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Meet the Turner Family

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How to Develop Good Habits in Your Children  p. 8

Star Wars: The Art of the Costume p. 14

VPK: Play! Learn! Grow! p. 26


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Spotlight 21 Species by Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

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Paddington the bear is a popular member of the community who spreads joy and marmalade wherever he goes. One fine day, he spots a pop-up book in an antique shop—the perfect present for his beloved aunt’s 100th birthday. When a thief steals the prized book, Paddington embarks on an epic quest to unmask the culprit before Aunt Lucy’s big celebration.

Forever My Girl – Jan. 19

Liam Page is a country music superstar who left his bride Josie at the altar to pursue fame and fortune. Page never got over Josie, his one true love, or forgot his Southern roots. Now, he must unexpectedly face the consequences of his actions when he returns to his hometown.

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The Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza and Parade has been a part of Tampa’s Gasparilla celebration since 1947. The Children’s Gasparilla Parade takes place along beautiful Bayshore Boulevard and uses part of the same route as the Gasparilla Parade of Pirates. In past years, the Children’s Gasparilla Parade included over 100 units, including marching bands, dance units, school organizations, local neighborhood associations and a lot more. To purchase reserved seating, visit www.gasparillapiratefest.com.

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I think you can develop habits in players or in children either positively or negatively. When I’m coaching the defensive line for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers it’s easy to say, “Don’t be offside!” But a better way to say it might be, “Watch the ball and try to get a jump on it. As soon as that ball moves that’s when you move.” I’m saying the same thing but in a positive instead of a negative way.

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We hear a lot of talk about keeping kids away from bad habits. Bad habits lead to bad behavior, which ultimately brings a difficult and painful life. That’s not what we want for our children. We want to develop in them the opposite. People often ask me about developing positive habits. How do you do it? How do you guide children as a parent? In order to do it, I go back to my coaching experience. Here’s how to develop good habits in your children.

I think we need to do the same with our kids. Rather than say, “Don’t be disrespectful,” instruct them to use their manners and be respectful. Stressing and building the positive habits by telling them what to do rather than what not to do is a better way. Sometimes, of course, there is going to have to be a negative, but I have found that talking about the behavior that I want to see is much better than talking about the behavior I don’t want to see.

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Outgoing, sweet and kind, Quanadrayvia, who goes by “Quana,” is known to be a good friend and likes to help everyone around her feel included. Matter of fact, if Quana could change the world, she would make everyone get along. It’s no surprise Quana is thinking of becoming a teacher because she loves to be helpful, especially if there are younger children around. Quana likes most that she is nice and funny. Quana doesn’t care much for television, but she appreciates Netflix. And when she’s really wanting to have a good time, she’ll pull out a book. There’s nothing she dislikes eating, but spaghetti, tacos and chicken are her favorites. Quana’s other favorites include the color red and dogs. Quana’s ideal forever family will be loving and accept her as one of their own.

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Two Ways An Orthodontist Can Increase Your Smile And Self Esteem by Dr. Nick Reynolds, Northeast Orthodontics

An orthodontist provides a unique kind of therapy to improve your self esteem. Though teeth clearly serve a functional role in our lives, an orthodontist never ignores their aesthetic role. Addressing both the functional and aesthetic roles of teeth achieves the best patient outcome. Improving the smile is an external change with dramatic internal consequences. What can both a therapist and orthodontist achieve for the patient? Patients of all ages consistently report a significant boost to their self esteem after bite and teeth alignment.

1. Functional bite alignment The human bite is defined as the way teeth fit together. A functional bite makes chewing and swallowing comfortable. The action of eating is safe for the rest of the teeth and the other soft tissues in the mouth. Patients no longer fear social situations that involve eating in front of others. Almost every gathering with family and friends, all holidays and special occasions, includes a tradition of food. What would Thanksgiving

be without turkey and stuffing? How about having a Fourth of July barbeque with no hamburgers and corn on the cob? An orthodontist can help achieve a comfortable bite, which allows you to enjoy the events in your life, along with the snacks and refreshments, without worrying about the act of chewing. A proper bite impacts speech and pronunciation. It allows for easy conversation with other guests. In our often loud and always foodfocused culture, patients enjoy more moments with others rather than missing opportunities to connect.

conveys a team player attitude that might score you the job. A full smile lights up a room and a photograph. The owner of straight teeth proudly grins when happy

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and laughs when teased. Any therapist counsels us to appropriately display our emotions. Smiling should be second nature. At Northeast Orthodontics, we leave the owner of every smile content with the appearance of her teeth. Everyone should smile without restraint. Both adults and children may benefit from the professional help of an orthodontist. The reward for temporary treatment is a permanent self esteem boost. If you’re interested in getting straight teeth, a functional bite and confident smile, we encourage you to stop by Northeast Orthodontics for a free consultation. The journey is worth the reward. The first step toward achieving a beautiful, healthy smile is to schedule an appointment. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation, contact Northeast Orthodontic’s front office at (727) 954-3440. Northeast Orthodontics proudly serves families in St. Petersburg, Pinellas Park, Gulfport, and the surrounding neighborhoods and communities in Pinellas County.

