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By Admin User on 12/20/2016 11:44 AM
By Admin User on 6/13/2016 2:58 PM

We, along with the rest of the world, are flooded with grief, sadness, and shock after the horrible tragedy in Orlando this weekend. If you or someone you know needs support processing or coping with this tragedy, please send us a Facebook message or click here to send us an email with your phone number. A Directions for Living Licensed Clinician will call you back as soon as possible and, at no charge, provide preliminary grief support, resources, and linkages to services as needed.



By Admin User on 5/24/2016 3:08 PM
By Admin User on 5/22/2014 8:33 AM
Have you ever heard the phrase, “I’m bored” from your child? With the summer months coming up, here are some fun activities you and your family can do together when boredom strikes. Try to complete one task each day. Parents and caretakers should join in on the activity for extra fun bonding opportunities. 
By Admin User on 4/9/2014 11:37 AM
Fun games for parents and caretakers to play with children between the ages of birth and one year:

As babies grow, play is important for all areas of development including, social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development. Play also creates bonding and attachment between babies and caretakers. Here are some recommendations for games that encourage play with babies between the ages of birth and one year of age.

Birth to 3 months- It is important to use the senses while playing with babies at this age including touch, smell, sight, and hearing. Your baby will enjoy sounds, textures, and scents. Babies love to hold egg beaters, spoons, pots, pans, and anything that makes noise. They like looking at bright colors, feeling unique fabrics, seeing pictures in books, and hearing music.

4 Months to 6 months- At this age, babies become more physical, like sitting up on their own. This is a great opportunity for your child to begin doing more physical activities. Your baby may enjoy playing on...
By Admin User on 3/31/2014 3:43 PM
Paul E. McGhee, Ph.D., “Your sense of humor is one of the most powerful tools you have to make certain that your daily mood and emotional state support good health. With so much power to heal and renew, the ability to laugh easily and frequently is a tremendous resource for surmounting problems, enhancing your relationships, and supporting both physical and emotional health.”

PERSONAL STORY:  Lucie the Amputee

The Link between laughter and mental health…

> “Laughter dissolves distressing emotions.  You can’t be anxious, angry or sad when you are laughing.”  Distressed, oh yes, I was distressed beyond measure I was distressed.  Here I was a 50 year old, 300+ pound woman, wearing an open backed hospital gown and they were about to weigh me, at 4:30 am, using a Hoyer Lift.

> “Laughter helps you relax and recharge.  It reduces stress and increases energy, enabling you to stay focused and accomplish more.”  I needed stress reduction, sort of like a fearectemy.  My left leg was swathed in...
By Admin User on 3/26/2014 2:41 PM
Many people practice affirmations… those catchy little statements that keep us focused on what we want to change, even though our stubborn brains aren’t entirely on board with the idea. So we create an affirmation that might help us focus and feel good. Affirmations can be powerful tools, but sometimes that help is short-lived. Before we know it, a well-intentioned affirmation such as “I will work hard to find a better job” is met with internal conflict. There is a little voice in our mind that wants to pick a fight and whispers, “Ha! That’s a lie. You didn’t even look at a job board last week, let alone complete an application.”

Whoops.

That affirmation statement suddenly becomes an instrument of shame. Suddenly, we find that we no longer even want to look at that cute yellow Post-It Note on the refrigerator door. For a time, it held such promise and hope for the future. Now it just makes us feel like a dismal failure. In a way, we’ve inadvertently created another barrier to our success. Who wants...
By Admin User on 3/12/2014 2:32 PM
Reading to your child is an important part of your child’s growth and development. There are many creative ways for busy parents and caretakers to fit in time for literacy opportunities. 
By Admin User on 2/10/2014 2:31 PM

The ACT Against Violence classes are held at The Largo Center of Directions For Living, 8823 115th Avenue North, Largo, Florida 33773. The classes are held on Thursdays, unless otherwise noted. The class times are 6:30-9:00 PM each evening.

Upcoming Dates:   February 13, February 20, February 27, March 6, March 17

By Admin User on 12/27/2013 4:10 PM
Directions For Living continues to offer The ACT AGAINST VIOLENCE TRAINING PROGRAM.

ACT is designed to be of use to both parents and care givers of young children, from birth to age eight. Each week a notice of attendance is issued signifying module completion. Attendance at consecutive weeks is not necessary; however the course must be completed within a six-month time frame in order for the participant to be considered for a Certificate of Completion. The course is approved as a Certified Parenting Program for the Sixth Judicial Circuit Unified Family Court, for parents of children 8 years of age and younger. The training hours are also acceptable to The Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County, and the Licensing Department of the Pinellas County Health Department.

Beginning January 6th 2014, and throughout the year, the Act Against Violence classes are held at The Largo Center of Directions For Living, 8823 115th Avenue North, Largo, Florida 33773. The classes are held on Thursdays, unless...
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