment to life.

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Outside the classroom, Klug has served on the leadership team, where she collaborates with administrators and fellow teachers to set goals and create action plans around a variety of academic, behavioral, and safety issues. She has also taught special education at the university level for nine years. The Clarissa Hug Teacher of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding teacher of children with disabilities and/ or gifts and talents. The award honors a CEC member whose work reflects significant educational success for students, continued professional development and the highest standard of educational quality. Klug will be recognized during the CEC 2018 Convention & Expo’s Opening General Session, the largest annual gathering of members of the field of special education, Feb. 7, at the Tampa Convention Center.

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Love is a Powerful Motivator Dr. Kira Wilson

Red and pink hearts are everywhere. Boxes of chocolates and roses fill the entrance to grocery and retail stores this month. It’s a reminder to celebrate Valentine’s Day and share a little love. Love is defined differently depending on who you ask. It’s about romance for some, commitment for others, or a feeling you have for someone special. The term love is used to describe one’s feeling for pizza, a good book, a pet or family member. When asked what love is, one

Kindergarten student thoughtfully responded, “Love is when you try to make someone feel good.” However it may be defined, love is a powerful motivator. In addition to motivating young men to work hard to provide for a family, for independent women to compromise their career path and new parents to return to their roots, love can motivate children to obey, to achieve in school, and to love others.

Parents and teachers are given the opportunity to train children in a manner that is rooted in love. Parenting (and teaching) styles vary, but studies show that children with parents who demonstrate love through support and encouragement (authoritative parenting style) are more likely to obey family rules and follow the model and values set by parents. Parental love motivates children to want to please their parents. Unlike the authoritarian parent who rules with an iron fist, or the permissive parent with low expectations and limited boundaries, children in a loving home, with authoritative parents, are more likely to meet the high expectations to succeed in school. This is also true for students in a classroom with a teacher who practices an authoritative approach, rather than an authoritarian or permissive one. Teachers who express love and offer support to their students are more effective teachers. Research reports that students who feel cared for by their teachers perform better in school and work hard to complete challenging tasks. Children respond positively when a teacher takes an interest in them and exercises patience in teaching. Love and kindness builds the relationship, bringing about a desire to satisfy the teacher.

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Love is more than a feeling. Love is a practice. The Bible is replete with chapters devoted to defining love. A common passage read at weddings, 1 Corinthians Chapter 13 in the New Testament, is a meaningful description of what love is and what love is not. Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not provoke, is not arrogant, and does not hold grudges. Genuine love is sacrificial. It is putting the needs of others above your own. When instruction is rooted in love, children blossom and learn to love others. To consider each and every love “is” and “does not” read 1 Corinthians 13 online at: For more information on Parenting Styles visit: Dr. Kira Wilson is the Director of Covenant Academy in Pinellas County and the founder of Life and Learning, an education blog for parents. With more than 35 years in Christian education, her passion is to encourage and equip teachers and parents to develop in children a love for learning and a genuine relationship with God. She cherishes family time with her husband, children, and two grandchildren.

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with Jim Daly Q: Our resolution this year is to improve our communication as a (busy) family. Several weeks in, we’re doing better about keeping in touch by phone, text and email. But something still seems to be missing. Jim: Did you know spoken (or written) words account for only 7 percent of communication? The rest is conveyed through our body language, face, eyes and tone of voice. Think about that. When we communicate with our family members primarily through text messages and email, we’re losing more than 90 percent of our ability to connect on a meaningful level.

The first player thinks of a person or thing to be and says, “Who am I?” or “What am I?” Then everybody else takes turns asking questions and listening to the responses until someone comes up with the answer. Second, ask open-ended questions that require more than a “yes” or “no” answer. For example, “What’s been the best part of your week so far?” or, “What made it

TRY CONVERSATIONAL ACTIVITIES TO IMPROVE FAMILY COMMUNICATION so good?” Or you could ask, “If you could be anyone in the world, who would you be and why?”

lower-than-usual grade on a quiz — gets blown out of proportion in his mind. How can we help him?

The possibilities are endless, but the point is the same -- to prime the pump and get the waters of personal conversation flowing. Because without that, your connection as a family could easily wither away.

