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How to Talk to Your Kids About the Importance of Mental Health


This is a sponsored guest post, that may or may not express the views of Mommy Ramblings.

Years ago, mental health was more of a taboo subject, and people were more likely to hide their struggles.

Thankfully, we’ve come a long way as a society. Most people now understand that mental illness isn’t much different from physical illness. The brain is a muscle that we must nurture and exercise in order to avoid issues. Now for explaining this all to your kids…

Why it’s important to discuss mental health

According to data from the CDC, suicide rates are on a steady incline for the first time in over three decades, and one of the most concerning demographic group is girls between the ages of 10 and 14.

To be honest, no one is really sure why suicide rates have increased so drastically in this group, but one theory has to do with puberty.

If you have a teenager, you are intimately familiar with the way hormones can impact your child’s mood. And there’s a ton of research that links puberty with depression in both boys and girls.

To say the least, it’s a precarious time for the child and parent.

Opening the discussion of mental health can let your child know that it’s ok to feel down sometimes, but it’s also important to talk about your feelings.

 More consequences of mental health issues

Suicide is a terrifying consequence of mental health issues, but it’s not the only one. Teens who struggle with anxiety and depression are more likely to experiment with drugs in an attempt to self-medicate. Not only is this a problem for teens, but it can lead to bigger issues in adulthood. No less than 90 percent of all adult addicts in the U.S. started smoking, drinking, and/or using drugs under the age of 18.

Tips for talking to your kids about mental health

  1. Start with the basics – Talk to your kids about mental health as it relates to overall health. Let them know that it’s as important to be mentally healthy as it is to be physically healthy, and there’s no shame in having mental health struggles.
  2. Have compassion for others and for yourself – If someone is or seems to be struggling with mental health, try not to take it personally or react in anger. Their actions are not this person’s fault any more than they are your fault. Have compassion. Treat this person with kindness to the best of your ability. The same applies to yourself. If you find that you’re struggling with mental health issues, show yourself some compassion. Try not to be hard on yourself.
  3. Talk about your feelings – If you notice you’re having a lot of negative feelings that you cannot control, don’t be afraid to get help. Let your kids know that they can talk to you about anything. If they don’t feel comfortable talking with you, let them know that you can make a counselor available to them. The important part is to talk to someone.

The topic of mental health should never be taboo – and your children should always know this. They should always feel comfortable talking to you about how they are feeling. And this is more likely to happen when you open the dialog.



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MAM- Making Life Easier For Parents & Babies for 40 Years! #Giveaway

I find it hard to believe, but MAM is celebrating their 40th Anniversary this year! Can you believe it? This is a very special milestone for one of the world’s most respected brands of infant products. The research, design and development that goes into their products is the key to their growth and success.

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MAM started as a small company in Vienna, Austria in 1976 and has grown into a leading global brand in five continents with over 50 million products sold in 60 countries! “We understand and love babies.  For the past 40 years our top priority has been the development of products for the well-being, safety and health of babies that make life easier for parents and allow them to focus on the joy of family,” said Jennifer Mitchell, CEO, MAM North America.

MAM bottles are designed jointly with medical practitioners and developmental psychologists to meet baby’s feeding needs at every stage. The bottles are available in an assortment of colors and fun designs,and are BPA-free, PVC-free, lead-free and CPSIA-compliant. All of the bottles utilize MAM’s patented, skin soft silicone nipple. This nipple provides an easy transition from breast to bottle for baby. Leak proof caps minimize mess and keep nipples clean when not in use. Easy care and dishwasher safe these bottles are specially formulated to withstand steam sterilization in the microwave.

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The MAM bottle Collection Includes:

Anti-Colic Bottle-Anti-Colic Bottle -Ideal for newborns, the innovative bottle helps reduce the stress associated with newborn feedings. Patented ventilation holes in the bottle’s base regulate the pressure balance of baby’s milk, allowing it to flow evenly without bubbles or air pockets for reduced gas and colic symptoms. Bottles are available in 5 ounce or 9 ounce size.