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Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. That being said, drinking soda really does a number on one’s teeth. People who drink 3 or more sugary sodas daily have 62% more dental decay. So, put down the pop and sports drinks and pick up some nice fresh water instead.

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by Sonny Glover and Melody Gallion

The New Year is the time for a fresh start. It brings a feeling of starting over, and an opportunity to improve all areas of your life. In the New Year, take some time to complete projects you’ve been putting off for months. You can create an even better home for you and your family by decluttering and organizing your home.

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This challenge comes from BecomingMinimalist.com, and is a simple project to add to your routine. Clean and organize by choosing 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate, and 12 to return to a proper place in your home. This helps you organize, declutter, and give to a good cause all at the same time!

Keep things at arms reach

Keep items you use daily somewhere where they can be easily reached, whether that’s in a basket, on a shelf, or in a cabinet. Store everything that is used sparingly on a higher shelf or in the garage or attic. It will be easier to find what you need when you need it.

If your home is cluttered adding more furniture won’t help. Instead of adding a bookshelf or desk, add wall shelving. You’ll have room for books, picture frames, paperwork, and even a television without cluttering your home with more furniture.

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Make your garage your main storage area. Use old dressers and other furniture to store seasonal items and items you don’t use daily. Paint the furniture the same color to create a unified look.

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There’s no point in keeping items that are broken or unused, they’re just taking up precious space in your home. If you haven’t used it or gotten it fixed in the past six months, you probably never will. Throw it out or donate it to make room for something new.

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Go through these tasks every few months to help maintain an organized home. A decluttered home can give you and your family peace of mind – and room for something new.

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Consisting of more than sixty original screen-used costumes and props from all seven Star Wars films, innumerable pages of original concept art and paintings and all the love and creativity used to bring a galaxy far, far away to life, Star Wars and the Power of Costume is a must-see event for even the most casual Star Wars fan. The exhibit opened in November and will be at the MFA till April 1st, giving anyone who might travel to the Tampa Bay area the perfect opportunity to witness the living art of

the greatest space opera to grace our theater screens. The Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg has dedicated a substantial amount of space to the exhibit, ensuring that the rooms never feel claustrophobic and lending an austere grandness to the entire experience through some truly ingenious uses of lighting. Like most selfguided exhibits, your ticket to Star Wars and the Power of Costume entitles you to an audio handset that gives details

about the costumes and designs when prompted. Most rooms in the exhibit are centered around a particular theme such as “Royalty and Beyond,” “Outlaws and Outsiders,” “Droid Designs,” or “Jedi vs. Sith,” - an intriguing way to arrange the various costumes and props that works far better than simple chronology to compare and contrast design and craftsmanship across the saga.

see entering the exhibit is the original storyboard drawing of the opening scene to “The Star Wars,” and it perfectly sets the tone for your experience. Virtually every room after has design sketches and paintings and storyboard pages covering the walls, begging for your attention. And every one of them is an original, pulled from the Lucas film Archives just for this exhibit.

Star Wars and the Power of Costume has a refreshing focus towards the Prequel Trilogy, ensuring that all parts of the saga are represented as equally as possible. But many Star Wars fans will likely want to visit the MFA just for the costumes of the Original Trilogy. The costumes are remarkably well-preserved, allowing the audience to get closer than they ever have to a piece of film history. Just a few of the pieces shown are Princess Leia’s white gown and slave bikini, Luke Skywalker’s Jedi robes, and even a full set of Boba Fett’s original armor. Something that may take visitors by surprise is the amount of concept art posted in the exhibit. The very first artifact you

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ou can’t do it unless “Yyou can imagine it.” — George Lucas

In addition to all the costumes, many props were also scattered throughout the exhibit — including Watto’s chance cubes and even Palpatine’s fingernails. But the most spectacular prop in the entire exhibit is the original Yoda puppet and costume from Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. This is the one piece that is worth the price of admission in and of itself, giving Star Wars fans in the area absolutely no excuse to visit the exhibit! If you are brand new to the Star Wars universe, then Star Wars and the Power of Costume is your first step into a larger world: the world of behind-the-scenes. Every Star Wars fan should learn about how much work went into bringing the stories to the screen, and one major part of that are these incredibly detailed and realistic costumes.

Apart from a new appreciation for the filmmakers and costume designers, diehard Star Wars fans who already know all the trivia will come away with a sense of awe and inspiration. Normal people got paid to create this living artwork, and in most cases probably didn’t even stop to realize that the result would be so powerful. Star Wars and the Power of Costume is a must-see event. It is absolutely impossible to respect the craftsmanship fully without seeing them up close for yourself, and when you’re done you’ll want to pop in your favorite chapter of the Star Wars saga just to look again at the costumes. We highly recommend the experience to anyone with an interest in film history, modern art, or the cultures and society of a certain galaxy far, far away…

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This past December, The Lowry Park Zoo was blessed with an adorable baby pygmy hippo and later they revealed that this little miracle is a baby girl. Mom Zsa Zsa and calf are doing great—the baby girl has grown from the size of a loaf of bread to the size of a plump little watermelon. She also has gained confidence and will now run into the pool by herself. She is keeping her mom busy with her rambunctious ways but Zsa Zsa is an experienced mom and seems to take it all in stride.

