Teaching Children About Disabilities

Children say the darndest things, don’t they? Have you ever had your child not-so-quietly ask why the man behind you in the grocery line looks the way he does? Did you just wish there was a trap door beneath your feet so you could have easily escape the situation? You’re not alone. Many parents have faced this situation. Because it’s so common, we reached out to family and child therapists and asked them how they recommend we react in this situation. We also asked them to share their thoughts on how we as parents can teach our children about disabilities beforehand. This is some of their advice. Don’t Overreact to the Question Megan Rigdon of Sunny Day Counseling said, “The first, and probably most important, would be to let children ask questions. When your child sees another child who has a physical or mental disability, they will be curious. They may ask, “Why is that boy being so loud?” or “Why can’t that girl move her arms?” Your instinct as a parent will be to hush … [Read more...]

It’s Good To Know How to Talk To Youth About Marijuana

This post is sponsored by Single Edition Media on behalf of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Ahhh… summertime. Sunny days spent at the pool, barbecue cookouts, and a break from school.  Kids are typically left with more freedom and time to hang out with their friends during the summer months.  This makes it an important time to talk to youth about marijuana use. Did you know that according to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, first-time use of most substances, such as drugs and alcohol, among youth peaks during the summer months of June and July? One of the best ways to deter underage retail marijuana use is for informed adults to be prepared to have some honest conversations with youth about the topic.  To assist in this endeavor, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has launched the Good To Know campaign to offer parents free information, tips, and tools. Good To Know ~ Talking To Youth Tips In … [Read more...]

The Drop Dead Scariest Thing at the High Ropes Course

I've known this was coming for about two years now.  It's a rite of passage for all 5th graders at my daughter's elementary school.  At the end of the year, they take a field trip to a High Ropes Course.  One final boost to their self esteem and confidence before tossing them into the Lion's Den (a.k.a. Middle School). Although I typically try to attend all field trips, I had made the conscious choice to *not* witness this.  I trusted them to keep the kids safe.  I just didn't think I could watch it. I made it half way through my work morning, before I broke down and headed over to the high ropes course.  I'm so glad I did. The Right Stuff Who knew these kids had this in them?  I've been around the majority of them since kindergarten, and have a beat on most of their personalities.  But I did not see this coming. To be honest, when I pulled up it didn't look like much.  After parking and walking in for  closer view it hit me.  That high ropes course was incredibly scary. … [Read more...]

Personal Wellness Time is NOT Being Selfish

This post was sponsored by Massage Envy as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.  I recently had a conversation with a friend, where we compared notes on paying attention to our personal wellness.  She commented, "I need certain things to take good care of myself - to reduce stress, and to keep myself feeling well and happy. It took me until my 40's to not feel guilty about that, but to just embrace it.  Boy, is it liberating!" As I've gotten older, I'm finally reaching this stage myself.   And I've learned a thing or two about how important total body care is.   I work hard.  And that daily emotional and physical wear and tear needs some wellness counter balance. Without guilt.   Without feeling like I'm being selfish.  It's time I invest in myself, in order to stay happy and healthy... for both myself and my family.  Everybody wins. We all have our routines that help us feel better.  Be it exercise, eating healthy foods, having some quiet "me" time,  … [Read more...]

What Every Woman Should Know About #BreastCancerAwareness

During the upcoming month of October, you will hopefully see some buzz about it being the month of Breast Cancer Awareness.  This may come in the form of spotting the pink ribbon which serves as an emblem of sorts, a friend or coworker wearing an inordinate amount of pink, or perhaps in a blog post like this one. Honestly, I typically pay no mind to such things.  But thanks to a timely nudge from Tieks, who has teamed with the American Cancer Society to help promote awareness during October, I realized just how important this informational campaign is and decided to join in. Because 1 in 8 women in the  United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. What? Scary.  BUT... the good news is: When breast cancer is detected early in the localized stage, the 5 year survival rate is over 95%. Ok, now do you see why supporting your pink sisters this month is such a good bandwagon to jump on?   That even though breast self-exams, clinical exams, and … [Read more...]