Danny Huerta, Vice President, Parenting and Youth: This is a fairly common response at this impressionable age, especially if a child has perfectionist tendencies (or is seeing that modeled by someone else in the household). The key factor is whether your son is interpreting his mistakes and failures as an indicator of his worth. Help him grasp the proper perspective by emphasizing three truths that he needs to hear from you as his parent.

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Thriving families share a common trait: They spend time together interacting faceto-face. But many families struggle to have meaningful discussions. If that sounds like your household, you might try some of these ideas to get your family members talking:

Q: I’m concerned about how our 8-yearold son reacts when he makes a mistake or struggles in school. Any little thing — dropping and breaking a glass, or a

First, get the ball rolling with a simple question game around the dinner table.

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Second, failure is a gift to our “future self” (the person we become) because it reminds us there is always room to grow. Kids sometimes get stuck on the message “I always fail.” Help them learn to overcome mistakes by focusing on motivation, determination, perseverance and learned skills. These are great traits that can position your child to succeed along the road of life.

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Finally, falling short helps us become humble and loving. Pride can be destructive in relationships, while humility opens up the potential for real and selfless love to shine. Emphasize to your son that his worth doesn’t depend on being perfect; you love him the same regardless. In turn, by learning to accept himself for who he is, he’s learning to love and accept others for who they are rather than by what they do.


CONTROLLING BEHAVIOR CAN DESTROY YOUR MARRIAGE Q: I’ve been married for about 3 1/2 years. I think my wife and I have a pretty good relationship, although she doesn’t always do things the way I’d like. When I try to talk about such things and make suggestions, she seems to close down. Is there a way to help her see my point of view, or am I missing something? Greg Smalley, Vice President, Family Ministries: Whether it’s the right sweetener for our coffee or keeping our home at a certain temperature, we all want our life to function in a way that suits us. And when something doesn’t work the way we like, we usually try to control it. Unfortunately, many people employ a similar strategy in their marriage. Controlling behavior can often occur because one spouse doesn’t feel loved and validated by the other. So they try to con-

trol their spouse’s actions to ensure they get the relationship they want. But taking charge over a spouse doesn’t foster connection and love; it destroys it because control erodes partnership and oneness, the very foundation of the marital relationship. Here is the hard truth: If you control your spouse, you’re in danger of losing your marriage. A spouse who feels controlled will eventually try to escape. That may be through an affair, a divorce, or, at the very least, the spouse may spend all their time with friends or in another part of the house.


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The solution is to give up the role of “boss” and to begin cultivating a relationship of warmth and openness. That requires giveand-take, likely including some compromises. It may take the help of a counselor, but when a couple learns healthy ways to connect and become equals, a strong marriage is just over the horizon. If you need some help getting started and would like to talk to one of our staff counselors, call 1-855-771-HELP (4357) or visit our website listed above. Jim Daly is president of Focus on the Family, host of the Focus on the Family radio program, and a husband and father of two.

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The Most Romantic Gift — Keep a lifelong fascination with your spouse by Dr. Greg Smalley American couples spend billions each Valentine’s Day. Romantic cards, candy, flowers, candlelit dinners and even expensive jewelry — are these what true romance is all about? I’m not knocking such gestures, and this year I’ll likely buy some items on that list. But these things are mere romantic tokens. Gifts and dinner dates can enhance romance, but they do not define romance. Some couples fail to understand its essence and have instead replaced the heart of romance with symbolic tokens and obligatory outings.

thoughts, beliefs, opinions, fears, desires, needs, hopes and dreams. However, after we’d been married for a few years, we encountered a romance buster – we became accustomed to each other. We gradually stopped asking questions and started believing that we knew everything there was to know about each other.

Proverbs 5:18-19 aptly describes the heart of romance: “Rejoice in the wife of your youth….May you always be captivated by her love”. True romance is more about being captivated by your spouse than buying flowers or chocolate. Captivation is all about curiosity and interest – being allured by your spouse.

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Every marriage has areas that are working well and areas that could use improvement. marriage, it’s important to evaluate these areas and give them the attention they need. Here’s the great news: Romance and passion don’t have to naturally fade. I learned to nurture romance by renewing my mindset daily. I changed my attitude from seeking comfort in the familiar to remaining curious. When I pursue staying current with Erin’s inner world,

I’m captivated by her feelings, needs, fears, hopes and dreams, which is the very stuff that I spent hours learning about during our dating, engagement and early marriage years.