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As the VP of Conservation, I have been asked a lot lately why is this birth significant. When there is an adorable baby in front of you, it is often hard to think about her wild ancestors and what her birth means on a bigger scale for both the Zoo and her species. Let me start by saying, Pygmy hippos are both rare and unique. Pygmy hippos are found in interior forests of West Africa including the countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and the Ivory Coast. As a shy reclusive species little is known about their habits in the

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Get Ready for the Superbowl By Leanne Ely (The Dinner Diva) The Super Bowl cometh, as all self-respecting football fans know. And if you’re having a few folks over to watch the big game, that means you get to supply the food as well as the tube. This means, too, that you will be entertaining. Does that freak you out? The very word “entertaining” can be hugely intimidating, conjuring up images of lavish spreads, immaculately appointed homes and other visions of magazine living. It is time to get a reality check and get to the heart of the matter. First off, let’s chuck the word “entertaining.” What I’m talking about today isn’t about doing the Martha thing at all — it’s about hospitality. Hospitality isn’t something one is talented in and another is not — it is something that is cultivated, much like a plant. All it takes is a welcoming home, a good meal (I can help you with that) and a warm and welcoming attitude (that’s your department). Oh, and for the Super Bowl, a nice big TV screen! If you’re going to practice hospitality, you need to keep your perspective — don’t invite people over who are going to scare you if you’re a newbie at this. You need allies at this time — comrades, amigos. You don’t need to be intimidated as you take your first baby steps at hospitality.

The first rule is to keep it simple. I would suggest a big crock-pot filled with some terrific chili, a big green salad, some cornbread and of course, the right set of friends to enjoy it all. The kind of friends that you ask to bring dessert — that’s the type of guest you want for this kind of party.

Set your buffet table with a red and white checkered tablecloth, grab some flowers and throw them in a pitcher for a country effect. Wrap the silverware up in the napkins (I’d use paper napkins), toss the wrapped silverware into a basket, stack the bowls next to the chili, with a stack of larger dinner plates, so the salad and corn muffin can go on the side of the plate. The plate will act as a tray for the bowl and the rest of the food will go on the “tray.” Make sense? I hope so. Have fun with your party and may the best team win!

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January Family of the Month

Meet the Turner Family The Turners, GCF’s Family of the Month, lived in small town North Carolina for several years before moving to the Bay area. During those years, Billy and Dina grew up, met and married, and began raising a fun-loving family – all of whom are crazy about Star Wars! Apparently, the “Force” was strong with them from the beginning, for though Billy and Dina lived in nearby small towns, they met in Raleigh – in a most unusual way. It was a sorority function at North Carolina State, their alma mater. Each sorority sister borrowed a tie from a guy she chose for another girl – and then gave it to that sister to wear; and the tie guy had to find his blind date among the girls. Dina’s best friend had given her Billy’s tie. She wore it to the event; and that night, Billy found Dina by finding his own tie – and also found a wife, for their “tie” has remained strong ever since. They married and

now have 2 children: Rhett (11) and Evelyn (7). Seven years ago, the family moved to Pinellas County. They have found it to be home – a wonderful place to live, love, and work together; a home base from which to travel and play; an oasis for rest and relaxation. The Turner family lives life to the fullest in every way! Billy works for Oracle Corporation as a Solution Engineer for Business Software, and Dina is a 4th grade teacher at Pinellas Prep Academy. Rhett and Evelyn are involved in many activities both in and out of school. The family loves to travel, and they hope to make a crosscountry road trip one day – including an Alaska adventure! “I enjoy the unique experiences in my work,” Billy said. “The past 15 years of selling

and implementing business software has exposed me to all kinds of people, places, and things. I’ve traveled a lot and the opportunities have allowed me to find neat things and interesting places our family can visit.” Dina graduated with a business degree and worked in marketing for 10 years. “I loved it,” she said, “however, after having children, I didn’t want to go back to corporate America.” So Dina got her teaching certificate and began a new career. She appreciates the caring spirit at PPA that “truly feels like a family,” she shared. “What I enjoy most about teaching is my students. I do my best to instill a love of learning. The most rewarding part is when you see them engage and take ownership in their education.” The Turners consider themselves a “typical family that stays super busy with work, kids’

busy schedules, and lots of home projects.” But we at GCF think they are a bit extraordinary! They work hard. They play hard and relax well. Listen in: “We love spending the day at the beach, taking food to grill and staying until dark. We moved here for the beautiful white sandy beaches and the incredibly peaceful sunsets over the Gulf. We found so much more than that. We found a community that felt like the small towns we grew up in. We found a community with incredible outdoor adventures: community park playgrounds, bike trails, beaches, kayak adventures, and theme parks. Our kids grew up going to Busch Gardens on an average day! Who does that!?” Our community does! And we are so happy for your part with us! Congratulations to the Turners, Gulf Coast’s January Family of the Month!

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Family Favorites Word: Ya’ll “Being from the south, how could it be anything else!?”

