anxiety 

Classical music reduces pregnancy stress

"Musick has Charms to sooth a savage Breast, / To soften Rocks, or bend a knotted Oak." So wrote William Congreve, in The Mourning Bride, way back in 1697. Turns out the guy knew what he was talking about. Researchers in Taiwan studied pregnant women...

Summer camp -- parents get "kid-sick"

A friend recently sent her 11-year-old off to camp. "I'm really going to miss him," she sniffed. I tried to be empathetic, but I was too busy daydreaming about what I'd do with seven whole days to myself. I knew that if it was me putting my kids on t...

Mopping the floor every day keeps the blues away?

According to some scientists at University College London, 20 minutes of housework can reduce your risk of anxiety and depression. No, really. They're serious. I'm guessing these scientists have never been sleep deprived by new parenthood to the poin...

Bill passed to expand postpartum depression research

It is thought that as many as 80 percent of new mothers experience some sort of postpartum depression. These women suffer mood swings and often feel irritable and overwhelmed after giving birth. Between 10 and 20 percent of new mothers suffer from mo...

Streams of anxiety

Anxiety runs in my family. Without even knowing if that is possible, I recognize the certain traits my mother and I have when it comes to crowds, or highway driving, or the unique panic of movie theaters and expansive camera shots that make the blood...

13-year-old boy breaks 10-year vow of silence

Imagine telling your three-year-old that a doctor is going to cut him open and take out his tonsils -- not exactly a pleasant conversation. Then imagine that your toddler is so frightened, that he threatens never to speak again if you go through with...

College kids are anxious

Not a week goes by without at least one teary phone call from my daughter Christy. She's in her last year of college and to say she is stressed out would be an understatement. Between her full course load, her two part time jobs and her desire to sle...

Blogging Baby Size Six: The flawless drop-off

For those of us who have children in day care or preschool, we deal with separation anxiety for both ourselves and our children. Sometimes it is a chronic issue, other times it is circumstantial. Whatever the case, there are steps we can take to ease...

Fitness resolutions, are yours sticking?

As the new year is quickly ticking by, so many of us have vowed to once and for all rid ourselves of that mommy pooch that lurks just above the rims of our panties. I have had a constant pooch since the birth of my first child, over 12 years ago, but...

Are divorced moms less healthy?

Recently I ran across an article that supplied data about the decline in women's health after they are divorced. The study focuses on a small number or rural Indiana moms; it found that in the years succeeding a divorce, the women's mental and physic...

Maternal depressive symptoms and early parenting practices

Have you ever wondered about the parenting practices of those mothers who suffer depression after giving birth? I have. An article in a recent issue of Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine answered a few questions I had. The study was aimed ...

Starting Kindergarten -- A Teacher's View

One of our readers, Stacy, wrote to us and asked us to share about our experiences (if we'd had them) with our children starting kindergarten. Yesterday, Jen Creer shared her experiences with her kids; today is my turn. Okay, so I cheated. My wife ha...

Twice as nice

An article in the L.A. Times described the use of alternative medicine in conjunction with Western medicine in Southern California. Growing numbers of Americans are also eager to experiment with alternative therapies. They take herbs to boost their i...

FollowUs

Flickr RSS

TheTalkies