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Urgent Care It’s 7:15 pm. And your child may have the flu.

Where do you go? Shannon Urgent Care, of course. Our physician-staffed centers treat illnesses and injuries that are urgent but not life threatening. And our centers are open late and weekends to handle life’s little emergencies. For more info visit ShannonHealth.com. Shannon Clinic North 2626 N. Bryant Blvd. 325.481.2271 Daily 7am-8pm Shannon Urgent Care South

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Sterling Cody Kretschmer is starting our New Year out right! He is three years old and has a sister, Cheyenne, one year old. His parents are Cody and Kambri (Dunham) Kretschmer. He is much loved by his family! His grandparents live in San Angelo and are Greg & Sarita Fawn (Sita) Dunham and Don & Julie Kretschmer. His great-grandparents are: Ronnie & Carolyn Pennington of San Angelo, Bob and Nancy Dunham of San Angelo, Jene Paul and Patricia Cornelius of San Angelo and Marie and the late Walter Kretschmer of Haskell. He attends Johnson Street Church of Christ Sunshine School. And his favorite activities are playing with cars and trucks, fishing, "Driving" Doc's tractors, swinging, painting, and singing.

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All About Essential Oils

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Volunteer with the Rape Crisis Center

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No Dream is Too Big

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Community Calendar

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Rodeo Sweethearts - TaTa for Now

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What Grieving Children Need

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SACMC’s Health Notes

22 Are You a Helicopter Parent? Staff Co-Owners/Publishers Carolyn Miller, family@wcc.net Kyla Miller, kylamiller@ymail.com

Want to see your kids in San Angelo Family Magazine? Send your snapshot photos to us for the monthly SNAPSHOTS section. No professional photos, school pictures or sports pictures taken by a professional. We want simple snapshots of your kids. Please be sure the photo will reproduce well and isn’t blurred. The email must have all the required information including permission to print your child’s photo and name. See SNAPSHOTS page for all requested info. Email to: kylamiller@ymail.com by January 15, 2017 to be considered for the February issue. REMEMBER: include all the requested information. 4

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College Sorority Recruitment Forum Are you considering joining a sorority while you are in college? Are you undecided about sorority membership? The San Angelo Panhellenic Association will be hosting a Recruitment Forum on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the San Angelo Visitors Center. This forum will include information about sorority life and how to register for Recruitment. A sorority is a group of women bound together by common principles, goals and experiences. Sororities offer a personal and professional support within a smaller group of friends in the larger university environment. This smaller support group allows you to foster and expand your personal and leadership development through training and volunteer work. Sororities also provide avenues to participate in volunteer work for your university community, city and other groups. This begins a life-long commitment to, and skills for, philanthropy. After you graduate from college, you will have lifelong friendships as well as personal and professional skills and support throughout your lifetime.

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5000 years ago, what was done about a wound? How did you beautify your skin? What did you do if your child was ill? You used herbs and ESSENTIAL OILS! Yes, the current oil craze, isn’t a fad, it’s been around since the beginning of time. Essential oils are found in hieroglyphics, the bible and Native American Teachings. Once again, essential oils are becoming popular. People are looking to get back to natural alternatives, turning back to methods used for thousands of years. What are Essential oils? Basically, they are the lifeblood of the plant, highly concentrated plant extracts. Pure Essential oils are far more potent than the botanicals from which they are distilled. Essential oils contain naturally occurring constituents that maximize their potency. One drop of essential oil is made up of over 400 million trillion molecules, that can penetrate EVERY cell of our body. That makes oils beneficial to our physical wellness, and our emotional, mental and spiritual health. As with most things in nature, they work in harmony with living things. So how concentrated are essential oils? One DROP of lemon oil is equal to 4 whole lemons. It takes 27 sq. ft of Lavender plants to get one bottle of Pure Lavender oil. One drop placed on the bottom of the foot, will test in the saliva within 20 minutes. They are called “Essential” because they are needed for the plant to live and contain the “essence” of the plant. Essential oils contain life force, intelligence and vibrational energy.

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What are Essential oils used for? The evidence of our long history using natural ingredients is still present, but the finer points of using natural alternatives, has almost been forgotten. It is common knowledge, that Lavender is wonderful for your skin and known calming. Peppermint was my grandmother’s “go-to” if anyone ever had digestive issues and most have had a cup of Chamomile tea. Did you know Frankincense will support the Immune system, enhance the mood AND support healthy skin? Did you know that Cedarwood is relaxing and helps support the repertory system? Melaleuca - tea tree oil can protect again environmental and seasonal threats. Cinnamon oil can promote circulation and help sore muscles. We are realizing that natural products, if pure and unadulterated, can help to enhance our health. We are learning that modern medicine is wonderful and necessary but, Yes BUT. . . Taking care of our bodies with nature’s gifts and no side effects, often keeps us from having to use modern medicine as often or for as long a duration. How can I use Essential Oils? There are 3 ways to use essential oils. The first is aromatically. A quick sniff out of the bottle, in a diffuser, or a drop in your hand can be a magnificent experience. The second, is topically. Essential oils can be applied directly on the skin. They can be applied directly to the area of concern or the Vitaflex points. The third way to use essential oils is internally. 100% Therapeutic grade Vitality oils can be drank in a tea, in

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capsules, a n d s o m e t i m e s , depending on the oil, directly on the tongue. A drop of Peppermint vitality on the tongue is just as refreshing as picking a sprig of peppermint out of the garden. Regardless of how you choose to use your essential oils, please keep in mind, a large majority of modern medical personnel, are not schooled in safety and uses of essential oils. You are your own best advocate; research and learn – Ensure the oils you choose are 100% therapeutic, NO synthetics, and the distillation process is closely monitored. Visit www.essentialpeaceofmind.com for more information. Free Class – What are Essential Oils? – Saturday, January 21, 2017 – Baymont Inn and Suites. 1418 . Bryant Blvd. San Angelo Texas 10:00 am. Limited Seating- RSVP at www.essentialpeaceofmind.com – Events.


