I read Next Avenue which is a site devoted to topics on aging, longevity, vitality, estate planning, generally anything people in the last third of their lives might find relevant. The more I read their articles, however, the more I see things that could easily interest anyone, at any age of adulthood. After all, we’re all aging and why wait to learn some of this good stuff? Like, ways to make life easier. [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…]
Teens crave peer acceptance and they get it through conformity. But, the idea of teens and conformity, often attributed to the dreaded peer pressure, makes most parents’ hair stand on end, if not fall right out on the pillow during sleepless nights.
I’ve seen the battles right in my office. Parent – “Think for yourself.” “Be yourself, not who you think other kids want you to be.” Teen sitting sullenly with no eye contact. Parent – “Who cares what other kids wear/think/do?”
Your child cares. [Read more…]
All of the experts agree that crying is a complex behavior. So, a little confusion about it is understandable. When your child cries you feel that confusion, right? Along with many thoughts, and your own emotional reactions. In addition to the “why” question, any parent will also ask themselves…
“Now, what do I do?”
You know how along the way in life you sometimes hear something someone says and it just sticks in your head, even though you didn’t expect it? Something like that one thing your dad said as he was driving you off to college, or something a friend said about marriages back when yours was in a low spot. Those things you think of over and over and might say to people once in awhile, even now? I know you know what I am talking about, don’t you? [Read more…]