Archives for June, 2009

Depression

PMDD – Hard To Endure Harder To Explain

PMDD Hard to Exolain To Others

A comment on one of my previous posts (PMDD) has prompted me to write a whole post on the topic.  This woman's comment was about how she wished she could better explain PMDD to her husband and family without feeling ashamed.  She also described many difficult symptoms eating up her life two weeks out of every month.  PMDD is finally getting some notice in the broad American culture,...
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General

More Help Working with Sensitive Children



Yesterday, you read about a few ways to effectively parent or work with a sensitive child.  Sensitive children are easily overwhelmed by new things in their environment and various sensations.  Your key job is to support and coach them through their adjustment so they can enjoy their daily life.  Here are two more important points to consider in this process.

Using Limits and Boundaries

Using limits...
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Parenting and Helping a Sensitive Child



Every child gets whiny and demanding at times.  However, some children are highly sensitive by their temperament.  They often show strong reactions to things they don't like or aren't familiar with.  For these children, many days have demanding moments.  It takes them a lot longer to feel comfortable with new things.  Let's take a quick look at a few things that will make their adjustment easier.

Empathy and...
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The Merits of Promoting Self-Worth in Children



Ever heard of the Sunday School song, "Don't Build Your House On The Sandy Land"?  It talks all about building a house on a solid rock foundation rather than too close to the sandy shore.  Over-promoting self-esteem could be encouraging a child to build their personal self on a sandy shore.  Instead, I offer "solid rock" suggestion - self-worth.

What's self-worth based on?  Actions and purpose in the world that make a difference.  These don't...
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Parenting

Which May Be More Valuable To Your Child – Self-Esteem or Self-Worth?



Self-esteem was the buzzword when I was growing up in the 1980's and in college during the 1990's.  Lots of books and research articles came out about how a million things affected kids' self-esteem.  And let me be the first to say that I'm glad so much attention has been brought to kids' wellbeing and mental health.  But is self-esteem really the most important thing we can instill in our kids?

I beg to differ...
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Depression

PMDD Leftovers and Frustrations



For the great majority of the time after my diagnosis, the depression and PMDD that wreaked havoc on my life went away.  It was like a great fire being doused with water.  However, I still have a few leftovers that lingered on - some coals that still smolder.  If you have had a difficult time with your period and moods, this might be useful for you to read.

My PMDD went up and down every...
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Parenting

Help Your Kid Feel Confident About Their Unique Qualities



For decades, parents have had to deal with kids wanting the latest this or that on TV, the popular music group's newest record/8 track/CD, and the biggest teen heartthrob of the year.  That's just the way popular culture and kids interact.  But what about the kids who march to a slightly different drummer?

I had a conversation with one of my daughters about her interests today.  She loves snap electrical circuit projects, erector sets, elephants,...
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General

The Ties That Bond – Family Traditions


One of the most fun parts about family life is partaking in family traditions.  These could range from little inside jokes to elaborate holiday gatherings.  No matter the style or size, it's the bonding that matters.  I'll start by sharing a few of my family traditions and what they mean to me.
My oldest daughter and I go to a favorite Italian restaurant when she has an annual medical specialist clinic...
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