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31May, 2011

Quote of the Day

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The sun shines and warms and lights us and we have no curiosity to know why this is so; but we ask the reason of all evil, of pain, and hunger, and mosquitoes and silly people.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson   Isn't this so true that we take the good things in life for granted and don't think twice but complain (loudly sometimes) when things don't go so well?     Linda Luecke  MA, LPC
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25May, 2011

Update on Parenting Teens

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The blog submission for 5/25/2011 on Parenting Teens was written by Ken Barrett, MSW, LCSW If you have questions about this area, please feel free to call Families In Focus at 636-928-5800 and ask to speak with a therapist.
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25May, 2011

Parenting Teens

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When parenting your teen there are four main areas you want to consider negotiating with him/her:  Their Room; Appearance; School Work; Peers. You want each area to reflect as much of your teens efforts and personality as possible.  Some safety issues may arise and this would obviously not be negotiable.  Body piercings, dangerous peers and truancy are all examples of behaviors that are non-negotiable.  Drugs, alcohol and self injurious behavior are not negotiable because danger is imminent.  And, in these circumstances professional help should be sought.  A boy who only […]
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24May, 2011

The Love of Reading

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Jacqueline Kennedy said, “There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world.  Love of books is the best of all."   It seems like these days many kids are glued to playing video games or watching TV or constantly texting friends.  Nothing objectionable with any of these activities.  It seems like of one of things that may get lost in a child’s life is reading books.   Reading is one of my favorite things to do.  I enjoy learning about life through the eyes of another person/character or simply […]
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20May, 2011

Who Me?

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In our hectic lives, it seems like we're constantly having to take care of this and that on top of about a million other things and especially more so when we have families.  I've run across quite a few busy people and ask them "When do you have time to take care of yourself?"  Their response is a common "Oh, that's selfish" or "I would feel guilty if I didn't help others". Often times they put themselves on the back burner, not realizing that they are probably exhausted or burned […]
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20May, 2011

Research Study Volunteers Needed

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Would you volunteer 2 – 3 hours to participate in a research study?  We have an opportunity for participants age 6 and older to volunteer. Volunteers will sign a consent form and fill out some basic information.  If the volunteer is under 18, the parent will sign.  If the basic information fits the profile that the test publisher needs, we call the volunteer and schedule the appointment.  The research study involves taking some tests related to education and cognition.  All information is strictly confidential.  Participants who complete the tests receive a […]
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17May, 2011

Expand Your Comfort Zone

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I enjoy eating Japanese food.  Tempura, yakisoba, tonkatsu, miso soup.  Pretty tame if you ask me.  When I would eat out with my friends, they would order sushi.  I couldn't justify eating raw fish.  I feared the taste and getting sick.  After I got married, my husband and I had dinner at Crazy Sushi in St. Peters.  He also had never tried sushi.  We decided "what they heck, let's give it a try."  So we dug in and we have loved sushi and sashimi ever since then.   The point in […]
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13May, 2011

Catch Your Child Doing Good

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As a parent of a soon-to-be two year old, I'm constantly having to watch him, especially when he does things I'm not too fond of.  These behaviors include throwing things down the stairs, marking up the furniture with a ballpoint pen, and chewing on various objects.  Sometimes I get just a little aggravated with such behaviors.  Nonetheless, I have to remind myself that my son has many wonderful qualities and communicate that with him.   We have a choice as parents – focusing on the negative behaviors (of course, they […]
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12May, 2011

Trauma Education

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Trauma Education   I recently went to a seminar on trauma.  Trauma is a near death experience such as a car accident, almost drowning, seeing a person actually die.  Unfortunately, life encounters lend themselves to trauma.  Trauma is accompanied by symptoms which can occur in the form of behavior and in a physical form.  Angry outbursts,  being unable to get along with others and drug abuse can be examples trauma based behavior.   Poor sleep, anxiety, and hyper awareness to name a few are examples of physical signs of trauma.  And, fear […]
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