I used to see late nights with the kids as the mental-emotional equivalent of a spike-ridden ball and chain. Walking around a dark dwelling half-lidded with the temperament of a menopausal dragon, this “ball and chain” was constantly tripping me up. While my grumpiness seemed necessary, it made the challenges of functioning with a late-night brain fog even more intense. Once I … [Read more...] about Sleepless Nights: A Mother’s Survival Guide
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What your child eats can affect his or her behavior - this is especially true for kids who are hyperactive. Certain foods may help the brain function better by decreasing the symptoms that hyperactive kids have, such as being restless and unable to focus. Sugar and Preservatives While many people believe that sugar is to blame for a child's hyperactivity, no study has ever … [Read more...] about Food for Hyperactive Kids
Depression is a disease, not a weakness. I was heartbroken when I heard about Robin Williams’ death. He lived in my small town of Tiburon, California, and I would see him on occasion at local restaurants like the Buckeye Roadhouse and Luna Blu. I received the sad news right before my family sat down for dinner, and we talked with the kids about how great he was in movies … [Read more...] about Talking to Your Kids About Depression
“There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him to sleep.” - Ralph Waldo EmersonI thought I had it down. Both my babies had been such perfect textbook sleepers, Harvey Karp would have been proud. Swaddle and soothe worked like a charm, as if Sleeping Beauty herself watched over their dreams. But now it’s payback. My children … [Read more...] about Help! My Sleepless Toddler Is Breaking Me!
The following is a guest post by Robert Greenberg, author of How to Listen to Great Music: A Guide to Its History, Culture, and Heart. Ah, bedtime. The kids' teeth are brushed; their pj's are on; the book has been read, and then read again. They have been kissed goodnight. At which point begins THE BIG STALL. "I'm hungry"; "I'm thirsty"; "I need to go to the bathroom"; "I need … [Read more...] about Bedtime Music: 10 Soothing Classical Pieces for Kids