anxiety, communicating with your kids, coping skills, family, Getting to Know You, health & wellness, Mental Health, My Story, Parenting, pediatric mental health, self esteem in children

I do it ALL for My WHY?

What gives us PASSION, what gives us ENERGY to keep moving forward? What is your WHY??

anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, communicating with your kids, coping skills, Mental Health, Parenting, pediatric mental health, self esteem in children

YOU’RE WRONG!! That’s not it at all….

  The kindergartener that knows the right answer, but won't raise his hand. The 7th grader that goes to the nurse for a "bandaid" a little too often. The student with a headache before math class EVERY day. The kid that just keeps making jokes and disturbing class. The 2nd grader that STOPPED and put… Continue reading YOU’RE WRONG!! That’s not it at all….

anxiety, asthma, candida, constipation, coping skills, eczema, exercise, food allergies, Getting to Know You, health & wellness, leaky gut, Mental Health, Nutrition, obesity, stomach pain, stress, weight loss, yeast allergy

How the hell did that happen? 50 pounds later…

Growing up as an athlete, weight was not a problem... until my teen years. I stayed fit multiple ways; there was soccer, gymnastics, swimming, roller skating and ice skating, field hockey, tennis, weight training and the list goes on. As an adult, I controlled my weight by eating healthy, walking, weight training, waitressing, bartending, nursing,… Continue reading How the hell did that happen? 50 pounds later…

anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, doTERRA, Essential Oils, health & wellness, Mental Health, pediatric mental health, Vetiver

Experiment #1: Essential Oils (doTERRA Vetiver)

Hi friends! I'm so excited to share my journey with essential oils with you. I started using doTerra CPTG Essential Oils about a month ago, and I. AM. HOOKED. And calmer. More focused. More grounded. More aware. And, thankfully, less stressed. So, what have we been using so far?  The standard trio that everyone has heard of: lavender,… Continue reading Experiment #1: Essential Oils (doTERRA Vetiver)

anxiety, coping skills, family, family communication, Mental Health, Parenting, pediatric mental health, self esteem in children, stress

Stress…Are we setting a good example?

It changes how we act. It changes how we think. It changes our decision making. It changes how people perceive us.

anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, coping skills, Mental Health, Parenting, pediatric mental health, self esteem in children, Uncategorized

Write his teacher a letter… A lesson I wish I learned sooner

It was so well received, I knew I should have done it sooner.... Oh, well... We all live and learn. Letting your child's teacher know what to expect when you have a child with challenges like ADHD, Anxiety, learning disabilities, Depression, etc. can make such a difference in your child's school year. Don't hesitate to… Continue reading Write his teacher a letter… A lesson I wish I learned sooner

anxiety, communicating with your kids, death, family communication, Family time, pediatric mental health

What to tell the kids when Grandpa is sick… and isn’t going to get better

Keeping kids informed helps them understand what is going on. Kids know when things aren't quite right in the family. So, keeping important information from them can actually be more harmful than protective. So, what do you tell your little one when Grandpa is sick? You tell them the truth, on their level, of course.… Continue reading What to tell the kids when Grandpa is sick… and isn’t going to get better

anxiety, death, Getting to Know You, Mental Health

DEATH

Death.... it changes everything... Your perspective. Your actions. Your emotions. Your daily thoughts. Your goodbyes. EVERYTHING. High school was when I experienced the death of a friend for the first time. It changes you. Kevin had leukemia. All he wanted to do was graduate from HS, he made it to April. I WAS SO MAD!… Continue reading DEATH

anxiety, Child Safety, coping skills, Mental Health, Parenting, Uncategorized

Helping Children Deal with Disaster

With all of the news coverage of Hurricane Sandy, aka "Frankenstorm" I thought I should write a post about helping children deal with natural disasters. So, how can you help your child go through a stressful event and minimize worry and concern? The most important thing to do is stay calm. Children look to the… Continue reading Helping Children Deal with Disaster

anxiety, coping skills, Mental Health, self esteem in children

Anxiety in children and teens….could it be their environment?

Can children suffer from anxiety? YES, absolutely! Can it interfere with everyday life and their overall well being? Again, YES, absolutely!!! Do they tell us they are anxious?? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Children and teens are not able to recognize signs and symptoms of anxiety. Most children are not mature enough to verbalize these unknown, uncontrollable and… Continue reading Anxiety in children and teens….could it be their environment?