Dr. Elaine Ducharme
I have always loved kids. I love their honesty, their joy over the little things in life and their creativity. We have to be careful not to mess that up. We have to encourage them to be who they are and not just small adults.
The world is reeling in shock from the death of Robin Williams, age 63. He was such an amazing man…an icon. His popularity spanned generations. He had it all…talent, fame, money , a family and friends. Yes, he had it all; depression, addictions and Parkinson’s Disease.
With Back to School fast approaching, Dr Ducharme visited Allan Mike & Mary last Thursday and spoke about how Back to School stress affects children and parents. She had some helpful suggestions to share.
Shyness is very common. Most children experience some stranger anxiety around 8 months of age. Shyness and social anxiety can prevent children and adults from fully participating in activities and enjoying life.
OK. My skills at coping with frustration are being tested this summer. I am not a gardener. But, I have been fortunate that for the last few summers I have been able to grow patio tomatoes. They were fabulous. Last summer, my husband and I must have had 50 tomatoes on one plant alone.
We all say our kids are precious. We spend so much time trying to meet their needs…maybe even too much time. We devote our afternoons, evenings and week-ends to their soccer and dance lessons. We want them to be happy.
In today’s 24/7 society, work frequently intrudes into employee’s personal lives during evenings, weekends, vacations and holidays.
The kids are out of school for summer. They are already complaining about being bored, Dr Ducharme visited Allan Mike & Mary last Thursday and spoke about how to deal with the stressors of summertime.
I was watching the news the other day and was really struck by a story about adult kids moving back home. In the past I have written about this and the various issues that can arise for both parents and kids in this situation. But, the problem seems to be getting worse and the label Boomerang Kids has now taken hold.
I published this blog last year. But, way too many children continue to die after being left in in a hot car. It is almost always accidental. Few people do this on purpose. And yet, it continues to happen.