Restaurants: Wahoo’s, Joto’s, Mike’s Pizza

Thing about the month of January: Billy’s birthday and a time of slowing down!

Memorable experience from this past year: staying in a yurt in the NC mountains. Beautiful waterfalls, hiking through the woods, playing UNO late into the night, and whitewater rafting down the Nantahala – all while Irma visited Florida.

Sports teams: Being from North Carolina we are college basketball fans. And of course NC State is our team! Go Pack! Foods: Pizza or “juicy steak” (steak on the grill), baked potato and salad Books: Historical Non-Fiction, Biographies, Heroes of Olympus, House of Hades, Owl Diaries Movies: “Hmmm... Star Wars, all of them!” Billy and Dina: Top Gun

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and coding. Rhett just finished building his first computer. Sweet 7-year-old Evelyn loves nature and animals—both domestic and wild! She just started piano lessons and played in her first piano recital. She is a Girl Scout who loves art and has a creative mind. Evelyn takes gymnastics and plays basketball.

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Play! Learn! Grow! Pinellas County Schools Pre-K and VPK programs Pinellas County Schools is updating its online application process for Prekindergarten for 3 year olds and Voluntary Prekindergarten. Jan. 22 to Feb. 2, parents will be able to apply online for Pre-K 3 and VPK for the 2018-19 school year. Parents will also need to log back into the district’s Student Reservation system Feb. 19-28 to accept an invitation for Pre-K 3 or VPK programs. Pre-K 3 is for children who will be 3 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2018. For information about Pre-K 3, visit www.pcsb.org/prek3 or call 727-588-6000 ext. 2184. VPK is for children who will be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2018. For information about VPK, visit www.pcsb.org/vpk or call 727-588-6513.

3. Apply for up to three sites at reservation.pcsb.org Jan. 22 to Feb. 2. 4.  Log onto reservation.pcsb.org Feb. 19-28 to find out if your application was selected. Accept an invitation, or decline and remain on waitlists for other sites. If you fail to accept an invitation during this period, the invitation will be void. 5. Enroll at your assigned school March 1-16. Bring your registration fee, Early Learning Coalition voucher (for VPK), and the required documents listed on the district website. Please note: Families enrolling for VPK must present the Certificate of Eligibility (voucher). Confirmation numbers will not be accepted. Parents not completing the enrollment process will lose their seat.

How to register for Pre-K and VPK programs for next school year 1. Families interested in VPK will need to apply for a Certificate of Eligibility (voucher) from the Early Learning Coalition at www.vpkpinellas.net. If you have questions, call 727-400-4411. You will not need a voucher for Pre-K 3. 2. Get a PCS User ID and Password. Go to any district school with your government-issued ID to obtain a user ID and password (if you don’t have one for another child).

Get ready for prekindergarten ;; Plan to attend school events to learn more about your child’s prekindergarten program and meet your child’s teacher. ;; Establish a bedtime and morning routine a few weeks before prekindergarten starts. ;; Read books about preschool. ;; Listen to your child’s concerns. ;; Talk with the school’s nurse if your child has allergies or special medical needs. ;; Prepare for a bit of separation anxiety the first few weeks.

Why is prekindergarten important? The early years are a significant time for learning and development. Prekindergarten programs help provide the foundation for healthy development and more advanced learning. In Pinellas County Schools high-quality prekindergarten programs, children: • Develop social and emotional skills • Build language, literacy and communication skills • Explore math and science • Discover the joy of learning Research shows that early education leads to better outcomes in school and in life. Children who attend high-quality prekindergarten programs are less likely to use special education services or be held back in school. They’re also more likely to graduate, attend college and be successful in their careers.

Pinellas County Schools Pre-K and VPK programs are guided by the Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards. They provide a full day of activities in a safe and nurturing environment. Most classes are staffed with a certified teacher. Onsite before- and after-care is available. Pinellas County Schools programs provide a smooth transition to kindergarten, developing familiarity with the campus and school resources.

What is a typical day like in Pinellas County Schools prekindergarten programs? Activities include a morning circle, small-group instruction, center-time choices, outside play, rest and closing circle. This structure offers children balanced opportunities to learn through play, exploration and real-world experiences. Center-time choices allow children to choose activities such as blocks, construction toys, dramatic play, art and science. Outside play offers children time to run, play and extend their learning in the outdoors. Children also participate in physical education classes. Teachers play alongside children to encourage physical, social and cognitive development.

How much do Pinellas County Schools prekindergarten programs cost? Pre-K 3 – The cost is $75 per week with a nonrefundable registration fee that is applied to tuition. At select locations, the Pre-K 3 program is supported with Title I funding. Qualifying families at these Title I schools do not pay tuition. VPK – Pinellas County Schools VPK program is free for the first three hours of the day. The program can be extended for an additional three hours through a tuition fee of $65 a week and a non-refundable registration fee, which will be applied to the last two weeks’ tuition. The district calls this VPK+3. At select locations, the VPK+3 program is supported with Title I funding. Qualifying families at these schools do not pay tuition.

