Bruce Law Firm February 2018

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When you undergo a life-changing event, you can’t underestimate the toll it will take on your mental health. Even if you’ve never had the need to talk with a professional, you might find that you could use one now. Self-help books might be something you’ve turned to in the past, and while they can be helpful, they can only get you so far. Even though your friends and family might be supportive, they cannot offer the unbiased, outside perspective a professional can. The advantage of talking with a professional is they are there to listen and help you process through what you’re experiencing. A therapist or counselor is not there to judge or give you instructions or advice. They are there to listen and ask questions to help you reach the answers that were there all along, obscured by the haze of everything you are going through. If you’ve been in an abusive relationship, you might feel vulnerable, and it might feel good to keep everything inside. But doing so will only hurt more in the long run, and it will prevent you from moving on. There’s a lot of healing that can happen as you talk to another person who has your best interests in mind. Especially if you’ve suffered from depression, being able to process your emotions in a healthy way might be the difference between recovering and doing more damage to yourself. Don’t turn to self-medication or self-abuse. Access the clear, unbiased voice in your head by talking to a professional. If cost is a concern, your insurance may cover some or all of the visit to a mental health professional. Call your insurance company to find out what they cover.

EDUCATION IN THE KITCHEN With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, you’re probably wracking your brain for the perfect recipe to bake for your loved one. There’s nothing wrong with store-bought chocolate, but there’s no topping the personal touch of some homemade baked goods. If you have kids, baking alongside them can be just as rewarding as enjoying the fruits of your labor. As an added bonus, baking is a hands-on opportunity where your child can learn all sorts of important concepts. Here is a short list of some of the educational lessons hiding in your kitchen. MATH Baking is a numbers game. Just take a look at any recipe, and you’ll recognize the importance of math in building a beautiful cake. Having children measure out ingredients helps them learn about fractions and ratios. You can also test your kids by doubling or halving a recipe for multiplication and division practice. With older kids, practice unit conversions by asking, for example, how many pints are in half a gallon. FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS Not unlike computer science, baking requires a strict order of operations. The wet and dry ingredients often need to be mixed separately and then folded together. It only takes one deviation from the instructions for a pastry to go from delicious to disgusting. Spending time in the kitchen, then, is a great way for kids to learn the importance of reading directions carefully and comprehending what they’ve just read. CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING Cuisine is a fundamental part of every culture. Introducing your child to dishes from around the world will expand their horizons. Want your child to be a less picky eater? Involving them in the cooking process is the surest way to get them excited about trying new flavors and ingredients. What Your Child Can Learn From Baking NUTRITION Now, you might not think that baking cookies will encourage greater nutritional awareness, but hear us out. Sugar is often buried within packaged foods. When you bake something at home, a child gets to see, firsthand, just how much sugar goes into certain sweets. Meanwhile, cooking savory dishes also allows them to learn what constitutes a balanced, healthy diet.

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