February - 2011 Newsletter
Celebrate Valentine's Day all Month Long: Showing Your Partner & Loved Ones That You Care
It's easy to get caught up in the day to day tasks of life; often leaving no time for the important people in your life, mainly your partner, but also parents, children and special friends. Use Valentine's Day as a kicking off point to make some changes to your relationships NOW!
- Listen: Make eye contact you are spoken to and respond when the person is done so they know you were listening and that you heard them.
- Laugh, smile, and have a sense of humor. Increasing the number of positive and fun interactions you have will strengthen your relationships and make you want to spend time together.
- Share your fantasies with you partner and try to fulfill them. Everyone fantasizes, it's natural. Sharing them and trying to fulfill them will add intimacy to your relationship.
- Cook your partner's or families favorite meal or take them out to their favorite restaurant.
- Get engaged in an activity that your partner and/or family enjoys. For example, if your partner enjoys bowling, join a couples or family bowling league. Doing an activity that your family enjoys shows you are interested in them.
- Doing little things, like making a playlist on his/her Ipod of favorite songs or songs that have special meaning for the two of you.
- Verbalize your appreciation when people in your life do something nice for you (For example, if you partner cleans your car say "thank you for cleaning my car, I really appreciate it.")
- Show affection spontaneously. As your partner walks passed you, stop them, and hug them; tell your children, friends, parents how much they mean to you.
- Give them a break from household chores. Do the dishes or laundry for them.
- Try something new together. Getting out of your daily and weekly routines to do something new and exciting will create memories you can talk about forever.
- Surprise them with a personalized scrapbook or photo album.
News and Goods from HPS:
Our Social Skills Groups are now meeting every Saturday, these groups provide structured social interaction for kids and adolescents focusing upon appropriate social behavior, and learning to manage difficult emotions and behaviors. Spring groups are forming now! Please call us for more information. Our Winter Parenting Groups are also now forming and will be starting in late February please contact our Clinical Director Adam Russo at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We are pleased to announce our affiliation with Dr. Heather Grossman. Dr. Grossman is a speech and language pathologist with expertise in stuttering and social communication. Dr. Grossman is seeing patients in our Melville Office.
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