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April 28, 2021

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BLUE MILK PUDDING MEALS IN Monica's MINUTES By Monica Sinclair Are you a Star Wars fan? My husband was born on Star Wars day and it couldn't be a more perfect day as he is a comic book and action figure collector. So I thought it would be awesome to include a Star Wars themed reci- pe perfect for this epic day. Get ready to visit Tatooine with Blue Milk Pudding. Enjoy and May the Fourth be with you! INGREDIENTS: • 2 cups whole milk • ½ cup powdered sugar • 3 tablespoons corn- starch • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon • Pinch of salt • 1-½ teaspoons vanilla • Blue food dye gel • Whipped cream • Shredded coconut DIRECTIONS 1. In a saucepan stir together the milk, powdered sug- ar, cornstarch, cinnamon, and salt. 2. Turn heat to medium-low, stir in vanilla and one drop of blue food dye gel. 3. Simmer for 3-4 minutes, whisking until thickened. 4. Spoon into cups, place a layer of plastic wrap directly onto the surface, and chill in the refrigerator. 5. Top with whipped cream, coconut, and a dash of cin- namon, to serve. Source: YOUTH FIRST TODAY By Mary Haas Youth First, Inc. Whether we like it or not, we are con- stant role models to our kids. Our chil- dren are always watching our actions and listening to our words. What a high pres- sure job to have! There are times when we are not the best parents, but this is to be expected. We are human just like our kids. As par- ents, we often make mistakes and re- spond negatively to everyday stressors. Although life can occasionally become overwhelming, it's important to remem- ber that we always have a choice as to how we respond to frustrating situations. Healthy management of stress is an es- sential skill for children to develop. If we pretend that nothing flusters us we lose an opportunity to guide our child with helpful and productive methods to man- age stress and discomfort. Our actions and choices as parents are the best learn- ing tools for our children. One of the key elements in helping de- veloping adolescents is providing the space for open and honest communica- tion. This means remaining calm even if what we hear is hard to swallow or caus- es us some discomfort. Honesty is cru- cial, because our kids can sense when we are faking emotions or not being gen- uine in conversation, just as we can sense it in them. When difficult conversations with your teen arise, it is okay to say some- thing like, "Right now, I'm so upset that I can't make decisions. I want to think this through instead of reacting." Or may- be something like, "We'll talk when I'm ready. I need to calm down first." Then, go take care of yourself. Take the time to process your thoughts and feelings. Once you are ready you can come back ready to support your teen. Remaining calm is easy in theory, but it can be a lot harder in practice. Calm- ness is crucial, however. A calm response strategically positions us to have the in- fluence our children need as we guide them toward adulthood. By the time young people reach late ad- olescence, they still do not have the abil- ity to make decisions nearly as well as adults because their brains are still de- veloping. When we use calm responses and openness, we create the opportuni- ty for logical problem solving. If we yell and scream, we are signaling to our child the need for an emotional defense by tap- ping into the survival part of their brain. By providing calmness in an intense situation, we allow our child to develop and practice thoughtful plans to carry in- to challenging situations. We allow our adolescent to reflectively link short and long-term consequences to their choices. Although we may not agree with our teen or approve of the choices they make, we can still express love and empathy. When we get upset with them, it is be- cause of how deeply we love them. Their radically developing brains need reassur- ance that they are unconditionally loved as their emotional sensors are maturing and sensitive to the reactions of others. When we practice calmness in our par- enting, we become parents who are more willing to work together with our teen. Young people talk to adults who listen. We have a tough job on our hands rais- ing a teen, and although we will never be perfect, we can work to become trusted partners with our child. Mary Haas, LSW, is the Youth First So- cial Worker at Evansville Christian School in Vanderburgh County. Youth First, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening youth and families, provides 64 Master's level so- cial workers to 92 schools in 11 Indiana counties. Over 60,000 youth and families per year are served by Youth First's school social work and after school programs that prevent substance abuse, promote healthy behaviors and maximize student success. To learn more about Youth First, visit or call 812-421-8336. Calm conversation with your teen The Press-Dispatch Wednesday, April 28, 2021 D-1 HOME LIFE TO ADVERTISE: Call: 812-354-8500 Email: Visit: 820 E. Poplar Street, Petersburg Deadline: 5 p.m. on Monday This home has a lot to offer for the price. It has a new deck, shingles and soffi t were replaced 2 years ago. New back porch and stairs were installed to access basement. Original hardwood fl oors refi nished in family room and dining room. The kitchen has a separate pantry area that is impressive. Craftsmanship construction of display cabinets in the family room area. Enclosed front porch with new siding, entrance door and windows MLS# 202046811 Looking for a 4 bedroom home with open concept design. This home has a full basement that has a half bath with a large bedroom, great rec room area with lot of storage areas. Above ground pool with an area to entertain friends and family. MLS# 202111953 3 bedroom fi xer-upper house located on a corner lot. This home needs a good handy person to renovate this home. 2-car detached garage with fenced in backyard. Property to be sold "as is" condition. MLS# 202113718 Cozy three bedroom home that has had a lot of interior renovations. Located on a corner lot with attached garage. This home still needs a few upgrades, but for the price, it is very reasonable. Move in ready. MLS# 202046809 SALE PENDING! NEW LISTING! PRICE REDUCED! This commercial building was erected in 1987 and was used as a retail hardware store up until 2018. The build consists of approximately 4,448 square feet. The building is all open and has free span trusses that make the area open to any kind of use. There is an open fenced-in area in the rear, with a 24'x86' open three-sided storage building. The main building had a new roof installed in 2016, along with new gutter and new metal siding on the east and west gable ends. MLS# 202046722 This property features a 1-acre lot with a very spacious home and a detached two-car garage. This house was very well- maintained and includes some great updates like a metal roof and newer A/C unit. The screened-in porch is a great place to relax and the area is very quiet. MLS# 202108408 SOLD! SALE PENDING! SALE PENDING! NEW LISTING! NEW LISTING! Great location to build a house or place a modular home. Here is 2+ country acres located on State Hwy 64 west of the Arthur Junction. Property is priced to be sold "AS IS". MLS#202105572 Eddie Boyd, Principal Broker Kay Helfen Associate Broker 812-582-1145 Addey Boyd Associate Broker 812-354-5599 Keith Shoultz Associate Broker 812-664-6640 Adam Boyd Associate Broker 812-582-2486 Kathy Kixmiller Associate Broker 812-354-5508 602 E. Main, Petersburg | | Phone: 812-354-8893 SIAR REALTY & DEVELOPMENT LLC SIAR BOYD For peronal service, ch se NEW LISTING!

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