Easy-Active Bottle-For babies 2 months old and up, these lightweight bottles fit  comfortably in baby’s hands. The functional design and wide opening makes the bottle easy to fill and clean, too. Available in a 9 ounce and 11 ounce sizes.

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MAM’s nipples are available in 4 types:

  • Slow Flow
  • Medium Flow
  • Fast Flow
  • Extra Fast Flow

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MAM’s pacifiers are designed with the same cutting-edge technological innovation and trendsetting design.  Developed by leading pediatric dentists and developmental psychologists, MAM pacifiers provide maximum comfort and style for babies of all ages.

All MAM pacifiers feature an orthodontically correct nipple design that allows little ones to safely satisfy their sucking reflex while maintaining proper jaw and tooth alignment. MAM pacifiers feature an easy-to-grasp front knob and a curved shield for a comfortable fit that’s gentle on baby’s skin, thanks to generous air holes and MAM’s patented interior surface.

MAM pacifiers are available in a wide selection of colors and designs and all feature the patented anti-slip Silky Soft™ Silicone nipple. Like all MAM products, they are BPA-free, PVC-free, lead-free and CPSIA-Compliant.

The MAM Pacifier Collection Includes:
The MAM Perfect Pacifier– provides a perfect start, especially for newborns. Its innovative design incorporates an extra thin, super-soft and flexible nipple specially engineered to reduce the risk of misaligned teeth.  Extra small and lightweight, MAM Perfect is available for babies age 0-6 months and age 6 + months.
MAM Pacifiers and MAM Personalized Pacifiers– feature a symmetrical nipple ideal for baby’s jaw and tooth development. MAM offers a variety of pacifier sizes that suit a range of developmental stages to create a perfect fit for baby. Each nipple individually adapts to baby’s mouth so it is always in the right position. MAM Pacifiers are available in three sizes.

MAM Pacifier Wipes are non-toxic wipes that safely and naturally clean pacifiers, teethers and toys. The wipes are made with the safest ingredients for an on-the-go solution to dropped pacifers, teethers and toys.

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Made with Xylitol, a natural, plant-based ingredient, the wipes contain no harsh chemicals – no alcohol, dyes or parabens, and are soft and gentle on baby’s skin. Xylitol discourages harmful bacteria that can eventually lead to tooth decay. MAM pacifier wipes come in a convenient package of 40 wipes with a recloseable lid.

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3 Main Reasons Why Parents Should Write a Will

A will is a legal document that specifies who will acquire your real estate properties, cars, bank accounts, jewelry, and the like when you die. It is up to you to whom you will leave all of your belongings, just be sure that they are eligible to receive and that everything goes through a clear legal process.

As for parents writing a will and testament is not all about the properties, rather the assurance that your children will still be well taken care of when you are gone. You need to choose trusted people in your family to look after them in case anything happens to you.

Here are some of the reasons why parents should draft a will for their kids:

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To avoid family disputes

Will and testament disputes happen to even among the closest part of the family. Challenging a will implies that one party thinks he deserves more than what is written in the will, hence if one of your children challenge your will with your other kids, their relationship might suffer from irreparable damage and as parent, this is difficult to imagine. That is why, it is important that you properly and carefully write a will to make sure your children get equal shares of the property you’d leave and avoid any family disputes in the future.

To have a trusted guardian to look after your children

 The most difficult task for parents when drafting a will is choosing a guardian for their children. It is really tough to decide on this matter, but you have to do it anyway. Your children’s future well-being is at risk when unexpected things happen to you. This is the reason why you need to choose a person who you think will take good care and love your children when you are gone. Also, it is essential to name a trustee, someone who will manage any properties you pass on to your children, in your will.

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To make distributing assets easier

The problem about not having a will is that the probate court might send away inquiry letters to financial institutions to handle the deceased’s financial situation. Additionally, your relatives may be requested to give out financial documents. By writing a will and testament beforehand, you can prevent all the paperwork and footwork your relatives will exert. You will save them from all the hassle and stress that they might acquire from processing various documents. Having a clear proof of distribution of your assets for the court to see will be easier and more convenient for everyone involved.