Rape Crisis Center Seeks Volunteers for Advocacy Programs Open Arms Rape Crisis Center and LGBT+ Services is seeking participants for its biannual Volunteer Advocate Training Program. The 40-hour certified training course will prepare volunteers to answer the agency’s 24-hour hotline and provide medical accompaniment to survivors of sexual assault. The program will cover such topics as sexual assault and prevention, the legal system’s response, LGBT issues and listening skills. In addition to Open Arms staff, speakers normally include representatives from MHMR, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council for the Concho Valley, San Angelo Police Department and Tom Green County District Attorney’s Office. “Every 109 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted – and the Concho Valley is certainly not immune from these statistics,” said Amanda Mason, Director of Volunteer Services for Open Arms. “What our volunteer advocates do is not only important, but very much in demand.”

Concho Valley Gymnastics Tuesday and Thursday $110 a month 9:30am - 1:30pm Gymnastics class each day, educational curriculum, arts & crafts and More! Ages 2 1/2 years old to 5 years old (Must be Potty-Trained)

Classes will be held February 25 and 28, and March 2, 4, 7, 9 and 11. Saturday classes will begin at 9 a.m., with Tuesday and Thursday classes set to start at 6 p.m. The training location will be announced closer to the start date. Those who wish to participate can access the volunteer application on the Open Arms web site (www.openarmscv.org). Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, attend an interview and pass a background check prior to being added to the class. The application deadline is Friday, February 17. Open Arms Rape Crisis Center and LGBT+ Services is a non-profit agency providing victim advocacy and prevention education to the 170,000 residents of Tom Green and its ten surrounding counties. For more information on the organization and specific services provided, visit www.openarmscv.org.

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NO DREAM IS TOO BIG The San Angelo Symphony Society believes that every child should have the resources to dream big. Each year we reach over 25,000 children in the Concho Valley with our education and outreach programs. Our ability to give children the tools essential to express themselves through music wouldn’t be possible without essential grant funding opportunities and deep community support. Support of our educational offerings provides a variety of young people the opportunity they need to reach their potential: from interactive educational classroom visits to TEKS approved curriculum to enhance learning, and youth style concerts to open final rehearsals for young aspiring musicians to experience. Traveling Trunks The Symphony’s traveling trunks are large chests that journey into elementary classrooms filled with tactile music items meant to spark imaginations and provide hands-on experience. The trunks i n c l u d e instruments, books, compact discs, games, puzzlers, writing topics and curriculum lessons for teachers. Schools usually keep the trunks for six weeks. Youth Concert Each spring semester, the Symphony offers 2 performances of a Youth Concert appropriate for 3rd through 5th graders. Weaving together classical and popular music with a child friendly format, the concert also ties in with core academic subjects. The Youth Concert not only offers Concho Valley school districts the opportunity to introduce their children to symphonic music through this free event, but school administrators and teachers receive TEKS approved curriculum to use in the classroom prior to their visit. Music In Literature Since 2007, the Music In Literature program, for grades K-5, provides a wonderful opportunity to expose elementary-age children to the power of music in literature. The MIL program pairs elementary schools and professional musicians in an interactive relationship. Not only does the program weave music into the curricu8

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lum, but they show teachers how to creatively incorporate components of the arts with the core subject areas of math, English/language arts, science and social studies. Books included in the program explore such subjects as cultural music, the life of a composer or musician, diversity, the joys of composing, etc. while offering themes such as overcoming odds, friendship, ethnicity, values and hard work. Know the Score The Symphony orchestra opens selected final rehearsals to middle school, high school students (must be accompanied by an adult) as well as college students with valid student identification through the educational program, Know the Score. Admission is free, but each attendee must obtain a free ticket in advance to attend. Students are given a unique opportunity to observe a professional ensemble rehearse and also interact with both the Maestro and select musicians from the orchestra.

the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of music while promoting active participation through education of all adults, children and students in West Texas. Here is a sampling of what your donation could help provide for our Education Department. Please partner with the San Angelo Symphony to ensure the culture of tomorrow by making a gift today! $50 - Helps bring a Traveling Trunk, full of tactile music items meant to spark the imagination, to a local school. $100 - Helps support the development of lesson plans for musicians working in the classroom. $200 - Helps cover the cost of a musician traveling to a Concho Valley school to expose young students to the world of Music in Literature.

The San Angelo Symphony strives to enhance the quality of life for our residents and is mindful of the needs of our senior community. Each year we reach over 2500 senior residents living in assisted care facilities as well as those visiting senior centers with our outreach programs. Through funding made possible by the Mary Ellen Kent Bunyard Foundation, the Texas Commission on the Arts and community support, the Music and Wellness program has grown over the years to include a large portion of the Concho Valley as well as Del Rio.

$250 - Helps to sponsor a Region XV elementary class to attend a Youth Concert.

Music and Wellness Music and Wellness, is an educational program designed to provide musical performances to patients in a variety of facilities such as area care facilities, senior centers and area hospitals. This offering is an innovative way to address community needs through music as well as boost our educational and community engagement programs by providing community relevance beyond the concert hall. The design of this project is to have area wide musicians visit various facilities and perform live music thought to provide therapeutic efforts to individuals with disabilities, long-term illness and assisted living needs. The sessions are planned with the musician(s) and activities directors at partnering locations. The musical selections performed are determined by the musician(s) based on the needs of the patients.

