Archives for March, 2010
I came across an article recently that confirmed how important it was to read aloud to your kids at home. With summer coming and school being out soon, it's a good time to start a habit of reading aloud to keep your kids' minds working.
I was in several music classes when I was in school. One of the most frustrating things for the teacher had to be chatty students in class. If the whole point of your activity is to work with sound, distracting and noisy conversation is about the last thing you want. Music educators, I'm sorry. It looks like your profession actually helps kids communicate even better.
A recent press release from the University of Georgia confirms what many mental health professionals and doctors have known for some time: Regular exercise can significantly and noticeably reduce symptoms of anxiety. Simple physical activities like walking and weight lifting can be a very effective method for people with anxiety. And the key here seems to be *regular* exercise and also for periods of 30 minutes or more.
Health care reform is a white hot issue right now. Opinions vary widely on how successful, helpful, or even frustrating this whole plan will be for Americans. However, I want to draw your attention to a few small parts of the reform bill that are good for mental health. With all the controversy and political rhetoric, you may have missed these important pieces.
Hi, folks. I can't tell you how excited I am that spring officially begins in just a few days. I don't know what it's been like in your neck of the woods, but in my hometown we'd had more than enough winter before January was half-over. This is your newest Around The Web summary. You'll find fun tips on improving family mental health and a great website by the US Department of Health and Human Services. Take a closer look by clicking the highlighted link.
Several times a month, I notice new comments on a few of my depression posts on the Psych Central general blog. So many people want to know why the depression has happened, what they can do, how they can deal with their family refusing to get help. Some people would probably take the help if someone extended a hand to them. Others get multiple pleas from family members to get counseling, see their doctor, or do anything to make the depression lift.
Sometimes as a parent, I realize I need to sit back and just notice things for a minute. Although that realization tends to be more random than I'd like, I usually get something interesting from it. Lately, it's been my communication with my kids. These patterns and differences occurred to me recently when I was putting them all to bed. I suppose this is because I get a small cross section of my different communication styles in a relatively short period of time - about a half hour total.
Today I found a collection of articles highlighting various consequences of poor sleep and positive outcomes of improved sleep. We so often treat sleep like the unfortunate thing we can't avoid between the important things we really need to do. Commuting, eating, homework, working late, driving various places, errands, housework -- the ongoing endless list of tasks and responsibilities we...
I'm sure none of you amazing wonderful parents have ever argued in front of your kids, right? Right?? Yes, I know, we are not perfect and we've all done it at some point. Maybe some more than others, but it can be hard to avoid completely. So do you know if what you are saying in front of the kids is good for them or not? We're going to pick apart the good and the bad about arguing in their presence.
I'm compelled to write on a new and bothersome branch to the story about Marie Osmond's son's tragic suicide. This painful problem was completely preventable, and yet it wasn't prevented. Just this morning I read something about Roseanne Barr making some strong statements about Marie's son killing himself. My first thought was, "Oh no, hasn't there been enough for the family to deal with?"