Archives for February, 2010

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Emotional Olympic Family Moments


Over the last two weeks of the Olympics, I've noticed a few particularly emotional moments with families.  Perhaps there are others you recall besides just these.  The ones listed below made a lasting impression on me.  Most of them involved tragedy and disappointment, but some are infused with sweetness and love.  I hope you enjoy and appreciate reading about these athletes and their families.  If you want to share other memorable family moments, please post them below.
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Raising Kids With Personal Responsibility


I know personally that some kids are harder to raise than others.  Some are naturally more compliant, healthy, self assured, or whatever.  Others have bigger quirks, more trouble learning things, testy personalities, and other challenges.  Regardless of these factors, we parents all have a moral obligation to do a few things for our kids.  Clothe, feed, bathe, shelter, and love them -- those are the most obvious things.

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Families Get Olympic Fever


What a fascinating opportunity we have going on right now. The Olympics come just every few years, and they are in full force right now. Being the non-athletic musical person that I am, I'm in awe of the physiques and obvious skills these athletes have honed. The dedication and perseverance is worth recognizing.

In lieu of some fairly questionable role models in the world, I'd say the Olympians are a pretty decent lot to emulate. Granted, the Olympics has had its share of bad sports (Tonya Harding) and tragedy (Israeli athletes in 1972), but overall this is some of the best TV out there for families. What always astounds me about Olympic athletes is how their entire family adjusts to the lifestyle. Elite athletes don't live like you and me.

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Depression

The Fickle Nature Of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder


photo credit: Supagroova
You may remember my post from a few weeks ago, Diary of a Depression Day. I commented about the previous weekend when I'd experienced a disturbing day of slight paranoia, negativity, mistrust, confusion, and undefined sadness. How things change when you think you know how to predict them.

During my depression day, I was actually in the time of my cycle that should have been (and typically is) the easiest to manage my emotions. I usually have trouble in the three to five days leading up the first day of my cycle. As I write this, I imagine some of you questioning how I think my emotions are all boiled down to a bunch of hormones. That's not what I'm saying, and I imagine there could have been a few other triggers that weekend (though since time has passed, I'm not sure I can find a simple answer).

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Around the Web

Family Mental Health Around the Web, Issue #2



Hello, everyone!  I hope you all enjoyed last week's inaugural edition of Around the Web.  Today I've collected a few more websites you can bookmark on your computer.  These resources cover ADHD and a positive websites for girls.

ADD and ADHD have been in the spotlight the last several years. I've found a few resources for information about the condition and ways you can help your child manage their daily life.  The NIMH US government website has a long extensive page about ADHD. It lists twelve questions and two places for citations and resources. Everyday Health just put out an article listing 12 Ways to Help Your Child Cope With ADHD. This is a helpful list whether you are trying to go without medication or if you are working with medication. You won't go wrong using some or all of these positive methods.

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Arts and Culture

Give Your Kids A Legacy Of Music



Want to leave a legacy to your children?  Teach them to appreciate and love music  — your music.  Yep, you may need to shell out a little dough for an mp3 player or some music lessons.  But you will undoubtedly be passing on something very personal to you.  Even better, your kids will have their own perspective and appreciation for music as the years pass.

Since I've roamed the planet a few years, I've stored up memories of a whole lot of different kinds of music in my life.  I remember "current" music from when I was a kid, a teen, in college, as a young adult, and now.  I've also come across many pieces from decades or even centuries ago.  If you saw my iTunes playlists, you'd see this variety plain and clear.  I attribute that open-eared approach to my family when I was growing up.

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Heidi Montag As A Role Model




I realize I'm kind of going around some territory that been stomped on a lot.  But this Heidi Montag surgery thing just has me prickling.  Remember my post earlier about bad role models?  Well, you don't have to just be robbing stores or looking ridiculous at an awards show to qualify.  I read fellow PsychCentral blogger Alicia Sparks' post about Heidi and felt that I need to share my own thoughts.

Plastic surgery absolutely has its place.  Procedures that correct problems and address health issues are welcomed by so many people who need them.  A few members of my family have been through some procedures for those very reasons - well advised and positive for their life.  From what Heidi said, it sounds like at least part of her nose procedure was to reset it because it broke and healed incorrectly.  If that's all she did, I could probably defend her from anyone calling foul about her surgery.

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