“The Youth Concert was a great cultural and educational experience for our students. None of the students in my homeroom have been exposed to a symphony before. I play classical/instrumental music for them in the classroom and being able to have a personal experience similar to that helps it become more meaningful to them.” - Tammy Vargas, San Jacinto Elementary School Educator

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$300 - Helps to cover the cost of three Music and Wellness performances. $350 - Helps to cover the cost of one musician to participate in an interactive open rehearsal, Know the Score, prior to a Symphony concert. “The students were in awe of the Music and Literature experience. They are starved for music and presentations. I wish you could see their faces.” – Tonna Broyes, Grape Creek Elementary School Educator

“Even a month later, my students are still talking about Music In Literature. Our class just started working on identifying instruments, and they remembered so many details about the instruments they saw and heard.” – Gretchen Smith, Bradford Elementary School Educator “Thank you for teaching us about music and reading us a book. It was a lovely story. I love the music that you made. I want to play the violin, guitar, and maracas in the orchestra someday.” – 2nd grader, Grape Creek Elementary School “The senior residents enjoyed the music so much! They said it reminded them of the good times when they were younger. We feel very grateful to have the San Angelo Symphony in our lives! Thank you very much! We greatly appreciate you all for sharing your most wonderful talents with us and we look forward to more Music and Wellness experiences each month.” – Kathy Schiller, Senior Care Center


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Retha Fortenberry needs your help to keep families from the Concho Valley and other parts of West Texas and Southeastern New Mexico close to their sick or injured children.

“Please join me in supporting this wonderful organization with your money. No gift is too small and all gifts are needed to support these families and their children,” she said.

And in the process, you can help make her a queen.

The Red Shoe Crew member who raises the most money will be crowned as the king or queen at the Red Shoe Shindig on March 3. The Shindig is a night of fabulous food, entertainment, auction and helping others benefiting the critically ill children and their families served by Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Southwest.

San Angelo’s Fortenberry is a board member for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Southwest® and one of ten Red Shoe Crew members raising money for the Red Shoe Shindig, an annual event that raises money for the organization. “What a privilege to be part of the Red Shoe Crew. Raising money and awareness for an organization with the mission of keeping families close during their children’s serious injury or illness is an easy thing to want to do,” said Fortenberry, corporate social responsibility director for Standard Sales Company.

Votes/donations for Retha will be accepted until March 3rd at www.RMHCsouthwest.com Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Southwest is a non-profit charity serving 68 counties across Concho Valley, the South Plains, Permian Basin, Big Country and Southeastern New Mexico areas. The Lubbock-based organization helps families cope with the uncertainty, confusion, and fear of having a sick child from birth to 21 years of age.

What drives her commitment? The woman who calls herself a Christian, wife, mother, auntie, gardener, runner and friend, says the most joyful slice of life is her four wonderful, healthy, grandchildren. “They provide me laughter and boundless joy and my husband and I love spending as much time with them as possible. Truly, the love of a child and the blessing of their health is an immeasurable gift,” she said.

In the Concho Valley: • Over the last couple of years, Concho Valley families were hosted more than 50 times in one of their facilities while their children were battling injury or illness in the hospital. • Last year, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Southwest provided a grant for an important part of the funding to relocate and remodel the Pediatric Department at the West Texas Rehab Center in San Angelo.

The Ronald McDonald House® in Lubbock allows families to avoid hotel bills or long commutes during times of a child’s illness when a family’s love and support is critical. Ronald McDonald Family Rooms®, located in Lubbock, and Odessa provide a home-like setting for all families with sick children receiving care in the hospital so they can remain only a heartbeat away from their sick child. No family is ever turned away because they are unable to pay. In the Permian Basin, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® provides quality health care for children who might not otherwise have access to medical services. This 42’ mobile unit is equipped with two patient exam rooms, a laboratory, an onboard pharmacy, and a medical records area. More than 80 percent of their income is generated by donations and contributions stay local and continue to support families of their region. For more information or to vote/donate for Retha please visit: www.RMHCsouthwest.com.

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Coming in February... February 2 - Angelo Catholic School Science Fair, FMI see page 11 February 3 - Symphony Showcase in the Round, 7:00pm, SA Symphony Strings, Woodwinds, and Brass, FMI go to www.sanangelosymphony.org February 3-19 - San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo, FMI call 325-653-7785 February 13-16 - SA Rec Family Date Nights, FMI see page 5 February 24 - Angelo Catholic School Family Fun and Dance Night, FMI see page 11

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SA Panhellenic Recruitment Forum 2:00, SA Visitors Center, FMI page 5

Sheri’s Art Cart 4:00-5:00pm Crafts for all ages Central Library

Stephens Central Learning with Lynda.com 5-6pm FMI see page 17

MLK Luncheon St. Mark Presbyterian Church 12:002:00pm FMI see page 17

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Stories and More 10:00am Angelo West Branch 3013 Vista Del Arroyo

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Tickets on Sale Now SA Rec Family Date Nights FMI see page 5

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Learn About Building Bridges A Hospice Program for Grieving Children FMI see page 16

Thank you SAISD School Board Members for Your Service FMI see page 9

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Stories and More Sheri’s Art Cart 10:00am 4:00-5:00pm Crafts for all ages Angelo West Branch Central Library 3013 Vista Del Arroyo

LWBIFWH Rodeo Sweethearts February 8th Ticket Available FMI see page 15

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Send in your pics see page 19

West Branch Computer Basics 2-3pm FMI see page 17

The Downtown Stroll - Art, Shop, Dine, Explore! 5:00-9:00pm FMI see page 17

Stephens Central Microsoft PowerPoint 6-7:30pm FMI see page 17

Stories and Songs, 10:00 & 10:30am Central Library 33 West Beauregard Read with Dutch or Pete 3:30-4:30pm Central Library

tephens Central otoshop Elements I 6-7:30pm FMI see page 17

Manufactured Housing: Tenant Rights & Buyer Warnings 6:00pm FMI see page 17

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North Branch Computer & Internet Basics 9-10am FMI see page 17

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Stories and Songs, 10:00 & 10:30am Central Library 33 West Beauregard

Stephens Central Photoshop Elements II 6-7:30pm FMI see page 17

West Branch Computer Basics 2-3pm FMI see page 17

Theresa’s Tween Scene 1:00-2:00pm Central Library Snowflake Craft and Activity

WTBR Ranch Ball 2017 7:00pm,Wells Fargo Pavilion FMI see page 17

Stories & Crafts 2:00pm North Branch Library 3001 North Chadbourne

The Diary of Anne Frank January 20– February 5 Be Theatre FMI see page 17

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Western Dance Club Roy Bowman and The Rough Country Band 7:00pm-11:00pm Knights of Columbus (KC) Hall Guest Fee $25.00 Couple - $15.00 FMI call 325 277--7281

