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Four Common Causes of Behavior

Uncategorized Jun 27, 2022

This last week Dr. Michele Havens spoke at our Zoom training about, “What Causes your Child’s Behaviors.” The word that is perhaps the most important in this question is “causes.” Dr. Havens talked about 4 causes to watch for and how to decipher which one your child might be using. Once you know the cause it is easier to develop a plan to stop the behaviors. Below are the four causes Dr. Havens talked about.

 Is your child seeking attention?

Does your child get bored easily or have a hard time entertaining themselves? When a child feels bored they often...

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How Do You Impact Behaviors at Home?

Uncategorized Jun 20, 2022

Are your children struggling with behaviors? One of the first places you may look to get help is to hire a professional to evaluate your child and develop a behavior plan. No doubt this can be important, but as a parent you also continuously need to evaluate your own behaviors. Behaviors are a part of everyone’s  life and often your behaviors can feed into your child’s. Let’s look at a very common example most of us can relate to.

You Can’t Please Everybody!

Many of us are longing to create a more peaceful life.  I initially thought trying to make everybody...

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How to Set Boundaries for Success!

This last week we had Sabrina Klele speak at our “Women Empowering Women”  group. For those that missed the time, we wanted to give you a recap  of the great takeaways we all learned from Sabrina. The most important takeaways she shared could be summed up in two words: “setting boundaries.”

Taking Time for Self Care:

Sabrina has four children, one of those has special needs. All of her children were born very close together so she had her hands full. She shared about how she taught her children from a very early age that mommy had “her time.”...

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Do You Have a Mentor?

I have had mentors for many things in life, but the mentors who have been essential, were those who helped me with my son having special needs. When it came to his disabilities, I had no idea what to do or where to go. That is when I began to search for help. Here are some of the most important reasons to get a mentor.

Mentors Sit in Your Corner

I would liken being a parent of a child with special needs to the movie "Rocky." You are always entering some boxing ring to advocate or fight for something you and/or your child need. The most important relationship Rocky had was his coach. His...

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How Important is Building a Good Support System?

# self care May 30, 2022

One of the most important components of good mental health and living longer and happier lives is having quality relationships. As a parent of a child with special needs, I have struggled with this and have often felt unsupported and alone. That is why Pathways is beginning the “Women Empowering Women” support system. It is a place where women, who are moms and/or guardians, can join hands and hearts and begin to help each other take this journey together.

 The Need for Better Support Systems

Being a mom of a child with special needs is downright draining. Add to that, a...

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How to Make Health your Habit!

Uncategorized May 23, 2022

Whenever you need to change something about your life, do you generally meet with internal resistance. For example, you may know you need to drink more water and less coffee. You may know you need to watch less Netflix or TikToc and get more physically active. What is the first feeling that hits you when you have to change? Excitement or dread?  Quite often,  your biggest problem sometimes can be just getting the motivation to start.

Ask yourself, "why?"

Do an inventory of how you want to feel as a result of changing something. For example, I struggle a lot with getting enough...

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How do You Get the Sleep You Need?

Uncategorized May 19, 2022

Sleep is essential but sometimes so elusive! The American Psychological Association reports that 20% of adults feel sleepy a few days a week and 69%of children experience sleep issues a few nights or more a week (apa.com/sleep.) Sleep is an issue for many of us. How can we not only get more sleep, but improve the sleep we get?

How can a Power Nap Help?

Getting enough sleep has always been a problem for me. When I was younger, I was a night owl. I would stay up half the night and get up later in the morning. When you don’t have children this might work, but many of us hear the...

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What are Your Obstacles to Good Nutrition?

# self care May 10, 2022

The last few weeks we have been talking about the acronym "MEDS" and how it relates to mental health. This week we will be tackling the “D” in the acronym that stands for diet. 

There is no question that diet is related to mental health. The brain is the control center of the body and never stops working even when we sleep. As a result, the brain is in need of constant energy to function and the type of  food and fluids we put into our bodies makes a difference. The problem most of us encounter is consistently giving our brains the fuel required to allow them to...

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Exercise Your Way Toward Better Mental Health!

# self care May 03, 2022

When people hear about taking care of their mental health they often isolate it to what goes on in the brain. However, you cannot separate the brain from the body or the mental from the physical. The body is made from many different parts and there is no question that they impact each other. That is why taking a wholistic approach to mental health is critical to all of us.

Last week I talked about taking our MEDS which is an acronym that translates to M-meditation, E-Exercise, D-diet and S-sleep. We talked about meditation in our previous blog, but this week we will spend some time on...

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Can MEDS Improve Your Mental Health?

# self care Apr 25, 2022

I once heard Brendon Bruchard, a high performance coach, use the acronym “MEDS” as a simple way to help remember some of the most important elements to our mental health. The  acronym stands for : “M” -  meditation, “E”  - exercise, “D” – diet, and “S” – sleep. I could probably end the blog right now as most of us would agree our mental health would improve if we took our MEDS. What is also great about this acronym is that every element is under our control in one way or another. This week let’s...

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