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  1. Special Needs Parenting
    Is your child ages 8-17 and experiencing anxiety? Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX is conducting research on the signs and characteristics of children and adolescents with anxiety problems. The study is fully remote and you do not need to live in Houston to participate. Eligible...
  2. Family Life
    Generalized anxiety isn't often talked about, and we often even trivialize anxiety by laughing at our 'quirks'. But anxiety isn't quirky; it's life for many moms. Battling high-functioning anxiety day-to-day as a mom can seem like a never-ending-cycle. Many people don't even know they have...
  3. Toddler & Child
    If you're the mother of an anxious child and have wondered how you could gently guide your little one through anxiety and strategies, a new study from Yale University suggests the key to helping your child's anxiety may be within you. When we see anxiety rear its head in our children, it hurts...
  4. Toddler & Child
    It's back-to-school time, and along with shiny new shoes and lunchboxes often comes anxiety for our children as they enter new routines with new people. What can we do to help ease the back-to-school anxiety so many of our children face this new school year? I was an anxious child, and I'm...
  5. Family Life
    We often hear about the health and life benefits of mindfulness, regularly reminded to "live in the moment." But what does mindfulness really mean? The essence of mindfulness is to pay attention, right now. It means that if we are reading bedtime stories to our toddlers, here we are, reading...
  6. Special Needs Parenting
    I have much respect for all the parents on this forum looking for resources and ways to connect to others in the sometimes isolating world of Special Education. I'm on the other side of the fence as a teacher of a Special Education classroom for the past 8 years. It has been a true pleasure of...
  7. Toddler & Child
    Parenting a child with anxiety can be a difficult road, and it seems as though more and more children experience some degree of worry. Thankfully many great books exist that help kids navigate anxiety. Consider adding these books to your anxious child's bookshelf: Related: Ask the Expert: What...
  8. Toddler & Child
    Sad as it is, many of our children face anxiety and we want to help them navigate through those feelings in positive ways. We can help our children with these big feelings by giving them positive coping strategies. My son is what many might call a 'closet' anxious person. To know him, he seems...
  9. Family Life
    Self-care is important, and you recognize your need because you often feel tired and run down. But did you know that taking the time to get organized is self-care? I hate clutter. Yet, I seem to somehow live in a perpetual state of it. My countertops are often clean, but my 'piles' of 'put...
  10. Other
    Mothering is hard enough, but for those suffering from the baby blues, it can be downright overwhelming. A new study finds that probiotics may reduce the risk of postpartum depression. According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 1 in 9 U.S. women experience postpartum...
  11. Green Goods
    'Self-Care' is a term many mothers find awkward because we are so used to taking care of others, and often neglect ourselves in the process. But, it's important we take the time for us, and especially important if we're battling depression. When my mother died from breast cancer 14 years ago, I...
  12. Opinion
    The first time I realized that my oldest son may have atypical fears and anxieties was probably when he was a toddler and deathly afraid of the "Happy Birthday" song. (Yeah, the one everyone joyously sings together over a cake at birthday parties.) On multiple occasions, I had to drag him...
  13. Green Goods
    We're getting better at understanding mental illness and health, but there's still so much stigma. Why the hell is that? Let me break it down for you. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article about my depression. Much of it was written while I was mired in the thick bog of it. Often, my words...
  14. Family Life
    As parents, we spend a lot of time thinking about how we're raising our children. But, sometimes I'm struck by how much my children shape me. We want the best for them, and we want them to be good people who grow up to live happy, fulfilling lives. We want them to be healthy, physically strong...
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