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Self Esteem A Family Affair resources

Jean Illsley Clarke wrote Self-Esteem A Family Affair and Growing Up Again.  She has a website with affirmations by developmental stage.  Please look up your children by age!  Remember when you parent your child through each stage, you get to go through that stage again too; so read them to yourself as well! Introduction to Affirmations) Affirmations for Becoming (Pre-natal) Affirmations for Being (0-6 months) Affirmations for Adoption (Infancy onwards) Affirmations for Doing - (6-18 months) Affirmations for Thinking - (18 months to 3 years) Affirmations for Identity & Power - (3 to 6 years) Affirmations for Structure - (6 to 12 years) Affirmations for Sexuality & Separation - (12 to 19 years) Affirmations for Independence- (Adult I) Affirmations for Interdependence - Adult II) Affirmations for Older People - (Growing Older and/or Approaching Death)

Little Sugar Addicts

Do you have a smart, creative, loving child who is also cranky, inattentive, and sometimes downright obnoxious? Does your child have a taste for soda, sugary breakfast cereal, and treats like candy and cookies? Your child may be a sugar addict. It is not your fault, IT IS BIOCHEMICAL. Little Sugar Addicts will show you the way out. You will recover both your own joy in parenting and your child's happiness. You will learn skills to transform your family in a kind and practical way. The mood swings and meltdowns will disappear. Self esteem will skyrocket and your entire family will start having fun. No strange foods, no deprivation, but practical, caring support and guidance. You can have your dream child back again. Get the book. You can look inside the book and get a sense of what is there for you. See if your child is sugar sensitive with this questionnaire. Learn a little about the sugar sensitive brain. Check out the Questions and Answers. Read the steps for children. G

Food, Mood and Neurotransmitters

Food , Mood, and Neurotransmitters "The Theory Just how does a food affect neurotransmitters? According to Dr. Richard Wurtman at MIT, who is involved in numerous studies on nutrition and the brain, the nutrients in foods are precursors to neurotransmitters, and depending on the amount of precursors present in the food you eat, the more or less of a certain neurotransmitter is produced. Although this process may seem fairly straightforward, it is complicated by the fact that foods most often are made up of more than one nutrient, and how those different nutrients interact will also impact the production and release of neurotransmitters. The Practice Despite the complexity, there are certain established bits of knowledge of how food affects your mood that you can put into practice. Boost your alertness with protein. Protein foods are broken down into their amino acid building blocks during digestion. One amino acid, called tyrosine, will increase the production of dopa

5 Foods for a Better Mood

1) Oatmeal Oatmeal may help if you find yourself feeling irritable and cranky. It is rich in soluble fiber, which helps to smooth out blood sugar levels by slowing the absorption of sugar into the blood. Oatmeal is also a great food to help you stick with your diet plan, because the soluble fiber in oatmeal forms a gel that slows the emptying of your stomach so you don't feel hungry quickly. Other foods high in soluble fiber are: beans, peas, barley, citrus fruits, strawberries and apples. What to try: Add tasty toppings to oatmeal, such as: •Low-fat granola and skim milk •Coarsely chopped apple or unsweetened chunky applesauce with cinnamon •Strawberries and sliced almonds 2) Walnuts Walnuts have long been thought of as a "brain food" because of their wrinkled, bi-lobed (brainlike) appearance. But now we know that walnuts are an excellent source of omega-3 essential fatty acids, a type of fat that's needed for brain cells and mood-lifting neurotransmit

Radiant Recovery: Sugar Sensitivity

Being sugar sensitive means you have unstable blood sugar, low serotonin and low beta endorphin. All three are out of balance. When this happens, you feel bad and you cannot will or medicate or talk your way into feeling better. Therapy, self-help or 12-step programs alone cannot heal you either because they do not heal the cause of your addiction: your sugar-sensitive biochemistry. If you are sugar sensitive, what and when you eat has a huge impact on how you feel. Eating a diet high in sugar, refined flour, alcohol and junk foods makes your sugar sensitivity - and your moods - out of control. When your sugar-sensitive body is in balance, life is good. When it is out of balance, life is miserable. Getting Well Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D. has designed a program to heal your body’s sugar sensitivity and bring it into balance. She is a pioneer in the field of addictive nutrition and was the first to give sugar sensitivity a name. She understands your issues and knows the huge impact

