Helpful Tips for Dealing With Anger and Stress in Children

Helpful Tips for Dealing With Anger and Stress in Children

I’ve talked in the past about how we have two children with mental health issues. My oldest has ADHD and our youngest has ODD. With those, we constantly have a lot of anger and stress in the home. We deal with it the best that we can, though it’s not always easy. For a while, I thought that I was the cause of my ids ADHD & ODD. After lots of therapy and talking with those who have studied ADHD & ODD for years, I know it’s nothing I’ve done in my parenting. Anger and stress in children aren’t easy to work with, however, it’s not impossible either! However, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t having problems with stress more or less than any other child.

How Writing Helps You Heal by Linda K. Schmitmeyer

How Writing Helps You Heal by Linda K. Schmitmeyer

Mental illnesses are difficult to diagnose because there aren’t any reliable biological markers—like blood tests, scans, or x-rays—to verify that something is medically wrong. But the symptoms are real, like mood swings, impulsivity, increased irritability, and irrational thoughts. Because mental illnesses affect people’s thinking and behavior, a diagnosis wreaks havoc on interpersonal relationships. When Steve first got sick, well-established family routines changed, and we lived for years in a fog of uncertainty as doctors worked to find a combination of medications to stabilize his mind.

What We Need To Understand  &  Learn About Mental Health and Suicides

What We Need To Understand & Learn About Mental Health and Suicides

In just 2-3 short days we lost 2 very well known, iconic celebs to suicide. Kate Spade & Anthony Bourdain Over the past couple days, I've been reeling in the reality of their deaths. Their tragic life-altering deaths. Not for us, as their admirers, but their families.  This made me really start thinking even more about mental health and suicides, and how we need to help more. Sure we're going to miss watching them on TV or using their products, however, those are just “things”. Their families are going to miss them as their spouse, parent, sister/brother, child, best friend, etc....
10 Phrases People with an Anxiety Disorder Really Want to Hear

10 Phrases People with an Anxiety Disorder Really Want to Hear

I've almost always battled with depression; but anxiety, that was new to me, about 10 years ago. I never thought I was going to be one of those people with an anxiety disorder, but here I am, going to be 40 in a few years and I suffer from anxiety almost daily. It's been a crazy wild ride getting it under control, but I'm glad I'm finally at that point. When I was 15years old and was told by a high school boyfriend that I was fat and needed to lose weight. Mind you, I was 130 lbs at my heaviest during high school and that wasn't until I broke my ankle middle of my sophomore year. By the time...
5 Important Things I Learned While Raising a Son with ADHD

5 Important Things I Learned While Raising a Son with ADHD

Over the past 12 years, I've been raising a son with ADHD. It hasn't been easy, but it hasn't been horribly hard either. Just like any child, a child with ADHD has their good days and bad days. The only problem? Those bad days can and typically are much much worse than a raising a son with ADHD. Anyone who knows anything about raising a son with ADHD knows the typical struggles: Inattentiveness Doing everything EXCEPT what needs to be done Temper tantrum throwing Being impulsive Forgetfulness Oh, and the list could go on and on…… probably for at least another 100 bullet...
Lexapro, pros and cons for Anxiety Disorder & Depression Sufferers

Lexapro, pros and cons for Anxiety Disorder & Depression Sufferers

If you or a loved one has ever suffered from depression, you understand the debilitating effects it can have on the person who suffers from it, as well as on family members and friends. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), over 20 million Americans are depressed, and most of those who suffer from depression are not treated for it. This is especially tragic because depression is easily treated with prescriptions and other therapies. Symptoms of Depression While most of us associate depression with sadness, the symptoms can take on a variety of characteristics. Chronic...
I Do Everything In My Power To Teach My Sons to Respect Women

I Do Everything In My Power To Teach My Sons to Respect Women

I'm sure many of you so-called men are sick of hearing about how boys are raised to respect women. Oh well. If you're a man, you shouldn't have to be sick of hearing it, you should be helping us change it. I Do Everything In My Power To Teach My Sons to Respect Women Well, let me tell you something…. us women are sick of you so called men being disrespectful to women so much that we have to raise our sons to be respectful.  We shouldn't have to instill respect to our sons if they had men in their lives that respect women. This isn't going to be a bash men post, it's a post about how I...
10 Tips to Getting Along with Critical People & Save Your Sanity

10 Tips to Getting Along with Critical People & Save Your Sanity

Critics are everywhere. No matter what you do, say, act, dress, or even breathe. Someone is going to criticize you. In the blogging world, it's like Mean Girls on steroids sometimes. You have to have white walls, perfect furniture, fur blankets thrown perfectly on the couches, pets are the perfect weight, breed, and colors, makeup is applied in the most recent style, and much more. If you don't do those things, brands, followers, etc don't like you….or worse…. say you're trash because you're not giving readers what they want. Here's my thing, I'm me. Yes, I blog for my readers,...
The Parenting Struggles of Raising a Child with Oppositional Defiant Disorder

The Parenting Struggles of Raising a Child with Oppositional Defiant Disorder

The past several years have been a horrible struggle. We recently found out (probably 4 years ago) that our youngest son has O.D.D. or Oppositional Defiant Disorder or sometimes confused or partnered with C.D. or Conduct Disorder. Our son is only 11. He's been going through this for as long as I can remember. This post may contain affiliate links, which means if you click a link, I may get paid for your purchase. I remember hearing stories from his birth father, that his nephew used to be very similar to how my son is acting. His nephew used to kill animals and laugh. He would take forks and...

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