Research shows that people who experience adversity early in life are more likely to experience poor outcomes in areas like learning, relationships, physical and mental health; including addiction. We also know this is NOT true for everyone who experiences early adversity; this second group is often called resilient since they had a positive outcome in the face of negative circumstances.Read more
Many of us point to the numbers on the scale as something to focus on in the new year, but science is beginning to show that this single-minded focus on weight may be misplaced.Read more
By definition, a myth is “a widely held but false belief or idea; a misconception of the truth; an exaggerated or idealized conception of a person or thing.” In common terms, a myth is simply a false story or belief. Oftentimes myths are shared and even created to teach lessons on what is good, right, evil, or moral. However, they are rarely, if ever, supported by research or actual data. The scary thing about myths, and fictitious information, is that they have slithered their way into our everyday common reality. There are stereotypes, stigmas, and distorted understandings of the reality we live in because of myths. This article primarily aims to reject falsified information about the myths of suicide that currently lurk in our society.Read more
When I think about prevention and parenting, I think about connectedness. We find connectedness in multiple areas in the science of prevention. Connectedness can help protect children from the risks they face in their everyday lives. A key part in connectedness between parent and child, is a clear understanding that connectedness and friendship are different. Children need connectedness with parents and friendship with well, friends. This way, a parent can successfully fulfill the role of a parent without blurring the lines and confusing a child (does a friend give a clear curfew, or make sure a room is cleaned before going out?).Read more
Being a child is a time of learning, making mistakes, learning some more, and mastery. But sometimes, as parents, we grow impatient with the process.Read more
Psssssssh…You’ve got to be kidding me.
It was noon, the temperature was hovering around triple digits, there was a donkey-stubborn two-year-old in the bike trailer, and my front tire had just been introduced to a goat head thorn . . . about six miles from home. Lucky for me, my wife was 100 miles away (ironically, competing in a bike race) being accompanied by the only neighbor with a vehicle capable of transporting a bike and trailer. At least we have plenty of water. Welp, we did, until Batman decided it would be more refreshing to spill the entire bottle on his shirt rather than slowly sip it to maintain his hydration levels (am I asking too much of a two-year-old?).Read more
Babysitter for Hire: Will Work for Free!
Do you need a babysitter? Well look no further than Stevie McScreenface. I’ll keep those kids placated, entertained, and quiet for hours. Did I mention quiet? Soooo blissfully quiet. Now I’ll just need you to ignore the information regarding a link between time spent staring at me during their formative years, and depression. But just think of all the character I’ll help them build... That is, if they make it through my grueling social media course. Oh, and as a bonus I’ll do my best to stamp things like social etiquette and empathy out of them, because well-adjusted, caring members of society are just the worst, right? Well, I’m available for the position. Ready to hire me?Read more
Teaching your child responsibility is one of the most challenging tasks of parenthood. Like many other traits, it is learned over a long period of time. http://www.upliftfamilies.org/teaching_responsibilityRead more
Have you noticed that when children become teens, they begin to think they are as smart as (or even smarter than) you? They even begin to be offended if you talk down to them or treat them like a child.Read more
Saying the phrase “I’m going to go visit a therapist” is not the first sentence we are used to hearing when we meet someone. In fact, someone who is seeing a therapist may not even tell another person at all throughout the course of the relationship. However, our culture of silencing mental health issues must change in order to solve the crisis that many adolescents face every day: anxiety and depression.Read more