American Sign Language Story Time 2:00pm Central Library

Stories and Crafts 2:00pm North Branch Library 3001 North Chadbourne

Art Thursdays at SAMFA 3:00-6:00pm Education Studio FMI see page 17

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Family Day at SAMFA 10:00am-3:00pm FMI see page 17

Stories and Songs, 10:00 & 10:30am Central Library 33 West Beauregard

Read with Dutch or Pete 3:30-4:30pm Central Library

Are You a Helicopter Parent? See page 22

Stories and Crafts 2:00pm North Branch Library 3001 North Chadbourne

Art Thursdays at SAMFA 3:00-6:00pm Education Studio FMI see page 17

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Rape Crisis Center Seeks Volunteers for Advocacy Programs FMI see page 7

Art Thursdays at SAMFA 3:00-6:00pm Education Studio FMI see page 17

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Stephens Central Microsoft Word II 6-7:30pm FMI see page 17

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Free Class – What are Essential Oils Baymont Inn and Suites 10:00 am FMI see page 6

Auditions for “School of Rock The Musical” SA Broadway Academy Youth Theatre FMI see page 9

West Texas Rehab 2017 Telethon/ Auction FMI see page 18

SA Symphony Guild 33rd Annual Gala “A Night in Venice” 6:00 pm, Cactus Hotel See page 3

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Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health Presents “War Stories by Oliver North” Luncheon Thursday April 6th, FMI see page 11

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Pip, Pip, & Cheerio America! Join actresses Dr. Leslie Mayrand, Cathryn Sanders, Laura Smith, Donna Young and Casey Baccus as the Sweethearts prepare to head across the pond in their “TaTa For Now” performance. Be sure to catch the Rodeo Sweethearts final farewell as they embark on their adventure to London! This year’s performance promises to be better than ever—and it would have to be, to top audience favorite from last year when the Rodeo Sweethearts took on Las Vegas. For those of you who have not experienced the hilarity, don’t worry—the Rodeo Sweethearts will catch you up to speed. With an all-new script and their signature down-home style, the Sweethearts are sure to charm the audience with their trademark combination of humor and heart. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health Cancer Treatment Fund. This fund was established to help local women in need, pay for post-diagnosis cancer treatment. The cause is close to the heart of the play’s author, Dr. Mayrand, who lost a sister in 2005 to breast cancer and continues to advocate for breast cancer survivors through events like Rodeo Sweethearts. Thanks to the comedic genius of the cast and the philanthropic mission of the play, the evening is sure to be the perfect blend of hilarious and heartwarming. The play will be held at the CJ Davidson Conference Center at Angelo State University. Drinks and dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the show will start at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are as follows: Glitter Individual Tickets are $35; Rhinestone Table for Eight is $400; Diamond Table for Eight is $750; and a Premiere Table for Eight is $1000. Please call early for reservations, as seating is limited.! For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.angelo.edu/lwbiwh or call (325) 486-6478.

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What Grieving Children Need By Melissa Vines, Director of Building Bridges As we begin the New Year, many are reflecting on the past year’s events and accomplishments and looking forward with hope and expectation in the year to come. However, for many adults and children who are grieving the loss of a loved one, the New Year may be a difficult time of sadness and uncertainty. The emotions associated with grief in children sometimes go unnoticed as children move in and out of these emotions quickly. Children grieve in pockets of time which uniquely allows them to process the loss in bits and pieces while also taking a break from the grief to ‘just be a kid’. We often mistake these breaks as a sign that the child is no longer grieving, when in fact they are. The best way to help a grieving child is to be aware of their needs and provide support. If grieving children could tell us just what they need, I think they would want us to know the following things… • We need information. Children need to be told information about the loss in simple, direct and honest ways. • We learn how to grieve by looking at you. Children need role models for good grieving behavior. They are watching the adults in their lives to learn how to grieve well. If adults try to be strong and do not express emotions, then children will learn that is what they should do as well. • Our world feels out of control and it scares us. The death of a loved one can cause children to experience anxiety about little things and big things. They often wonder if anyone else they love will die too. Maintaining stability, security, rules and routines are helpful in relieving this anxiety. • Sometimes we think it’s our fault that our loved one died. More often than most people think, children blame themselves for the death of their loved one. This guilt can come from thinking they were not a good enough kid, did not help enough around the house, or that they are being punished for something they did wrong. Children need a chance to express and talk about these feelings with a trusted adult who can remind them that it was not their fault. • Talking about the death of our loved one is hard, but we need to talk. Children often refrain from talking about their loved one with those closest to them for fear of seeing their family members upset or making them cry. They need to be reminded that it is ok to talk about the loss and given lots of opportunities to talk with a trusted adult as much as they need to in order to process the loss. • Sometimes it feels like we are the only one who has lost a loved one and we feel very alone. Children often feel isolated in grief. Being around other children who have also experienced loss can be very helpful in their grieving process. Peer support groups, like Building Bridges, help children process feelings and make connections with other children who are going through similar circumstances. While we cannot shield children from the experience of losing a loved one, we can provide them with the support they need as they grieve. Instrumental in healing is a strong support network of family, friends, teachers, counselors, etc. Providing this support gives the child space to grieve the loss in a safe, stable environment. Building Bridges is a peer support group that provides grief support to children, K-12, who have experienced the death of a loved one. This program is offered twice each year during the school year and is free to attend. For more information or to register for our upcoming session, contact Melissa at (325) 658-6524.

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These are just a few of the many monthly activities. More listed through the magazine and on our community calendar.

