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C-4 Wednesday, November 6, 2019 The Press-Dispatch HOME LIFE TO ADVERTISE: Call: 812-354-8500 Email: Visit: 820 E. Poplar Street, Petersburg Deadline: 5 p.m. on Monday Youth First Today by Heather Miller, Youth First, Inc. Katiedid vs... by Katiedid Langrock Chew-broccla Outstanding Antique AUCTION 2667 E. CR 400 S., Winslow, IN SATURDAY, NOV. 9 10am EST Follow on • ID# 46613 • LOCATION: is is a large auction. It will last several hours. Indoor sale and seating available. 60+ Advertising Signs and ermometers, Gas Pumps, Hundreds of Antiques and Collectibles, Primitives, Rare Items, Crocks/ Stoneware, Cast Iron, Vintage Toys and Coins. Auctioneer Note November 16 - 11 a.m. Southwest Medical Liquidation Real Estate & Personal Property Auction OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, November 9 for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. We encourage you to preview, inspect and test drive the ambulances. REAL ESTATE will be offered at the close of auction and consists of a 68x56 building with office space, 2 bedroom apartment, storage area, workshop, concrete drive, with several garage doors on two lots. AMBULANCES AND PERSONAL PROPERTY: (11) ambulances, gurney transport stretchers; (7) Pelican First Responder drug boxes, Trauma boxes, Training Supplies, (4) Pneumatic Transport Ventilator and much more. Graber Auctions ~ 812-254-2220 Mark J. Graber - AU19400133 See photos and terms at Save the Date FARM CONSIGNMENT AUCTION Lic. #AU10800006 CALL OR TEXT Johny Ray at 812-598-3936 now to get your items on this sale! Sat., December 7 • 10 a.m. CST Tools, Equipment, Vehicles, Mowers and Outdoor Items Auction Center • 114 E. SR 68 • Lynnville, IN 47619 ANNUAL BLACK FRIDAY AUCTION Friday, November 29 Call or TexT 10am (CsT) • 114 e. sr 68, lyNNville Antiques, Collectibles, Pottery, Advertising Items, Household Items and more. Put your items in this auction today! Lic. #AU10800006 812-598-3936 HOUSE FOR SALE CALL: 812-766-0490 Three-bedroom, two-bath brick home with a two-car garage, enclosed sunroom, plus a full basement and a fireplace on 2½ acres in a nice subdivision. 263 W. Crestview Dr., Petersburg $219,000 (negotiable) SLOW-COOKED SAUERKRAUT SOUP MEALS IN Monica's MINUTES Share your favorite recipe! Monica's Meals in Minutes PO Box 68, Petersburg, IN 47567 FACEBOOK MAIL EMAIL By Monica Sinclair I am always willing to try new foods, within reason. This week, when I received an email about fall soups, I was surprised to see one I had never heard of. However, it involves several of my favorite ingredients, includ- ing kielbasa and sauerkraut, so I definitely need to try this one sometime this season. It has a few more ingredients than usual, but I am confident it will be worth it. Enjoy! INGREDIENTS • 1 medium potato, cut into 1/4-inch cubes • 1 pound smoked kielbasa, cut into 1/2-inch cubes • 1 can (32 ounces) sauerkraut, rinsed and well drained • 4 cups chicken broth • 1 can (10 -3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted • 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms • 1 cup cubed cooked chicken • 2 medium carrots, sliced • 2 celery ribs, sliced • 2 tablespoons white vinegar • 2 teaspoons dill weed • 1/2 teaspoon pepper • 3 to 4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled DIRECTIONS 1. In a 5 -qt. slow cooker, combine the first 12 ingre- dients. Cover and cook on high for 5 -6 hours or until the vegetables are tender. Skim fat. Garnish with bacon. Source: tasteof Parents of a child with special needs have many to-do lists that involve var- ious types of therapies and appoint- ments throughout the week. With life already busy, the extra time commit- ment chips away at any free time that could be available. This not only im- pacts the parents but can equally im- pact the siblings of children with spe- cial needs. Typically children are quick to note anything they feel is unfair. A sibling who notices that a parent is often with the child with special needs may feel jealousy and resentment. For a parent already trying to balance so much, this additional reaction from a child can be difficult to process. Following are some suggestions for helping a sibling of a child with special needs understand the reasons behind what they may feel is unfair: • Educate the siblings about their brother or sister's special needs using a strengths-based perspective. Focus on what the child can do and explain the idea that everyone is unique. The age of the sibling needs to be taken in- to account when deciding how much information to share. Keep it age-ap- propriate and explain in a manner the child can understand. • Include the sibling in helping the child with special needs as they want to. Children are often the best teach- ers for each other. Giving the sibling a task to help their brother or sister complete will give them a sense of