We all know that if you add it all up, 2020 was a straight dumpster fire of stress on top of stress. We entered last year already overstressed, tense, and anxious... and then all that transpired sent a "surge" of stress on top of that.
For most of us, it hit us in pretty much all directions - work, home, family, and more. Perhaps most sad of all, it hit our kids hard too. Remote learning has been an immense struggle for so many, no matter their age. Every day is a battle, the same battle.
So, what if there was actually a way to effectively "switch off" our stress and in turn, "boost" and "activate" our mood and happiness?
For so many parents especially, this email and quick explanation of things will seem unbelievable. So many parents and people have been stuck in constant fight-or-flight mode for so long, they don't know anything else.
Last year before the covid-chaos even hit, I had a mom genuinely ask me during her...
This is a must read if you feel like your kiddo is constantly sick and you don't know why. If you're ready to see your child thrive, this story is for you!
"There is a saying in life that goes “one day we’ll look back at this and smile” and that very much applies to the story I’m about to tell you.
In 2015 at the tender age of 3, my oldest son, Colton, was diagnosed with “RSV” or restrictive airway disease. This diagnosis came after two long years of chronic sinus infections, coughs (which lasted months at a time) and restricted breathing, which, at it’s worst, landed us in the intensive care unit at a major hospital whose staff stood by - ready to perform an emergency throat trach as my son lie there, gasping for oxygen.
These are times that as a Mom are incredibly hard to relive. Even as I write the words of my story, the rush of fear, uncertainty and helplessness that I felt then come rushing back like taunting...
The "New Normal" is trending, as the cool kids say. It’s got to be the 3rd most said phrase behind the "Stay Home" and "Stay Safe" phrases. And I am in favor of the new normal. Here’s why. According to the CDC, currently of the children living in the United States:
9.4% have ADHD
1 in 54 have Autism (far higher in boys)
210,000 have Diabetes
The rate of Type 2 Diabetes increased by 21%
1 in 3 are Overweight
7.1% have been diagnosed Anxiety
Also as the kids say, WTH?
That’s our current normal.
That was the 'old' new normal before Covid, and do you think being locked at home without physical activity, sports, socializing, etc. has helped them eat healthier, get physically fit, and calm their ADHD and anxiety?
What we all know is that the last 2-3 months will have absolutely accelerated the chronic illness in kids "curve" even more, which is alarming and sad. Not sure what could be more news worthy either, but it barely...
Dear Parents (aka newly minted Teachers, Therapists, and Counselors),
We know it’s an extra stressful and difficult time for your family right now with the Covid-19 shut down. No one likes the challenges we all face right now, but families with sensory-challenged children are really feeling it.
On top of all the regular challenges faced each day by Sensory, Anxiety, and ADHD kiddos… now they’re missing that consistent structure of school, supportive therapies, regular social engagement, and just overall are on an upside-down routine each and every day.
It’s stress on top of stress.
Everyone is feeling it. Emotional and behavioral outbursts on the regular for both the kids and honestly, parents too. It’s not easy.
We’d like to at least make it easier to get the help you need. We have always offered our monthly Perfect Storm Parent Workshop live and in-person, but of course right now that’s off the table as well.
Therefore Dr. Tony and our...