Source: ID 131720825 Bohuslav Jelen / Dreamstime As the holidays approach, for many people the physical and emotional demands of shopping, cooking, traveling, entertaining, wrapping and finding that elusive “perfect gift” permeate their consciousness. For others who may be suffering from loss – financial, job, divorce or death – the holidays are like an approaching stampede of angry men and women just waiting to trample all over their dreams and hopes. Even for the happiest of families, the holidays can be exhausting and draining. The negative self-talk all humans are capable of experiencing is exacerbated and enhanced during the holiday season. What if this year you could give yourself a very special personal gift? It’s the gift of peace. This gift allows your whirring mind to cease its endless chatter for a period of time, allows you to stop and breathe instead of racing to and fro, and allows you to find enjoyment in the little things all around you … [Read more...] about The Gift of Peace
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Somewhere in a thesaurus far, far away, there is another word for marriage—and it is “compromise.” Each letter in this word, which has somehow gotten left out of the wedding vows, gives couples direction in how to take a relationship from the battlefield to blissful coexistence. C – Compromise is something that combines qualities or elements of different things. It does not mean giving up or giving in. It is a blending of hearts and minds, and that is what makes a marriage. O – Open your whole heart. Even holding back as little as one percent can make the difference between a loving and a losing relationship. M – Maximize your willingness. Just being willing to compromise will encourage new ways of relating. The space you create allows you to change in ways you never imagined. Anyone who has ever grown in a relationship will tell you it’s much better than the alternative. P – Promise is the second half of compromise. It means to … [Read more...] about 10 Reasons to C.O.M.P.R.O.M.I.S.E. in Your Relationship
To me, neurodiversity is the idea that neurological differences like autism and ADHD are the result of normal, natural variation in the human genome. This represents a new and fundamentally different way of looking at conditions that were traditionally pathologized; it’s a viewpoint that is not universally accepted though it is increasingly supported by science. That science suggests conditions like autism have a stable prevalence in human society as far back as we can measure. We are realizing that autism, ADHD, and other conditions emerge through a combination of genetic predisposition and environmental interaction; they are not the result of disease or injury. At the same time, we are identifying diseases and injuries (physical and environmental) that will produce brain injuries whose effects look very similar to autism and other differences. Acceptance of neurodiversity certainly does not include passive acceptance of such injury and insult, though … [Read more...] about What Is Neurodiversity?
Source: Pixabay In April, NPR ran a story titled, "The Slow Internet Movement." It reported that hipster cities like Portland, Oregon, are sprouting Internet cafés that only offer dial-up access to the web. These cafés give customers, "Slow pours and slow Internet. Here, you can order your coffee and spend four hours checking your email, all for .99 an hour." I thought: "Wow! That's just my speed!" (No pun intended.) But the story didn't just run in April. It ran on April 1st and was NPR's little April Fools' joke at the expense of gullible people like me. It got me thinking though. Life would be less stressful and my anxiety levels would be greatly reduced if I embraced the spirit of The Slow Internet Movement. So here are four tips for slowing down. 1. Decide how much time you think it will take to complete a task, and double it! How often do you clock in at or under the time you've allotted for a task? I rarely do. Take my raised asparagus fern bed that … [Read more...] about 4 Tips for Slowing Down to Reduce Stress
About half of fathers (52%) say they have been criticized about their parenting style or choices. Source: C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health at the University of Michigan Although "mom shaming" has been openly discussed in public forums in recent years, until now, "dad shaming" has stayed under the radar. That said, a new national poll released today, "Parenting Put-Downs: How Criticism Impacts Fathers," reports that over half of all fathers (52 percent) say they've been criticized for specific parenting choices, such as play style, diet, and discipline. The most recent National Poll on Children's Health (2019) was conducted by the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital at the University of Michigan. This poll also showed that many fathers (43 percent) believe the put-downs and criticism of their parenting style are often unfair. "Even subtle forms of disparagement can undercut fathers' confidence or send the message that they are less important to their child's … [Read more...] about Study: Most New Fathers Experience “Dad Shaming”