ac- complishment and positive interaction with their sibling. • Look for common ground. Search for activities that both children can en- joy. Even a short activity can be a great bonding experience for everyone. • Ensure the sibling has opportuni- ties to do what they want to do. Mak- ing a special effort to have time for the sibling to participate in an activity (so- lo or with friends) is important. This allows them time to be their own per- son and develop their own interests. • Validate the feelings of the sib- ling. According to Michigan Medicine, some common emotions a sibling may feel include embarrassment, guilt, jeal- ousy, anger, and fear. Check in regu- larly with your child. Encourage your child to talk honestly about their feel- ings with you. Validating and normal- izing these emotions will allow the con- versation to then focus on coping skills for these emotions. Siblings of children with spe- cial needs learn a lot from their sib- ling and vice versa. This relationship builds compassion, service, and prob- lem-solving. No parent has the abili- ty to split time perfectly even between children. Ensuring siblings feel appre- ciated, included, and equally special will continue to build this relationship. If you have additional questions or concerns about a sibling of a child with special needs, reach out to your school's Youth First School Social Worker or school counselor for addi- tional resources and support. This column is written by Heath- er Miller, LCSW, school social worker for Youth First, Inc., a local nonprofit dedicated to strengthening youth and families. Youth First provides 57 Mas- ter's level social workers to 78 schools in 10 Indiana counties. Over 38,500 youth and families per year have access to Youth First's school social work and after-school programs that prevent sub- stance abuse, promote healthy behaviors, and maximize student success. "Hold on a second," my aunt said to my cousin, who was mid-story. She turned to stare at me. Silence fell over our dinner table. Then my aunt start- ed to giggle. "You have to be the loudest chewer in the entire world." I was about 7 years old. And when I look back, this is the first memory I have of feeling truly mortified by some- one's observation of me. With my salad still in my mouth, I tried to slowly chew it down — as if my molars could tiptoe through the field of iceberg, cucumbers and broccoli. With each carefully-curated-for-opti- mal-noise-nullification chew, my aunt giggled. This routine of my cousin's trying to tell his story, my trying to quietly finish the food in my mouth so as not to interrupt, and my aunt's giggling's ultimately stopping the sto- ry in its tracks went on for about two minutes. Then I swallowed, pushed my plate away and stayed away from broccoli for years. Everyone who meets me says I have a big mouth — everyone except for dentists, who say my mouth is in fact very small. They mean it anatom- ically — not metaphorically, the way my friends mean it when they comment on my ver- bose nature. The dentists find it hard to do their dentistry. The dentists groan and moan as they can't quite get the angle they need. It was a den- tist who first spoke of the narrowness of my mouth. By now, I was a teenag- er. I'd long ago brought broccoli back into my di- et — along with tortilla chips, pick- les and everything else that packs a loud-crunch punch — but I had done so with hyper-awareness. I tried to tell myself that my aunt was only be- ing mean. I tried to tell myself that the reason my crunching seems so loud in my own head is that my ears are al- so in my head. My ears are incredibly close to my mouth. I tried to tell myself it didn't matter, that if I chewed slow- ly enough and kept my lips pressed to- gether tightly enough, the noise would not be noticeable. This posed a problem. Because along with my loud chews, I have never mastered the art of breathing through my nose — not comfortably, anyway. During medita- tions when we are instruct- ed to breathe in through our noses and out through our mouths, I always get light- headed. I get faint. I have to sit down. I have to throw up. I assume this is from a lack of oxygen. I open my mouth to breathe and immediately feel better. Circular breath- ing is like pure magic to me; I can't do it. My prospects of becoming a famous trumpet or didgeridoo play- er are nil. Because I cannot adequate- ly breathe through my nose with com- fort, eating poses a dilemma. At some point, I always have to open my mouth for a breath. At some point, possibly mid-chew, my lips have to crack open, allowing the crunch noise to escape. The first time a dentist mentioned my narrow mouth was the first time I felt that I couldn't have prevented my being chewing-challenged. My mouth is narrow and hollow, a chamber of Raising siblings of kids with special needs Continued on page 7

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