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10 Family Resolutions to Keep This Year The beginning of a new year carries with it the inevitable looking back paired with the hope of a fresh start and second (or third) chances. As the clock moves ever closer to midnight on December 31st, we feel the need to promise to do better than we did last year. We resolve to lose weight, to be on time, to be better with our money…to stop smoking or drinking or swearing. By the time January 31st rolls around, many of us have had a relapse in our resolve. Part of the reason that we fail to keep these resolutions is that we attempt to tackle them on our own. So, this year, instead of making an individual promise that you’ll soon forget, why not make some resolutions as a family? You help hold each other accountable and can grow closer in the process. All Pro Dad would like to suggest 10 Family Resolutions to Keep Next Year. 1  A Weekly Family Game Night. Take a trip to the local bowling alley for a game. Or pile up the board games on the dining room table and have a tournament. The act of playing together fosters feelings of fun and family. Playing board games can teach children important social skills such as taking turns and how to be a good winner or loser. They also learn a lot about interpersonal communication as you talk and laugh together while you play the game. 2  Commit to One Healthy Eating Change. Trying to make your diet healthy overnight isn’t realistic or smart. Make small steps, like adding a salad (full of different color vegetables) to your diet once a day or switching from butter to olive oil when cooking, or skipping sodas altogether. As your small changes become habit, you can continue to add more healthy choices to your diet.

3  Turn off the TV. Television is a wonderful invention and not bad in and of itself, but in many homes, we use the TV as a buffer from communication. So, turn it off when you’re eating meals together. If you’re really feeling adventurous, try going without television one night a week. Who knows, you might discover that you don’t miss it at all. So take the plunge and try not watching TV. 4  Eat Dinner as a Family. Sharing a meal together, breakfast, lunch or dinner, is one way a family builds its identity and culture. Stories are shared, jokes are told, and family values are instilled. The act of coming together for a common meal teaches the importance of sharing and compromise, and helps younger members of the family understand problem solving and listening skills. 5  Be Quick to Apologize and Quick to Forgive. Let’s face it—we all mess up. When you mess up, be quick to apologize. When it’s your turn to be hurt, be quick to forgive. Forgiveness is good for your body, your relationships, and your place in the world. That’s reason enough. 6  Exercise Together. This resolution works well with #1 – 4. You could have a game of tennis, or miniature golf. Get out in the yard and play ball! Point out your end zones and have a game of scrimmage. Don’t have a football? Toss a Frisbee. The whole idea is to get outside and do something you and your family will enjoy.

7  Revisit your Childhood. Get down on the ground and roll around with your kids. Build a fort in the family room with couch cushions and sheets. Tell knock-knock jokes to each other. Just because you’re a grown-up, doesn’t mean you can’t be silly and have imaginative fun with the kids. In those moments of silliness, you can have serious bonding and build bridges for heart-felt communication. 8  Do Something New as a Family. Routine is a great thing when it comes to families, but that doesn’t mean to have to get stuck in a rut. Make a point to do something new as a family. Doing something new together will give you a common memory…so get out there and get adventurous together. 9  Make each Child Feel Special. It’s great to do things as a family unit, but it’s equally important to celebrate the individuality of your kids. Make a resolution to do something once a month with each of your children. Do something together that will make them feel special and valued. 10  Nurture your Relationship with your Wife. The best thing you can do for your children is to nurture your relationship with your wife. When your kids know that you value your wife as your first priority, they have a feeling of security and love that’s nearly unshakeable. Make a point to put that relationship first, and your family will benefit.

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Benefits of Muay Thai By Ana Frias

Muay Thai / Kickboxing is a fighting art that was originated in Thailand (formerly Siam) 2000 years ago. It is a devastating striking art that blends techniques such as; kicks, knees, elbows, punches, and clinch work. Special care is taken in our Muay Thai classes at American Top Team St. Pete to protect students from injury while still benefiting from the full demands of the sport. This discipline was developed hundreds of years ago as a form of close-combat that utilizes the entire body as a weapon. Today, classes of Muay Thai represent a form of close-combat that utilizes the entire body as a weapon. While in ancient times Muay Thai was referred to as “The Art of Eight Limbs,” our classes explain this today through the use of eight points of contact, where the body mimics weapons of war. The hands become the sword and dagger; the shins and forearms were hardened in training to act as armor against blows, and the elbow to fell opponents like a heavy mace or hammer; the legs and knees became the axe and staff. The body operated as one unit. The knees and elbows constantly searching and testing for an opening while grappling and trying to spin an enemy to the ground for the kill.

Muay Thai is becoming very popular on a global scale. It was recently accepted as an Olympic sport, finally gaining it’s deserved recognition. Our professional martial artists working and teaching at American Top Team St. Pete come from all sides of the fighting spectrum, and they all agree that Muay Thai is essential to becoming an all-around multifaceted fighter. Muay Thai is very different from the grappling techniques used in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu; clinch maneuvers are used to set up knee and elbow strikes or to throw your opponent to the ground. Since the sport requires that practitioners possess a large number of athletic qualities, the benefits that accompany learning this discipline are numerous.

