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C-4 Wednesday, Februar y 12, 2020 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 Jenna Kruse, Youth First, Inc. Katiedid vs... by Katiedid Langrock Bulk balk TOOL & EQUIPMENT SALE Lic. #AU10800006 CALL OR TEXT Johny Ray at 812-598-3936 now to get your items on this sale! Sat., Feb. 22 • 10 a.m. CST OPEN CONSIGNMENT AUCTION Tools, Trucks, Trailers, Industrial Equipment, Farm Machinery, Lawn & Garden Items, Hunting and Fishing Items and More Auction Center • 114 E. SR 68 • Lynnville, IN 47619 BLUE CHEESE & BACON POTATO SALAD 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 We love potato salad in our house. In fact, we have it for al- most every family get togeth- er. However, when thinking of heart-healthy recipes, it was not one I would have expected to find. While this week's recipe is a different take on potato sal- ad, it sounds delicious and I will be making it for our next fami- ly function. Enjoy! INGREDIENTS • 2 ½ pounds yellow or red potatoes, scrubbed and diced (1/2- to 1-inch) • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil • 3 tablespoons white-wine vinegar • ¼ cup finely chopped shallot • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard • ½ teaspoon ground pepper • 1 ½ cups green beans (1-inch pieces; about 8 ounces) • 3 slices cooked bacon, chopped • ¼ cup crumbled blue cheese DIRECTIONS 1. Bring 1 to 2 inches of water to a boil in a large saucepan (or pot) fitted with a steamer basket. Add potatoes, cover and cook until tender, 12 to 15 minutes. 2. Spread in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt; let cool 15 minutes. 3. Meanwhile, whisk oil, vinegar, shallot, mustard, pepper and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. 4. Add the potatoes, green beans, bacon and blue cheese; stir well to coat. Serve at room tempera- ture or refrigerate until cold. Source: Each day after school you may ask your child, "How was your day at school? " Most parents are met with a response similar to, "It was fine." You may continue to ask questions to try to find out what happened during the day to create this mood, but instead of sharing, your child may become frus- trated and shut down. This is a scenario that many par- ents know all too well. As a parent try- ing to engage in positive conversation with your child, it is very easy to take these short, frustrated responses per- sonally. The next step may be to ask your child's teacher if they are acting out at school. When asked, the teacher may respond, "No, your child does very well all day and is very pleasant," which leaves you even more puzzled as the parent experiencing these dif- ficult afternoons. Consider this: A typical day for an adult might include waking up early, getting ready for work, working all day, engaging in relationships with coworkers and family, answering questions, helping others…the list goes on and on. Students often expe- rience the same challenges through- out the day. At school students are met with rules, expectations, and rou- tine. They are also expected to focus intently, answer questions and make difficult decisions all day. The difference between the adult and child, however, is the coping skills used to help face these daily demands. Most adults have positive coping skills that help them. Kids don't always have those skills yet. The following are simple ways par- ents can help their children conquer their afternoon struggles. Encouragement Over Question- ing: A fter exerting much thought and energy, even some adults need silence after a long day of work. Children are no different. Offering a smile and an encouraging phrase such as, "I hope you had a great day" or "I'm happy to see you" instead of a string of ques- tions helps children feel more relaxed. It is also important that parents be- come comfortable giving the child space and saving questions for din- ner or after the child has had time to decompress from their day. Brain Break: Allow your student a break between school and homework time. Students are often overstimulat- ed from the school day. By providing students a break to color, listen to mu- sic, play outside or do a craft, they are able to relax their brain and body be- fore they are asked to complete more work. A consistent homework routine also helps students know what is ex- pected and decreases the chance they will argue when it is homework time. Afternoon Snack: Provide your student with a healthy and nutritious snack after school. Some students eat lunch as early as 10 :50 a.m. A f- ter exerting considerable energy all day students are often very hungry af- ter school. Having a snack prepared helps you avoid them being "hangry" and sets you up for a more positive af- ternoon with your child. By supporting your student in these ways you are fostering positive coping skills and routine, which are tools that will aid your student in their school years and beyond. This column is written by Jenna Kruse, LSW, school social worker for Youth First, Inc., a local nonprofit ded- icated to strengthening youth and fam- ilies. Youth First provides 59 Master's