Around San Angelo

Free Computer Classes Throughout January, Stephens Central, Classes in the Stephens Central computer lab are limited to 12 seats. Please call 325-655-7321, or stop by the 2nd floor Information Desk to sign up. Computer Basics, Fundamentals of personal computer use including basic Windows 7 functions. Internet Basics, Learn to access the Internet, find web addresses, and use search engines to find information. Learning with Lynda.com, Access 1,000s of video tutorials on a wide range of topics through Lynda.com—all you need is a library card! Microsoft Word I & II (2 parts), Word processing basics using Word 2010. Microsoft Excel I & II (2 parts), Basics of creating & working with spreadsheets using Excel 2010. Microsoft PowerPoint, Basics of creating a slideshow presentation. Microsoft Publisher, Basic techniques including how to create a professional-looking brochure. Photoshop Elements I & II (2 parts), Learn the basics of editing images and touching up your photos in Photoshop Elements. View this schedule online at: http://tgclibrary.com/eventscomputer.asp North Angelo Branch, Classes at North Branch are limited to 6 seats. Please call 325-653-8412, or stop by North Angelo Branch to sign up and ensure your spot. Computer & Internet Basics, Fundamentals of personal computer use including basic Windows 7 functions, accessing the Internet, and using search engines to find information. Angelo West Branch, Classes at West Branch are limited to 8 seats. Please call 325-6596436, or stop by West Branch to sign up and ensure your spot. Computer & Internet Basics, Fundamentals of personal computer use including basic Windows 7 functions, accessing the Internet, and using search engines to find information. First Day Hike January 1, 10:00am to 12:00pm, San Angelo State Park, Hike the Roadrunner Trail (3 miles) with a ranger. Join us for our First Day Hike in the Concho Valley hiking the Roadrunner Trail. Trail rating is EASY, bring water and wear sturdy shoes, meet at the South Shore Playground, Pets allowed on a leash, FMI call Pat Bales (325) 277-3258 or email Pat.Bales@tpwd.texas.gov

Art Thursdays at SAMFA Every Thursday, 3:00pm-6:00pm, Enjoy an afternoon of art making in the San Angelo Museum of Fine Art Education Studio! We always feature clay and watercolor, and every three weeks there are two new art projects to try. Visitors are welcome to drop in anytime between 3 pm and 6 p.m. Please allow at least 30 minutes to try all projects. FMI visit www.samfa.org Family Day at SAMFA January 14, 10:00am-3:00pm, at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, 1 Love Street. every 2nd Saturday. Free admission. SAMFA and Be Theater’s Mustache Melodrama are teaming up again! You’ll laugh, you’ll boo and you’ll learn about art with fun interactive performances and tours! FMI visit www.samfa.org or call 325-653-3333. West Texas Boys Ranch - Ranch Ball 2017 January 14, 7:00pm, at the Wells Fargo Pavilion, 4608 Grape Creek Road. The Ball will feature musical performances by Jody Nix & The Texas Cowboys and Clearwater. There will be a steak dinner, cash bar, silent auction and photo booth. Admission is $100 per pair of tickets. For tickets and sponsorships please visit www.wtbr.org. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $50 per ticket. Chamber Music Series January 15, at 2:00pm at the Art Museum. Join soprano, Suzanne Ramo, and pianist, Fritz Gechter, from Laredo, Texas, for an intimate afternoon of music. Featuring Lieder and piano solos from favorite composers Schubert and Brahms, to newer favorites Poulenc and Ricky Ian Gordon, there is something for everyone. The husband and wife duo have performed throughout the US as well as in Europe and Central America. To pre-order individual tickets or for more information about the San Angelo Chamber Music Series and the Play It Again concerts call the Art Museum at (325) 653-3333 or visit www.samfa.org. MLK Luncheon January 16, St. Mark Presbyterian Church at 12:00pm - 2:00pm, Donation: $ 8.00 per person, FMI call Ronetta Jordan-325-653-7574.

Manufactured Housing: Tenant Rights & Buyer Warnings January 19, 6:00pm, Betel UMC, 115 W. Avenue O, FMI call James Casillas at (325) 653-6982 x. 7006. Hosted by Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas. The Downtown Stroll - Art, Shop, Dine, Explore! January 19, 5:00pm-9:00pm, Features a variety of galleries and art exhibits, restaurants, merchants, museums, library exhibits, music venues, etc. Sponsored by Downtown San Angelo, Inc., Cultural Arts District & The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts. Go to www.downtownsanangelo.com to download your Downtown Stroll map. FREE TROLLEY to stop along the way starting at 6:00 pm. FMI call Downtown San Angelo, Inc., (325) 655-2345. The Diary of Anne Frank January 20 - February 5, The Diary of Anne Frank, By Wendy Kesselman, Directed by Larry Hettick, At the Be Theatre, 19 W. Beauregard. FMI go to www.betheatre.com/ Free Class – What are Essential Oils January 21, Baymont Inn and Suites. 1418 . Bryant Blvd. San Angelo Texas 10:00 am. Limited SeatingRSVP at www.essentialpeaceofmind.com – Events. San Angelo Panhellenic Recruitment Forum January 22, for women interested in Greek Life, at 2:00pm, San Angelo Visitors Center 418 W. Avenue B (room located on the river side of the building to the left), FMI email nina.ce.barker@gmail.com Call of the Wild at the SAPAC January 24 - 28 at the San Angelo Performing Arts Center, 82 Gillis Street. Jack London’s Classic Tale Live on Stage! This multi-media adventure mixes classic story telling with projected illustrations and original music to tell the story of Buck, the magnificent crossbred offspring of a St. Bernard and Scottish Collie. Kidnapped from his lavish life on a California estate and sent to work as a sled dog during the great Klondike Gold Rush, Buck fights to survive and becomes the most famous dog in the whole history of the northland. This Austin-based company, Theatre Heroes, is making their San Angelo debut with this compelling one-man production. FMI and tickets please visit www.sanangelopac.org.

