Parenting and life get complicated and the stress and pressure can get so high that we end up feeling like everything matters. But, fortunately, some things don’t matter. Here is a simple list of ideas to help you refocus and make your own list of things that matter and things that don’t. [Read more…]
We know a lot about depression these days. Officially Major Depressive Disorder – single episode or recurrant, mild/moderate/severe. You can read about the symptoms here. We also know more than we ever have about depression in children. And, we know that the foundation for being at risk of developing depression begins early in childhood. [Read more…]
Did you know that anxiety is contagious? Well, not in the germy way like a bad head cold. It’s contagious in the teaching/learning way. Your children learn it and you can guess who they are most likely to learn it from. Yes, they learn it from their best teachers, their parents.
“But our whole family has it”, you say. “My mom had it. My dad was a real worry wart. And, I have it and now our son has it. That must mean it’s genetic, right?” [Read more…]
At a conference I attended years ago I heard a wise man, Denny McLaughlin, discussing happiness. He said that there are four really effective ways to make yourself miserable. Your kids can make themselves feel the same way. With the same kind of thinking.
So, logically, if there are four ways to make yourself unhappy, there must be four really good opposite ways to make yourself happy. How easy can it be? [Read more…]