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For those of you who are Christian, I hope you have had a wonderful Easter Sunday. For those of you who are not, I still hope you've had a wonderful Sunday.

In light of today being Easter, I'm sharing a some reading about spirituality and mental health. Whether your family practices a particular religion or not, I hope you will find this article thought-provoking.

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Parenting Trends – Are You In or Are You Out?


I'm not a really trendy person in general. In fact, you might call me pretty square. As a parent, trends have certainly surrounded me. However, I often found myself falling into the same rut. Or, perhaps I just followed my own trend with great consistency?

I'm sure many of you have found yourself in a parenting rut, I mean "your own parenting trend". Sometimes it's interesting to stick your...
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Family Mental Health Around The Web #13

Hello everyone.  This week's Around The Web puts a focus on early childhood development.  Take a look at two great resources. Zero To Three Zerotothree.org  I found this website a few years ago when my youngest was still a toddler.  It's for professionals, policy makers and parents so the resources are kind of a mixed bag.  They have a "download of the week" on the right sidebar which is currently a handout on 24-30 months.  My favorite is the interactive "Baby Brain Map" just above that.  Try it out!
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Family Mental Health Around The Web #12

My recent post on family addiction issues has prompted me to check for online resources about the family violence.  I was pleased to find several websites to share.  These were all found with just a search for "family violence resources" if you would like to explore further on your own. Office for Victims of Crime In the age of computers, you can't be too careful when it comes to violence in your home.  An abuser is likely to find all sorts of ways to keep tabs on everyone, including online searches.  The Office for Victims of Crime site offers a warning about this and some ways to get around it.  Smart advice for people who are just trying to be safe in their own home.  Also, several publications, info on national organizations, and other websites all just on the front page.
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Family Mental Health Around The Web #11

Greetings everyone.  Today's Around The Web is about talking with your kids.  Yes, you know how to talk, but do you feel uncomfortable talking about highly personal or difficult topics like sex or drugs and alcohol?  You wouldn't be alone if you did. You may also need to take a look at your general style of communication to make sure you are setting the stage for healthy exchange of ideas and feelings.  In other words, make sure you aren't shutting down communication because of the way you speak and the tone you set.  We do the best we can as parents, but I know I appreciate a brush-up on communication.  We take it for granted because we are used to our own habits.
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Family Mental Health Around The Web, #7

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.
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Family Mental Health Around the Web, Issue #3

Happy weekend, everyone. I have another installment of Family Mental Health Around the Web ready for you to enjoy. Today I'm bringing you a website about kids' health and another about mental health information and advocacy: Kidshealth.org Kidshealth.org is a website created by Nemours, a large non-profit children's health organization. The website is divided into three main areas - for parents, for teens, and for kids. The great thing here is that each section is written for the age level of the reader. It's a mix of serious information and some fun topics like sports, sports journals written by real kids, and quizzes. One major bonus point from me on the easy sidebar! I've seen a few websites with much more confusing navigation, so I'm pleased this is better. Also, you can sign up for a free weekly Kidshealth newsletter to get the latest on raising healthy kids.
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