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This year’s 47th edition of the West Texas Rehabilitation Center’s telethon promises to be one of the best yet, featuring favorite guests along with two great co-headlining entertainers, Lauren Alaina and Charles “Chip” Esten, the online auction, and more. This year’s telethon takes place on January 21st at the Abilene Civic Center from 6:00pm through 12:00am. Lauren Alaina and Charles “Chip” Esten are the co-headliners for the 2017 telethon. Alaina is an American country music singer and songwriter from Rossville, Georgia. Alaina was the runner-up on the tenth season of American Idol. Her debut studio album, Wildflower was released on October 11, 2011 and she currently has three singles on the top 40 country list. Esten is an American actor, singer and comedian best known for his role as Deacon Claybourne on Nashville (2012–present) which will air this year on CMT. Esten previously appeared on the improvisation show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” regularly between 1999-2005. In addition to the co-headliners, Charlie Chase, longtime co-host of the popular “Crook and Chase” talk show on the Nashville Network will return to anchor the Rehab 2017 host desk. Texas legend Red Steagall will be back along with The Boys in the Bunkhouse for the show. Other “regulars” lined up to appear are Brad Maule (General Hospital) and Twyla Foreman. The Rehab relies on its sponsors to help make the telethon a continued success. This year, Suddenlink Communications & Capital Farm Credit are the official corporate partners of the live show. The special tote board, which tallies the night’s fundraising total, is sponsored by Edward Jones/Gary and Connie Decker. Our check presentation sponsor is Zach, Lou and Robert O. Briley, host hotel is the Hilton Garden Inn and the auction sponsor is NTS Communications. Live coverage of the telethon will be carried on television stations in Abilene, San Angelo, Corpus Christi, Midland/Odessa, Lubbock, Amarillo, Waco/Temple/Bryan, & Lawton, OK. The show will stream live at WestTexasRehab.org. Bids for the annual internet auction of merchandise and services provided by friends and businesses, can be seen at WestTexasRehab.org and bids will be accepted until midnight on January 21st. These auction items will also be on display at the Abilene Civic Center beginning at 6 pm on the 21st. An auction television show featuring all items will air in Abilene and San Angelo from 5:30pm to 7pm on the night of the telethon. You can join the conversation by posting your Rehab story by using the hash tag #WestTexasRehab on social media and you may see your post on the show! For more information, please call 325-223-6364.