It is your obligation as a parent to secure your kids future and drafting a will as early as now is the first step in keeping your kids safe in case something unexpected happens. Nobody knows what is going to happen tomorrow, so might as well be ready by securing a will.

Many people think that a will is unnecessary and just a waste of money, but no one knows the future and you can leave your kids behind in an instant. Would you rather leave them with problems or investments? As parents, we obviously know the answer.

This is a sponsored guest post and does not necessarily reflect the views of Mommy Ramblings.

 


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Help Your Children Be The Best They Can Be

As parents, grandparents, teachers, counselors and more we want to help kids be the best they can be.  Self-esteem, tolerance, good values – these are gifts that will last children a lifetime and help them become successful adults. I want to share a great book with you that shows kids positive role models to follow in its stories about making good choices, having confidence and doing the right thing.  These stories serve as a sounding board to encourage conversation and discussion between children and adults.  Perfect for family discussions and great for the classroom.

From Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, Be The Best You Can Be is a  joint project of Chicken Soup for the Soul and The Boniuk Foundation, working together to promote tolerance, respect, and compassion, inspiring young people and adults to embrace their differences, reject stereotypes, and make good choices. It’s part of a larger effort that includes additional books for teens, college students, parents, and grandparents, as well as a family television show every Saturday morning starting in October.

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This book harnesses the power of storytelling to inspire and teach kids, while also entertaining them. Key issues such as bullying, tolerance, and values are addressed in stories selected from Chicken Soup for the Soul’s vast library and represent the best on these topics from the company’s 22-year history.

You can read a story from the book HERE!

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Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings. Three lucky blog readers will win their own copy of Be The Best You Can Be!  Thank you to CSFTSP for the review book and for sponsoring this inspiring giveaway on Mommy Ramblings.  Open to US residents.  Good Luck!!!

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Tips For Creating A Safe Nursery & Giveaway To Win A Fresh Air Crib Liner ™ by SootheTime

Part of the fun and excitement of planning for a new baby is decorating the nursery. Picking out the furniture, wall color, decor and of course the bedding for the crib make it all seem real.  With the controversy over the safety of crib bumpers, some new parents feel it is safer not to use them.  Even though they feel it’s safer without the bumpers, not many could deny, the cribs look empty without them.  Some bumper alternatives look strange and are not available with any coordinating bedding.

If you can relate to this, I want to share good news about the Fresh Air Crib Liner ™ by SootheTIME, part of the Just Born family. This crib bumper alternative is adjustable and fits most cribs with a mesh liner that locks in place and provides fresh airflow for baby.

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The Fresh Air Crib Liner ™ gives parents less to worry about while creating a safe and comfy environment for baby to sleep.  The Fresh Air Crib Liner ™ is now available at Target and they can receive a $5.00 rebate using this link.

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Some other great tips for creating a safe and healthy nursery are to skip composite wood furniture because it contains formaldehyde, solid wood is the safer choice.  Organic crib mattresses are a safe sleeping option, but if you have a conventional mattress, you can cover it with a cover not made of PVC.

If you are painting baby’s walls opt for a zero VOC paint and paint as far in advance of baby coming home as possible so there is ample time to thoroughly air out the room. It’s best to go with a bare flooring like bamboo or cork  over carpet and make sure that you do not use products that are treated with Microban because it contains the chemical toxin triclosan.

If you’re using area rugs, washable rugs are best and if you do have carpet, vacuum often using a vacuum equipped with a hepa filter.  For accent decor and toys make sure that you are decorating with safe items.  Those vintage finds may look nice but what’s lurking in them?  Avoid using or buying anything containing BPA, Phthalates, PVC, Latex, Lead, and Flame Retardants.

With some careful planning you can create a nursery that’s safe and inviting for your new addition.

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Win a Year of Spa Treatments in the MAM, “Share the Love” Facebook Contest!!! #MAMBABY

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Parenting can be hard, but your unbridled love for your children drowns out all fears and tears. Share with MAM what makes your little ones so special, your hopes and dreams for their futures and the joys of parenthood by posting a video, photo or letter on the MAM Facebook Page.

