Mental Health

5 Wordless Ways to Comfort Loved Ones

5 Wordless Ways to Comfort

We all want to comfort the ones we love, especially our children, when they are upset or stressed but not all parents, or all kids, are comfortable talking about feelings. For that matter, a lot of times kids genuinely don’t understand what is upsetting them. There are times that trying to force a conversation makes Read More

The Kindness Challenge

The Kindness Challenge

Some kids were seemingly born kind. Then there’s the other 98%. The organization Kids for Peace has a Kindness Challenge. The goal is to simply be kinder to those around us. I love the idea! See what your family can come up with or try one of these suggestions. Compliment someone. Talk to someone who looks lonely. Do Read More

When Mental Illness Strikes Close to Home

When Mental Illness Strikes Close to Home

When mental illness strikes close to home, it can be hard to know what to do. The first, and sometimes hardest, step is recognizing that it really is mental illness. When mental illness gets scary, it’s more than depression or anxiety. In the cases that impacted our family, it definitely involved delusions and paranoia. Thankfully, it Read More

Misplaced Anger

Misplaced Anger

It’s easy to get angry, even very angry, especially when your kids are stepping on your very last nerve. But consider this, especially if you are getting unusually angry: Is that really why you are mad? A lot of times, our anger isn’t about what has happened or even the way other people are reacting, although Read More

Having the First Responder Gene

Originally published on The Moderate Mom. How would you react in a disaster? Would / do you freeze, panic, or act? I don’t know what the term is, really, but I’ve always thought of it as having the First Responder Gene.  It doesn’t have anything to do with working as a First Responder – EMT Read More

Finding Purpose and Working Toward It

Finding Purpose and Working Toward It

Everyone, no matter how little, has things they haven’t done that they want to do–goals. As we grow up, our goals become more complex and longer term. They advance from grabbing our toes to walking to making people understand us to school and sports goals and eventually getting into college and getting a good job Read More

Learning to Set Goals

Learning to Set Goals

Sit down and either decide on a goal you have or work with your child to set a goal for them to achieve. Write it down. If you have several, put them in order and note if they are for personal, school, family/home, sports, faith, etc. Here are some examples: Personal: I will write a Read More