Archives for March, 2011


Babies With Depression – Is It Possible?

Last week I caught part of an article in Time Magazine called "Small Child, Big Worries." It focuses on a diagnostic manual developed by a non-profit child advocacy group called "Zero To Three."  It has descriptions of many major mental health disorders that afflict older children, teens, and adults.  This manual has been around for years, with a most recent revision done in 2005.

I'll be honest - I'm a little uncertain about this.  One, babies have limited communication skills to clarify what's going on in their mind.  Diagnosis would be almost completely done through behavioral observation.  Two, child temperament may account for some of the behaviors and emotional reactions that can define a mental illness.
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Making The Junior High Transition

Last night I went to a parent information meeting for middle school for my oldest daughter.  Geez, how time flies.  And yes, I know most people don't call it junior high anymore.  It's middle school, but I expect to be corrected a lot by all my girls.  Some old habits are just a little tough to change.

Mom Adjusting To Daughter's New Experiences

I have a challenge, along with simply accepting that she could possibly be old enough to do this.  I didn't have a very good overall experience in junior high (middle school).  It was pretty tough for me socially and a massive adjustment.
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Family Mental Health Quick Tips

Getting Through Family Pain

Hello everyone,

I'm so glad to get comments from readers, on both newer and older posts.  In fact, some of the most frequently read and commented-on posts are ones about difficult problems and unresolved family pain.  Let's talk about this for a moment.

Some good news. So many people endure and live meaningful lives while also having a history of deep family pain.  Ongoing conflict, abandonment by parents, estrangment from siblings, molestation, abuse, neglect, emotional manipulation, and more.  This goes on in many families every day, yet people live on and find ways to find joy.
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The Big Dance – Good Clean Family Fun

Hello, and happy late St Patrick's Day.  If you are into sports at all, you also may know this is the first day of the NCAA men's basketball tournament.   The Big Dance.  The Cinderella Teams.  The Upsets.  This is good stuff.

Easy Fun For All Ages In The Family

This is particularly good stuff because I taught my two oldest girls how to fill out a bracket today.  It is an annual ritual fraught with risk, excitement, and an unnatural amount of simultaneous games on TV.  Why did I do it?  Because it's fun and pretty easy for beginners.  Mostly, it has come down to coin flips and mascot comparisons.

My husband hasn't always done a bracket, but because the girls filled one out, he has too.  Instead of just being something I do every year, it's quickly spread to being a fun family competition.  It's especially good because of our exciting prize - a half-finished box of candy and thirty cents we found around the house!
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Parenting For Endurance And Coping – Part 1

According to the circumstances of my life, it seems it's time for me to learn more about endurance and coping skills.  I have but one set of choices.  I can either succumb to feelings of despair and unluckiness, or I can push forward and help my family move on.

Clearly, I know that the first path can lead to depression.  Been there, done that.  Not planning a return trip.
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