So now I’m seeing a therapist who sits in her chair and listens to me for an hour. Last week during my second therapy session, I asked the question… “Why do I need behavior therapy?” Therapist’s response, “Because we need to focus on your behavior. Not the thoughts or feelings that cause the behavior”.
Boy, did that make any sense to you? Surely makes no sense to me. Why not first study my thoughts and feelings, because obviously it’s these thoughts and feelings that are causing… Continue
Added by Carolyn Carter on November 6, 2012 at 8:00am —
A few of you out there may have a teenage boy. I personally have a 14 year old boy and am constantly stunned (and puzzled) how his behavior contrasts that of his older sister. I mean, I know there is of course a difference between boys and girls but this to me seems weird: he is embarrassed to wear sunscreen. Is your son/grandson the same way?
My most recent blog post provides a little bit of an overview of his distain for… Continue
Added by Diane Reiter on July 18, 2012 at 10:42pm —
. . . I get to forget there are kids and diapers and housework and work-work and all that other crap. I get to lose myself in the music with the man I fell in love with.
NEWSFLASH: OLD LADY GOES DANCING, FATAL
My tween: Where are you and daddy going?
Me: We're going to a club.
Added by Vanita on June 4, 2011 at 2:38pm —
With 13 y/o and 10 y/o daughters the topic of bodies and their ever-changing state seem to be daily discussions. I don't mind. I grew up with a fantastic mom who let me ask anything and honest answers were given. (It was really up to my comfort level in what I wanted to ask.) Continue
I'm doing my best with my answers (thank you American Girl "The Care & Keeping Of You" !) but sometimes it…
Added by Ann Harrison on June 2, 2011 at 10:18pm —
Okay, so I need new shoes for spring. Not just, "Gee, I'd like to have new shoes because it's spring." I really need new shoes because my ... [READ MORE] Football Widow
Added by Catherine on March 29, 2011 at 9:37am —
SAVED BY LOVE
Time needs to freeze, it needs to stop! My little girl is growing up faster than I had ever imagined. It seems like yesterday I received the news sitting at the women's… Continue
Added by Heather Shaw Riggleman on January 19, 2011 at 10:08am —
The Dove Self-Esteem Weekend is almost upon us.
This Friday, October 22 to Sunday, October 24th. I have four hours of girl time scheduled with the teens on Sunday. Scheduled, because we'll be baby free. :-D
Painting nails, styling hair, going through the closet and figuring out
what's needed for the winter wardrobe, what's out, what goes together
and just chatting.
It's pretty hard to get things done when there's a 2
years old running around and a… Continue
Added by Vanita on October 21, 2010 at 7:30am —
Shame on Walmart!
The photo above was taken at our local Super Walmart this weekend. I spotted this shirt as we headed for…
Added by Angela on July 26, 2010 at 10:39pm —
There has been a clear move away from Americana and surf-and-skate fashion trends to fast-fashion shopping, made accessible by H&M, Forever21 and Zara. The problem is specialty chain
retailers have yet to adapt to the idea that teens today aren’t simply wearing
the usual style. Continue Reading...…
Added by Julia Angel on July 15, 2010 at 7:36pm —
Mom, can we give PRETTY GIRL a ride to the movies tomorrow?”
“Sure,” I responded absently, typing away on my computer.
I knew my son Josh had arranged for a group of friends to go see Toy Story 3 the next day and I often cart his friends around for their various social engagements, so I didn’t give his request another thought.
Until I was blow-drying my hair the next morning, that is.
You know how it goes. You’re… Continue
Added by Holly Bowne on July 1, 2010 at 11:12pm —
Have you ever noticed that parents tend to focus a lot on "firsts"?
We celebrate the first time our baby lifts his head.
The first time she rolls over.
The first word, first tooth, first step.
Then as they grow older, it's…
His first boy-girl party.
Her first dance.
