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?
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:
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.
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.
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.
Sleep can elude the smallest of children. Many parents struggle to maintain calm evenings in an attempt to give their little ones a restful sleep. As a result, a time for relaxing and sweet dreams turns to nightmares for all involved. Dear parents, don’t give up! Developing a healthy sleep routine will help your child throughout his/her life. Knowing how to ease themselves from relaxation into a deep slumber is a necessary skill, which leads to a healthier body and mind.
Most people would equate healthy eating with the notion that it will take heaps of time and money, therefore, they glide through a drive-thru in an attempt to avoid the inconvenience of cooking and the expense of shopping. But I think that is where the Western mentality gets it absolutely wrong. It is cheaper to cook at home. It is healthier to cook at home. And it does not have to take an inordinate amount of time to do it.
I thought it was time for a summer P.S.A. Your little camper might not have a happy tummy with these Happy Camper Cakes. And while the taste of pure sugar may momentarily make your child smile, his or her mood will soon turn sour from the effects of disregulated blood sugar levels and the hormonal shifts it creates. Not to mention the artificial ingredients seem to outnumber the real ingredients. Actually, I was hard pressed to find any real ingredients. And as a parent, I like to steer clear from items which represent food but are, in fact, not actually food. Maybe it’s just me but I want my food to rot. But I will leave it up to you to decide what you find to be acceptable. For now, read along.
Motherhood. The topic I confess can be a bore. It can be a subject of contention. It can be a recipe for mayhem. It can be the best of everything in your life. It can make you feel as though you have lost whatever was left of your mind. It can be your reason for living. It can be all the beauty you see in the world. It can be your fears breathing outside of yourself free to roam as they please.
I wish the garden could be my medicine cabinet. But it can never be my medicine cabinet. Because I kill gardens. Even when I try not to kill gardens. I under water my pots. I go three, four or five days without watering my pots. Then I realize I have neglected my garden. So I over water my pots. I over water to compensate for the poor decision to under water, which in fact is just another poor decision.