Increased Cardiovascular Conditioning

Muay Thai classes combine both aerobic and anaerobic workouts, which places huge stress on your cardiopulmonary systems. With continued practice, your body will adapt to the demands of the sport, and improved cardiovascular performance is one of the payoffs.

Leg Strength

Kicking and footwork play a large role in Muay Thai. One movement that is distinctive to Muay Thai is the roundhouse kick.

Learning how to kick strengthens the musculature of the lower body. Every muscle in your lower body will benefit from practicing the various kicks and footwork drills incorporated in the sport. From muscle endurance, force production, agility, to just plain old good looking calves, Muay Thai is an option that delivers.

Core Strength

Generally when someone refers to their core, they’re referring to their abdominal muscles. This drives strength and conditioning professionals crazy. Your core is every single muscle located on your trunk, not your six pack. The rotational nature of all of the movements in the sport truly does strengthen your core. Getting punched in the body will also help a little. Striking, defensive movements, and clinching will all help the Muay Thai student develop a strong core.

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Finally, this is probably the most important benefit Muay Thai classes can provide. The majority of us accumulate a fair amount of stress during the day. Having an outlet for that stress feels fantastic and can work wonders for your mental and physical health. Let’s face it, when you’re pissed off at work or stressed about bills, hitting something just feels good. Due to the fast-paced nature of the sport, you can’t trouble yourself with worry while training. You’ll get hit in the face or mess up the drill you’re working on. Practicing a martial art allows you to focus on yourself and nothing else.

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727-584-2867 bmakids.com

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Belleair Montessori Academy

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Blessed Sacrament Catholic School

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727-347-8622 cathedralofstjude.org

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Center Academy Palm Harbor

727-781-2986 centeracademy.com

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727-541-5716 centeracademy.com

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727-954-8856 ccschool.com

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6710 86th Ave N, Pinellas Park

Community Christian School of Five Oaks

7900 22nd Ave N, St. Petersburg

Cornerstone Christian School

317 Milwaukee Ave, Dunedin

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600 58th St N, St. Petersburg

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Faith Academy Preschool

727-391-9788 seminoleag.org

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1850 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater

Covenant Academy

5495 Park Blvd, Pinellas Park 1831 Drew St, Clearwater

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13880 Feather Sound Dr, Clearwater

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727-544-9465 fbcpp.org/preschool

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727-526-8194 holyfamily-school.com

2yr – 8th

727-596-4342 ircs.org

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727-393-9100 keswickchristian.org

Infant – 12th

5495 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park

Holy Family Catholic School Indian Rocks Christian School

12685 Ulmerton Road, Largo

Keswick Christian School

10101 54th Ave N, St. Petersburg

Lakeside Schristian School

1897 Sunset Point Rd, Clearwater

Learning Adventures Preschool

4401 38th Ave N, St. Petersburg

727-239-7808 lakesidechristianschool.org 727-527-3180 www.AtLearningAdventures.com

LiFT Academy

727-434-8322 liftacademy.org

13400 Park Blvd, Seminole

Loving Arms Christian Preschool

727-595-2112 ctklc.org/preschool

11220 Oakhurst Road, Largo

Morning Star School

4661 80th Ave N, Pinellas Park

727-544-6036 morningstarschool.org

Northside Christian School

727-541-7593 x 247 nck12.com

Oakhurst Learning Center

727-596-3411 oakhurstlearningcenter.com

7777 62nd Ave N, St. Petersburg 13233 102nd Ave. N., Largo

Pinellas Academy of Math & Science

1775 S Highlands Avenue, Clearwater

727-330-9449 pinellasacademy.com

Pinellas Preparatory Academy

727-536-3600 pinellasprep.org

2300 S Belcher Rd. #100, Largo

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2045 Palmetto St., Clearwater 1601 Curlew Rd., Palm Harbor 7100 142nd Ave. N., Largo 10888 126th Ave., Seminole 3901 Park St. N., St. Petersburg 2795 Keystone Rd, Tarpon Springs 8812 Old County Road 54, New Port Richey

727-793-2400 platoacademy.net

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727-576-1772 fbcstpete.org

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Rainbow Preschool

727-397-5759 oakhurstumc.com

2 yr – VPK

Rosie’s Play School

727-526-1038 rosiesplayschool.com

2 yr – VPK

Rosie’s Play School

727-526-1038 rosiesplayschool.com

1 yr – VPK

Rosie’s Play School

727-521-6931 rosiesplayschool.com

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727-544-1106 shsaints.org

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727-535-8512 shadycreekpreschool.com

2 yr – VPK

727-456-7511 shorecrest.org

3 yr – 12th

727-797-1186 skycrestchristianschool.org

1 yr – 8th

727-596-9491 stjeromeearlychildhoodcenter.org

2 yr – VPK

727-522-3000 stpetechristian.org

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727-781-3808 westlakechristianschool.org

2 yr – 8th

Promiseland Preschool

1900 Gandy Blvd., St. Petersburg 13400 Park Blvd, Seminole 4500 38th Ave. N., St. Petersburg 501 39th St. N., St. Petersburg 2869 54th Ave. N., St. Petersburg

