Showing posts from January, 2016

Kids: When Sadness Becomes Depression

All kids at one time or another feel sad, down, or blue. It's a normal feeling for kids and adults. But when that sadness lingers--when it doesn't let up--when it saps your energy--when it interferes with your normal life--or, when it hangs over you like a cloud until it seems like you are never going to feel happy again--your sadness may actually be depression.
You've heard that word before, but have you ever wondered what it means and what to look for if you think either yourself or a friend is depressed. 
Depression is more than a sad feeling that stays with you for an hour or even a day or two. It is a medical condition that can make you feel unimportant to the people around you. It's a hopelessness that can affect your health, your mental attitude, and your relationships. It can cause you to lose sleep, not eat, get angry at even the smallest thing, cry all the time, keep you from focusing in class, make you overly tired, and no longer want to be with your friend…

Kids: Why Do I Feel Sad?

Are you unhappy?  Got the blues? Depressed? Or, just feel like crying? If so, you are not alone. Thousands of kids have moments of sadness every day. It is a natural part of life, and just like happiness it can come and go at a minute's notice and it can last for hours or even days. So what could be making you feel sad, and what can you do about it?
Sadness can be caused by many things. A friend is moving away. Your soccer team lost the game. You overheard your parents arguing. You are starting at a new school. You lost your favorite backpack. No one would play with you at recess. Or, your puppy is sick. These are just a few of the things that can happen that could make you feel a little down. With so many things bombarding you every day, how can you handle your feelings when they turn from happiness to sadness?
First, you need to remember you have the power to change how you feel. Yes--YOU! You are strong, resilient, and are able to leap tall buildings at a single bound. Well, m…

A Hullabaloo of Hippos: A Lollapalooza of Language from A to Z

A Hullabaloo of Hippos written by Mary Moodey and illustrated by Sam Moodey is not your everyday alphabet picture book. 
It is better!
Ms. Moodey doesn't just give the reader the usual "A is for Apple". She introduces wondrous animals in exciting rhyme. The book introduces Liam, a small boy, who loves the way language plays with the tongue and excites the imagination.
It begins with, "Liam loves language and captivating words--from ambling armadillos to zigzagging zephyrs buffeting bobolink birds", and from this point on the reader is dazzled by language that is fun, entertaining, and educational. Seventeenth century English playwright and poet, Joseph Addison, said, "Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body," and Hullabaloo of Hippos will not only exercise the mind but it will also exercise the tongue. 
I cannot recommend this book enough. It is the perfect book for parents to read with their kids, and for kids--even you older kids--to di…

Kids: Why You Should Set Goals

What goes through your mind when you hear the word "goal"? Is it the two posts and a net as in soccer? Or, is it a target that you want to hit? The answer usually depends on the time of year. Right? Well now is not the time to think about soccer. Instead, it is time to set a couple of goals for 2016. Why? Because goals can help you achieve your dreams. Dreams? How?
Have you ever listened to Katy Perry and wished you could sing like her? Maybe, you've actually dreamed that you were on a stage singing "Firework" to your adoring fans. "Do you ever feel like a plastic bag, drifting through the wind, wanting to start again?"
 Or, maybe you've dreamed of catching a pass thrown by football great, Tom Brady or Peyton Manning, then running for the touchdown. So how are you going to make those dreams, or at least part of them, come true unless you set a goal? 
Most of you already set goals. Some are small goals like completing your homework before dinner. …