Eligible entries will be considered for a grand prize of a year’s worth of spa treatments, valued at $2,500. It’s MAM’s way of celebrating you for the love you share.  Enter HERE!  Deadline to enter:April 15, 2014.

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Tidy Books ForgetMeNot Family Organizer Review & Giveaway!!! Shop The Winter Sale For 20% Off With Coupon Code!!!

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As many of you know, Mommy Ramblings is  a Tidy Books Ambassador and we are so delighted to have been chosen for this opportunity.  We have already brought you the Tidy Books Book Case, Book Box and now we are back to show you the ForgetMeNot Family Organizer.

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This handy station for your wall comes complete with a magnetic dry erase board,strong wooden magnets,dry erase marker, sturdy wooden pegs to hold back packs, tote bags, hoodies, dog leashes etc and a wooden pocket shelf for setting things that you don’t want to forget.  It also includes the hanging hardware to make sure your message center stays secure on the wall.  We have not hung ours up yet because we are in major home construction phase and the area I want to hang it, is currently in the construction zone.  Don’t worry I will update with pictures once we have.

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The unit comes out of the box fully assembled and is available in natural, white, blue or red.  You can hang it in a hallway you frequent going in and out of the house, so that important notes, mail, keys or school items are in your sight. A center like this goes a long way in keeping children and parents organized.

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This center is also great in a child’s room for their own message center that can help them learn to be more responsible for things they need to remember.  Then can use the dry erase board to remind them of homework assignments or projects, chores, important things to do and more.  Most households would benefit having these in multiple places in the home.

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Right now you can save 20% during Tidy Books’ Winter Sale just use the coupon code GIFT20 when you checkout on www.tidy-books.com.

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Make your mornings simpler. Put everything for the school or nursery run in one place, right where you need it with the Tidy Books ForgetMeNot Family Organiser.

The ForgetMeNot has a lipped shelf to store your keys safely, hooks to hang up your children’s school bags and lunch packs, and a magnetic whiteboard to jot reminders, andhold those all-important school trip letters and invitations.  In short, all the things you and your family mustn’t forget, every day!

Made from sustainable wood, not MDF, this award-winning family organiser is finished in our pioneering water lacquer that is better for the producers and the environment.

Designed by a mom to be your family’s aide-memoire, this slimline noticeboard and shelf is a pretty and practical addition to your  hallway or kitchen.  Not just for the kids,  the ForgetMeNot gets the grown-ups in your family organised too.

 At a glance:

  • Lipped shelf with to hold lunch money, keys and ID cards securely.

  • Magnetic whiteboard to jot reminders and hold letters.

  • Comes complete with magnets and whiteboard pen.

  • Made of sustainable wood, and finished in water lacquer.

  • Comes completely assembled.

  • Size 40cm (h) x 63cm (w) x 6cm (d)

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Tidy Books is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!  One lucky blog reader will win their own ForgetMeNot Family Organizer!  Thank you to Tidy Books for the review ForgetMeNot and for sponsoring this giveaway to keep families organized on Mommy Ramblings!!!  Open to US residents.

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Remembering The Enduring, Sage Advice Passed From Parent To Child

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Recently, I was asked what’s the best piece of advice my parents gave me that still resonates with me today. When I gave it some thought, I had to be honest and say it’s very hard to pick just one.  My parents are no longer with me in this life, but they left me with so many golden nuggets of advice and were great role models.

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I would have to say that one of the contenders would be something  my dad said a lot,”Learn to love the people that hate you.” Now, what’s meant by that is that you should not consume yourself worrying about people who are causing you grief. Today these people may be referred to as  haters, but whatever you call them, leave them in the past and don’t let them rent space in your head.

Sometimes, it’s easier said than done, especially when we need to deal with them on a daily basis.  It can help to remember that the reason they’re so nasty and/or vindictive may be that they’re truly very angry, insecure or discontent.  Tearing others down is one of the easiest ways they can feel better about their lives.  The live in a fantasy where they shout from the rooftop how great things are, when in reality they are drowning in misery. You know the kind of people I mean, the ones who no matter what it is, will find a way to belittle, mock or condemn someone or something.

