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Just Like You CONTEST

So it’s raining here and kind of miserable and I have a good chance to catch up on my paperwork and I came up with a great idea. I want for my More »

Just like you for blog

My kids anxiety book “Just Like You”

It’s almost here! The anticipation and excitement are building. Get ready for a great book on anxiety that’s geared towards kids. This is my first book, and I’m so excited for everyone More »

Spring Blossom

New to the blog – ART GALLERY

Artistic talent runs throughout this house, and clearly the juices have been flowing lately. Please welcome to the blog the very first artistic creations from Sydney Devoe. Sydney is a budding artist More »

Exploring

Favourite Quote Friday

Oh it’s been a very busy but great week. I’ve had so many great things happen and feel the energy just moving and flowing. Here’s a quote for today: “ I will More »

Footprints

How does social anxiety affect you?

What a great way of expressing how social anxiety affects a person. If you have a chance please check out this video.Social Anxiety Disorder More »

Soap for Hope

“I don’t want to live in the kind of world where we don’t look out for each other. Not just the people that are close to us, but anybody who needs a helping hand. I cant change the way anybody else thinks, or what they choose to do, but I can do my bit.”
― Charles de Lint

 
I have always hoped that the posts on this blog hold some inspiration for others. In providing information it is my hope that readers can then source strategies and ideas out that resonate and suit them. It is also a tremendous pleasure when others reach out to me hoping to connect with you the reader because their journey has taken them to a place of giving back. That is how I came across “Soap For Hope”. I was sent a few of the products and have spent the last few weeks enjoying the creams and soaps. Who better to tell us more about Soap for Hope than the creator herself. I would like to welcome Susie from “Soap for Hope” to let us know more about the inspiration behind their products.
 
What is Soap for Hope?
Soap for Hope Happiness Soap 
We started Soap for Hope, Inc. with a simple idea: provide all natural, handcrafted high quality bath & body products to customers – then use the profits to help children with extreme anxiety, children with ASD, and children with special needs around the world.
With reputable manufacturers that share the same mission with us, we bring premium all natural, high quality products to you – with business integrity, and excellent customer services to complete the package.
 
Every time you shop at Soap for Hope,
the profits from the sale go to
help children with extreme anxiety,
children with autism spectrum disorder,
and children with special needs;
to obtain intervention programs that
can help them find their path
and lead them to a quality life
.

CHANGE THE VIEW VIDEO CONTEST- Enter by April 10, 2014!

Are you or one of your classmates struggling with a mental health issue or addiction? Take Action!

For the 5th year in a row, CMHO is celebrating Children’s Mental Health Week with a YouTube video contest called Change the View. Ontario youth are invited to make a short video that shows how we can all take the stigma out of kids’ mental health issues like stress, depression, ADHD, bullying and psychosis – for a chance to WIN $1500!!

Teen health: Depression, anxiety and social phobias rising in kids, educators say

Teen health: Depression, anxiety and social phobias rising in kids, educators say… what do you think?
 
I talk to so many parents whose children are just struggling to survive the pressures of life. I think we have put so much pressure on our kids right from a youth age – they don’t know how to cope because we don’t give them the proper tools. Then we push them out the door and tell them “go ahead”.
 
What are the things that triggers your child’s depression, anxiety and social phobia. I give kudos to anyone who speaks about their mental health challenges – especially children and youth.
 
I invite you to read this article about a meeting of the LETS Club, or Let’s Erase The Stigma Club, at Los Altos H.S. in Los Altos. See what they are doing to erase the stigma.
 

Teen health: Depression, anxiety and social phobias rising in kids, educators say
By Sharon Noguchi snoguchi@mercurynews.com
 
The increasing stress isn’t just afflicting children of Silicon Valley’s affluent and educated, who attend top schools among driven, college-bound peers. Though not yet reflected in lagging and incomplete national statistics, the trend appears to cut across social class, income level, ethnicity and academic ability.
 
“We see all demographics,” said Gloria Dirkmaat, special education director in the San Mateo Union High School District.
 
Overfelt High on San Jose’s East Side has seen a spike in student panic attacks. Anxiety disorder rose this past fall among teens in Palo Alto and Menlo Park.
 
“We are seeing children who are coming in with greater needs around mental health, and also seeing them at an earlier age,” said Judith Cameron of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.
 
Read the full article

Do you understand your child’s talents?

I found this wonderful article about a father who was really attuned to his autistic son’s talent and how now made a business for him. I think we sometimes have trouble really listening and seeing what talents our children have. You just have to read this to see what a wonderful opportunity this father has provided his son.
 
Autistic man’s gift for IKEA assembly turns into business
By: Laurie Monsebraaten Social justice reporter, Published on Fri Jan 17 2014
An Edmonton father starts a business with his 24-year-old son, who can’t read or talk but can figure out how to put together complex furniture.
 
The next time you are cursing the assembly instructions for an IKEA desk or bookshelf, you will wish you were living in Edmonton.
Residents in the Alberta capital can hire Brad Fremmerlid, a 24-year-old man with severe autism who can build anything.
Although he doesn’t read or speak, Fremmerlid has an amazing ability to understand the most complex diagrams, blueprints and pictorial instructions.
And for a small fee — currently about $20 — he will build any piece of furniture in your home.
“Everyone tells us we should be charging more, but we’re not really looking for money,” said his father, Mark Fremmerlid, an air ambulance pilot, who launched the business for his son this month. “We just want him to have something meaningful to do.
 
Read the full article

Captain Courage and the Fear Squishing Shoes Contest


Win a copy of this book… Details below!
Inside the pages of Captain Courage and the fear squishing shoes you will find a wonderful story about “Katie Courageous”. Katie has transferred to a new school and is having some anxiety and worry and trouble speaking out. Throughout the book there are a number of people that are ready to support Katie and are patient to see her strengths emerge. It is a colourful and captivating book that inspires its readers.
 
Stacey offers some tips at the end of the book on how to speak with confidence and I think we all could do with a few reminders.
 
“Use a strong voice”, “Pretend to be confident even if you are scared” and “Make eye contact”.
 
There are some fantastic messages in this book both for Katie and those people supporting her along her journey.
 
This book reminds us that there are super hero’s in our every day lives and sometimes some where capes. Whatever the strategy the message is clear that when we struggle we need others to recognize how hard it is, be patient and think outside of the box to find a solution.
 
I thank Stacey very much for adding to the great repertoire of artists and authors that have graced this pages of this blog.
 
If you would like to find out more about the book “Captain Courage and the Fear Squishing Shoes” head on over to Stacey’s site.
 
If you would like to win a copy of “Captain Courage and the Fear Squishing Shoes” tell us your superhero name for overcoming fear and anxiety.
 
Random winner will be chosen. Only one entry per person. Contest open to everyone! Please share the link.
Contest closes on March 30, 2014.

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