Tips for helping a child with a depressive disorder

Tips for helping a child with a depressive disorder

Before my child was diagnosed with a depressive disorder (aka depression), the only experience I’ve had with it was in adults. I knew the predominant mood was sadness, so wouldn’t that mean it’d be the same for a child? Wrong, in children the predominant mood is irritability. I believe if more people and parents knew that one fact, more children(and families) would be able to get help. Instead of a child getting written off as having over-activity, aggressive and antisocial behavioral problems.

We continue to learn everyday about what works and doesn’t work for my son, but we have learned a ton over the past couple years. If your child has recently been diagnosed, or you’re just looking for some new tips to try. Keep in mind not every child is the same, but maybe one of these will work for you.

  1. Difficulty just ignoring things; noise canceling headphones are a great easy tool to have at home and at school, fidget tools are also good tools to have at home and school great for anxiety.
  2. Set a safe zone; designate a spot your child can go to when he/she is feeling irritated or embarrassed and set it before something happens. Their bedroom at home, a chair right outside their classroom door or the office, a bench at the playground. Just remember to talk about it with your child before, so they know where and that they have a spot they can go to for a cool down period.
  3. 504 plan; if you don’t have one already, talk to your child’s school and Dr to get one set up. This will really help not only your child but your child’s school. It is tailored to meet the needs of your child.
  4.  Keep your laughs to yourself, unless… You could simply be laughing because your kid said something cute or funny but unless they’re telling a joke don’t laugh. They are being serious and they will get embarrassed and that could/will lead into a meltdown.
  5. Learn your child’s cues. This is probably the most important one, sure you may think you already know them all, and maybe you do. Hear me out. Grab a piece of paper and start jotting down things that set him/her off, ways to calm them down, things that work for them. When you’re done make a couple copies give it to other adults that are around your child.
  6. Diet. No, I don’t mean put your child on a diet. Eat foods high in B12 and folate, or take vitamin supplements. They are known to balance the mood.
  7. Crowds may not be the best choice if your child is already having a irritable day. As well as any function that is overly stimulating. If it is mandatory they have to go, don’t forget those headphones, fidget tool, chewing gum, something to keep the calm.
  8. Talk with your child; this one’s important you want your child to know they can trust and come to you to talk. Whether they’re feeling sad, embarrassed or irritated. Let them know your there to listen and/or help and give them tools to help themselves.
  9. Discipline. Chances are you have to get after your child at least once in their lifetime 😉 But a child with depression/anxiety, you don’t necessarily discipline them definitely but how you do it is very important. The best way to discipline a child who embarrasses easily is to take them aside, away from the people who they think are watching and laughing at them.

There are so many other ways to help a child with a depressive disorder, these are just a few. Learn your child and your families needs. You are your child’s biggest advocate!

 

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Welcome to Voices of Special Needs Blog Hop — a monthly gathering of posts from special needs bloggers hosted by The Sensory Spectrum and The Jenny Evolution. Click on the links below to read stories from other bloggers about having a special needs kiddo — from Sensory Processing Disorder to ADHD, from Autism to Dyslexia! Want to join in on next month’s Voices of Special Needs Hop? Click here!


Make taking vitamins easy with Yummi Bear Organics & Slice of Life Organics #MomsMeet

Make taking vitamins easy with Yummi Bear Organics & Slice of Life Organics #MomsMeet

No matter how healthy you live life, vitamins should be a part of it! They provide those extra nutrients you may not be receiving to live a healthy and happy life. Take Vitamin D for instance, even if the sun is in full force all that sunscreen you lather on blocks your body from absorbing Vitamin D and all us Seattleites don’t see much sun during those winter months.

Adults and kids alike can get benefits from taking vitamin supplements. Though as parents, it can be difficult to get your child to take a vitamin. That’s why Hero Nutritionals invented Yummi Bears, they provide essential nutrients in a gummy form. They select the purest, most nutritional ingredients that are free of allergens, gluten and dairy with nothing artificial.  In 2009 they launched the Yummi Bears Organics line as well as the adult Slice of Life Organics.

Yummi Bear Organics Complete Multi-Vitamin
This vitamin provides you with 16 essential nutrients for your child’s growth & development. From the cute packaging to the flavors your child will love this vitamin! Great flavors, each one has a gummy bear design, chew-able, easy on the stomach and what child can pass up a vitamin sprinkled with sugar? All organic ingredients, fruit pectin based, and free of GMOs, gelatin, gluten, and dairy. It is very easy to get my child to take his multi vitamin with Yummi Bear’s!