Sacred Heart Interparochial School

7951 46th Way N, Pinellas Park

Shady Creek Preschool

2095 Belleair Rd, Clearwater

Shorecrest Prep

5101 1st St NE, St. Petersburg

Skycrest Christian School

129 N. Belcher Road, Clearwater

St. Jerome Early Childhood Center

10895 Hamlin Blvd, Largo

St. Petersburg Christian School

2021 62nd Ave N, St. Petersburg

Westlake Christian School

1551 Belcher Rd, Palm Harbor

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with Jim Daly Q: The past three years I’ve made a New Year’s resolution to work out and lose weight. And every year I lost momentum within a few weeks. I feel guilty about breaking my promise to my family—and myself. What can I do differently this year? Jim: Many of us make some sort of resolution this time of year, and a lot of those involve healthier living. According to psychologists, guilt might get you to start exercising, but it’s unlikely to keep you going.

Dr. Segar says society has made the mistake of making exercise feel like a “chore” instead of the gift it really is. Studies have shown that people who run, walk or go to the gym together tend to exercise much more consistently than those who don’t. Some think it’s a matter of accountability, but it’s more likely due to the fact that most of us thrive in the company of like-minded friends. Among

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It’s a good idea to take a proactive approach to eating right and getting healthy exercise. But you need to be strategic. Michelle Segar, a psychologist at the University of Michigan, suggests the problem is that most of us start an exercise program out of guilt. We feel it’s something we have to do. But we’ll only continue exercising if we’re able to realize that not only does exercise help us feel better, it also improves the quality of our life.

Q: My husband and I have decided that this coming year, we want to take a strategic approach to how we handle entertainment in our household. Bob, if you could offer every parent just five tips of media advice, what would they be?

Bob Waliszewski, Director, Plugged In: That’s a great question. Here are my topfive suggestions: 1) Choose your family entertainment choices based on bettering yourselves. People give all sorts of reasons for their selections. Take movies, for instance. Many will watch a film simply because of the buzz, an ad they saw on TV, who’s in it, how it did financially opening weekend and/or the special effects budget. I’m not saying those things are unimportant. But first and foremost, we should be asking: “Will this film make me (and my kids) a better person? Will it inspire, encourage and uplift?” If it doesn’t, why bother? 2) Get into your kids’ entertainment world. Do you know your children’s favorite musicians? Video games? TV shows? Ask today. Then ask at least every six months. Research their choices at PluggedIn.com. 3) Know what your children are doing for entertainment when they’re at someone

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5) Put things in writing. When our children were growing up, I wrote out a “family media constitution” that gave us some written guidelines to fall back on. We all signed and dated it. And it helped tremendously. I recommend you post it in a public place in your home.

CREATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR DEALING WITH A PICKY EATER Q: We have a 4-year-old daughter who is a very picky eater. Every meal seems to turn into a fight. Can you offer some practical ideas for easing this conflict? Danny Huerta, Vice President, Parenting and Youth: The first thing I’d suggest is this: Don’t panic over a finicky child who wants the same food for every meal. I know one family whose two young boys asked for corn dogs and pizza, no matter what was served. The parents didn’t give in to those requests, but also didn’t leave their sons at the table for hours until they finished their spinach. When kids are hungry, they eat. As a parent, you get to make the initial choice of what foods are going to be available in

the home and shop accordingly. But in that context, try involving your daughter in choosing and making the meals. When children participate in this way, in many cases they inevitably taste a variety of foods and get accustomed to a range of options. They also feel some ownership of the food. You can be creative and play “gas station” with your 4-year-old at meal times. Explain that filling up our bodies is a lot like driving and riding in cars. You can’t skip the gas station; and if you put the wrong fuel in, or none at all, the car/body won’t work right. The ideas are endless. As your child gets older, help her identify and distinguish “fuel” foods from “pleasure” foods. Of course, through the years I have also worked with several children who had sensory issues. This presents a different challenge. If you try various creative ideas to get your child to eat and nothing seems to work, she may need to be evaluated by an occupational therapist. An assessment can help determine if there are any sensory processing issues that create a reaction to certain textures or tastes when it comes to food.

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with Jim Daly cleaning the house and grocery shopping. The idea isn’t to punish your husband, but to help him understand the realities of the workload around the house. If he’s into sports, you might try using team-based descriptions to illustrate how different players may change assignments based on the game situation and play design. It could be he wasn’t expected to help around the house when he was younger. Or maybe his parents had clearly defined roles that now guide his thinking. Whatever the reason, communication between a husband and wife in these situations is key. So start by sharing your concerns and see if, together, you can agree on ways to split household duties to your mutual satisfaction. If dialogue doesn’t do the trick, counselors often suggest you set appropriate boundaries to motivate his involvement. For example, let him know he’ll likely have to fix his own dinner since you’ll be busy with other things, like feeding and bathing the kids or

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The biggest problem is most don’t know how to prepare for marriage properly. They don’t realize they can learn how to build a successful relationship. And that’s too bad because premarital counseling can make a lifetime of difference. If you doubt that, consider this: Eighty percent of couples who get quality premarital training stay married. That percentage of success shows that there is a way for couples to make a lasting commitment to one another. We have loads of resources and information available to help your relationship thrive at FocusOnTheFamily.com/marriage. 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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Welcome to 2018. And what better way to bring in the New Year than gallivanting through the halls of a shiny new museum? This isn’t just any ol’ museum, mind you. No, no. This soon-to-be Los Angeles attraction will make its debut this month as The Museum of Selfies.

