You Should Know
Yes it’s frustrating, but think about it this way. Sibling rivalry gives our children an opportunity to develop important people skills like negotiation, cooperation, and the ability to see another’s point of view. As long as they’re not hurting each other, it’s worthwhile to let them solve their problems themselves. Suggestions are fine, but try to let them ultimately work things out. Don’t yell or take sides. Do teach them how to compromise and respect one another. Then remind yourself that in most cases, your kiddos’ relationship will eventually develop into a close one.
We parents sure worry a lot. Over five hours per day according to one poll. It seems that we’re most concerned about our children’s safety and happiness, followed by if they’re being bullied and if they’re keeping up in class. Our top three worst nightmares are dealing with broken limbs, broken hearts and lice (The poll was conducted by Lice Clinics of America). The poll also confirms that we’re losing sleep due to our worries. No kidding!? A more interesting poll would be: when do we not worry?
Teen drivers have the highest accident rate and the lowest seat belt use rate of any other driving demographic. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the US. And research shows that seat belts reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about half. Teens are especially bad at buckling up in the back seat. Whether your child is already driving, about to start driving or nowhere near driving, set a good example and buckle yourself and everyone else up every time you get in the car, no matter where the seat or how short the trip.
Feeling anxious? Drink some water. Dehydration can contribute to anxiety and nervousness. It has been linked to a rise in cortisol levels, the hormones that increase stress. And, it mimics some of the same bodily sensations that anxiety causes like headache, dizziness, increased heart rate and nausea. Studies have found that even mild dehydration can affect mood, energy levels and the ability to think clearly. Water really is essential to all of our organs, including our brain. And while it may not make all anxiety go away, it can certainly help minimize symptoms.
Scientists have discovered that shouting “Ow!” when we’re physically hurt actually helps us cope with the pain. Apparently it disrupts the discomfort messages being sent to our brain and helps us tolerate the pain better. Previously, scientists thought the outbursts were an evolved method to communicate danger to others. Nope, we do it to distract ourselves. It’s instinctive and a simple sound that requires little articulatory control. So, it’s easy and effective to use when in pain. Perhaps we should investigate its use as a non-physical pain distraction too (like when we’re angry or frustrated).