Thursday, 22 March 2018
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Aphantasia: the condition of being blind in the mind UP TO one in 20 people are affected by a condition known as Aphantasia. You won’t know you have it until you read about it : By Gavin Fernando
Monday, 12 March 2018
How to Bounce Back from an Angry Outburst It’s hard to recover when we lose our temper. But it is possible: By Margaret Cullen
8 Ways To Support Someone Dealing With A Health Crisis Follow these dos and don’ts. By Locke Hughes I would like to add, the suggestions apply not only to physical health but also at times of mental health crisis.
Sunday, 11 March 2018
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Friday, 9 March 2018
10 Mindfulness Practices from Powerful Women - In honor of International Women's Day we've gathered 10 mindfulness practices created by women to help you live a generous, compassionate, healthy life. By Mindful Staff
4 Ways That Childhood Trauma Impacts Adults - When we bury our feelings, we bury who we are. By Andrea Brandt Ph.D. M.F.T.
“Children need art and stories and poems and music as much as they need love and food and fresh air and play. “Wise words from Philip Pullman, who received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2005
Wednesday, 7 March 2018
Monday, 5 March 2018
Noticing: Connecting with Our Kids in the Midst of Busy Lives - How to convey your genuine gratitude for the moments you share with your children : By Heather Grimes
Sunday, 4 March 2018
Friday, 2 March 2018
Wednesday, 28 February 2018
How Gratitude Helps Us Get Better at Dealing with Change - The surest way back from a negative outlook: actively focus on things that fulfill you: By Theo Koffler
What to Do When You’re Running Out of Patience Here are suggestions for going beyond a passive view of patience to making it the crucial skill it is—one that you actively build into your daily life : By Mitch Abblett
Tuesday, 27 February 2018
51 Spectacular Photos of Our World The 2018 - Travel Photographer of the Year contest is coming up. Here are some of our favorites from last year's competition.
Monday, 26 February 2018
Saturday, 24 February 2018
What Everyone Should Know About Pansexuality It is not equivalent to bisexuality, because it’s broader in scope : By Ritch C Savin-Williams Ph.D. Ritch C Savin-Williams Ph.D.
Friday, 23 February 2018
Thursday, 22 February 2018
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Wednesday, 21 February 2018
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Parenting is a daunting task for anyone, but people with disabilities may face special challenges that no one else can understand. Just like anyone else, you will have baby equipment to buy, baby-proofing to do, and financial needs to consider. You probably already have a home modified to your needs, but now you will have to consider how to also accommodate a baby’s needs.
Studies show that moms get an average of 17 minutes a day to themselves. This can quickly lead to fatigue, frustration and overwhelment. And while most parents are willing to sacrifice themselves for the sake of their children, an overworked caretaker will not provide the best environment. That’s why taking care of yourself is more important than ever, and the activities you use to de-stress do not have to be complicated or long. Simply take a few minutes for yourself each day whenever you can to journal, read, drink chamomile tea, or any other activity you find relaxing.
Every parent has to prepare their home by making sure their babies have a safe home to explore and play in. The difference for people with disabilities is that you may want to prepare your home way ahead of time as you may overestimate the amount of free time you will have once the baby arrives. There is plenty of information about baby-proofing online, and you can also hire an expert in many cities to do it for you. But a few of the most important things to do are:
● Install child-proof cabinet latches and outlet covers.
● Keep cleaning supplies and medications in overhead cabinets out of children’s reach.
● Install safety gates in areas where your child shouldn’t go, or to keep them in the room with you when mobility is an issue.
There is a lot to buy for babies. Changing tables, cribs, strollers...you name it. But for a parent with a disability, you may even have to find equipment to help you care for your child that others don’t, such as a side-opening crib or a stroller designed to attach to a wheelchair. A lot of baby equipment can be modified to fit your needs, but others might have to be purchased. Assessing your own needs and being prepared are the best measures you can take before the little one arrives.
What resources do you use already? When a baby comes along, you will need to figure out which resources you are currently using can accommodate a child and which resources you will need to seek out. For example, will you need help with transportation in the event your child needs medical attention? If so, will the transportation method you are using now be sufficient? Finding resources that meet your needs will be something you need to start doing well before the baby arrives. The National Council on Disability offers resources to parents with disabilities for things like government-funded personal assistance services (PAS), transportation, and health care. No one should have to tackle these challenges alone.
According to the U.S. Census, over 20 million American families have at least one member with a disability. Because of this, there are plenty of resources made available to people who need them. Remembering that you are not alone and that there are many parents who face your same struggles can be a lifeline of hope and positive mental energy when you begin to face frustration. Prepare your home and your life ahead of time and take care of yourself when you can. Parenting can be stressful, but with the right tools and knowledge, it can be better than you ever imagined.
Erin Leyba, 2017, Joyful Parenting, 25 Simple Self - Care Tools for Parents -
The Tree House, Coping With Stress - A Guide for Struggling Parents
Kathleen Rellihan, 2008, 30 Ways to Baby Proof Your Home - http://www.sheknows.com/parenting/articles/804372/ways-to-baby-proof-your-home
Tiffiny Carlson, 2014, 10 Amazing Products for Parents with Disabilities - https://blog.themobilityresource.com/blog/post/10-amazing-products-for-parents-with-disabilities
National Council on Disability, 2012, Chapter 13: Supporting Parents with Disabilities and Their Families in the Community - https://www.ncd.gov/publications/2012/Sep272012/Ch13
U.S. Census Bureau, Qi Wang, 2005, Disability and American Families: 2000 - https://www.census.gov/prod/2005pubs/censr-23.pdf
How Emotionally Self-Aware Are You? Without being able to recognize your feelings, you can’t control them. This inevitably effects your disposition—and output—at work: By Daniel Goleman
12 Elements of Emotional Intelligence
Tuesday, 20 February 2018
Daughters of Unloving Mothers and the Pull of Fantasy - How fantasy can impede healing from the wounds : Peg Streep
Monday, 19 February 2018
Sunday, 18 February 2018
Childhood trauma leads to lifelong chronic illness — so why isn’t the medical community helping patients? : By Donna Jackson Nakazawa
Saturday, 17 February 2018
Friday, 16 February 2018
The ‘Mandela Effect’ and how your mind is playing tricks on you Proof of time travel, false memories or a parallel universe? A look at the wacky world of the ‘Mandela Effect’.Neil Dagnall and Neil Dagnall
Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease May Be Easier Than You Think - Science shines new light on root cause of memory problems: By Georgia Ede MD
Alzheimer’s Disease is Type 3 Diabetes
Wednesday, 14 February 2018
Tuesday, 13 February 2018
What Communication Scientists Know About Effective Messages - Using effective communication to comfort others and have difficult conversations : Elizabeth Dorrance Hall Ph.D.
Help Protect Your Child from Sexual Abuse - Teach your child that their body is their body and it belongs to them: By Jayneen Sanders