Letting Go Of Regret

Something happened to me today that I'm still digesting, but it promises to be a heavy weight lifted off my shoulders. After 20 years of regret, someone told me something today that allowed me to let it go. Many moons ago, I was riding a horse on the last stretch towards home, along a paved road. A nearby sprinkler system fired up, sounding eerily like a hissing snake, and spooked my horse. He proceeded to throw me, resulting in my landing flat onto my hip (and elbow) in the middle of the concrete. Ouch. In the ensuing circus, my teenaged riding friend dismounted, captured my bolting horse, and came close enough to me that her now-also-freaked-out horse could take a big, splattering pee on the road, up slope from me. Which then proceeded to trickle downhill towards me. I, of course, couldn't move. Talk about adding insult to injury.  Although it sounds like a semi-comical scene in retrospect, at the time it was a hot mess of pain, chaos, and general unpleasantness. I was in my … [Read more...]

Death by Cartwheel…My Cruel Dose of Reality

As summer winds down, changes have been slowly settling in for me. As a family, we've been trying to enjoy the warm days outdoors. Recently we found ourselves at a state park with a fishing pond and large, lush-grassy area perfect for gymnastics. (Because hard as we try, we just don't have "lush-grassy areas" at our house.) So my 9 year old was playing one of the things she loves to play best: gymnastics, on that inviting lawn. Overcome by a spirit of whimsy, I felt the need to join her... and spontaneously launched into a cartwheel. A little background. I used to be able to do cartwheels effortlessly. But it's been a long, long time since I tried to engage in one, and I have a bad hip from a horse injury long ago.   So although I executed my cartwheel nearly flawlessly… it almost killed me. To the tune of a sharp burst of pain in my leg and hip, and a sickening “POP!!” sound. Holy painful, Batman! Subsequent googling on my phone came up with a diagnosis that matched … [Read more...]

Spy Escape ~ Safety & Survival Live Training in Denver, CO [50% Discount Code]

Former CIA Officer Jason Hanson has gathered his best safety and survival tips, and is offering to teach them to you and your loved ones.  The founder of Spy Escape, Jason will be hosting a live seminar featuring his safety and survival training in Denver, Colorado. Being safe in today's world continues to be an ever growing concern.  Threats range from everyday crime and violence, to trying to avoid identify theft, to keeping your family safe while traveling.  Because of this fact, this training really caught my interest and attention. Jason Hanson has received extremely valuable CIA training in his past, has culled the best and most relevant tactics for families to be aware of, and is offering to train you in a relaxed and fun environment – no intimidating, military style. As seen on both Shark Tank and the Rachel Ray Show, Jason Hanson is using his Spy Escape and Evasion seminar to reveal safety and survival secrets that 99% of Americans will never know.  These secrets … [Read more...]

Taking Back My Home (Re-Embracing My Inner Neat Freak…)

"Ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee... *perpetually messy house*!"  I believe I've officially reached my breaking point with my never tidy house.   For the sake of my sanity, I've decided that it's time I take back my home! I know certain things about myself, like the fact that I lean towards being a perfectionist, and harbor neat freak tendencies.  But I didn't want my kids to grow up in fear of their mom's obsessive compulsive need to have everything exactly in its precise place, at all times. So around the time when our children entered the scene, I slowly but deliberately let go of any presumptions of being house proud.  "It's no longer realistic, nor practical", I told myself.  "To be a Good Mom, you need to be more laid back, and not care about things like the house being a disaster.  That's just your family's life happening around you." These are the things I'd try and reassure myself with.  And yet recently I've found my nerves more and more frayed by … [Read more...]

Huggies MomInspired $15,000 Grant for Entrepreneurs

Just wanted to pass along this cool opportunity to my readers!  Do any of you have one of those great ideas for an innovative business or product, that just needs a little starter money?   Huggies will be selecting up to 12 people to be awarded a $15,000 grant, to use towards pursuing their idea which will "make parents lives easier".   I love this! Note that this program is NOT limited to moms, or even women.  Here are the details on how to apply, and to those who do...  GREAT JOB!  I wish you all the best! *o*     *o*     *o* Huggies MomInspired Grant Program is conducting their annual search for Best New Products Inspired by Parents and Babies. Is your little bundle of joy your greatest source of inspiration? Huggies is encouraging innovative parents to apply for the Huggies® MomInspired® Grant Program. The Huggies MomInspired Grant Program – now in its fourth year – is here to help turn those dreams into a reality. Applications are being accepted at … [Read more...]