Lifelong fascination True romance is a deep, lifelong fascination with your mate. As you renew your curiosity, your wife or husband will seem even more alluring. Your spouse and your marriage relationship are always changing;

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there’s something new to discover every day. Being a lifelong student of your spouse and learning all you can about her or him is the most romantic gift you will ever give on any day of the year. Dr. Greg Smalley is vice president of Marriage and Family Formation at Focus on the Family and the author of several books, including Crazy Little Thing Called Marriage.


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February 2018 Events February 1 - 28 MFA STAR WARS AND THE POWER OF COSTUME Take a unique journey into the Star Wars universe as characters are brought to life through a dramatic presentation of more than 60 original costumes. Star Wars and the Power of Costume will closely examine the captivating process of costume design for iconic outfits featured in the first seven films of the Star Wars saga—from Queen Amidala’s lavish gowns to Darth Vader’s imposing black armor. Feast your eyes on the costumes of Han Solo, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, and more! Don’t miss your chance to see iconic figures from your favorite movies.

February 1 - 28 MUTINY AT THE MUSEUM - GLAZER CHILDREN’S MUSEUM February is full of new programs and some sweet favorites too at the Glazer Children’s Museum! GCM’s throw-back month will begin with celebrating the classic children’s game, Candy Land. The museum’s new twist on Valentine’s Day features board games, candy, and a lot of fun for the family. February 1-28 GASPARILLA: A TAMPA TRADITION The Gasparilla invasion takes over the Henry B. Plant Museum! Visit the museum and experience an exhibit on the rich history of Tampa’s oldest and most fun-loving community festival. The new exhibit, Gasparilla: A Tampa Tradition explores Tampa’s premier party, attended by a motley crew of the famous and infamous, the beautiful people and bad dudes.

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February 1-3, 5-10, 12-17, 19-24, & 26-28 REAL MUSIC REAL MASTERS - BUSCH GARDENS CONCERT SERIES The longest-running concert series at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay returns in January with incredible live music spanning from the 1950s to today, plus all-new entertainment including pop and country artists, a dazzling cirque show and a rhythmic Irish dance group. Live performances are scheduled Monday through Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the climatecontrolled Stanleyville Theater. February 1-19 EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS Kick off 2018 with world-class cuisine, remarkable visual art and an extraordinary lineup of live entertainment! Experience the ultimate cultural celebration as food, art and entertainment perfectly merge— running February 1 through February 19! Also, take in a smash-hit smorgasbord of musical performances featured throughout the Festival - from local bands to Broadway stars and beyond. February 2-4 GIOACHINO ROSSINI’S THE BARBER OF SEVILLE AT THE STRAZ The race for Rosina’s love is on — but how can Count Almaviva get her from Dr. Bartolo’s clutches? Almaviva needs the man about town who can make things happen, and that man is Figaro, the barber of Seville. Shave and a haircut, two wits: but Bartolo is no match for Figaro’s madcap series of subterfuges that gets Almaviva en vivo with Rosina. Gioachino Rossini’s hilarious comic opera contains some of the most recognizable arias of all time, and this bright, bold music paired with laugh-out-loud situation comedy will have you humming figaro all the way home.

February 3 & 17 MFA MAKE & TAKE SATURDAYS Create your own masterpiece inspired by works in the collection and special exhibitions. Supplies are included. FREE with Museum admission. No registration necessary. Recommended for ages five and older, but entire families are encouraged to participate. February 3, 4, 10 & 11 SESAME STREET PIRATE PARTY WEEKENDS

February 3 MONSTER JAM Unexpected, unscripted and unforgettable, Monster Jam takes center stage at Raymond James Stadium, sporting meticulously manicured dirt tracks created with the sole purpose of pushing these perfectly engineered, larger-than-life trucks to the limit. This new show will bring motorsport fans to the edge of their seats with adrenaline-charged, high-flying, fourwheel excitement that is fun for the entire family. February 6 CHILDREN’S BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH FREE TUESDAY AT THE GLAZER CHILDREN’S MUSEUM The Children’s Board of Hillsborough proudly presents a Free Admission Tuesday program held on the first Tuesday of every month, between 12-7pm. Join us for free, family fun at the GCM.

