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If you are a Chicago Blackhawks fan, I probably don’t have to tell you very many, if any facts, at all about your team! As loyal Hockey fans, more than likely, you can rattle off statistics about your favorite team faster than anyone can bat an eyelash or yell “fight” on the ice (with your eyes closed, right?). But if by some small chance, you find yourself to be new to the World of Hockey or a relatively new fan of the Chicago Blackhawks, perhaps putting a few statistics and factoids up your sleeve would serve you well to be able to wow all your friends at your next hockey get together, to cheer on your team.

Did you know that the Chicago Blackhawks are one of the six original NHL Hockey teams? Yes! And despite that long-standing fact, sadly, they have only won 3 Stanley Cups in their history of existence. I know, we have hopes every season to change that statistic! But HOW does that happen, you may ask yourself? Maybe it’s all about a stroke of luck, maybe it requires a little bit of fan superstition. (Hey, we all have our lucky socks that we wear for EVERY playoff game) But no matter what, the Chicago Blackhawks have ALWAYS played with heart. Their Top 6 All-time Scorers are as follows: Stan Mikita, who shot an outrageous 1,467 goals in his career, Bobby Hull, Denis Savard, Steve Larmer, Doug Wilson, and our current force to be reckoned with – Patrick Kane, who is on a roll with 704 career goals.

On January 30, 1969, our beloved Blackhawks scored the MOST goals they have ever scored in a single game against the Philadelphia Flyers. Can we say 12 goals, folks?! I don’t know about you, but that seems like an awful lot of Hockey was being played that day. Apparently, on that game day the fans “went to a fight and a hockey game broke out!” The Blackhawks also scored their biggest comeback in a game against the Calgary Flames – IN CHICAGO – yes fans, it was during a home game – on October 13, 2009.

In more recent days, the Blackhawks seem to be an unstoppable force in Chicago. They are on a 12-game winning streak so far and are showing no signs of slowing down any time soon. Thank goodness! Maybe it really is all those lucky socks being worn by loyal fans who refuse to wash them until the season is over. If you are a TRUE fan, you understand the need to keep everything the same. We can’t chance washing our socks, only to have to take the blame from our fellow fan friends that it was “our fault” they didn’t win. No way! Sure, it seems stinky, but who are we to judge a good thing? Besides, it’s nothing that a day airing out on a clothesline can’t fix.

Thanks to Leon and our friendly Virginia Beach concrete contractors we’ve been able to keep this blog up and running.

Go Blackhawks!…

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I’ve had many requests for a post about human psychology lately, especially from parents concerning their children and how to deal with certain, real-life situations.

I’ve asked a friend of mine, who’s wife knows psychology, to give us some tips and scenarios.

Please enjoy and let me know how these tips affected your day to day interaction.

 

Like music, psychology is considered an art. While psychology is categorized as a science, it is mostly seen and recognized as a therapeutic art. Below, I have listed some scenario examples, of how psychology, would most likely respond to real-life situations.

 

Scenario: Father is concerned about son playing with dolls.

 

Approach: Inquire about age of son, in order to determine if this behavior is age appropriate. It is not unusual for children to enter into a discovery phase, or play with toys most commonly used by the opposite sex, as children visualize this as a mere act of play. Furthermore, a child between the ages of 2 and 7 years old, is in a preoperational stage, where identity is still under development.

 

The behavior exhibited by the child, may be normal and age appropriate. Further information and details may be needed, in order to gather a more appropriate and personalized response.

 

Scenario: Mother is concerned that her home-schooled children, may be developing at a lower pace, or missing out on social interaction with other children of proximal age.

 

Approach: The comparison of home-schooled children vs children who receive education at a school, is greatly dependent on each child. This is a scenario where the situation must be evaluated on a case by case basis, and is dependent on the quality of home instruction, assessment on whether or not the physical and creative needs of the child are met, and an assessment on the child’s interaction with the outside world as well as with children of proximal age.

 

There have been numerous cases where home schooled children are very successful, and are at a much higher educational level than those who attend school. Some parents also incorporate field trips, and physical education as part of them at-home curriculum. In an effort to better target this scenario, the parent is encouraged to seek professional guidance from a psychologist or healthcare provider, who will be able to assess and determine whether or not the child is developing appropriately for their age.

 

Scenario: A play group with infants ranging from 6 to 12 months old. After listening to other parents talk about their babies, a mother is concerned on whether or not her child is developing in time and in accordance with developmental standards.

 

Approach: It is not uncommon for parents to share stories of the success of their children, regardless of the child’s age. It is important to understand that each child develops differently, and that many factors may contribute to the speed of development (age, siblings, genetics, etc.)

 

There are many guidelines that provide parents with a general idea of the milestones that children of all ages should be accomplishing. Generally, a yearly physical checks up with the pediatrician, will cover these checklists and allow further assessment of development. If the parent feels that their child is significantly behind in reaching these milestones, further testing such as speech, motor-sensory, and cognitive evaluations, are available to families.

 

Through proper therapy, many dilemmas are able to be resolved. Psychology, uses counseling, play groups, art therapy, and pet therapy, amongst other methods, to improve delays or issues with children, young adults, and elders

These tips have been provided by my friend Tom and his wife Clare. Clare works as a part time teacher (she’s gotta know psychology) and Tom is an owner of a tree removal company in Virginia Beach.

To be honest, out of all the business owners I know, Tom is the most hard working one.

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