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MEETINGS AROUND SAN ANGELO Email meeting information to family@wcc.net. Please include contact information. SAFM reserves the right to determine if the meeting will be included. Adult Diabetes Support Group -2nd Thurs. 7pm. Trinity Lutheran Fellowship hall. Carolyne Glass dcglass1@verizon.net FMI 944-1778 Alcoholics Anonymous, 3711 Chadbourne, San Angelo, TX 76901. A phone number for all AA groups in San Angelo is 325-657-6645. Al-Anon - 1917 W. Avenue N, help for those whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. FMI 800-259-1972 or texas-al-anon.org/meetings/sanangelo All Veterans Council, 3rd Tues, 7:00 pm, at the VFW Post, 125 S. Browning Street. FMI call Tony Ramirez at 325-653-2321 x1206 Alzheimer’s Assoc. Support Groups - 438 E. Houston Harte Expy or for full list & FMI 653-1724 American Legion Post 32 - 2nd Mon, 7p, 165 E 43rd Street. FMI Post Adjutant 325-653-1958.. American Legion Post 572 - 4th Tues, 7:00p, VFW Post, 125 S. Browning, FMI (325)949-6769 (Ron Bell) or Alpost572@wcc.net Association of Asian-American Women meets last Sunday of month, 2:00-4:00 PM, FMI Erlinda Cline, 325-942-9792, aaawtexas.net. Amputee Support Group, 1st Thurs, WTRC Conference Center, 1925 University, 6:00 pm. Open to individuals, family members, loved ones or care givers who have an amputation. Contact Eric McLarty at 325-223-6380 with questions. ASU Toastmasters Club, every Wed., 4pm, on campus - Academic Building, Room 025, www.angelo.edu/dept/human_resources/, call 325-486-6461. Brain Care Support Group, 4th Mon, odd mths, 4:00 pm-WTRC Conf Ctr, 1925 University, individuals, family members, loved ones or care givers who have a brain injury or illness. Contact Khristina Douglas or Gwen Calvert at 325-223-6300 with questions. Breastfeeding Club SA Comm. Medical Center. Free monthly meetings, open to everyone. FMI: The Breastfeeding Club on Facebook or Evelyn Ashley 325-947-6985. Breastfeeding Community Gathering, Every Thurs.(excluding holiday), 11:00am, FREE, Shannon Women’s & Children’s Hospital Family Room, FMI: Amanda John 325-234-0391 Brush and Brag Decorative Painter's 2nd. Sat., 9A, Christian Campus Center (ASU)1920 S. Johnson St., FMI contact Kathleen Daniel, 227-6833, email kathleendaniel@suddenlink.net Cancer Warriors (men's support group-family & caregivers welcome)- 1st Thurs, 5:30-6:30pm, Ray Harper Cntr, Shannon Med. Plaza, FMI Jennifer - 325-481-2065 Civil Air Patrol – every Thur, Emergency Operation Center (EOC) at San Angelo Airport, 6:30p-9p, age 12 & up with interest in aerospace education, cadet programs and emergency services. Contact: sanangelocap.org or gocivilairpatrol.com Concho Porcelain Art Club, 2nd Monday at 9:30 p.m. Sept-May of each year at Artful Musings Art Studio located at 416 W. Ave. D – Contact Lola Squyres 325-223-0647 Concho Valley Adoptive/Foster Parent Support Group - 2nd Thurs., 6:30-8:30pm, rm 401, PaulAnn Baptist Church. Helps adoptive/foster parents understand and cope with the dynamic realities of adding a new person in the home. Anyone who is interested in supporting this mission field is welcome. FMI call Patrick Dierschke, 325-716-9769 Concho Valley CARES Coalition - 2nd Wed every month (except July, November, December) at noon. Locations vary. Info provided at www.cvcares.org or call 325-224-3481. Concho Valley AMBUCS Chapter - 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 6:30pm, Logan’s Roadhouse. FMI Maryann Martin, mmartin23@angelo.edu, 903-752-2769, FB Concho Valley Ambucs Concho Valley Lost Chords Club---3rd Wed, noon; Reeves Speech Therapy clinic- 325-340-4020; 133 W. Concho, #106, Laryngectomees and family support. Concho Valley Quilters Guild - Wed., 28 N Chadbourne, parking in the back, 9:30-2:30 pm. We hand-quilt for the public & members. Visitors/New members welcome! FMI 325-227-8713. Concho Valley Photography Club meets second Saturday of each month at 9:30 am at First Financial Bank located on the corner of Knickerbocker Rd and Sunset Dr. open to all levels of photographers. Contact is Tim L Vasquez 325-340-0351 Concho Valley Turning Point: (Faith-Based 12 Step) Tues.'s & Wed.'s 7 PM, (Anger Mgmt.) Thurs.'s 7 PM, (Bible Study) Mon.'s & Fri.'s 7 PM, (Transitional Housing for Men), all groups meet @ 528 E. Highland Blvd. except Wed. is @ JSCC - 2200 Johnson Street, Room # 215. FMI: 325-658-1389, cvtpmail@gmail.com, www.cvtp.org. Hope, Believe & Achieve Here! Daybreakers Toastmasters 6:45am, Thurs at Emmanuel Episcopal Church (3 S. Randolph), educ rm by parking lot off Harris, FMI Maria Soria 325-650-5152. Desk and Derrick, 2nd Wedn., 11:30am, SA Country Club, 1609 Country Club Road. Reservations: Kelly Clifton, 325-942-2237 or kelly.clifton@angelo.edugo, www.deskderricksa.com Disability Connections Center - monthly peer support groups, computer classes, cooking classes and arts & crafts classes, FMI call 325-227-6624 or 325-227-6625, http://dcciltx.org/ Disabled American Veterans' Auxiliary - 1st Thurs, 5:30 p.m., 1909 Pulliam, FMI: Maria Torres, 653-9059 Diabetes Support Group - 1st Monday of every month at Holy Angels Adult Faith Center at 6:30 pm. Contact David Bolin at 325-650-8289 Down Syndrome Support Group - 2nd Thur in even numbered months, 6:00p, Angelo Bible Church, 3506 Sherwood Way, Open to individuals with Down Syndrome/families/friends. Child Care and light meal provided. FMI Karyn at 227-3716 or Kathy at 325-651-9593 Embroidery Guild of America 3rd Tues 7PM, St.Paul Presbyterian Church, 11 Park St., FMI Kathleen Daniel 227-6833 Fleet Reserve Assn (FRA) Branch 295 - 2nd Mon, 7p, Elks Lodge, 2121 S. Chadbourne, FMI 942-8036, Terry Cook, Branch Secretary. Greater San Angelo Crafts Guild 3rd Sun, 2:30p, St. Paul Presbyterian, 11 N Park, Visitors welcome. FMI 949.8206 Hanging By A Thread Quilt Club - 2nd Mon, 7p, Suez Shrine Temple, FMI Louise Lathram, 325-469-3664. Laughter Yoga San Angelo, Mondays 5:30-6:15 pm, Old Chicken Farm Art Center, Studio 1, Contact: Misty Barron 325-262-2604, suggested donation $5 Le Coterie Society Club of San Angelo - 2nd Saturday of the month, Ministerial Alliance Campus, 1100 MLK Blvd., For more information: Helen-949-1637 or Barbara-944-4333 Lone Star Cloggers every Mon. & Wed. 5:30-8pm V.F.W. Hall/125 S. Browning Street. We welcome former cloggers and anyone interested in learning. FMI: Beverly Grenda 653-6448 NAACP- 1st Sat, 2-3:30p, Guadalupe Center, MLK Blvd, FMI sanangelonaacp.org New Parent Support Group at SACMC, 1st Thur, 6-7p, OB Classrm, Free, FMI 947-6985 or evelyn.ashley@sacmc.com Overeaters Anonymous (HOW) - call hotline for locations and times. 325-482-8899 Parents Anonymous - Every Thurs, 6p-7:30p, 317 Koberlin, free childcare, FMI 653-4673. Parents Helping Parents - 3rd Thur, 5:30-6:30p. WTRC board room, open to all children, families, friends with special needs. Child care provided. FMI Barbi Nobles 223-6473. Parkinson’s Support Group, 4th Monday, 5:30, Glen Meadows Baptist Church Rm 104, 6002 Knickerbocker RD., FMI 325 949-0970 San Angelo Amateur Radio Club (SAARC) - 2nd Thurs,, 7:30 PM at the clubhouse at 5513 Stewart Lane, Mathis Field Airport. Open to any Amateur Radio operators FMI www.w5qx.org San Angelo Art Club-1st Mon, 7p, Kendall Gallery, 119 W 1st St, FMI 653-4405, sanangeloartclub@gmail.com, facebook.com/sanangelo.artclub, or sanangeloartclub.org San Angelo Astronomy Assoc - 1st Mon, 7p, ASU Planetarium. FMI 325-277-6139 or http://angeloastronomy.com/ San Angelo Blues Society 1st Tues. Diner at Sealy Flats 208 S. Oakes at 5:30 pm. sanangelobluessociety.com San Angelo Dream Center, each Mon., 6-8pm, 1928 MLK Blvd. Christ Powered Recovery, (C.P.R.) 12 Step Faith based recovery group. Probation & Parole approved. FMI contact Jeff Matheny 325-234-9958. San Angelo Retired Teachers & Associates-2nd Tues., Sept-May, 1st Christian Church, 29 N. Oakes, 9:30 AM. Open to all retired educational personnel. .FMI 944-2069 or 949-6805 San Angelo Genealogical & Historical Society (SAGHS) 1st Tue, Sept -May, 7p, FMI SAGHS.Inc@gmail.com San Angelo TEA Party 2nd & 4th Tues. 6:30pm, West Texas Training Center. 3501 No. Hwy. 67. FMI sanangeloteaparty.org San Angelo Writers' Club 2nd Tues, 6:30pm, 14 East Harris at “First Place”, FMI 949-6239. Survivor Sisters Support Group 1st Thurs., 5:30-6:30pm, Shannon Cancer Empowerment & Resource Center. For breast cancer survivors, those in treatment, etc. Contact 325-481-2025 Texas Veterans for Veterans, 8am, 1905 E. Pulliam St., 1st, 2nd, 3rd Tue -Coffee, Donuts, socializing & support. 4th Tue -Business meeting open to all members. FMI 325-227-8524 Tom Green Co Historical Society - 3rd Mon., 5:30 pm, Officer’s Quarters #8, at Ft Concho TRJohnston@verizon.net or325-224-2774 www.tomgreencountyhistoricalsociety.com TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) each Tues. 8:30-10:30am., non profit weight loss support group. St Paul Presbyterian, 11 N. Park St, San Angelo. FMI 325-450-4965 or 325-658-8497. TOPS Club Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) - Weight Loss Group, Thurs, 7-8pm, Calvary Baptist Church, 2321 Armstrong St. FMI – 325-651-6242 or 325-656-8167. VFW POST 1815 - 3rd Mon, 7p, 125 S. Browning. FMI Mick Semik, vice Darrell Elliott, 655-6550 Vietnam Veterans of America -1st Thurs, 6:30p, 119 N. Chadbourne, FMI 949-3059 White Rose Support Group, 2nd Thurs, 6:30pm, 126 E. College Ave (behind Shannon), those who have lost a baby through ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, stillbirth, or death shortly after birth. FMI 325 481-6332 Young Professionals of San Angelo, 3rd Thurs, Zentner's Daughter, 12-1pm. FMI: facebook.com/YPSanAngelo or ypsanangelo.org