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For instance maybe it’s the new picture of someone’s baby, even if they say, “Oh it’s cute.” they will follow with some backhanded comment like “doesn’t look anything like the father, it’s probably not his.” Whatever it is, they have something to hate, they constantly talk badly about others no matter where they are or who they’re with. They only deviate from the ridicule when they stop to add self-praise for themselves or boast about their job, kids, spouse, car etc. These kinds of people are draining to be around and you can be sure  that if they’re bad mouthing people in front of you, that you’re the subject of their tearing down when they’re out with others.

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We all know people like this and we may have several in our own families.  So it’s inevitable that we’ll have to deal with them.  Sure, you could confront them, but it will never work. Even if you came right out and told them what you thought of them, they would find some way to deny it all and try to attack you.  It’s so not worth your time.  So, if their behavior bothers you, leave and keep your distance. Just remember, they must be miserable or they wouldn’t need to rip others apart.  Move toward and surround yourself with people who lift you up, people who make you feel good, people who see the good in others and that you genuinely have fun with and like to be around.  Life’s too short to spend with miserable people, so just release them from your thoughts, bless them and move on.  That’s good advice!  Thanks Mom and Dad!

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Share some sage words of advice you carry with you from your parents.  I would love to hear what they are!


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Kidobi Online Video Content Provider For Kids Ages 2-6 Review!!!

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From an early age, children spend more time in front of screens than on any other activity, except sleep.  Children learn from what they watch, and while some content is safe and educational, other content that isn’t age-appropriate can be harmful.  As you know, parents need to be aware of the type of content their children watch while providing a fun environment where they can use technology to learn and grow.
Kidobi is an online video content provider for children ages 2 – 6 that removes parents’ guesswork by automatically generating customized video playlists, completely personalized to fit children’s learning needs and developmental stage.  Since all the videos are pre-screened by educators and child development experts, parents are reassured of the age-appropriate, educational value.
I was recently asked to review Kidobi and given an online code to try using Kidobi.  It is super easy to set up for your child and you can create playlists of quality kids programs that you feel comfortable with.

Kidobi is also available as an iPad and Android app and can be found online at www.kidobi.com. You can also like Kidobi on Facebook and follow on Twitter for the latest updates.


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Manhattan Toy, Parents, Busy Hands Bear, Review & Give-Away!!! {Give-Away Ended}

I was recently selected to receive a Parents Busy Hands Bear from Manhattan Toy.  This brightly colored, cuddly pal helps your child master the skills needed to dress themselves.  They will learn how to snap, button, zipper, tie and fasten with this bear.  The bear is made with stimulating colors and textures and even has ears that make a crinkling sound and hands that can be fastened and jingle.  This is great for car trips and while waiting in restaurants or waiting rooms.  It will keep your child busy, amused and learning.  Luke is 2 and he loved this bear.  He loved that he could zip, unzip, snap and button the bear’s clothes, not to mention the bear was great for hugging and to take on toddler adventures.  You can buy this bear at www.manhattantoy.com  or find it at specialty stores near you.  Manhattan Toy is also offering Free Shipping, with any order from now through August 31st, just use code TRAVELTOY at checkout.

If you have a little one who would love this bear, you will be happy to hear Manhattan Toy is sponsoring a give-away on Mommy Ramblings.  One lucky blog reader will win a Parents Busy Hands Bear from Manhattan Toy.  Thank you Manhattan Toy for the review Busy Hands Bear and for sponsoring this great give-away on Mommy Ramblings!!!

Manhattan Toy, Parents Busy Hands Bear Give-Away on Mommy Ramblings Rules:

Mandatory Entries

1. Visit the Manhattan Toy Website and let me know another toy you like. Leave your answer in a comment on this post. (This is #1 of 2 Mandatory Entries in this give-away.  If this entry is not done, all others will be deleted)

2. Like Manhattan Toy on Facebook , and leave a comment on their wall that Mommy Ramblings sent you, then come back here and leave me a comment you did that. (This is #2 of  2 Mandatory Entries in this give-away, if not done, all other entries will be deleted)

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