Kim Stagliano is the author of the memoir All I Can Handle I'm Not Mother Teresa: A Life Raising Three Daughters with Autism and the novel House of Cards. S
he serves as Managing Editor of www.ageofautism.com, the nation’s first daily web newspaper about the autism epidemic.
LEE ESCOBAR/FROM SOLDIER TO CIVILIAN-HOW SPOUSES CAN HELP
Transitioning from soldier to civilian can be difficult, but there are steps spouses can take to ease the adjustment.
As a chaplain and captain in the U.S. Army Reserves and a successful businessman, Lee Escobar says, “The transition from military to civilian life can cause anxiety for discharged soldiers. One of the most important things a military spouse can do is to become educated about the process, so you can help make the transition as easy as possible.”
About Lee Escobar
Author, speaker and entrepreneur Lee Escobar is on a mission to help America’s returning veterans be successful. He is a chaplain and a captain in the U.S. Army Reserves who founded a non-profit organization that focuses on the strengths of military men and women and guides them in maintaining healthy finances during and after their service. Escobar also wrote a book, Rich Soldier, a guide to being a successful entrepreneur, business owner, and investor. He is president and CEO of Bescorp Inc., which provides affordable housing.
SHERON PATTERSON/RELATIONSHIPS EXPERT
Being socially awkward often stems from anxiety, fear or insecurity when socializing in new surroundings, or with people you do not know, or people with whom you have nothing in common. Realize that most people have jitters when they first meet new people.
Socially awkward people sometimes do not understand social norms- what is and is not appropriate to do in social settings. There is conversational chaos- awkward silences, and abrupt endings. There is a deficiency of social calibration. They are out of sync with others- i.e. they try to compliment, but wind up insulting.
Here are some tips
1. Calm yourself immediately before the social event. If you are anxious, you may be stiff, distracted and not interact well.
2. Look approachable. Your body language will speak for you. Smile. Make eye contact, avoid appearing to be intimidated, pre-occupied or scared. Do not bite your nails or tap your feet.
3. Introduce yourself. Approach people with a smile. Tell them your name, offer to shake their hands.
4. Learn the art of small talk. Talk about easy, interesting things such as your kids’ art work, a good book you read or the weather. Avoid politics, religion and gossip.
5. Watch the social butterflies in the room. Learn from them.
COOK CHILDREN’S MEDICAL CENTER
RUN THE SQUARE 5K FOR PKD
Grab your family, friends, co-workers, teammates
or classmates and Run the Square or walk to support
children and families fighting kidney disease. Whether
you run, walk, eat, play or cheer there are many ways
to help make a difference and have fun too.
Southlake Town Square
1400 Main Street – Southlake
7:00 am Registration Opens
8:30 am 5K Run Starts*
*The 5K run is a U.S. Track and Field chip times and
7:30-10:30 am Children's Area is staffed and open. Enjoy
Star Wars characters, crafts, team mascots,
arts and crafts and more
8:00-10:00 am Free Pancake Breakfast - Colleyville Lion's Club
(Donations help support PKD efforts)
8:45 am Balloon Release
9:00 am Children's Walk in memory of Jace Glenn and others
Led by Captain from the Texas Rangers
9:30 am One Mile Walk
9:35 am Awards ceremony for runners and walkers