All children need to learn the vocabulary for emotions just like they need to learn the vocabulary for any other concept. The tricky thing about emotions is they are, well emotions. So teaching them in the heat of the moment is quite like teaching a concept like “vegetable”. Read More
Let’s be honest, parenting is one of the toughest jobs there is! Of course it’s fun and rewarding, yet it can be tiring, patience-testing, and downright stressful. Research continually indicates that parent health is associated with positive child adjustment and wellbeing. This is one of the many reasons it is important for parents to balance their children’s needs with their own. Here are just a few ways to engage in self-care.
Exercise: run, yoga class, bike, walk, better yet exercise with a friend
Read something pleasurable: a book, magazine, newspaper
Join a club: book club, cooking club, parent club
Go on dates with spouse/significant other
Spend time with friends
Connect with other adults or parents
Laugh, find humor in daily life
Meet spiritual needs
Have a few trusted babysitters on hand
Swap babysitting with a parent in your neighborhood
Mercury Poisoning Linked to Skin Products Federal health officials are warning consumers not to use skin creams, beauty and antiseptic soaps, or lotions that might contain mercury. The products are marketed as skin lighteners and anti-aging treatments that remove age spots, freckles, blemishes and wrinkles. The products are manufactured abroad and sold illegally in the United States and online. You don’t have to use the product yourself to be affected. People, particularly children, can get mercury in their bodies from breathing in mercury vapors if a member of the household uses a skin cream containing mercury. Infants and small children can ingest mercury if they touch their parents who have used these products, get cream on their hands and then put their hands and fingers into their mouth, which they are prone to do. How to Protect Yourself • Check the label of any skin lightening, anti-aging or other skin product you use. If you see the words “mercurous chloride,” “calomel,” “mercuric,” “mercurio,” or “mercury,” stop using the product immediately. • If there is no label or no ingredients are listed, do not use the product. Federal law requires that ingredients be listed on the label of any cosmetic or drug. • Don’t use products labeled in languages other than English unless English labeling is also provided. • If you suspect you have been using a product with mercury, stop using it immediately. Thoroughly wash your hands and any other parts of your body that have come in contact with the product. Contact your health care professional or a medical care clinic for advice. • If you have questions, call your health care professional or the Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222; it is open 24 hours a day. • Before throwing out a product that may contain mercury, seal it in a plastic bag or leak-proof container. Check with your local environmental, health or solid waste agency for disposal instructions. Some communities have special collections or other options for disposing of household hazardous waste.