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Slice of Life Organics Energy + B12
It’s certified organic as well as fruit pectin based, and free of GMOs, gelatin, gluten, and dairy. Contains B12, along with folic acid and B6, to form a potent supplement to support heart and circulatory health as well as energy metabolism. I’ve tried many vitamins and I’ve found that chew-able vitamins are easiest on my stomach. These tasted great, a little sweet but you can definitely taste the fruit. They were gentle on my stomach and worked well.

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If you’re looking for an adult multi-vitamin, Slice of Life Organics has that as well that I was able to try a couple days worth. I loved those as well, tasted great and easy on my stomach!

Taking vitamins with your family shouldn’t be a battle, make it part of your daily routine with Hero Nutritionals Vitamins!!

 

Where to purchase? Hero Nutritionals Vitamins are available to purchase at: Whole Foods Market, Sprouts Farmers Market, Ralphs, Kroger, Smart & Final, GNC, Vitamin Shoppe, Jimbo’s, amazon.com, and costco.com. To find Hero Nutritionals Vitamins in your area, visit: heronutritionals.com/store-locator.
com for the full list of locations.

Disclaimer: I received this product for free from Moms Meet to use and post my honest opinions. Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links.

Check out these organic suncare products by COOLA #MomsMeet

As an adult I’ve learned all the benefits of good sun protection and am now very cautious with protecting not only my own skin but my families. My children have learned how important it is to use the correct products to protect themselves from sun damage. Being out in the sunshine shouldn’t be a scary thing, it is a great source of Vitamin D among many other benefits, the scary thing comes from when you don’t protect yourself.

Sunscreen is the number one go to for sun protection.We try to avoid non-organic sunscreens because of toxic chemicals can actually prevent the suns ultra violet rays from creating Vitamin D in the body.

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A sunscreen I love is the COOLA Sport SPF 50 Guava Mango Spray, which offers an ultrasheer, antioxidant-rich continuous spray in an all natural Guava Mango scent. Usually I’m not a fan of the smell of spray sunblock, but this one is completely different. It has certified organic ingredients like Cucumber, Algae, and Strawberry Extracts. It is wonderful on our sensitive skin, doesn’t have a greasy feeling and the spray makes it easy to apply to a child and those hard to reach areas. Doesn’t take forever to apply to the whole body. which is very helpful as a parent. Water resistant for 80 minutes.

 Ingredient Benefits:
• Algae Extract: Helps to improve the production of skin’s collagen
and promotes skin firmness and tone.
• Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe Vera) Extract: Long-prized for its
healing, anti- inflammatory and cell renewing properties, Aloe
Vera Extract is instantly hydrating and healing to skin.
• Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Fruit Extract: Powerful antioxidant
rich in Vitamin C to help fight and protect against environmental
damage.
• Cucumber Extract: Known for its healing properties, it is antiinflammatory
and soothing to skin.

Below you’ll find where to purchase COOLA, a discount code as well as other products from the lovely brand COOLA!

Makeup SPF 30 Setting Spray – this was very easy to use, smells good, dries quickly and you can’t tell you applied it!

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Mineral Sport SPF 50 Tinted Sunscreen Stick – it’s very easy to rub it on your face or where ever you wish, gentle on my sensitive skin and it has a nice tint to enhance your natural glow.

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Mineral SPF 30 Liplux – really love this chapstick, great scent, really moisturizes and hydrates the lips!

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I’ve got a discount code for 20% off your purchase at coolasuncare.com, code is good until November 30th, 2017. Use code: Black20

Where to purchase?  COOLA Sport SPF 50 Guava Mango Sunscreen Spray is available for purchase at Sephora, Ulta and Nordstrom, as well as at coolasuncare.com. To find the Sport SPF 50 Guava Mango Sunscreen Spray in your area, visit coolasuncare.com/locator for the full list of locations.

Did you know? SPF stands for sun protection factor. Sunscreens are classified by an SPF number which refers to their ability to deflect UVB rays. The SPF rating is calculated by comparing the amount of time needed to burn sunscreen-protected skin versus unprotected skin.

Disclaimer: I received this product for free from Moms Meet to use and post my honest opinions. Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links.

Jarrow Formula Probiotics Women #MomsMeet

jarrow formula

My family started taking probiotic supplements this summer, even baby’s taking them. If you’re wondering what they are, probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health especially your digestive system. Research is still underway but some ways they keep you healthy is; when you loose good bacteria in your body, probiotics help replace them and help balance your bodies good and bad bacteria to keep your body working like it should be.

Now that you know a little about probiotics. Let’s talk about Jarro-Dophilus Women.

