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Enjoy The Holidays – Helping Yourself And Others


I found a few practical helpful articles that I'd like to share with you about mental illness and the holidays, dealing with death at the holidays, and simple ways to enjoy the holidays. We all have different needs throughout the year and these tend to get highlighted during the holidays. Hope you find some good takeaways here.

Helping Someone With Mental Illness Through The Holidays - Chances...
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iCarly Shows Episode With Mental Institution – Stigma Reinforced?

Wow - lots of things to get to this week in the world of mental health. I appreciate your patience with me - I've been occupied with some family medical issues, but am ready to dive in to the world of family mental health for you.

The news and media have been brewing with new things!  I'll be breaking them up into separate posts over the next few
days so you have a chance to digest them and add your comments.

For today, I want to react to an upcoming episode of iCarly that I saw advertised.  I have kids who sometimes watch iCarly and some of the Disney sitcom shows.  In general, most of these shows have exaggerated plot lines that are very overplayed for the sake of humor.  I've been OK with the majority of these, but one episode in particular is grabbing my attention - in a bad way.
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Trying To Be Fair At Christmas

Life isn't fair, and neither is Christmas.  Some people get big boxes and others get small ones.  As we know, good things can come in small packages.  Or three packages, or five, or ten, but only if everything is on sale so you don't outspend yourself on one person.
Then you might have to make up for it with another gift, and you may have to explain why someone is getting an extra gift.
Are you exhausted yet?  Like I said, Christmas isn't fair.  Sometimes people are tempted to make it comparatively even so do they don't upset anyone.  While it's one thing to be aware of how you are using money and distributing your gifts, it can be a slippery slope if you are prone to anxious feelings or self-conscious thoughts.  That's a path to perfectionism, which goes against the spirit of generosity and love.  Let's see if we can disconnect you from that negativity at the holidays.
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Family Traditions And Rituals – More Than Just Family Fun

The fall is my favorite time of the year.  It's not just the beautiful colors or the change of weather - it's the family traditions that get me charged up.  It's more than just fun, it's part of the fabric of my family.  Let's take a closer look at how your family traditions make your family stronger and healthier.

Family Rituals Keep People Going During Tough Times

College football, family birthdays, and marching bands are some of the core activities that define me and my family members.  Some of the band and football traditions go back a couple of generations.  I relish teaching my girls about the joys of halftime shows and the glory of the gridiron (in all kinds of weather).

Is this everyone's cup of tea?  No, certainly not.  But  I wouldn't feel like me without it.
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Music Education Helps Kids' Brains With Sound Stimuli


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.
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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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