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  • 1. EFMP Connections MCAS Cherry Point - Family Care Progams December 2012C re a t i n g & C e l e b r a t i n g H o l i d ay Tr a d i t i o n s family rituals serve to anchor our lives and thus provide the entire family with a source of strength. Traditions serve to keep families bonded and happy. They are also about making memories and having fun. Did your family have some traditions as you grew up that you now remember fondly? Would you like to create some holiday rituals for your family? Some ideas: Young children look forward each year to their visit with Santa. Make the day feel extra special by dressing them up in holiday clothes. Set aside a night in December to take your family on a drive toThink back to the holidays of your childhood see the holiday lights decorating your neighborhood (i.e.,and try to remember the gifts you received. If Christmas trees, Hanukkah Menorahs and Kwanzaa Kinaras).youre like most people, you only remember a Sing festive songs in the car as you drive around.very special few. What you probably recall are Add a multicultural twist to your holiday with stories andevents like visiting the mall Santa, baking activities that teach your child about traditions around the world.cookies with your mom, putting up festive For instance, you can go to the New Bern Library on Decemberdecorations, and watching holiday movies with 15th for “Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Joyousyour family. With that perspective, doesnt it Kwaanzaa!” for a seminar, craft making, and movie viewing.make more sense to focus on the holiday Spend a day baking cookies with your children. Remember to settraditions you create, than on the gifts you plan aside a few choice cookies to share with friends or to leave with ato buy? cold glass of milk for Santa.Traditions can be particularly important for Build a gingerbread house together. It can be as simple asfamilies who are living with extra stress and graham crackers, canned frosting, and candy for decorating.uncertainty. The predictability of family Tap the season’s spirit of charity by volunteering at a localtraditions can instill a sense of security. shelter or food kitchen or by participating in a clothing and toyChildren (and adults, alike) need to believe that drive.no matter what happens in the world around Important to note: to be effective, traditions dont need to bethem, despite what else is going on in their expensive or time consuming - just consistent.lives, some things remain the same. TheseCherry Point EFMP Staff Office Hours:Program Manager 0730 until 1630; Monday through FridayEva Miller 252.466.4867 We are located in Building 286, across from the MessFamily Case Workers Hall on 4th Ave.Leafa Palmer 252.466.2568Donna Young 252.466.2568Training Education and OutreachJoAnne Bielecki 252.466.7533Administrative AssistantLisa Sadler 252.466.3305
  • 2. A Sensor y Stor y Time for Little Ones Does your child have difficulty sitting through a It is FUN and appropriate for all children but regular story time at the library? If so, consider especially beneficial to children with autism spectrum trying EFMP’s Sensory Story Time! disorders, attention deficits or sensory processing issues. This monthly story time is geared toward children at the preschool level. For instance, children who Do you have a young prefer to listen to short and engaging stories and are child? Sensory Story unable to sit still and quietly for long. time, held monthly at EFMP’s 45 minute library event is highly interactive. the base library, may It is designed to engage all the senses through music, be just what you are movement, art, reading, and a variety of play looking for! For more activities. The books we read are adapted to include information and a interactive elements and they are presented in calendar of scheduled different ways (i.e., book and puppets), making the story times, call the story more accessible for all. We incorporate EFMP office at 466- opportunities to move (i.e., dancing and finger 7533. rhymes), stretch (i.e., yoga), and be creative (i.e., all story times end with a craft). Calling All Children: You’re Invited! Visit the staff at the EFMP office and make a special holiday craft. When: From Monday, December 10th to Friday, December 21st during office hours (0730 to 1630). Call 466-7533 for additional information. Cook’s CornerGingerbread Man CookiesNo cookie says “Christmas” more than a gingerbread man cookie. They are also great fun to make! Get creative and dress up yourgingerbread man with icing, candy, nuts, and dried fruit. Or flip the man upside down and voila...Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer! Ingredients 1 (3.5 ounce) package “cook and serve” butterscotch pudding mix 1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1egg 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon Directions In a medium bowl, cream together the dry butterscotch pudding mix, butter, and brown sugar until smooth. Stir in the egg. Combine the flour, baking soda, ginger, and cinnamon; stir into the pudding mixture. Cover, and chill dough until firm, about 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease baking sheets. On a floured board, roll dough out to about 1/8 inch thick- ness, and cut into man shapes using a cookie cutter. Place cookies 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until cookies are golden at the edges. Cool on wire racks.
