If your child is anxious often or only on certain occasions our go-to Board Certified Pediatrician, Dr. Deepa Sukumar, offers advice to help calm them (and you too). Because don't we know that an anxious child can upset the whole family dynamic.
Empathize often- Anxiety can be paralyzing for a child. Empathizing with your child who feels anxious is essential. This makes them understand they are not alone and you will guide them through it.
Preview anxiety provoking situations - Consider touring new places (like camps, schools) with your child ahead of time if your child has social anxiety.
Set clear expectations - It is essential to have similar expectations for anxious children that you have for non-anxious children. However, it is helpful to proceed at a slower pace and make some accommodations for them. Also help your child break a big task into smaller tasks that he/she can accomplish. You can also help with role-play or act out possible ways how your child can handle a difficult situation. Setting clear expectations and helping your child create appropriate benchmarks to meet those expectations teaches your child she/he can work through anxious feelings.
Practice reframing - Anxious thought cycle is overwhelming because it causes feelings of helplessness. When anxiety occurs, the child is caught in a cycle of "what ifs" and "I can'ts". Anxious kids tend to engage in a variety of cognitive distortions such as black and white thinking and overgeneralizing. Carve out regular time to work on the positive reframing of the mind. It works like this -
* Name the worry that is floating around in your brain right now.
* What is the worry telling you?
* Let's break it down and see if that worry is 100 % right.
* How can we take that worrying thought and make it into a positive thought?
Model confidence- Children register anxiety radiating from parents. Try to be mindful of what you model through your words and body language. Work on your anxiety issue if it that is a concern. And always, get sound sleep, eat healthy meals together, drink plenty of water, and outdoor free play all help combat anxiety in your child.
If you need to reach a Pediatrician immediately, Dr. Sukumar is available via secure video for medical advice. You can reach out to her via her website www.gracemdconnect.com.
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Our go-to Board Certified Pediatrician, Dr. Deepa Sukumar, has some useful information on anxiety in children. She outlines some important facts every parent should know.
You can connect with Dr. Sukumar anywhere in the U.S. by going to gracemdconnect.com or call/ text her at 844-230-3300. She offers vital urgent care for your child 24/7.
Anxiety in children - important facts
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Do you sometimes forget what happened last week or people's names or where you put your keys? Did you know your latest technology go-to is probably hindering your ability to recall and remember? Would you like to improve your memory?
Research studied and compared college students who took classroom notes with their laptops and college students who took notes with a good ole pen and paper. Guess which ones fared better in retaining the information short term and long term? The ones who used pen and paper.
There are parts of the mind that become engaged when the words are written thus activating areas essential to memory and understanding. The mind disengages to an extent when digital technology used instead. It has been said that even Bill Gates didn't let his kids use technology until much later in life. Hmm...something to think about.
Something else worth noting is my "adopted" Grandmother, Grammie Shirley. She could remember soo many things. Her memory was sharp even into her 90s. She wrote EVERYTHING down. She had notebooks and more notebooks. All with hand written notes on them - who called that day, what they talked about, phone numbers, little tidbits of information. She had a better memory than people half her age.
I'm telling ya peeps, it's a neurological make-up that we are wired to be less "digitally connected" and more hands on in our lives. It's good for the memory and it's good for life too.
Handwriting = better memory! No substitute for it. You can jot that one down in your journal.
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"Reduce, recycle, reuse." I heard that mantra in my growing up years and it has stuck throughout my adult years. Today you get to see some great kitchen hacks that a reader sent me. These will help you reduce waste and reuse common items that usually get tossed in the trash.
The first tip has to do with all those cracker plastic bags that come inside the cardboard box (think Triscuit or Cheez It). Usually these get tossed. Well, waste no more. You can use them to store your opened cheese blocks instead of using the zip up plastic storage bags. They hold your cheese just as well and keep it fresh.
Keep your cheese block in its original packaging (as best you can), wrap it in the empty plastic cracker packaging, and put in fridge. Not only have you saved the expense of a bag but you have also reused - all at once.
The second tip is really handy if you have trouble with keeping your recipes in place. Recipes come in all sizes - in the newspaper, a magazine, in the mail, at the grocery store, from a PTA mom, you name it. How can you keep your recipe where you can read it and it doesn't fall down or blow away? This is one of those "why didn't I think about that?" solutions. Are you ready? Tape the recipe to your cupboard or microwave or even your wall. Depending on where your kitchen working space is. It's genius! It works!
Be careful what kind of tape you use though. Depending on your cabinet or the type of tape it might take some of your cabinet off with it when you take the recipe down. Mine didn't but just be aware.
Making your life better and your family time more meaningful - that's what we are in business for. Enjoy your hacks!!
Send us more of your tips! We like them, we like them!
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Every once in a while you come across a show, an article, or a program and you can sense how genuine or authentic it is. Today I want to share with you a podcast by a husband and wife team who discuss just about everything. No subject is off the table nor are their discussions off color.
If you're looking for something to listen to on your way home or while you're cooking dinner or before you retire for the night (which is what my husband and I did), tune in to this show. It's called The Winding Road Home - because every now and then life takes you on some unexpected curves.