Food and Mood, Vitamins & Minerals

Below, an ingredient reference list from Dr. Jean Carper's Food — Your Miracle Medicine and our own picks for meals to make of them. FOR ENERGY Protein-rich foods: Low-fat seafood, turkey breast, nonfat milk, low-fat or nonfat yogurt, coffee; boron-containing foods such as fruits, nuts, legumes,broccoli, apples, pears, peaches, grapes. Why Protein? Protein breaks down into amino acids when you digest it. The amino acid tyrosine increases the production of neurotransmitters dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine, all of which increase energy and alertness. Why Boron? There's no official recommended intake for boron, a trace mineral, but its positive effects on brain function have been widely noted; there's more activity in both brain hemispheres when adequate dietary boron is present. The Lunch of Champions: Warm turkey breast with apple-pear-walnut compote, side of steamed broccoli, coffee. FOR MEMORY Thiamin-containing foods: Wheat germ, bran, nuts, f

smartsheet: the power of done

I think I've found it!  The ultimate organizer for your to do lists, and more!  It's Project Management Some of the popular templates available with smartsheet: Project Tracker: An easy way to track the latest status of project tasks. Issue Tracker: Track issue status and resolution - great for IT, Help Desk or project teams. Marketing Event Management: A good starting point for planning and executing your event. Marketing Dept. Goals: Track high level goals and actual performance against target metrics. Sales Sales Pipeline: Keep it simple - contact info, sales stage, forecast amount, close date and next steps. Client Contact List: Track key client information in a sheet that can be shared. Legal & Finance M&A Due Diligence: Grouped tasks for collecting due diligence information in an M&A transaction. IPO - Time & Responsibilities: Schedule of tasks for the key phases of an Initial Public Offering. Nonprofit Organizati

"You cannot change what you do not measure"

Dr. Amen

Counseling Services & Fees: Revised March 2011

All fees are based on a 50 minute session. Clients can request a longer session if preferred. Individual Counseling (children, teens, adults, families): With Insurance (see Panels below):    Intake/Mentall Health Assessment: $150.00. Follow-up sessions: $120.00. Telephone consultations, report writing and crisis work are all billed at $120.00 per hour. A fee of $120.00 is charged for all sessions that are not cancelled with 24-hour notice.  Insurance will not pay for missed appointments, so you will be charged directly. In cases where there is less than 24-hour notice, call the office immediately. If you can be rescheduled within the same week, you will not be charged the missed session fee. I accept cash, checks and money orders. If you would like to pay with credit card, set up a paypal account and send payment to .  Without Insurance:   If you request a slide, Admin. fee may be waived.  Intake $125 (90 minutes), $90 per session thereafter. Heal

Study Skills by Personality Type

We all have different learning styles.  The MBTI personality type indicator is used a lot for career choice selection, but can also be used for communication and now for understanding more about your learning and studying style. Download the Keirsey version of the personality test. What the MBTI Says About Your Learning Style and Study Skills Lists a description of study skill strengths by each of the 16 personality types. Study Skills Strategies "Knowing how to study is like knowing how to fish. It's a set of learning skills that lasts a lifetime and brings many rewards. Just as there are ways to know that you are a competent fisherman, there are also ways to develop study skills competency." Oodles of Study Skills Links Amby's Education Resources: Learning Styles & Study Skills Teaching approaches that will appeal

Simplicity Parenting

Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne offers a simple, orderly, and effective pathway to simplify four realms at home, which reduces stress on children and their parents, and allows room for connection, creativity, and relaxation. These four realms for simplifying are: Environment: De-cluttering too much stuff at home. Rhythm: Increasing predictability by introducing rhythmic moments for connection and calm. Scheduling: Soothing violent schedules brings moments for Being into all the Doing. Unplugging: Reducing the influence of adult concerns, media and consumerism on children and families to increase resilience, social and emotional intelligence. Parents who take steps along this pathway to simplify their homes and their schedules, to introduce more predictable rhythms and to filter out concerns which children are not yet able to cope with, find that their children: • Are calmer and happier • Do better socially and emotionally • Ar

Personal Craziness Index

"personal craziness index" or PCI (the people who use it call it "picky"). Carnes says on pg. 212: "The Twelve Steps will help you learn the necessary skills, but you also need to develop a lifestyle that builds up reserves of strength and endurance. Think of your life as having an addiction "set point" - the point at which the imbalance leaves you vulnerable to addiction, when you are too stressed or overextended to maintain your recovery. By developing a sense of what your own personal set point is, you can be alert to maintaining the balance that makes you less vulnerable to the "friends" of your addict. The PCI on page 214 will help you develop some criteria for recognizing when you have passed that point of sanity and are at risk. The PCI thus can become a set of "training" guidelines under which you train for anticipated stress. In addition, by keeping track of your own PCI for a period of time, you will get better an

Dan Gilbert says, Why are we happy?

1. We are really bad at predicting our future and whether something will make us happy. 2. Happiness can be synthesized.  We think it is something to be found, but we actually create it. 3. We think that synthetic happiness we create is less valuable than natural happiness.

Cognitive Treatment for ADHD

"The most popular ADHD natural treatments involve changing the way kids with ADHD think. After all, a child's brain is still very malleable and can form new neural pathways to alter the way it thinks and responds to certain situations. Neurofeedback and Cogmed Working Memory Training are just some examples of brain therapies that help ADHD kids control their impulses. Another option is a new online program from the Brain Potential Institute. Find out more at the UnRitalin Blog ." Common Mistakes in the ADHD Diagnosis Outdoor Remedies for ADHD ADHD Causes: Phthalates Facts Your Doctor Won't Tell You About ADHD Medication