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That’s right, my friends. It’s a museum dedicated to the quintessential form of self-reflection and slight ego trips of the early 21st century, filled with the very latest of selfie art. And it’ll be structured to encourage each passerby to snap a pic or two of… well, naturally, yourself. Escape room designers Tommy Honton and Tair Mamedov came up with the idea as they pondered the roots of selfie culture, asking why so many people feel the need to capture their own image again. And again. And again.

“The word ‘selfie’ alone bugs me, and I’ve always questioned the emptiness of them, but I wonder if there is a deeper way in,” Honton told the Los Angeles Times. “We can examine everything that had to converge in order for the selfie culture to arise.” But, in truth, Honton says that there’s nothing truly new about the selfie. Sure, the word is new, and the way we capture our own images is rooted in modern technology, but the desire to capture your own image traces back pretty far. You only need to look at Rembrandt’s more than 40 selfportraits to see that. The designer duo hopes to spark conversation and critical examination as people walk through the halls, observing the crazy attempts people have made to capture selfies (along with some of the tragic stories that resulted), as well as eyeing other manifestations of the selfie culture, including the “food selfie” and the almost too private “bathroom selfie.”

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A New Year’s Resolution Worth Keeping by Kenny McNatt It’s hard to believe that Christmas, with all of it’s excitement has come and gone. The lights, decorations and Christmas DVDs are “neatly” stored away. Now we look forward to a new year. The dawning of a new year brings with it a hope for change. This hope for change provides the perfect platform for setting new goals. Most resolutions center around our physical health, our financial well-being or our educational goals. While these are all important areas to improve, we must not loose sight of how important it is to have great relationships. It is not that we view relationships as Kenny is a husband, a father, and a follower of Christ. He is a graduate of Southeastern University, Lakeland, Florid. He curently serves as the Lead Pastor at Seminole Assembly of God.

unimportant. It is simply that we often take relational health for granted. Building healthy relationships requires a proactive mindset and a willingness to make necessary changes. In reflecting back over the years that I have spent helping individuals and families, I have arrived at the following conclusion. One of the greatest determiners of healthy relationships is an individuals ability to forgive. Forgiveness is crucial relationship we have.

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at them through lenses smudged by hate. • Stage Two: Surrender Your Right to Get Even In other words, we give up our right to get even. Living life fueled by vengeance will only lead you to deeper depths of anger and bitterness. • Stage Three: Revise Your Feelings Toward the Person You Forgive Once you have rediscovered their humanity (the fact that they are not the wrong they have done) and given up your right to get even, you will find that your feelings toward them will begin to change. As you set your goals for this year, make your relationships a priority by living a life of forgiveness.

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January 3-31 MUTINY AT THE MUSEUM - GLAZER CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Arrgh you ready for a pirate invasion? All January, the Glazer Children’s Museum is celebrating Mutiny at the Museum, a nod to Tampa’s Gasparilla heritage filled with pirate-themed parades, treasure maps, great storytelling, and more. www.glazermuseum.org January 6 & 20 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. www.mfastpete.org

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January 12-31 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— returning January 12 to February 19! Also, take in a smash-hit smorgasbord of musical performances featured throughout the Festival - from local bands to Broadway stars and beyond. www.disneyworld.disney.go.com

January 9, 11, 18 TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING HOME GAMES Catch the First Place Tampa Bay Lightning as the Lightning’s 25th season gets into full swing. Bring the Thunder and come cheer on your hometown Bolts as they take on the Hurricanes, Flames, and the Golden Knights! www.amaliearena.com January 11-20 TAMPA BAY BLACK HERITAGE FESTIVAL 2018 The Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival is the ultimate regional destination leading up to the Martin Luther King Holiday Weekend. This ten-day celebration includes live entertainment, exciting cultural events, relevant health tutorials, business advising seminars, renowned speakers, food vendors, craft vendors, a music fest with national recording artists and more. Tampa Bay’s annual family-friendly festival commemorates the many contributions and influences African Americans and the African Diaspora have made in our society. www.tampablackheritage.org

January 13,20, & 27 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. www.thedali.org January 13 WALK TAMPA: THE YBOR CITY STORY Join the History Center for a guided tour of historic Ybor City. This 90-minute outdoor walking tour is led by a History Centertrained docent and focuses on the founding and development of Ybor City in the late

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January 19 STEVE MARTIN & MARTIN SHORT Expect an evening of nonstop laughs when Steve Martin, Martin Short, the Steep Canyon Rangers, and Jeff Babko perform in St. Petersburg at The Duke Energy Center for the Arts- Mahaffey Theater. Martin and Short have famously shared the spotlight in films like “Three Amigos” and “Father of the Bride” and are now on the road together, sharing their latest collaboration with fans around the country. www.themahaffey.com

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