Jarro-Dophilus Women is a true probiotic specifically for women because it contains four patented probiotic strains known as the Astarte strains. Which were originally isolated in clinical research from young, healthy women in their third month of pregnancy and are the predominant species found in the vaginal tract of healthy women.

I’ve been taking Jarro-Dophilus Women’s 5 Billion probiotic for a couple weeks now and I may not see all the benefits, but just knowing it’s improving my health and life makes me feel better. I have noticed a change in my appetite this past week and not wanting to constantly eat. The pills are easy to swallow and go down easy, they don’t upset my stomach like a lot of supplements do.

My family is also taking the Jarrow probiotics. the Jarro-Dophilus infant is easy to give the baby and the Yum-Yum Dophilus is for kids and adults comes in a chewable form, very easy to take and has flavor that kids will like.

jarrow formula probiotics women

Taking care of your gut may be the single most important thing you can do for your health.

Where to purchase? Available at health food retailers nationwide  including Whole Foods Market,  Sprouts Farmers Market, Natural Grocers, and independent retailers and online at iherb.com, vitacost.com, provitaminas.com, and swansonvitamins.com. To find JarroDophilus Women in your area, visit: jarrowprobiotics.com for the full list of locations.

Jarrow Formulas line of products also includes vitamins, minerals, probiotics, standardized herbal concentrates, amino acids, enzymes, and enteral nutrition products.

 

Disclaimer: I received this product for free from Moms Meet to use and post my honest opinions. Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links.

Summer heat getting to you? Try these

Summer heat getting to you? Try these

Summer heat!! We all love summer, or so I think! One thing many don’t like is the extreme heat and no place to cool down. Most of us here in Western Washington (as well as many other areas) don’t have central air conditioning to cool the house down. So, you sit there and be miserable. Well, that doesn’t need to happen and I’m going to give you 5 ways to stay cool this summer at home.

  1. ICE PACK under the LEFT armpit! I’m putting this one top of the list because it is the most effective! And no this is definitely not a joke. I learned about this a while ago and can’t believe how well it works, I think it has something to do with the hearts location. Near the left armpit!!
  2. Spray bottle filled with water! Buy a squirt bottle for as low at $1 and just keep it filled with water and spray on your body.
  3. Get those windows open after the temp drops down at night and early morning before it rises, as soon as the heat feels like it’s picking up close them immediately. Fans in window seals work too, when they are open.
  4. Drink loads of iced water
  5. Wet a washcloth and place in the freezer until it’s frozen and then drape over your head and let it melt.

 

ways to beat the summer heat

Hope these help you have a more enjoyable summer!!

Raising a child with special needs! (June Special Needs Blog Hop)

Raising a child with special needs! (June Special Needs Blog Hop)

My child has special needs. It might not be the special needs in your mind, he doesn’t have a physical disability or learning difficulties.

special needs :
(in the context of children at school) particular educational requirements resulting from learning difficulties, physical disability, or emotional and behavioral difficulties.

special needs blog hop

My child has a depressive disorder and anxiety. So, if you were to just look at him you wouldn’t be able to tell he has special needs. Which can be very difficult in situations.

It is not always easy to to identify depression in a child, as some children the predominant mood is irritability rather than sadness. The irritability associated with childhood depression may manifest as overactivity and aggressive, antisocial behavior. 

My son’s biggest triggers include irritability and embarrassment. Which in either of those situations he has a very hard time controlling his emotions and they can easily become aggressive. As a parent it can be very difficult to watch and deal with; you want to comfort him, but also teach him techniques to control those emotions.
It can make it even harder when it looks like a tantrum but really it’s a meltdown that he cannot easily control. When people around him don’t know how to react and a simple laugh can be interpeted by him as someone making fun of him and he gets even more embarrassed and lashes out even more.
When another voices their opinions that when he is having a meltdown over something that he physically and emotionally can’t handle, that I should punish him. What makes that okay?!

I think the hardest part of raising a child with a mental illness, isn’t that he has special needs, it is the people around us. After time you learn your child’s cues and ways to handle your child’s specific needs. But it’s the people around you that affect how situations will turn out, will it be a stranger or maybe someone who knows your child but isn’t willing to understand and help your child.
So, I’d like to tell all the parents raising a child with a mental illness and special needs; you are strong, your children are strong. Surround yourself with people who care and aren’t toxic for you and your family!

voices of special needs blog hop

Welcome to Voices of Special Needs Blog Hop — a monthly gathering of posts from special needs bloggers hosted by The Sensory Spectrum and The Jenny Evolution. Click on the links below to read stories from other bloggers about having a special needs kiddo — from Sensory Processing Disorder to ADHD, from Autism to Dyslexia! Want to join in on next month’s Voices of Special Needs Hop? Click here!