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Spirituality and Mental Health

Monday, April 1st, 2013

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.

Parenting Trends – Are You In or Are You Out?

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Parenting Trends 2013

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 head up above the surface and see what other people do, or what they think you should be doing. It is very enlightening at times, though not always in a good way.

I find that when I take a closer look at parenting trends, I see three main things: choices I already make, choices I have purposely avoided, and choices that would never occur to me (good or bad). So in the spirit of self-discovery and some fun, I invite you to peruse these lists of parenting trends.

Your place in the  “in” crowd or the “out” crowd may come down to which list you read. No matter what any single list says about itself, there is no definitive list. Even the lists are trendy, it seems.

Ultimately, trends will come and go. When you do what feels right for you and your child, all the other stuff doesn’t matter too much.

Biggest Parenting Trends 2013 – iVillage

This is what you are supposed to look for in 2013. If you have babies or really little kids, some of these ideas are really cute and even useful. I like the nail polish one because I have girls 13 and younger. Other trends are a little more controversial. It’s an interesting mix to say the least.

Parenting News Predictions – Huffington Post

These trends are more about events and ways of thinking. Again, some of these may really strike you, others may seen controversial. They aren’t based on a product or socially popular item, so the odds of these things coming true are uncertain. However, they are likely to make you think a bit….

Family Mental Health Around The Web #13

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

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  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!

Family Mental Health Around The Web #12

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

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.

Family Mental Health Around The Web #11

Friday, May 28th, 2010

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.

Family Mental Health Around The Web #9

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

I heard a public service announcement this week about cyber safety for kids and I thought that was a great idea for this week’s Around The Web.  I have two resources.  One is really loaded with other great websites to check out.  The other is a well-made longer online document that parents can read.

Family Mental Health Around the Web #7

Friday, April 9th, 2010

In light of the news about Phoebe Prince’s bullying and suicide, I’ve decided to dedicate this Around The Web to resources about bullying.

Family Mental Health Around The Web, #7

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Pretty Yellow Orchid at Biltmore

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.

Family Mental Health Around the Web, Issue #4

Friday, March 5th, 2010

I have two very fine resources for you this week.  One is for talking to your kids about drugs and alcohol, another helps learn about coping skills and the human brain.  These are pretty interesting, so I hope you enjoy them.

Family Mental Health Around the Web, Issue #3

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

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: 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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