Why You Need To Get Your Kids Talking

 

Kids who live with depression, anxiety and/or OCD spend an extraordinary amount of time in their head. Ruminating over negative thoughts, worrying about past and future situations and focusing on scary and sad feelings leaves many children and teens zapped emotionally and physically.  They are too consumed by what is happening in their mind (real or not) to focus on what is occurring outside of themselves.
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Call Me Anything But A “Stay”-At-Home Mother

You can shout, “Hey You!”  Call me “Old girl.”  “Lady.”  “Middle-aged mother.” I would even answer to: “Hey woman with the stray black hair on her chin.”  Because the names would all be true.  Call me anything but a “stay”-at-home mother.  This name is more than a tad inaccurate and in a world of fake news accusations and lies passed as truths; I prefer to come as close to honesty as I possibly can.  Yes, I live in my home but I do a little more than just stay there.  Don’t you?

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Why I Refuse To Compete As A Parent

If parenting is judged on personal aesthetics, you know I am losing the battle.  You can tell by my outfit I am not competing.  If you look closer, you can tell by my behind I am completely out of the competition.  But it isn’t just about who looks the best in their mom jeans anymore.  “OMG Becky look at that…” Yeah, that’s right.  I just quoted Sir Mix-A-Lot.  And?

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Reduce Back To School Stress In 5 Simple Steps

Returning to school can be a trigger for many children, teens and even parents.  The flexibility of the summer gives way to the rigidity of the school year and with it comes an increase in anxiety, acute and chronic stress and depression.  Whether your child struggles with a clinical diagnosis or not does not take away from the impact the beginning of an academic year can have on a child’s thoughts, feelings and behavior.  Make sure your child gets off to a good start when the school bell rings.  Try out my ideas below:

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3 Ways To Treat OCD Without Medication

One of the most important steps in recovering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is understanding what it is you or your child may be up against.  Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) simply put is a form of anxiety that centers around obsessions and compulsions. While some new research points to an impulse control disorder as the heart of the illness; I find the largest aspect sufferers grapple with is the excruciating anxiety it imposes.  OCD looks a little like this:  A person has an intrusive thought.  This thought in turn creates a feeling of anxiety.  The person does not like the feeling of anxiety and, therefore, creates a compulsion to reduce the anxiety.  Hit replay.  Over and over and over.  Repetition of troubling thoughts/obsessions leads the sufferer to falsely believe there must be truth and meaning to the thought where no meaning truly exists.

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Nutritional Benefits Of The Watermelon

Nothing says summer like a nice, big slice of sweet watermelon; however, you can enjoy the health benefits of watermelon all year long. Comprised of nearly 91% water this delicious fruit helps detox the body by flushing the system of toxins and excess fluid.  Particularly love the juicy pieces of pink flesh?  Go ahead and swallow the seeds and rind too! All is edible with the rind containing more chlorophyll and citrulline than the core.  Dr. Mercola informs us that “citrulline is converted to arginine in your kidneys, and not only is this amino acid important for heart health and maintaining your immune system, but it has been researched to have potential therapeutic value in over 100 health conditions.”  No need to list 100 health conditions.  Just eat watermelon and know you pretty much have it all covered.

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5 Ways To Reduce Anxiety Without Medication

Anxiety can be a normal part of life.  But for some children and adults it takes over and wreaks havoc on their mind and body.  Leaving the individual paralyzed by fear and unable to focus on anything other than the anxious feelings, catastrophic thoughts and physical symptoms that have suddenly swallowed them whole; a person is left to wonder if he/she has gone crazy, suffered a heart attack or had his/her brain hijacked by outside forces.  Yes, anxiety can feel that foreign and overwhelmingly invasive to a person, big or small.

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