Most of us can conjure up some images of family vacations gone awry, but we can also look back at family vacations with great fondness and warmth because of shared moments with loved ones. I am not insinuating that family vacations are all fun and no stress–vacations can be quite stressful if you do not keep things in perspective.
Yet, there are some great benefits to family vacations. For instance:
Creating memories together. Most of us worry about having everything go smoothly when we are planning a trip, a wedding, a meal. However, the best and most unforgettable memories can often occur when things do not go as expected. With enough time gone by, we can laugh at the time when the airline lost our luggage, when the hotel did not have our reservation, or when we got a flat tire on the way to our destination. Overcoming challenges and obstacles helps to improve resilience!
Expanding the kids’ perspective. …[Read More]
Every summer dozens of children die after being left in in a hot car. It is most often accidental, and yet, it continues to happen. An excellent Washington Post article by Gene Weingarten, written in 2009, talks of the horrors parents face when they suddenly remember the sleeping child in the back seat and rush to get it. Unfortunately, it is often too late. Within minutes, even at 80 degrees F the temperature in a car can rise to over 100 degrees.
Why are kids not seen in cars?
There are some theories about why this trend has continued to increase. Two decades ago this was relatively rare. However, when experts in the 1990’s determined that air bags could kill children, they recommended that car seats be placed in the back seat and facing the rear for young children.The unfortunate result was decreased visibility of a child. Who could have foreseen the horrible consequences?
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Many moms of preschool/elementary school-aged children are overworked, over-scheduled, have over-scheduled kids and continuously feel they are not doing enough. Their levels of stress are over-the-top based, in part, on their unattainable high expectations of themselves.
When they’re not worrying about the health and well-being of their kids, moms are critically evaluating their parenting skills. For some moms taking anti-anxiety medication or drinking alcohol has become a way of life. Many moms have said that this has helped them cope better and be better moms.
Chardonnay play dates, mothering with a buzz, prescription or recreational drug use, and food binges point to self-medication as the anti-stress lubricant for today’s moms. This comes at a time when here have been increased reports of depression in women, and new parents are reporting symptoms of anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder.
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You know the drill when you’re stressed about a deadline. The day is much too short, so you stay up a few more hours and try to make some progress. Even if you get only three to four hours of sleep, you tell yourself, you can have caffeine in the morning to get through the day.
The next day you are seriously tired and have a hard time concentrating. You feel completely overwhelmed, and are more irritable with anyone in your way!
It’s a familiar situation to most people.
With increased levels of stress among adults of all ages in the United States, sleep quality and quantity take a hit. In other words, stress can affect how much and how well we sleep. In fact, in the recent Stress in America survey, 25 percent of men and 35 percent of women reported that stress was interfering with their sleep. They reported experiencing changes in sleep habits such as oversleeping, difficulty falling asleep and waking up in the middle of …[Read More]