Month: February 2009

Is Your Teen a Night Owl? Developing Good Sleep Habits

“And hand in hand on the edge of the sand
They danced by the light of the moon,
The moon,
The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.”

— The Owl and the Pussycat – 1871 – by Edward Lear

In a previous newsletter I wrote about how every human being has a biological clock that, among other things, generates “wake-sleep” cycles. When these biological rhythms are altered by such things as jet lag, night work, or events lasting until or after midnight it can impair normal functions. Read more

Good Grief! What’s so Great about Grief?

by Dr Angel Adams, Dr Patricia Papciak

“Give sorrow words. The grief that does not speak whispers the o’er-fraught heart, and bids it break.” — William Shakespeare

You might be asking yourself, how could this topic be inspirational and what could possibly be good about grief? This is an especially heartbreaking question for someone who has just suffered a painful loss, perhaps associated with divorce, death of a child, a parent, or a beloved pet, a missed opportunity, or a lost job. Grief is an overwhelming emotion and part of the human experience as everyone in this world will grieve at one time or another. Read more

Are You Good at Counting Sheep?

“Sleep! Sleep! beauty bright
Dreaming o’er the joys of night “
— William Blake

“Counting sheep” is a phrase that is deeply engrained into our culture’s notion of sleep. I thought an article on healthy sleep habits was a relevant topic for parents who sometimes struggle with getting their youngsters to bed. Did you know that our magnificent bodies have a biological clock inside of them? As living organisms, we co-ordinate our activities with a day-night cycle caused by the rotation of the earth. Read more

Parenting a Child with ADHD: The Challenges and the Joys

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.” — Kahlil Gibran

Parents who have children with ADHD love them, as they are usually quirky, think outside the box, are straight forward with their feelings, energetic, charming, and creative. Parents also know that they can be demanding, fiery, and very difficult to raise. Sometimes parents can feel shattered and helpless and don’t know where to turn. Read more