PHYSICAL HEALTH IN HOT WEATHER By mid-August, most humid-climate residents are sick of summer heat. On occasion, literally. Dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke are real threats to anyone who plays or works outdoors. Sometimes you aren’t safe even indoors, especially if your home lacks proper air conditioning. Here’s a Top Ten list of tips for keeping your family healthy in hot … [Read more...] about PHYSICAL HEALTH IN HOT WEATHER
MENTAL HEALTH IN HOT WEATHER When the weather turns hot and humid, do your kids seem unusually cranky? Do you, yourself, want to scream, “This heat is driving me nuts!!”? Well, it’s not your imagination—and it’s not all due to being bored with school vacations and work slowdowns. Medical research confirms that hot, humid weather does affect mental stability. Dehydration takes effect faster, … [Read more...] about MENTAL HEALTH IN HOT WEATHER
PARANOIACS ANONYMOUS Hello, my name is Everymom and I’m a compulsive paranoiac—always terrified something will happen to my kids. Parents naturally want to protect their children from harm—a good instinct that turns toxic when it interferes with the children’s growing up. Many parents are effectively addicted to overprotection and paranoia, constantly hovering over their kids and … [Read more...] about PARANOIACS ANONYMOUS
DOES YOUR FAMILY HAVE A SKELETON IN THE CLOSET? The phrase “skeleton in the closet” (or “in the cupboard,” as they say in England) presumably alludes to the danger of keeping ugly things behind a door anyone might innocently open. The same idea has been widely used to comic effect, in stories where guests drop by and the homeowner shoves the household mess behind the nearest closable door, only … [Read more...] about DOES YOUR FAMILY HAVE A SKELETON IN THE CLOSET?
ADDICTION IN THE FAMILY According to the National Institutes of Health, over eight million children in the U. S.— more than 10 percent of the under-eighteen population—live with a parent or guardian who has substance use disorder. Who, in everyday terms, is addicted to alcohol or another drug. And who, as a result, is three times as likely to be abusive, and almost guaranteed to cause financial … [Read more...] about FACING ADDICTION IN THE FAMILY