Write Away Worry


Write away your child’s worry!  If your child is dealing with a great deal of anxiety; grab your paper and a pencil and let them start writing.  They can write about anything.  It is the act of writing that pulls the brain out of worry mode.  Keep writing until the anxiety subsides.  Each time the anxiety re-emerges; get out your notebook.  You are helping your child’s brain switch gears.  You will be happy to know it works just the same for adults. Happy journaling!

The Brain Boosting Benefits of This Breakfast Bowl



Try saying that title 5 times fast!  If you follow me on Facebook (by the way, I would love it if you did) then you are well-aware that I attempted to write this post approximately 3 days ago.  An article filled with glamorous nutritional content was swiftly derailed by my three little bears.  Not one to be easily deterred, I have set out to write the article you are longing for in the quiet hours of your evening.  Here we go.

The base of this delicious breakfast bowl is created by simply pouring kefir from the jar into a bowl.  Rocket science, I tell you! The type I purchase is  Maple Hill 100% grass-fed, whole fat and organic kefir.


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Kefir and Three Little Bears



Don’t worry! This is NOT a post about kefir. It was GOING to be a post about the health benefits of this delicious breakfast bowl but my children thought otherwise. No, this post is about the struggles we all face feeding our children something weird like REAL FOOD.

Who does that? Who buys and then puts together actual food for their children to eat in the morning? I suppose a lunatic because that is how I was treated when my three baby bears woke up this morning and made their way into the kitchen.

It Doesn’t Have To Be All Or Nothing


Jamming in the mini-van with tired and cranky children, you suddenly realize you are about to face the dreaded second shift.  Overwhelmed by the thought of taking a turkey, plucking the feathers, and cooking from scratch; you veer off the road at the quickest stop-McDonald’s.  You reason it is a justified evil.  “It is this or Hell when you get home,” you tell yourself.  Frankly, who wouldn’t pick McDonald’s over Hell?  So you roll into the drive-thru and buy your Hell-avoiding Happy Meals.  Now you can leave with the peace of mind that you have just gained back two hours of your life from torturous cooking methods.

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Food Hack for Fish


If your kids don’t eat salmon but you want them to enjoy it for its brain healthy Omega-3 content, try this: Buy a can of canned salmon and add it to your child’s mac n’ cheese, bed of rice/quinoa, salad or a bowl of spaghetti with olive oil, salt, pepper and a little grated parmesan.  They won’t be overwhelmed by the new taste when it is mixed into a food they already love and you won’t be overwhelmed by spending the money and time on buying the fish whole and serving it as a filet.  With time, they will love it and then you can make your move to serving it freshly caught!  Let me know if this food hack works for you. Enjoy!

Helpful hint:  Be mindful of your seafood consumption.  Please check this website for guides and regulations: www.fda.gov/Food/FoodborneIllnessContaminants/Metals/ucm393070.htm

A Fun Feeling Exercise for Kids


Some families are more comfortable discussing their feelings than others.  First of all, be okay with that.  All families are different, each with its own style of operation.  No one is asking that you sit around holding hands all night singing Kum Ba Yah with each other.  Unless that is your thing, then go for it.  I always think it is best to start out simple.  Get the conversation going in a non-threatening way.

I did this exercise time and time again in therapy sessions with children and teens.  I love it because it works, plain and simple.  So give it a whirl at home tonight.

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Can You Pronounce This?


Methylcellulose.  It doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue; does it? I am not a linguist.  Surprise! Surprise!  However, I would like to think I have a firm grasp on the English language especially since it is the only language I know.  And methylcellulose makes me question myself.  For one, why am I having difficulty pronouncing it?  Secondly and most importantly, what the heck is it?

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When to Seek Treatment for Your Child

qtq80-ydp43iI hesitated writing this article.  The topic is truly subjective in nature.  For obvious reasons, there is a great deal of weight to the question of whether or not someone should seek help for their family.  If I am correct in my thinking and you are grappling with the answer then my thought is you already have your answer.  Chances are you have been debating for months or even years before clicking on the title of this headline.  So, I ask you.  What is holding you back from making the next step?

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