Now that my kids are older, I don't experience the same overwhelming desire for a little peace and quiet that I used to (see moms, it does get better!). However, teenagers and tweens bring their own set of challenges that often takes over the minds of parents. It may appear I have more free time, but my thoughts are preoccupied and can be exhausting too. Whether you have babies, toddlers or teens, if you are a mom, you need to remember to take a break and be mindful of our own well-being. I … [Read more...] about Mindfulness for Moms
Your kids’ life is full of milestones; from saying their very first words to taking their first steps, heading off for their first day of school - and, of course, getting their driver’s license. The last one may be the scariest milestone to most parents, though, as it means that the kid who used to crawl around on the floor now is able to get from A to B in a very fast vehicle - and there is actually nothing more frightening than this. Luckily, they have you as a great parent and patient … [Read more...] about Teaching Your Teen to Drive: The Dos and Don’ts
Read Part Two HERE Teen Suicide Attempt: Day Three Our spirits rose when a familiar face walked through his hospital door. Over five years of IBD treatments, my son and this child life specialist had built a relationship. She heard he was in the hospital from the hospital clown, Ollie, who happened to find us in the critical care unit. The two of them chatted for a bit and then they played a game while I left to grab a coffee. We were waiting to hear when we would change units and she said she … [Read more...] about Teen Suicide Attempt: My Son was Suicidal (part 3 of 3)
Read Part 1 HERE Suicide Attempt: Day Two It was past midnight when my daughter texted that she couldn’t sleep. When I told her to sleep in my bed with Nana, she said she was afraid to wake her up. A text was sent to my mom and she went and got her granddaughter to comfort her through the night. I wished I could be everywhere. Around 4am my husband and I switched places. I tried to sleep but after an hour I gave up and returned to my son’s bedside. In the morning, his potassium was still low … [Read more...] about Suicide Attempt: My Son Was Suicidal (Part 2 of 3)
Teen Suicide Attempt: Day One He scraped the ice off the van window in the morning. It’s not something he usually does, not because he’s unkind but he has ADHD and the needs of others aren’t always at the forefront for him. I noticed the gesture and shared my gratitude, assuming he was responding to my many complaints of being too short to reach the center of the windshield. In hindsight, I believe it was a goodbye. When I picked him up from school he rambled on about his day and mentioned his … [Read more...] about Teen Suicide: My Son Was Suicidal and I Missed It (Part 1 of 3)
The debate about when to get your child the first cell phone is not a new one. I had the same decision to make with my oldest son over a decade ago, although his generation was among the first to have the privilege for cell phones before adulthood! My attitude about when it is okay and what I will allow has definitely changed over the years though. When my oldest was a teenager, I decided that he could have a cell phone when he could pay for it himself, and not before he was sixteen. Since he … [Read more...] about When is the right time to get your child a cell phone?