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Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW
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Jan Cloninger is the Founding Director and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW is the Clinical Consultant of A Place To Turn To, a non-profit organization that supports families throughout the parenting process. Jan & Rosemary have incorporated evidence based practices (the Search Institutes 40 Developmental Assets) and their professional and personal philosophies (that every family is unique, parenting is a process, and that there isn’t a one-size-fits all approach in parenting) into everything A Place To Turn To offers. They invite individuals and organizations to join them in helping families create the shifts they desire so their children can grow into their personal best. Jan and Rosemary have also created a workbook The Courage to Parent: Finding Our Strength...Empowering Our Children that helps families develop a personal parenting plan. Parenting articles, videos, and more are available at www.aplacetoturnto.org

Entries by Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW

Planting Seeds and Reaping the Benefits

(1) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 6:17 PM

Written by Jan Cloninger

I should start by saying that I have recently been diagnosed with leukemia and am currently in the hospital receiving chemo and ultimately a stem cell transplant. So we're not talking days but rather weeks of isolation and treatment. But thank goodness for insurance, wonderful doctors,...

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The Other Side of Ferguson

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 5:57 PM

Written by Rosemary Strembicki

Being a resident of St. Louis, I've been fielding calls and emails for the past two weeks from family and friends concerned about the media reports from Ferguson. We've all been inundated with terrifying images that make us fear for our safety and the welfare of...

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5 Lessons On Sharing

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 12:38 PM

Written by Rosemary Strembicki

Spending a week with two 2-½ year olds can teach us lessons we've long ago lost sight of. Watching them fight over toys, chase after each other and revel in new experiences together can give us a view into our humanness, our own struggles against negative...

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Should There Be a Pre-Pregnancy Contract?

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 4:07 PM

Written by Jan Cloninger

I just read Rebecca Onion's article on Slate.com saying that before she becomes a mom, she needs her husband to sign on the dotted line. She proposes drawing up a non-legal contract "outlining expectations and setting a course for periodic re-examination of the division...

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Where Do Our Children Feel Safe?

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 4:22 PM

Written by Rosemary Strembicki

Sitting in a cathedral in the middle of Florence celebrating the feast day of the city's patron saint, John the Baptist, I felt like a 10-year-old again, perched by my father's side, safe, secure and a little full of myself as a Catholic among Catholics. I...

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STOP!

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 4:53 PM

Written by Jan Cloninger

How many times do you tell your kids to stop doing whatever it is that they're doing that they shouldn't be doing? Stopping activities that can be unproductive or harmful can be a good thing. Yet how often do we personally take the time to stop...

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The Perspective of a Child

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 7:39 PM

Written by Rosemary Strembicki

I've been spending a lot of time with photographers the past few days, getting a better understanding of perspective. The position of the photographer, the angle of the sun and the formation of the clouds can make all the difference in getting the perfect shot of...

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Are Our Children Prepared to Meet the World?

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 4:37 PM

Written by Rosemary Strembicki

As the plane taxied to the Florence terminal I noticed two families with babes in arms standing by the fenced runway waving as the plane passed; moms, grandmas and grandpas passing the time entertaining their small children in the middle of the afternoon. Or should I...

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10 Lessons I Learned After Two Weeks With My 2-Year-Old Granddaughter!

(2) Comments | Posted May 26, 2014 | 8:18 AM

Written by Rosemary Strembicki

Two weeks with a two-year-old and I've learned lessons that I never learned in school or from the 20 years I've spent working with families. It's easy to give advice until you find yourself in the trenches with a determined, impulsive two-year-old.

I don't have time...

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All You Need Is Love?

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 3:32 PM

Written by Rosemary Strembicki

When I was a new mom with all the questions and insecurities that come with parenthood, I would calm myself with the thought that all I had to do was love my child and everything would turn out fine. When I think about that now, I...

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What's Your Family's Priorities?

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 3:17 PM

Written by Jan Cloninger

Do you ever find yourself asking the BIG questions about life? Why am I here? How can I make a difference? Do you set your priorities accordingly? Do you find the answers change as your life unfolds?

I recently heard an interview with Rick Warren, author...

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Today, My Son Became a PhD!

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 5:25 PM

Written by Jan Cloninger

It's a moment in time, years in the making. Something he has achieved on his own, yet he couldn't have gotten here alone.

People often comment about how lucky I am to have such a smart son. Yes, I consider myself blessed. But I also...

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Guiding Teens: How Much Is Too Much?

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 1:14 PM

Written by Rosemary Strembicki

I recently received an email from my best friend from high school and I found myself flooded with crystal-clear memories of those times. And not only the memories, but the feelings that came with every new endeavor at that age.

I so often get preoccupied with...

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The Hardest Part of Parenting

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 5:24 PM

Written by Jan Cloninger

I was talking with a parent of a twenty-something young person the other day. She was struggling with how to let go at this stage of her child's life.

I think letting go is one of the most challenging and rarely thought about experiences in...

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4 Action Steps to Take When Times Are Tough

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 3:20 PM

Written by Jan Cloninger

Under the best of circumstances, being a parent can sometimes be tough. The expectations, responsibilities and realities of day-to-day life often interfere with the image of what we thought parenting would be like.

When a family faces challenging times -- illness, loss of a job, the...

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What About Dad?

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 4:58 PM

Written by Rosemary Strembicki

As a woman, I can easily identify with the stories I so often hear from moms who are experiencing the overwhelming feelings that come with the life changes of being a parent. Whether they spend their days at home or in a workplace the responsibilities of...

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What's Your Legacy?

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 2:45 PM

Written by Jan Cloninger

I first met Preethi after she befriended my son in high school. She was a year older, very much wiser and the kind of person you are thrilled to see your child be friends with. She was, and continues to be, one of my favorite people...

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When We're Not Happy With the Results

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 1:53 PM

Written by Jan Cloninger

We all have those moments, days or periods in life when we're not happy with what we're experiencing. Perhaps it's in our role as parent, as a professional or in our personal life. It can start with an uneasy feeling, an emergence of uncomfortable feelings or...

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Are You Parenting a Champion?

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 2:36 PM

Written by Jan Cloninger

With the Olympics in full swing, parents of young children often wonder: Is my child potentially a champion?

The answer is YES. Each child has the potential to become a champion in his or her life! Not every child is on the path to the...

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Who Will Define Our Children?

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 12:30 PM

Written by Rosemary Strembicki

There is no shortage of advice on how to parent. There are shelves filled with books in libraries and bookstores, there are websites, blogs, lists, do's and don'ts, professional research and opinions from people who have never had children. When we're in the throes of the...

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