You can find their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/thewindingroadhome/
Enjoy the treat!
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The Jackson brothers in the 1980s recorded a song titled, "Somebody's Watching Me." I'm not sure about back then but certainly today the likelihood of someone watching you is very high if you own a smart phone.
Even the pictures you take and post can be traced right back to your house or the location you took them. Sound a bit disturbing? It is. In the last week I've read a couple of good articles about getting off Google's grid, if you will.
Some people think they have taken the precautions to stay undetected but surprise, surprise they are not. Want to get off the radar? Then read on.
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#angels #books #whereisyourangel #angelwatchingoverme #kids
Have you ever noticed how you can think of something and before you know it you're smiling? We want to put smiles on your faces so we compiled a list of "smile worthy moments." These are things that make not just our face smile but our hearts smile too. See if you agree.
Our Top Ten Things Today:
1. The smell and feel of freshly laundered sheets.
2. The warm sun kissing our face.
3. A child's sweet embrace.
4. A card in the mail from a dear friend.
5. Dark chocolate.
6. A photograph of a treasured memory.
7. Someone else doing the dishes.
8. The aroma of fresh brewed coffee.
9. Planning get togethers.
10. Giving compliments.
What's on your top ten list? Let us know!
Smiles are contagious. Spread some happy today.
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Is your wedding dress still hanging in your closet? Are you torn between keeping it, selling it, or just not sure what to do with it? There is a worthy organization that does something very special with wedding dresses. It honors both your dress and the receiver.
The organization is called Care Wear. They take wedding dresses and make baby dresses out of them for preemies, stillborns, and other little ones in the hospital. There are 500+ hospitals around the country that accept donations if you can not find a Care Wear organization near you.
I donated my beautiful wedding dress. The volunteer who took it suffered the loss of a baby 40 years ago. Her testimony made me cry. She was soo grateful to receive the dress and told me that they make dresses for stillborns and the need is great. Who knew? I was glad to be able to do my small part.
If you have a wedding dress or know someone who does, please share this blog or tell them about Care Wear (carewear.org).
What you wore on your happiest of days will be the most beautiful gown a baby will ever wear. That gesture of kindness to a family in their hour of pain will bring them gratitude because someone cared.
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...when they're with other people. Anyone else relate? I know you do because I've talked to you and we've shared the same sentiment. We've even languished together over our paradox.
Why is that? Maybe our kids are soo comfortable being around us they let loose and are without restraint. Maybe it's us. Maybe we scrutinize their every move that we don't see the good they do as easily as others notice. Could be a combination of both.
Possibly we expect more from them because, after all, they are our kids. In a way they represent us and our family. Their behavior reflects on us for good or bad. And maybe we just want some peace and quiet in the house and they don't know what that looks like because we are juggling so many balls.
My Mom and Aunt stay the night when my husband and I go away. I think they watch the neighbors kids. Because the kids they describe - those sweet angels - my husband and I don't recognize. Those angels they describe get out of bed and get ready for school without a peep being told to them. They do their morning routine early enough to even watch tv before school. ALL without being told once what to do.
Now when it's just us, there are several attempts to rally the troops out of bed. Then comes the circus of getting dressed. Let alone getting breakfast on the table and eaten; backpacks and lunch boxes packed; teeth brushed and out the door without huffing and puffing to get to school before it starts. Go figure!
Thinking about this I'm learning to cut myself some slack. In reality, if they are going to be angels anywhere I would rather it be with others. I will love them whether they act like the devil or not. Others love is more conditional. And that "p" word - "patience" - maybe that's what they need more of from me.
Love 'em and keep 'em - angels or not - they are ours. It's a paradox of parenting.
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Don't you just love good news? It lifts your spirits and gives you hope in the present and for the future. Well, yesterday offered the best news the world has ever known and we have a poem to cap off the Easter weekend.
We posted it last year and it was such a hit here it is again for you to soak in and relish the good news.
by Evangeline B. White
The day started somber on the way to the tomb.
Spices in hand, grieving hearts, a sense of doom.
The earth shook suddenly, a violent quake.
An angel came down and some noise he did make.
The guards were first to see this marvelous sight.
As the stone was rolled away by the angel's might.
Like dead men the guards froze and fell.
Then scurried to the priests their story to tell.
The women went in to the tomb to see
Their Savior called Jesus from Galilee.
His body was gone. The tomb was empty.
Two angels appeared and said, “He is risen from the dead!”
In wonder the women went out to tell the men
What they heard, saw, and where they had been.
In amazement Peter and John ran ahead,
To see if it was just as the women had said.
Inside the tomb only linen clothes lay,
Folded and neat; then the men went away.
Jesus appeared to the women with greetings.
Then along the road and in the midst of a meeting.
Jesus is alive and holds in His hand,
Keys to death and hell, under His command.
Good news to all, to all who will hear.
The Savior has risen, no need to fear.
Respond to His knock and answer His call.
His blood paid the price once and for all.
You can find the stories in this poem outlined in Matt. 28, Luke 24, John 20, Rev. 1:18
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