As summer is approaching, it is important to help your children or teens to continue developing their independence skills. While your children are at school, they are constantly developing their independence skills by:
Writing their homework on their assignment notebook
Putting away their backpacks
Transitioning from class to class
Ensuring their work area is neat
Turning-in homework on time
Checking their grades
Balancing school work while being involved in extra-curricular activities
Developing self-advocacy skills and asking for help when necessary
Cleaning their backpack, lockers, and lunch bags
These are some of the skills that are being reinforced on a daily basis while being at school. In the summer time, it is important to continuously reinforce these skills. Children and teens who develop these skills have a better ability to self-advocate, be responsible, and be assertive with decision making. Therefore, those who have acquired...
The food, oh the food. Every time I turn around there is food. I gained 3 pounds from Thanksgiving weekend, and I did not eat any sweets. Its crazy how quickly the calories add up and the pounds go on. I gave up sweets and bread in April, as I realized that my emotional eating needs had turned into a habit. I no longer ate because I could not control my emotions, I ate because I had not admitted to myself how miserable I was by continuing this bad habit.
Have you ever stopped to think about food as an addiction? In my opinion, a food addiction is a different kind of addiction, as there are no 30/60/90 days sober. In my case, my food addiction started when I suffered a life-altering trauma when I was an adolescent. I was lonely and in pain, and I needed a source of comfort. Unfortunately, food became my best friend and continued to be so until this year. My emotional eating caused a great deal of pain in my life, as I have spent...