December 2020
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Give the Gift of an Experience this Year
It’s the time of year where gift-giving is at the top of our minds, which can be a bit stressful. With the pandemic still in full swing, getting out to stores to buy your gifts is tough. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t surprise your loved ones with a thoughtful present. 

At a time where many veterans and military families have been in the house and socially distanced, giving your loved one an experience-focused gift can be a great way to create lasting memories and put a smile on their faces!

Having trouble coming up with an idea? No worries, because we have a few here that you can use, courtesy of Big Life Journal! Here is a list of socially-distanced activities to provide your children and your family with safe and exciting opportunities.

  • Purchase a membership to a local meditation site: There are many spiritual retreats offering events for children and families following social distancing guidelines. If leaving the house isn’t an option, recreate their Zen garden at home.

  • Help unleash their inner yogi: Looking into helping your loved one find their inner zen with a membership to a local yoga studio in your area offering socially distanced or virtual classes. Yoga is also excellent for the physical and mental health of all ages.

  • Creative writing classes and seminars: Is there a young poet or short story writer in your family? Look for writing centers in your area or groups that may be offering virtual workshops online and get them a membership/ subscription.

  • Enroll your budding musician in the School of Rock: is a fun music lesson experience that has virtual options available to help foster instrument play, songwriting, or singing.

If none of these ideas seem to fit for the family member your looking to surprise, don't fret! Big Life Journal has a whole bunch of them, and Don't be afraid to get creative. All of us here at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Veterans Village of San Diego want to wish you and your entire family happy holidays and hope you enjoy the season with smiles and memories!
We Love Holiday Traditions!
The holiday season is here and with it comes some of our favorite family traditions! For the month of December, all of us at the the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Veterans Village of San Diego want  to share some of our favorite traditions with you and your family!  

Stay tuned and join in on social media by posting your favorite holiday traditions with #CohenClinicHolidays.

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Light Reading and Easy Listening
For many, the holiday season can be a time of joy and festivities, but it can also bring additional stress and anxiety in the household. Our clinic's Outreach Coordinator and military spouse, Jenny Lynne Stroup, and Clinic Director Shari Finney-Houser, shed light on holiday anxiety and offered some helpful ways to cope in the the latest "Real Talk: Mental Health" column featured in Homeland Magazine and San Diego Veterans Magazine. Click HERE to read the column on page 32.
"Sometimes it just takes one friend holding your hand to take the first step to help," according to our clinic's Outreach Coordinator and military spouse, Jenny Lynne Stroup, who was featured on the "For the Sake of the Child" podcast, hosted by the Military Child Education Coalition.

In this episode, Jenny Lynne shares her family’s experience with mental health and military life, discussing the importance of changing the narrative when it comes to discussing mental health. Click here to listen.
Have you ever wondered what the root of your child’s behaviors could be?

Check out this recent blog post for Legacy Kids Magazine by the Cohen Clinic at VVSD's outreach coordinator and military spouse, Jenny Lynne Stroup, where she offers insight into her family’s experience and the resources she found most useful for her children as they went through big changes. Click HERE to read the post.
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Phone: (619) 345-4611
Email: info@cohenvvsd.org