WHAT'S YOUR PICK THIS WEEKEND?
Greetings and welcome to GISH PICKS: A GUIDE TO CULTURAL ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES, a free weekly e-newsletter/blog I created as a service to the Houston community in 2003. Please enjoy and please share. My business grows by word-of-mouth from people like YOU!
This week I’m feeling somber because a teenager in our community took his own life last week. And it’s the holidays, which, along with all the joy, can add an extra burden for some of us. I hate to be a downer but I felt this was important enough to share with you so that we all can learn from this tragedy. Teen suicide is serious and if we can all be more vigilant and connected with the teens in our world, perhaps we can save a life. Teens are often moody and private so it’s hard to know how to help or when there is a problem, but I urge you to spend as much time paying attention to your kids as you can. Be nosy! Find out what’s on their mind and who they’re hanging out with. And -- don’t tell them I said this -- but check their rooms! You have a right to know what is being brought into your house. I recently went to a marketing presentation on “Millenials,” which are classified as people from 17-34 years old. Our teens are included in that group and they are a generation that’s plugged in almost all the time. So as another weapon in your arsenal, try to stay up-to-date on what your children are doing online and electronically. And don’t forget to say these words a lot: “I love you” and “I forgive you” and “How can I help you?” It’s that important.
On to brighter things! I’ve got four PICKS for you this week (whew!) and there is still time for you to sign up your children for my special self-portrait art workshop for kids, WONDERFUL ME!, that will be this Saturday, December 8, 10am-noon at Body Mind & Soul. It’s a great way to shop (the store is conveniently close to Highland Village) while the kids are having fun and getting to know themselves better. And if you haven’t been able to catch the “GOD” show at the Art Car Museum, head over there and you’ll see my piece entitled “Spirituality” as well as a host of other art that interprets that huge three letter word. The show is on through December 14 and the Museum is always free and it’s open Wednesdays-Sundays, 11am-6pm. And, finally, if you are looking for an excellent math and science high school for your rising 9th grader for the 2013/2014 school year, please consider the Academy for Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Applications are being accepted now and they offer financial aid.
Have a great week, be kind to others, and GO.FIND.FUN.