First date, first zit (devastating!), first time behind the wheel of a car.
The other day, I was cleaning out my planner pockets and… Continue
Added by Holly Bowne on May 18, 2010 at 8:20am —
I've started going through pictures of my daughter from infancy up till now. Eighteen years worth. I’m doing this in preparation for the graduation party video I was going to create (now she is), and for the surprise scrapbook I'm making for her to take to college with her. (No longer a surprise because I accidentally mentioned it and now she keeps removing any pictures where she thinks she looks the least bit funny. Like this one: …
Added by Holly Bowne on April 22, 2010 at 11:40am —
It sounded like a good idea at the time. Continue
I had read an article about these super-cool magnetic bumper stickers, CAUTION NEW DRIVER, and thought to myself. What a brilliant idea! Whenever I'm having my newly permitted child practice driving skills, I'll just slap it onto the back of the ol' van. Then all the other kindly drivers will be instantaneously aware and think to themselves, "Oh, look. How sweet, a new driver. I'll give him a nice, wide berth so he has plenty of room as he…
Added by Holly Bowne on February 27, 2010 at 8:28pm —
If you missed "Welcome to Suburbia: As the Neighbors Turn (Episode 1)" click here. Continue
For the rest of you, if you recall, I left off in my story with the hand model who had just moved in behind us.
Well, I noticed whenever my hubs was outside working in the yard with the kids, the hand model would always come up to the fence for a chat or bearing an invitation to a pool party she…
Added by Holly Bowne on February 12, 2010 at 7:21pm —
I try to keep up with the postings here, but I don't get the chance to post a lot (kids, homeschool, ACTs, etc). I wanted to invite you all to my latest series of postings on my other blog at http://myvidamocha.com
. This set of postings is called "The Truth Series." It's all about things we may not want to hear but are definitely the truth - things that if we take to heart, can change us or someone we know. Please stop by and take a look. Thanks and keep up the… Continue
Added by Gail on November 19, 2009 at 9:19pm —
It's an interview of me on Youtube
Please watch it. Pass on the link. Tell Oprah. :-)
Let me know what you think.
Added by Kate McLaughlin on July 24, 2008 at 9:00am —
MYTH # 10
…parents will know if their teen is depressed…
Unlike other mental health issues, like panic attacks or mania, depression can be harder to identify.
Teens, as they seek independence and autonomy, try to disguise their troubles, especially around their parents and other adults.
Parents often minimize or ignore their kids’ symptoms, attributing them to normal adolescent angst.
It’s tough to sort it all… Continue
Added by Kate McLaughlin on July 22, 2008 at 9:00am —
If a teen is depressed, everyday activities and goals can seem overwhelming and unreachable. In trying to encourage our kids to do more, we may be causing more harm than good. This leads us to our next commonly held misbelief:
…resuming normal routines helps depressed kids get better faster…
Parents (and I was terribly guilty of this for a very long time) often assume that their teen is out of sorts because he stopped participating in… Continue
Added by Kate McLaughlin on July 21, 2008 at 9:00am —
I am often asked about gender in relation to serious mental illnesses.
Here are the facts:
~ Bipolar disorder strikes males and females evenly.
~ Schizophrenia affects males 1.4 times as often as it affects females, according to a 2005 report in Schizophrenia Bulletin.
~ Depression strikes women twice as often as men.
This destroys the long-held MYTH #8
…depression affects teenage boys and girls… Continue
Added by Kate McLaughlin on July 20, 2008 at 9:00am —
…Antidepressants are unsuitable for teenagers…
This mistaken assumption is killing young people!
In 2004 the US FDA and several other countries required that antidepressants carry a ‘ black label’ warning of their association with an increased risk of suicidal thinking, feeling and behavior in children and adolescents.
This single action incited a steep drop in antidepressant prescriptions for young people — followed almost immediately… Continue
Added by Kate McLaughlin on July 19, 2008 at 9:00pm —