The babies are finally asleep. It's the middle of the day. Maybe I can squeeze in that shower I've been wanting to take since yesterday morning. Continue
I turn the hot water knob, water sluices toward the wall, the inviting tap tap tap calling to me well before the water is warm enough. I ready my towel, brush my hair. I leave the door open, just in case. Just in case something happens, I'll be able to hear the babies. Everything should be just fine, right? They sleep for at least an…
Added by Darlena Cunha on December 17, 2010 at 11:43am —
Test is a loaded word and most children know it. While some shrug off the implications of it, others fret and obsess, giving them test taking anxiety. This anxiety, while having many ill effects, most immediately hampers the child’s test taking abilities and reflects upon test scores, which can then inaccurately reflect the child’s knowledge over a subject matter. This uphill battle does not have to be fought alone; parents can help their children with test taking… Continue
Added by Heather Green on November 14, 2010 at 10:57am —
Yesterday I was telling my husband that I don't ever remember our other two kids being so connected to me as a baby, as in connected at the hip
. Of course they loved their 'Mommy'
still do as teenagers, but have funny ways of showing it
and wanted to be with me, but this is a bit different.
With Hudson, if I stand up and attempt to walk out of the room, I have a whining combat crawler right behind me. It's quite pitiful, to say the least.… Continue
Added by Molly on November 3, 2010 at 6:34pm —
I am so inspired by my daughters desire, and actual action, of playing Volleyball this year. I've spent so many years on the sidelines, wishing that I had the nerve to get out there and play. Most of my life I've had severe anxiety and couldn't make myself take that first step. But, if I had the nerve, I would have loved to be a… Continue
Added by Ann Harrison on October 2, 2010 at 10:30pm —
I haven’t been to the dentist in four years. Now, I realize some of you just read that sentence and went slack-jawed and wide-eyed as if I told you I grind up puppies in a food mill. I’m quite aware that in some social circles, missing four years of dental appointments is akin to setting libraries on fire. But in my defense, I don’t particularly care for dental exams, which I feel is reason enough to let my teeth rot-out. That, and my mom is… Continue
Added by BuenoBaby on September 22, 2010 at 2:44pm —
Added by Jennifer Muscato on September 15, 2010 at 9:01pm —
Cutie Pie has been going to preschool camp for several weeks now. We've had a huge experience with separation anxiety as a result. The first day he clinged to me for almost 45 minutes before the teacher could pry him off of me for him to experience the two hours at… Continue
Added by Tricia Isham on July 22, 2010 at 4:31pm —
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Added by Peggy Poyser on July 22, 2010 at 10:57am —
Parenting is just like sport. Just without the sponsorships (bummer).
I remember doing… Continue
Added by Jodie Ansted on June 30, 2010 at 9:37am —
A new study has linked chocolate with depression once again. The article merely tells us what our intuition already knew, and the fact that chocolate makes us feel better at some point in our lives isn't exactly news. But how does chocolate make us feel better? Why? What's the reason we tend to crave chocolate more during PMS? The article was so unbelievably incomplete that I felt compelled to provide additional information.
The researchers hum and haw about the… Continue
Added by Lisa Benton on May 10, 2010 at 12:52pm —
I take on too much. I know that about myself, can't help it and then I pay the price. I push, push, push and eventually I push too far and the world starts spinning and I don’t mean figuratively. I mean I wake up in the middle of the night and feel like I am on the Teacups at Disneyland. Every time it happens I react like Redd Foxx. This is the big one and grab at my chest while quickly running through all the people who will wake up the next morning to hear the news. Not you people of course,… Continue
Added by Stefanie Mullen on October 1, 2009 at 12:01pm —
I joined the writers fan page The Nervous Breakdown a few months back because some of my Myspace friends who, like me, are whoring around Facebook now, and joined the group. If you can’t find me, I go where the traffic goes. Lemming is my maiden name. But I changed it to Kehoe just before puberty because what anxious Catholic girl doesn’t want to go through adolescence being called Keyhole???… Continue
Added by Amy Musing on September 29, 2009 at 10:00am —
I’ve been feeling anxious lately. Unsettled. Discombobulated, even. And if you’ve ever been combobulated, you know how unsettling the opposite of THAT can be. I’m only saying.
Perhaps it is the heat. Here I am hard at work inside, while the sun is shining away outside, all, “Come out and PLAY, cave dweller!” And I’m like, “Don’t interrupt! RUDE.”
Perhaps it is the sounds of imminent summer pressing against my bedroom window. The first wave of summer bugs and their… Continue
Added by Cat Lambson on April 27, 2009 at 5:57pm —
Anticipate the unexpected.
ALWAYS set up contingency plans just in case.
~ If one of us is delayed, we'll send a text message notifying the others.
~ If we get split up at the mall, here's the time and place we'll meet.
~ If you get locked out of the house, get the… Continue
Added by Kate McLaughlin on April 16, 2009 at 8:00am —
Here it is...the latest in a series of stress reduction tips based on research done at Texas Women's University
Eliminate or restrict the amount of caffeine in your diet.
I Know! I Know!
Just last Friday I told you about the benefits of coffee
, and now I'm telling you to limit or eliminate caffeine.
Added by Kate McLaughlin on April 9, 2009 at 8:00am —
When you have an appointment or firm commitment, allot 15 extra minutes to get where you need to be.
Traffic snarls and unexpected events happen all the time. Don't let them throw off your plans and cause unnecessary stress.
If you're traveling by air, plan to arrive at the airport one hour before domestic departures.
And ALWAYS carry reading material.
..if you spend… Continue
Added by Kate McLaughlin on April 2, 2009 at 9:00am —
Stop pulling your hair out!
Don’t put up with things that don’t work right.
If it can be repaired, do so.
If not, get rid of it.
First, identify and make a list
of life's little annoyances that continue to cause you aggravation. Write down things like the light bulb that blew out on the front porch, broken shoelaces, an alarm clock that isn't reliable,… Continue
Added by Kate McLaughlin on March 17, 2009 at 12:00pm —
If it's predictable -- and many things are -- plan for it.
Take care of "to-dos" before they turn into crises, emergencies or late fees.
Don’t let the gas tank get below a quarter tank.
In the event of a rushed morning before work, or worse yet, a real emergency, you won't have to make another stop; and you'll… Continue
Added by Kate McLaughlin on March 16, 2009 at 9:30am —
What's more challenging: Being a Teen or Raising a Teen?
The teenage years are a time of transition for both parent and child as each struggles with boundaries of dependence, responsibility and independence. We learn what is ours and what is not. But lets face it, parents have the advantage of years of wisdom and experience, while teens are just getting started.
Teens can be overwhelmed by waves of normal emotional and physical changes as they navigate… Continue
Added by Kate McLaughlin on March 13, 2009 at 8:00pm —