New Hearts 2012
Child & Family Guidance Center
Winter Newsletter
December,  2012

The Holiday Season is upon us.  Children are dreaming of presents from Santa, family and friends are gathering to spend time together in celebration of the holidays and excitement just seems to be in the air!

At CFGC, we are busy helping children and families work through hard times that unfortunately cloud the joy of this time of year.  The hard truth is...not all families are experiencing a joyful, plentiful holiday season. There are many needs and we are trying to do our part to help.  Please join us.  I wish you and yours a Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year!

Brenda Hayward
Executive Director
Child & Family Guidance Center of Texoma
                                                                          Project  Christmas...
We are Blessed to have the  following assistance  available to the neediest families  served at CFGC. 
We are grateful to the First Baptist Church of Denison for adopting 9 CFGC families this year.  Church members, led by Jared Johnson deliver beautiful Christmas trees with all the decorations and gifts for the children.  2012 marks the 3rd year for this project.
Clinicians select client families that are struggling this Christmas to provide food and gifts for their children. WalMart Gift Cards are provided to help them.  The Smith Foundation provides funding for a limited number of gift cards.  Donations of cash or gift cards are gladly accepted to help with this project.  To donate online please visit and click on the DONATE Button on the Home Page or stop by the office by December 12th.   We would be happy to pick up donations as well. Just give us a call at 903-893-7768.  

5 Holiday Stress Busters for Kids

Although holiday time means presents and no school for most kids, it can also be a stressful time-particularly in families facing financial challenges, in split or blended families, and in families where a loved one has recently passed away.


Here are 5 simple holiday stress-reducing strategies that can make a difference.


1. Visualize a heart-filled holiday. You can do this one at the dinner table. Have everyone in the family close their eyes, focus on their heart, and imagine what kind of holiday will bring joy into their heart. Then share your ideas around the table. This helps kids feel listened to, cared for, and included.


 2. Give loss a voice. If this is your child's first holiday without a loved one--grandpa passed away, or big sister is in Afghanistan--younger family members may feel a deep sense of loss. Or maybe your child is feeling the stress of a recent divorce. Give her paper and markers, and ask her to draw whatever is making her sad or mad. Then ask her what the picture wants to say out loud. Often, putting a face on an emotion and letting it "speak" makes the child feel better--and gives the parent a way to understand what's going on.


3. Sweat is sweet. Kids (and adults) can get all pent up during holiday time. Surprise little ones by clearing the furniture out of the center of the room, turning on some fun music, and dancing vigorously for 10 minutes. Or bundle up the family and take a wintry walk while playing "I Spy." Exercise releases feel-good chemicals and is one of the fastest ways to chase away holiday blahs and instill a sense of togetherness.


4. Blow out negativity, light up hope. Create a family ritual of hope. Have two candles for each family member: one lit, one not. Have each imagine what they'd like to let go of -- what no longer serves them -- and say, "I'm going to toss this out (anger, worry, meanness to my sister) when I blow this candle out."  Then light a new candle and share, "I hope to bring in (kindness, faith, cleaning my room) as I light anew." Let go of the old and bring in the new. You can use one candle to symbolize all, or light up your whole home with several.


5. Spread the joy around. The time-honored tradition of helping others can shift priorities. If kids or teens are moping around or showing signs of stress, take them to the local soup kitchen to serve meals. Visit a nursing home with hand-made cards. Helping others gives kids a feeling of more control and a sense of being both useful and appreciated.


Source: Psychology Today,  AuthorCharlotte Reznick, PhD  

New Family Empowerment Program to Begin in 2013
Family Empowerment photo
 Helping families navigate through life successfully!

Child & Family Guidance Center is thrilled to offer a FREE customized case management program  for the caregivers of our child and teen clients.  This individualized program is designed to maximize the time of the caregiver at the Center while their child is in session providing support and assistance in the following areas. 

 Caregiver support services

 Resource Assistance

 Life Skills Development

 Stress Management

 Super Parent Program

 Brief Counseling for specific issues such as divorce, grief, etc.


Our support team will consist of the caregiver's  child's therapist and a Master's level intern that will be provide direct support to the caregiver.

Happy Thoughts!

Christmas is sights, especially the sights of Christmas reflected in the eyes of a child!  Merry Christmas!

Child & Family Guidance Center

 804 E. Pecan Grove Road 

Sherman, Texas 75090




Our Thanks...
We wish to extend special thanks to everyone who made the 1st Annual Starfish Benefit a BIG Success!  Over $45,000 was raised to provide mental healthcare to hundreds of hurting Texoma children and families.  
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