Sickle Cell, up close and personal; National Sickle Cell Awareness Month

Sickle Cell, up close and personal; National Sickle Cell Awareness Month

Life Transitions/Life Purpose
I am the mother of three, including a set of twins, one of which has sickle cell. In honor of September’s sickle cell awareness month, we share our story. The disorder runs on my father's side of the family and I lost two older brothers from sickle cell complications. I learned that my youngest daughter had sickle cell from her newborn screen.  After the initial shock and confusion (My ex husband and I were unaware that he carried the trait although we were aware that I had it) I did everything I could to become educated on the disease. Sickle Cell is a blood disorder that causes the red blood cells to change from their normal pliable circular shape to a sickle shape. These cells are sticky and can become stuck in blood vessels, leading…
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Stress Management as a Family Unit

Stress Management as a Family Unit

Trauma/Triggers/Coping
What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger: Dealing with stress in the family as a family. Strong families are beneficial to not only themselves but to the communities in which they reside; they are the building blocks of society.  Unfortunately even the strongest family can be shaken by stress.   However, the stress itself is not so much the problem but how it is dealt with.   The mismanagement of stress can lead to fissures in the foundation of the family system. Effective communication is the best tool for a family to use to successfully navigate stressors, and often the most underutilized.  People tend to deal with stress in silos.  Opting to go it alone opposed to coming together to tackle it as a team; from the teen being bullied at school,…
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Children Mental Health Awareness

Children Mental Health Awareness

Awareness Months, Children Mental Health
Dancing through daffodils Smiling at the frog as it leaps to freedom Upturned face capturing the sweet breeze Swing set waiting in anticipation for little legs to set it flying Sprinklers chase them through the grass As peals of laughter waft up to the listening ears of perched birds Sun shining on closed lids As they wake up from a dream full of peace Only to open their eyes and realize it’s another day Another day of being sad And they wish they could go back to sleep again The escape of a child… ~Yulinda Rock Caring for children is one of the most important tasks we have as adults. All around us is evidence of what happens when we don't: Chaos. May 5th is children's mental health awareness day.…
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Intentionally Happy…

Esteem
For the parents...(or anyone really) As I find myself becoming more and more overwhelmed with life, mentally tired, and struggling to focus on the positive, I decided that it would be beneficial to myself and to my kids for me to work on my mindset. I was thinking about how I can be more "present" in my children's lives. I come home from work and I often find myself looking for an escape route, a moment to just breathe. Taking for granted that I can "plugin" later. In a moment. Soon... Unfortunately with life being as it is, there may not be a soon. But there is now. So I came up with a seven-day chart to help my children and I celebrate the now and to be intentionally happy.…
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Making memories out of moments (For the parents)

Making memories out of moments (For the parents)

Children Mental Health
Making memories out of moments. Between the next breath and the last I am bolstered by the laughter of little girls that just seconds ago were gripped by their own angst. With arms outstretched, hands soapy from dishes waiting patiently for the return of my attention, I wrap my arms around warm bundles of inspiration. We dance and play and tears disappear amidst stomping feet and the twirl of a skirt. Mom's irritation vanishes into the depth of shinning eyes. With wonder I realize, that although every day is not perfect: Bills still need to be paid; noses wiped; clients booked; school functions attended; co-parenting to navigate, that this is what matters. And although laughter may turn into fussing later in the day, right now, at this moment, we are…
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