All hands on deck during this all-new pirate festival as Busch Gardens kicks-off a year of playing, laughing and learning with Sesame Street Safari of Fun Kids’ Weekends! Join your favorite Sesame Street crew decked out in pirate gear Saturdays & Sundays Feb 3-11. Young lads and lasses are invited to join in the celebration each weekend, featuring Pirate character parades and dance parties, themed story times, a treasure scavenger hunt, exclusive photo opportunities, color your own pirate bandana and more! February 3,10, 17, & 24 DILLYDALLY WITH DALI Children can discover the creative world of Dali through games, puzzles and arts + crafts activities which educate and encourage family interaction. Dillydally with Dali takes place under the direction of the museum’s Family Programs Coordinator in the 1st floor Education Classroom.

February 7 EXPLORING TAMPA’S HISTORIC NEIGHBORHOODS Get to know Tampa’s neighborhoods from the experts! Insiders and historians discuss Tampa’s oldest neighborhoods, including Seminole Heights, Sulphur Springs, Port Tampa City, Davis Islands, West Tampa, Central Avenue and Temple Terrace. During this special four-week session, each neighborhood has a different passionate presenter. February 8,10,15, 17, 26, & 28 TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING HOME GAMES Catch the First Place Tampa Bay Lightning as the Lightning’s 25th skates for the Cup! Bring the Thunder this February and come cheer on your hometown Bolts as they take on the Canucks, the Kings, the Red Wings, the Devils, the Maple Leafs, and the Sabres! February 8-19 FLORIDA STATE FAIR The 2018 Florida State Fair will open on Thursday, February 8 with plenty of new rides, exhibits and, of course, fair food.

February 2, 9, 16 & 23 HEART HEALTH FRIDAYS AT GREAT EXPLORATIONS Join the Great Explorations Museum on Fridays in February from 2-4pm for activities that focus on heart health. Community Partners will join Great Ex to deliver fun, engaging and educational information about maintaining a hearthealthy life. Say you saw it in the Gulf Coast Family Newspaper

There is a lot to enjoy at the Florida State Fair including all the tasty fried food, over 100 midway rides and games, live entertainment, equestrian shows and animal displays. February 9 THE FLORIDA ORCHESTRA PRESENTS THE MUSIC OF STAR TREK & STAR WARS An intergalactic battle pits Trekkies against The Force for one stellar concert. Who will live long and prosper? When the orchestra performs music from the Star Trek TV show and movies, along with Star Wars classics by John Williams, everybody wins. Michael Francis conducts. February 9-14 BE WINTER’S VALENTINE AT THE CLEARWATER MARINE AQUARIUM Bring a Valentine’s Day Card for Winter or any of the resident, rescued animals at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and kids 12 and under will receive $9.99 admission. Come share your love with Winter the Dolphin and experience one of the largest ongoing rescue, rehabilitation and release programs in the U.S. February 10 RAYS FAN FEST AT TROPICANA FIELD

Admission to Rays Fan Fest presented by the Tampa Bay Times is FREE! General admission entrance is at 11 a.m., while Season Ticket Holders will gain early entry at 10:00AM. All fans are encouraged to take part in all activities including: Shows & programming on the main stage, Clubhouse tours, Reading with the Rays, “Black Widow” billiards match, Rays Charity Yard Sale & Clubhouse Corner, Food tasting, Live WDAE broadcast, Free items from Rays Partners, Arcade games, Kids Run the Bases and more!

February 10 CELEBRATE NATIONAL SKATING MONTH Have you ever wanted to lace up a pair of skates and try to get on the ice? Now is your chance! National Skating Month stretches into the month of February this year and to celebrate, Tampa Bay Skating Club and Florida Suncoast Figure Skating Club in conjunction with TBSA and Clearwater Ice Arena will be holding Open House Events to include lessons, demonstrations, fun and games and general skating. These events are perfect for those looking to try something new or even those just looking for something fun to do with the whole family! Admission is only $5 per skater and includes the skating lesson, open skating and skate rental. Online preregistration is required. February 14-25 THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA makes its triumphant return to Tampa as part of its North American Tour. Critics are raving that this breathtaking production is “bigger and better than ever before”. This new production boasts many exciting special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier. With a cast and orchestra of 52, this Phantom is one of the largest productions now on tour.