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Hope for those who suffer from heartburn Just about everyone has suffered from heartburn or acid indigestion at some time—the family feasts and parties of the holiday season just passed were prime opportunities for you to suffer this unpleasantness. For as many as one in five people, however, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) occurs once a week or more and is a serious medical problem. If that describes your situation, you should visit with your physician. GERD not only lessens quality of life, it can lead to life-threatening complications. GERD often can be controlled with lifestyle changes combined with overthe-counter medications. If those methods fail, your physician will prescribe a combination of medications. Surgery becomes an option if your problem still does not go away. Fortunately, there are several surgical solutions. Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF) is the most recent advance and has proved very successful. Dr. Glenn M. Ihde II has performed more than 600 TIF procedures, making him the most experienced physician in the country with this technique. “As the name implies, the procedure requires no incision. There is no internal cutting or dissection,” Dr. Ihde says. “In the procedure, a device is inserted in the mouth and down the GI tract to the junction of the esophagus and the stomach where the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is located.

Normally, the LES closes as soon as food passes through it. When you have acid reflux, the LES does not function properly, allowing stomach contents to re-enter the esophagus.

GERD GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is a digestive disorder that affects the ring of muscle between your esophagus and your stomach.

“The TIF procedure treats the underlying anatomical cause of GERD by reconstructing the LES, the body’s natural anti-reflux barrier. In simple terms, a new LES is created by folding tissue at the esophagus-stomach junction.”

In normal digestion, the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) opens to allow food to pass into the stomach and closes to prevent food and acidic stomach juices from flowing back into the esophagus.

According to Dr. Ihde, pain is minimal and healing rapid because there is no cutting of tissue inside or outside of the body. Clinical studies show there are fewer complications both immediately after surgery and long term than with invasive surgery techniques.

Gastroesophageal reflux occurs when the LES is weak or relaxes inappropriately, allowing contents in the stomach to flow back into your esophagus.

Dr. Ihde is a board certified general surgeon with West Texas Medical Associates and an independent member of the medical staff at San Angelo Community Medical Center.

If you have questions about GERD and the TIF procedure, please call 947-6888.

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Being an advocate for your child is a noble thing, but at a certain point, parents need to step back and let their children become advocates for themselves. Everyone knows parents, or maybe even is a parent, who are overly involved in their children’s lives. Popular culture has labeled them “helicopter parents,” for their tendency to hover closely overhead. Are You a Helicopter Parent? If you answer yes to one or more of the following questions, then you may be a hovering parent. - Have you ever done homework for your child? Even just a little? - Do you frequently intervene if your child has problems with friends? - Have you ever tried to settle grading disputes for your child more than once? - Do you feel bad for yourself if your child makes a mistake? - Are your kids learning life skills around the house? Cooking, cleaning, chores? - Do your kids suffer their OWN consequences for their actions? - Are you letting your kids feel emotions such as: disappointment, sadness, fear? - At an appropriate age are they getting themselves up in the morning, remembering items to take to school (or sports practices, piano, etc.) It is highly unlikely that you will see many kids outside playing without a parent just over their shoulder or definitely within 100 yards. How do you play the most awesome hide and seek game known to man if you aren't outside and have houses as boundaries

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rather than rooms? Kickball in the street? Chase? Bike races? Are we just counting on the fact that our schools will provide enough physical activity our kids need? Even if they do, what about the lessons of freedom, independence and self-confidence that comes with having some freedom? When did our society become one that shelters our children so much that they are afraid to leave the safety of home to just go outside and play? Are we protecting them or are we doing them more harm than good? Can our kids learn how to be self-sufficient and-- just as important-- confident in their own abilities to take care of themselves when we never let them venture out of our sight for more than a few moments?

school, it is important to make your child responsible for studying, bringing homework home and turning assignments in. Remember that your job is to prepare your child to be a responsible and capable adult, so decrease your involvement over time and let your child live his or her own life. Help them through deductive reasoning while they are still living at home when you can support them if they make a mistake. That is how they learn!

Encourage your children to discuss their problems, but let them come up with their own solutions. Problem solving is a great way for children to learn and grow. Steer clear of battles such as disputing your child’s grade, discipline, placement on a team or squabbles with friends. Instead, enable your child to properly deal with his or her problems by asking him or her what should be done and offering possible solutions. During homework time, be available to answer questions and clarify instructions. Avoid giving the answers or doing the work yourself, even if the assignment seems too difficult. Remember your job is to create a situation where your child can succeed. Provide the necessary supplies, create a quiet and well-lit study area and set aside time for homework. Hold your children accountable and let them suffer the consequences of their actions. Especially by middle

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