Sunday, February 22, 2009

Beating Bedtime Blues

Night terrors are frightening to watch in children, although they are often not harmful and do not demand medication or complex medical tests. Night terrors are part of the group of disorders called parasomnias. These undesirable movements during sleep range from teeth grinding to sleepwalking to overlapping states of confusion or arousal. Most children outgrow them without long-term psychological effects. If your child gets night terrors, start a good bedtime routine and keep him safe, especially if he tends to sleepwalk. Lock doors and windows, have him sleep in ground-floor room, and put him to bed in a sleeping bag for some restraint. Night terrors tend to occur at about the same time each night, so it may help to gently nudge him awake about 15minutes earlier and then let him driff off to sleep again. Often, after four to five nights, the terrors will stop.

Friday, February 20, 2009

What Friends Are....

The A - Z of Friendship
A Friend ...
>Accepts you as you are.
>Believes in you.
>Calls you just to say "hi."
>Doesn't give up on you.
>Envisions the whole of you
>Forgives your mistakes.
>Gives unconditionally.
>Helps you.
>Invites you over.
>Just likes being with you.
>Keeps you close at heart.
>Loves you for who you are.
>Makes a difference in your life.
>Never judges you.
>Offers support.
>Picks you up.
>Quiets your fears.
>Raises your spirits.
>Says nice things about you.
>Tells you the truth when you need to hear it.
>Understands you.
>Values you.
>Walks beside you.
>Xplains things you don't understand.
>Yells when you won't listen.
>Zaps you back to reality.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Lives on Hold

When a child gets seriously ill,
the family's life turns upside down.
But you can do much to help them survive
the ordeal.....

Nothing breaks a parent's heart more the sight of her child confined in the hospital. Being hospitalized interrupts not only the child's school and childhood activities, but also the entire family's life. It is an emotional burden on the parents, a disruption of the family's work schedule, and a drain on their financial resources. The good thing is, for most childhood illnesses, life usually reverts to normal once the patient is discharged.
But what if the diagnosis is a serious, long-term, even potencially fatal, illness? How do parents deal with it? And how do you explain to a child why he is suffering?
Many families find themselves in such unfortunate situations -lives put on hold by a child illness. Both patient and a caregiver feel helpless, alone, and frightened of the unknown...
The NGO helping children and their families cope with illness and hospitalization, especially kids with chronic illnesses and life-threatening diseases. Briefly, it offers the parents emotional support, and the children, respite from their plight through play, reading, & arts and crafts session within the hospital, and educational trips outside. Children with debilitating ailments are also informed, in language they can understand and with educational medical toys, why they are sick and need painful tests, therapy, or surgery to help them get well...

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Can't Get Over Him...

Breaking up is really hard, especially if the dump came suddenly, and you wanted to stay together. You probably analyze the whole break up scene over and over with your friends.
Getting over him involves figuring out how you can learn and grow from the experience. Breakups, however painful, help you toughen up emotionally by teaching you to cope with rejection. You know the expression: "Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger". Through breakups, you become more prepared to deal with future disappointments ( of all kinds, not just with guys ).
They also teach you how to protect yourself from pain down the road by showing you what you want and don't from relationships. Try to look at your ruined romance objectively. Did you find yourself giving things up to spend more time with your boyfriend? If you ignored your interests for him or lost touch with some of your friends, you're probably feeling more of a void now that he's gone. So get right back to your hobbies, focus on grades, hook up with those buds -in other words, regain your independence. A rich life makes the breakup less crushing, if only by distracting you from its sting!
That said, don't pretend the breakup wasn't a blow. Getting over a guy means giving yourself enough time to mourn the emptiness you feel. Circle a date on your calendar as the day you'll stop grieving. Before that date arrives, its OKAY to cry; after it, vow that you'll no longer feel sad when you hear his name or see him.
Your life will get better because you're a good person -another crucial point. Yes, this guy brokeup with you, and it's perfectly normal to feel bad about that. But you shouldn't feel bad about yourself. Don't let the breakup threaten your self-esteem.
I believe everyone who touches your life teaches you an important lesson. Make a list of all the things you learned from knowing this guy. What have you learned about yourself from loving him? What mistakes did you make? What will you do differently the next time?
You may have lost him, but I bet you didn't realize how much you've gained from your experience.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Consider The "End Afterwards"

Life's journey presents us with many choices. Surely it is the course of wisdom to try to find out what is the end of any road before we take the first step along it. Some have bitterly regretted decisions that they have made. Perhaps you too have said, "If only I had known how this was going to turn out, I would never have started it in the first place."

An experienced traveler wants to know where each road leads. He may consult a map and talk to people who know the area. He will certainly take note of signposts he encounters along the way. On life's journey, though, how can you be sure which is the best path to take?
We do not need to be in doubt as to the "end afterward" of the paths that life's journey may offer.

Young people are often exposed to temptations and pressures to experiment with things that seem popular. Here are some likely scenario:

- Someone dares you to smoke a cigarette.
- You are invited to a party where alcohol and possibly drugs will be freely available.
- A friend invite you to watch a movie that features violence and immorality.

If ever you are confronted with any of such situations, what will you do? Will you simply give in, or will you carefully consider what the "end afterward" could be?

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Eat then Drink...

If you can't give up alcohol, at least take it with something solid. That's because drinking alcohol without food increases your risk for high blood pressure, new research shows. Even the light to moderate drinkers raise their risk if they drink alcohol without food, according to a study that was published in the journal Hypertension. There are a number of explanations for these findings, researchers said. Among these are the beneficial effects of food on fibrinolysis (removal of small blood clots) and blood lipids (fats), and on the absorption and metabolism of the alcohol. The cross-sectional study involved more than 2,600 men and women aged 35 to 80 years with no other cardiovascular disease.