  • 3. May your Holidays Be Merry and BRIGHTThe holidays are supposed to be a festive time of year Stick to your budget. You can’t guarantee a happy holi-but, for many people, they are very stressful. Day to day day by going on a spending spree. Decide how muchactivities such as going to work/school, keeping up withhousehold duties, and paying bills are challenging money you can afford to spend and stick to the budget soenough. Add a whirlwind of shopping, baking, social post-holiday bills don’t catch you by surprise.commitments, and family expectations and it is almost Be realistic. Many people think the holidays are ruined ifimpossible not to get frazzled and burned out. things aren’t perfect. Real life is not like a holiday movie.No one can deny that the meaning of the holidays can Plan to keep your expectations in check, so that you caneasily get lost during this hectic time of year. The good avoid the stress of disappointment and frustration. Re-news is that it does not have to be that way. Here are a member to relax when things don’t go the way that youfew tips to make these next few weeks less stressful and think they should.keep the “happy” in your holidays. Slow down. Between decorating, shopping, baking, cook-Set your priorities. Determine what’s really important to ing, wrapping, traveling, and entertaining, it can be easyyou and your family and make these things a priority. to go through the motions of the holidays without everRemember it is okay to say “no”. You can’t do every- actually stopping to enjoy them. Take a moment to stop,thing for everyone or participate in every holiday activity breathe and enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays.so pick what is best for yourself and your family. Take a walk around your neighborhood to look at Christ- mas lights, cozy up next to the tree with a cup of hotMake a plan. Grab the calendar and schedule days for chocolate, or play holiday music while youshopping, visiting friends, and other activities. Don’t wait work...remember to enjoy the season.until it’s too late to finish your wrapping, baking and The staff of Cherry Point’s EFMP wish you all a happy,mailing. Make time to get the work done so there’s time healthy, and low-stress holiday!for fun. Tell Us How We Are Doing! In an effort to improve Cherry Point’s Exceptional Family Member Program and better serve you and your family, we are asking for your help. We’ve developed a quick sur- vey that contains questions about our program and the services we offer. We will email the link to all individuals on our distribution list. The link will also be posted on MCCS’s website and EFMP’s Facebook page. Please take a moment and answer all of the survey questions honestly. The feedback you provide will offer us insight into your needs and will help us determine if our initiatives are making a difference or whether we need to make changes. The staff at Cherry Point’s EFMP values your opinion and we look forward to your feedback. Thank You!
  • 4. Upcoming EventsNow through December 15th—Toys for Tots—Bring new and unwrapped toys to the Exchange, Troop Store, or Base Con-venience Stores.Thursday 6 December— Social Group for Adults EFMs—1000; Please take advantage of this relaxed social opportunityto network with other adults who are experiencing similar situations.Friday 7 December—2nd MAW Band’s Annual Christmas Concert—1900 at MCAS Cherry Point’s Station Theater.Saturday 8 December—Couponing Basics—1300 to 1400 at the Station Library. Find out how to get the most out of yourbudget with coupons. Call 466-3552 to reserve your space.Monday 10 December—Trees for Troops—Free live Christmas trees at Hancock Marina, lines begin at 0900, trees deliv-ered between 1000 and 1200.Tuesday 11 December—Strong Marine Couples—A Post-Deployment Workshop—1800-2030 at Miller’s Landing. Theworkshop focuses on strengthening marriages, discussing topics such as couples communication, fighting fairly, buildingtrust, and other elements of a successful marriage. Call 466-4637 to register.Tuesday 11 December—EFMP Social Group—Please join us at Joe’s Coffeehouse on base between 1000 and 1200. It is agreat way to meet other adults, learn about various local services, and enjoy a cup of coffee.Tuesday 11 December—Parenting Workshop—”Use of Play as a Therapeutic Tool” - 1030 at Joe’s Coffee House. Jointhe Occupational Therapist from CarolinaEast for an informative session on how to use play as a tool for developing newskills in children.Thursday 13 December—Teen and Tween Christmas Ornament Workshop— 1730 to 1900 at the Station Library. Ado-lescents ages 8 to 17 are invited to put together a variety of ornaments.Thursday 13 December—”The Gingerbread Boy”- 1700 and 1900 at the New Bern-Craven County Public Library—live play presented by a traveling theater group for young audiences. Free tickets available at the Children’s Services Desk atthe Public Library. For more information call 638-7815.Friday 14 December—The Nutcracker performed by New Bern Ballet—at the Station Theater. Doors open at 1700 andthe show begins at 1800.Tuesday 18 December—Movie: Polar Express—1800 at the Station Movie Theater.Saturday 22 December—Sensory Friendly Movie—Monsters Inc. - 1000 at the Carmike Cinema, Jacksonville, NC(directly behind Jacksonville Mall). Enjoy the movie in a comfortable and accepting environment. The auditorium will havethe lights brought up and the sounds turned down, and no previews or advertisements will be shown before the movie. Addi-tionally, Carmike’s “Silence is Golden” policy will not be enforced unless the safety of the audience is questioned. Call 910-577-1382 for more details.Monday 24 December—Christmas Cartoon Marathon at the Station Movie Theater—1700.Saturday 5 January—Polar Plunge benefiting Special Olympics Onslow County—Onslow Beach. Registration begins at0900 and the plunge is at 1100.We Need Your Feedback!What would you like to see in our next Cherry Point EFMP Connections newsletter? Do you have any article ideas or favor-ite recipes you would like to submit? If so, email Bieleckijk@usmc-mccs.org or call 252.466.3305.Also, let us know if you have any suggestions or requests for a family event or a workshop topic. We are here to serve youand we want to meet your family’s needs!