level social workers to 80 schools in 10 Indiana counties. Over 39,000 youth and families per year have access to Youth First's school social work and afterschool programs that prevent sub- stance abuse, promote healthy behav- iors, and maximize student success. UNDERSTANDING YOUR STUDENT'S AFTERNOON STRUGGLE I, like most people, I imagine, have a love-hate relationship with the big bulk stores — you know, Costco, Sam's Club, the stores so large that they usually sit on a street named after them, the stores with shipment garage doors so massive they must have ordered them used from a UFO hangar at Area 51. There is much to love and hate about these bulk business- es. On one hand, they are always so crowded that I'm confident I'll be arrested for ginormous-cart-re- lated manslaughter — or at the very least find myself on the receiving end of a class action suit on behalf of the hundreds of people whose heels I acci- dentally ram into. On the other hand, 75 -pound bags of peanut M&M's? Yes, please! Freezing-cold monolith- ic concrete building? Bad. Free sam- ples? Good. Being forced to spend no less than three hours of your weekend pushing, pulling, weaving and yelling to get three years' worth of toilet pa- per? Bad. Never having to leave the house with a wet bum because you ran out of said toilet paper? Amazing. It's a constant internal battle. When I first had babies and was living in Los Angeles, I found myself at the bulk stores biweekly — buying diapers, wet naps, paper towels, disinfectants and muffins (so I actually remem- bered to eat something). It was sur- vival. And survival is something very different from pleasure or ideology. When I moved to the edge of the wild, I learned my new town had a bulk store, but I refrained from mem- bership. In fact, I re- frained from even learn- ing the exact location of the fortress of fruit snacks, televisions and random pool toys. Sure, it would be the best place to hide during a zombie apocalypse, but it didn't represent the person I wanted to be. I wanted to be the shop-local girl, the CSA vegetable girl, the co-op girl. So I put my head down, in fear I'd discover the whereabouts of the building monstrosity. But now I've started planning my husband's 40th birthday party. The call of the wild is strong, but appar- ently, the call of wild-caught salmon burgers sold in packs of 30 is stronger. In one week's time, 60 people are go- ing to descend upon my home. I fran- tically told myself, "We need cups. We need plates. We need silverware, ice, coolers, foldout tables, speak- ers. There is food to buy and serving spoons. We will need trash bags set up and recycling bins. There are lights to buy so people don't trip outside and party tents to purchase for the expect- ed rain. Friends coming and staying from out of town will need linens and shampoo and breakfast. And I don't even want to think about how much toilet paper we will need." There was only one place to go to buy all these things for all these peo- ple. Alexa, where's the nearest Sam's Club? It was a moment of weakness. Of overwhelm. If Alexa were all she's cracked up to be, she would have said, "Aw, honey, you don't mean this. Just go down to your farmers market and buy out all the celery stalks and local honey. I'm sure that's all a party of 60 needs." But she didn't. Instead, she gave me the address. I walked into the cold, drafty build- ing at 2:30 p.m. on a Wednesday. The first people I saw were young moms still on maternity leave. I recognized the weary eyes, the shuffle steps, the smiles turned on to get reactions from the babies they had in tow. Now that I'm not the weary one, the sight of a new mom makes me coo a bit. I asked a worker whether I could walk around a bit before paying for a membership, just to make sure the store had what I needed. I was clearly lying to myself. Of course this place had what I need- ed; this place could end world hunger! But it was my last chance at not giving in. I pushed my cart, reluctantly fill- ing it with cups and plates and then, not so reluctantly, filling it with fold- out tables and lounge chairs. Then, with a bit of pep in my step, I added a rotisserie chicken, and... Ooh, is that shrimp gumbo? Next thing I knew, it was, Why, thank you, kind salesper- son. I will try a sample of green Jell- O! This place is the best. Membership acquired. Katiedid Langrock is author of the book "Stop Farting in the Pyramids," available at books/stop-farting-in-the-pyramids. Corbin Dixon joins Harris Real Estate as real estate broker Corbin Dixon recently completed studies to obtain his real estate broker's li- cense. He joins Harris Real Estate as a licensed broker. Dixon is a 2006 Pike Central graduate, and a 2011 Indiana State Univer- sity graduate with a Bach- elor's degree in Anthropol- ogy. Prior to his return to the area, he traveled in the United States from Nevada to Pennsylvania as an ar- chaeologist, and also work- ing with Native American tribes. He is married to his wife, Kyndra, who also works at Harris Real Estate. They currently reside in Winslow. 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