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February 14 DANCING WITH THE STARS LIVE! Returning to Ruth Eckerd Hall, the dazzling Dancing with the Stars: Live! Light Up The Night takes the costumes, pageantry and competitive fire of the hit ABC show on the road and features some of the program’s most popular participants. More than 200 celebrities have been paired with professional ballroom dance instructors on the smash series, and now the nationwide tour – glittering disco ball included – delivers not just spectacular dancing but also amusing backstage tales, re-creations of some of the show’s most memorable moments and never-before-seen numbers.

February 14-28 CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: VOLTA Cirque du Soleil is thrilled to announce a new production that will premiere this February in Tampa. VOLTA will be presented under the Big Top at the Tampa Greyhound Track starting February 14. The name VOLTA refers to a sudden aboutface, a change in emotion or idea often used in poetry. It also speaks to the jolt of energy delivered through the show. February 15-18 PATEL CONSERVATORY PRESENTS DISNEY’S THE ARISTOCATS KIDS Everybody wants to be a cat in Disney’s stage adaptation of the animated classic motion picture. Based on the beloved Disney animated film, and featuring a jazzy, upbeat score, Disney’s The Aristocats KIDS is a non-stop thrill ride of feline fun, complete with unbelievable twists and turns performed by students in grades 2-4. February 24 MOSI: SKYWATCH Join the space experts at MOSI to enjoy an evening of space exploration through MOSI’s telescopes. SkyWatch stargazing

events are located in the parking lot by the new MOSI entrance. All ages are invited and no ticket or purchase is required. February 24 2018 BLACK HERITAGE EXPO AT UNIVERSITY SQUARE MALL The Black Heritage Expo is a day to celebrate culture through music, dance, dramatic reenactments, and live poetry. Come for a day of entertainment, interactive educational experiences and opportunities to connect with local authors, vendors, and artists. This free event is for the entire family! February 25 THE LEGENDARY LADIES OF MOTOWN From “Stop! In the Name of Love” and “Where Did Out Love Go” to “Heat Wave” and “Dancing in the Street,” Mary Wilson of the Supremes and Martha Reeves of the Vandellas reign today as two of Motown’s most beloved singers, with 14 Billboard #1 singles, seven Billboard #1 albums, and 42 top ten singles between them. This will be a magical evening: Together, Wilson and Reeves bring an entire kaleidoscope of Motown music memories in one rich evening of performance.

February 24-25 CLEARWATER SEA-BLUES FESTIVAL Looking for a weekend full of live music and delicious food? Then look no further! The annual Clearwater Sea-Blues Music Festival is back! Head down to Coachman Park for two days surrounded by the finest Seafood Clearwater has to offer while enjoying Blues music from International Recording Acts!

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Gulf Coast Family we want to thank you for the special feature you did on the Star Wars exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts. We had family visiting from Boston this month and we were not sure what to do when they were in town. We picked up your paper at Chick-fil-a, read the Trips on a Tank article and we knew exactly what we were going to do. Our family (who are all avid Star Wars fans) absolutely LOVED the Art of the Costume exhibit and it was all they talked about when they were here. It was a great experience and the Museum of Fine Arts was also amazing. We have lived in the area for over ten years and have never been before. But we will definitely be going back!! – Carol Davis

If you have a story idea, feedback or question, please email us at Gulf Coast Family I thought it important to take a moment to write and tell you my story. Every Monday through Saturday, my husband and I take care of four of our grandkids. Since we discovered your paper, we have been doing your Kid’s in the Kitchen recipes and your It’s Great to Create crafts each month. They really have been a lot of fun. Our grandkids love doing them and it has given us a way to connect with our grandkids. So thank you! By the way, our favorites were the Peanut Butter Bumble Bees, even though ours looked more like Peanut Butter caterpillars. Keep the ideas coming and we will send you some pictures. – Joyce Phillips

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As any person with cancer knows, a cancer diagnosis also affects your family members and friends. Sometimes, the complex feelings and lifestyle changes caused by cancer and its treatment become as overwhelming for family members and friends as they are for the one diagnosed. Come with us next month as we discuss how we can help family cope during this challenging time.

Fun is in bloom in March at the 2018 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, where you can enjoy the glow of enchanting topiaries and savor seasonal foods. Come with us next month as we discover dazzling gardens, high-energy entertainment and family fun at this spectacular Springtime event.


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