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Personal Growth

Surviving the Holidays for Parents

For expectant and new parents, the holidays can take on a new meaning. Watching the joy your children experience is fantastic, but it can also come with some added stress. Below are a few tips to help you keep the HAPPY in your Holidays:

  • Take a look at your expectations. If you are hoping for the holiday season to go perfectly, you might be setting yourself up for disappointment. Instead, aim for success on a smaller scale.
  • Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Children are notoriously cranky on big holidays and can become overwhelmed. This often sets parents up for disappointment. Try spreading out your holiday festivities over the whole season – this will give you and your family a chance to enjoy time together and create memories outside of the pressures of the actual holiday.
  • Create new family traditions. This is your chance to develop holiday traditions that feel right for your family and are based on what you and your children can handle.
  • Be as kind to yourself as you are to others. Take extra special care of yourself. This means asking for help when needed, indulging in some alone time, and sticking with things that recharge YOUR battery rather than casting them to the side during the holiday season.
  • Change the boundaries if they are not working. Schlepping your family all over town on the holidays just might not work for you anymore. Try to make decisions that are best for you and your immediate family. Pick and choose what obligations are the most important and which can be let go of. Just remember as you change your boundaries family and friends may be resistant.
  • Consider Professional Support

If you feel like you are depressed, anxious, or just not as happy as you would like, consider trying counseling. If needed, getting support for yourself is the best gift you can give to your family. South Bay Wellness is here for you as a service provider or a referral source.

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Being Thankful

Being thankful and showing appreciation are key factors of our Gratitude Challenge. Join us on our facebook page during the month of November and tell us what you are grateful for in a comment. Saying “thank you” is a great way to show appreciation, but it doesn’t have to mean something monumental. Here are 10 creative ways to give thanks to those who mean the most:

  • Write a poem.
  • Play their favorite song or make a custom playlist.
  • Cook their favorite dinner.
  • Breakfast in bed!
  • Write a handwritten letter.
  • Pay it forward- make a donation in their name.
  • Use your talents- are you crafty? Draw or make them something.
  • Put a sweet note in their lunch.
  • Take a picture together.
  • Keep a list of all the things they’ve done that you appreciate, and deliver on a decorated paper or card.

A little goes a long way. Let someone know how much you appreciate them today!

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October is Bullying Prevention Month

We have compiled information for bullying prevention and resolution to help you and your child have the healthiest and happiest experiences. Tactics to reduce bullying include mindfulness. The technique has shown to reduce reactive behavior, and also helps all parties involved to develop a greater awareness of their role in bullying. Read on here for more information: https://www.mindful.org/using-mindfulness-to-reduce-bullying/ Using Mindfulness to Reduce Bullying - Mindful www.mindful.org Bakosh and Houlihan hope that the Inner Explorer programs will be implemented in schools in all 50 states within the next year. To date, there are instructors in 111 .. Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center indicates the immediate victim of bullying isn’t the only one affected by harassment. Bystanders and witnesses are more likely to use drugs and alcohol. http://www.pacer.org/bullying/resources/facts.asp ...

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Some musical inspiration

If a music video about stepping away from electronics doesn’t get you excited, we’re not sure what will.

Not only cute, but also educational; this video reveals the truths about our societies dependence on electronics.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfUD0WhE264

From One Second To The Next

It may be one of the biggest rules of the century- no texting while driving, but how many of us can honestly say we obey? If you weren’t serious about abiding to this law before, you will be after watching this video.  

A documentary that uses personal experiences to reveal the crude consequences of texting while driving, From One Second To The Next, is a must see. After viewing this video, you’ll think twice before picking up that phone when sitting behind the wheel. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xk1vCqfYpos

Social Media, Social Family

As social media becomes more popular, families ironically become less social. Find out how your family can have it’s cake, and eat it too.

Social media is fun. But when it starts tarring your family apart, you may start second guessing that. Good news. With just a bit of direction, you and your family can learn how to intertwine these two social worlds.

http://aplusetwsiwm.weebly.com/setting-boundaries.html

 

 

Death of the Internet

You may not think that “killing” the Internet at home would be a good choice, but there are people that can argue. 

In this blog, author Joshua Fields Millburn, comments on his life without the Internet in his home. Believe it or not, he says it’s the best and most productive thing he’s ever done. Learn the benefits of banning the Internet from your home. In addition receive tips and guidance on how to start your own test-trial (if you’re brave enough).

http://www.theminimalists.com/internet/

Techno Overload

We get it, kids love their electronics. But when is enough, really enough?

Discover some of the signs and symptoms of electronic abuse and addiction. Learn why our children become electronic addicts and find out what you can do as a parent to get this problem to stop. Knowledge is power; educate yourself so that the Internet no longer has power over you and your children.

http://childpsychologist.com.au/resources/technology-addition-and-young-people

http://childpsychologist.com.au/resources/technology-addition-and-young-people

Bedroom rules

There is no doubt that electronics have become essential in the 21st century. They are present in business offices, homes, and even the bedrooms of homes. As our dependence on these nifty gadgets increases, the quality of our lives, and our sleep, may be decreasing. A survey by the National Sleep Foundation discovered that a vast majority of the population (95% to be exact!) use some form of technology within one hour before they go to sleep. While this may seem harmless, it’s been discovered that light emitted from our beloved devices may be disrupting our sleep. How can this be possible? It’s really a simple explanation. The hormone that controls our sleep, melatonin, is released at a slower rate when exposed to light, especially blue light in the 460-nanometer range. Unfortunately for electronic addicts (a.k.a most people), the light emitted from our electronic devices give off light in this range. In the presence of this blue light, the body is tricked into staying awake longer than it should ...

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Reversing Habits

FACT: 76% of couples sit in silence browsing the web. FACT: Not communicating may cause more couples to fight. FACT: 80% of people use their phone or laptop at dinner. The statistics are scary, we know. Luckily for you, we have some tips to reverse and prevent these habits. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SwV9cRjnGU This video may be short, but it is eye opening. It becoming more of a reality that electronics and social media are tearing relationships apart. This may be anxiety provoking for those who realize the vast consequences of electronic abuse. Are you one of these people? Are you interested in reducing this anxiety? Try some of our suggestions below! -Make time for conversation with your significant other and family about their day -Make family dinners mandatory. Even if the dinner is a light one, sitting with family over a small meal at the dinner table is better than not getting together at all. -Every so often, when you have downtime, read a book, go for a walk, or even take a bike ride; whatev ...

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