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Silent Auction Just in Time for the Holidays!

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The Holiday Silent Auction was a success!! Check back in January 2015 for more exciting items! If you have something you would like to contribute to the silent auction, please contact: Donna Shaw at 803-772-5210 or donna.shaw@fedfamsc.org. Happy Holidays and thanks for supporting Children’s Mental Health!!

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Hiring in Charleston!!

Please see the announcement below and contact Belinda Pearson-Barber at belinda.pearson@fedfamsc.org or 866-779-0402. Continue reading

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The most important thing you can do with your kids? Eat dinner with them.

an associate clinical professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School.

As a family therapist, I often have the impulse to tell families to go home and have dinner together rather than spending an hour with me. And 20 years of research in North America, Europe and Australia back up my enthusiasm for family dinners. It turns out that sitting down for a nightly meal is great for the brain, the body and the spirit. And that nightly dinner doesn’t have to be a gourmet meal that took three hours to cook, nor does it need to be made with organic arugula and heirloom parsnips.

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For starters, researchers found that for young children, dinnertime conversation boosts vocabulary even more than being read aloud to. The researchers counted the number of rare words – those not found on a list of 3,000 most common words – that the families used during dinner conversation. Young kids learned 1,000 rare words at the dinner table, compared to only 143 from parents reading storybooks aloud. Kids who have a large vocabulary read earlier and more easily. Continue reading

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Teenagers want parents to be involved in their lives

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(BPT) – Today’s changing social environment and confusing messages about drugs and alcohol may be making it even more difficult for teenagers to get their bearings as they move toward adulthood. That is why it is more important than ever for parents to know what is going on in their kids’ lives and have the skills to respond to their teens appropriately.

Specifically, as drugs and alcohol are becoming more accessible and more states are legalizing marijuana, many teens may believe that the use of marijuana or other substances is now okay. Parents should know that legalization of marijuana does not mean it is harmless, and increased availability of other substances does not make them less harmful, either. Marijuana and other substances can cause permanent damage to the teenage brain, and teens can become addicted more quickly than adults.

This is a time when parents need to become involved in their teens’ lives and help them navigate these complex issues. While many parents may think of their teens as grown-ups and able to fully take care of themselves, teenagers have said that this is a time when they need their parents the most. Asking questions and being involved shows teenagers that their parents care. Continue reading

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