Postpartum doulas provide practical, non-judgmental support and education to families following birth or adoption. Knowledge includes newborn feeding, hygiene, soothing, engagement, and development; household assistance; sleep expectations; and more!
Massage therapy is the scientifically studied, licensed practice of soft tissue manipulation that soothes stresses to body, mind, and spirit. Infant massage instruction and child and adult massage available.
Being outdoors is a simple, inexpensive way to de-stress, be active, and spend quality time with family, friends and your environment. Explore hiking trails or canoe or kayak in Washington, DC and enjoy the many benefits of outdoor recreation!
On-line educational tools for improved family functioning! Check out Positive Parenting Solutions!
FamilyEducation.com has great “unplugged” activities for everyone! Check out their stay-cation ideas, spring to-do lists, and other fun seasonal ideas!
BYTES Power Smarts FREE stories and Creativities are for elementary age children to help them recognize, appreciate, and strengthen their multiple intelligences (Power Smarts). By using their Power Smarts, children will improve their strengths and talents, thus building self-esteem and confidence.
Link between interrupted toddler sleep and mental health: Stability of Sleep Disorders From Preschool to First Grade and Their Bidirectional Relationship with Psychiatric Symptoms. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 2015; 36 (4): 243. May 6, 2015.
Cognitive Neuroscience Society. “Intelligent neuroprostheses mimic natural motor control.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 30 March 2015.
“Having a high sense of life-purpose may lower risk of heart disease and stroke, according to a new study led by researchers at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai Roosevelt.” Science Daily, March 8, 2015.
Great article by Sarah Lockwood! Read on…
Single Parenthood and Depression: Kid-Friendly Ways to Feel Better
“As a single parent, it’s not always feasible to go to therapy each week. Therapy can be expensive and time-consuming, leaving fewer of your resources for your children. However, depression is something many single parents struggle with and, if left untreated, it can become a serious concern leading to addiction or suicidal thoughts. Fortunately, depression is treatable with lifestyle changes…”
“Most of the time siblings want what’s best for the parents. They just look at it in a different way…Our goal is to help them figure out what their common interests are, so they can work together to find solutions.” From “Strengthening Troubled Sibling Bonds to Deal With an Aging Parent.” Ellin, Abby. The New York Times, 29 May 2015. Web. 01 June 2015.
BBC.co.uk: “Vodafone is introducing a worldwide maternity policy, offering significantly better terms than the statutory minimum in many of the countries where it operates. The policy includes a minimum of 16 weeks fully-paid maternity leave. New mothers returning to work will be offered a 30-hour week on full pay for the first six months. The company said one of the main motivations was to recruit and retain women.” 6 March 2015.