Sunday, May 13, 2012

WISHING YOU A THURSDAY KIND OF MOTHER'S DAY



If I were a kid and it was acceptable for me to wear those super cool socks or underwear that have the days of the week on them, I’m pretty sure I’d pick Thursday every time. I’ve always thought of Sunday as my favorite day of the week for all the obvious  reasons– church, family dinner, nap, football, but I’ve really been appreciating Thursdays lately.  It’s funny because there was a time in my life when Thursday was a really fun day for totally different reasons (Thirsty Thursday anyone?) but here in “Mom-World,” Thirsty Thursdays are few and far between.

For me, Thursday nights are kind of like my Fridays. My “official” work-week ends. I tie up paperwork and billing, finish phone calls and prepare for the weekend (and indulge in Grey’s Anatomy of course).  This week was particularly crazy and by Thursday night I felt a huge weight off my shoulders. It was as if my black, white, and gray pictures turned into color – sort of like that magical scene from the Wizard of Oz.

I felt like I noticed my daughters more, listened more carefully to their stories and concerns, and generally seemed more present in the moment.  I have to admit that being present in the moment is a daily goal, but one that I frequently fall short of.  Reflecting on how wonderful fully “being” with them felt, I found myself wishing I could make a way to be more intentional about this daily (again, repeat theme – it is a daily seemingly unreachable goal). But as I thought, I realized that being a parent, specifically being a Mother, is such a challenging job that the honest truth is that if we were always “fully present” nothing would get done! So I decided to allow myself, right then and there in that moment, to give myself a break. I vowed to no longer feel guilty if I was not engaged constantly but at the same time, ironically I decided to try to schedule more unscheduled time! In other words, more “Thursdays” for me.  Today, I’m taking the day as a Thursday. We have no clean socks or towels and I’m not letting myself care, because I have someone who wants to sit on my lap and smother me in kisses. And I know one day too soon, she’ll not want to do that anymore.

Some of us as Mother’s work full time away from the home. Others work full time at home. And some, like me, try to balance both worlds and inevitably feel like we never really get to do anything to the full needed extent. It’s a challenge to do it all and to find a fit that feels best for ourselves and our families. But the fact of the matter is, we all need a “Thursday” or “Thursdays” for that matter.

So to you mothers out there, the ones that I know – those who helped raise me and those who help me raise my kids, those who inspire me, push me, and encourage me in this messy but wonderfully yummy job of motherhood, and to those who I don’t know personally but who I am connected to through this important job we are trusted with – I wish you a Thursday -kind –of- Sunday and a very restful, happy, and fully present Mother’s Day!
The view from our Mother's day hike - WV is ALMOST HEAVEN. Hope you enjoy!
The best gift wrap ever - my flower came in this. I need to read it every day I need motivation to allow myself a Thursday kind of day!
Friday, May 11, 2012

May is Better HEARING and SPEECH Month!


From the American Speech-Language Hearing Association's Website:



Parents Advised On How To Detect 

Communications Disorders In Their 

Children

Although more than 5 million children in the United States have a speech, language, and hearing disorder, parents are often uninformed and unsure about what to do when they suspect their child. This May, and every May since 1927, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) has used the May is Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) celebration to provide parents with information about communication disorders to help ensure that they do not seriously affect their children's ability to learn, socialize with others, and be successful in school.
Speech and language problems can occur at any time in a child's life. They can be caused by accidental injury, illness, or inherited by birth. Child speech and language problems include:
  • Stuttering
  • Articulation problems ("wabbit" instead of "rabbit")
  • Language disorders such as the slow development of vocabulary, concepts, and grammar.
  • Voice disorders (nasal, breathy, or hoarse voice and speech that is too high or low)
Parents who suspect their child has a communication disorder should see an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist. These professionals identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems including swallowing disorders. Speech-language pathologists work in schools, private practice, hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, health departments, research laboratories, and other health education settings.
Fortunately, most children with speech, language, and hearing problems can be helped. Even if the problem cannot be eliminated, an SLP can teach the child strategies to help them cope with their communication disorders, or provide them with the appropriate technology. By promoting Better Hearing and Speech Month, we hope parents will learn about communication disorders, what they can do to help their children, and how speech-language pathologists and audiologists can help with their child's communication disorders.
Meanwhile, hearing loss, like speech and language problems, can have a negative impact on a child's social and academic development. Communication disorders like hearing loss in children can occur at birth or as a child grows older due to chronic ear infections or exposure to noise. The earlier hearing loss occurs in a child's life, the more serious the effects have on the child's development.
Typical signs of a hearing loss in children include:
  • Inconsistently responding to sound
  • Delayed language and speech development
  • Unclear speech
  • Sound is turned up on electronic equipment (radio, TV, cd player, etc.)
  • Does not follow directions
  • Often says "Huh?"
  • Does not respond when called
  • Frequently misunderstands what is said and wants things repeated
As a first step, people who think their child is displaying many of these warning signs and think they may have hearing loss or other hearing disorders should see a certified audiologist. These professionals specialize in preventing, identifying, assessing, and treating hearing disorders. Also, they provide treatment for hearing loss including fitting hearing aids and other assistive listening devices, and they can teach children with hearing loss how to concentrate on hearing all sounds.
ASHA recommends that children at risk for hearing loss, such as those who suffer from chronic ear infections or in cases where there is a family history of hearing loss, be screened by a certified audiologist as frequently as needed to ensure they are hearing well. Otherwise, for children ages 5-18, hearing screenings should occur on initial entry into school and annually in kindergarten through 3rd grade as well as in the 7th and 11th grades.
Parents who think their children may have a speech, language, or hearing disorder or know of a loved one who has a communication disorder should access ProSearch at http://www.asha.org/findpro/, ASHA's online directory of audiology and speech-language pathology programs, to find an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist or audiologist in their area.

About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 145,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems including swallowing disorders. www.asha.org/.

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