The Band-Aid Kid

the-band-aid-kidWhile at Wal-Mart purchasing yet another package of  Band-Aids for my son, Austin, I wondered, Why am I always buying these? I was raising two boys actively involved with being outdoors, swimming, fishing, hunting, riding bikes, and sports. Both of my boys bled and used Band-Aids for their multiple scrapes and injuries. Their injuries were a “normal” part of living active lives which allowed them to learn natural limits – pain is a good teacher.

Austin went through a box of Band-Aids like a box of chocolates. He picked out his favorite size, texture, and print (usually his favorite superhero or cartoon character). Continue reading

How food affects the body, brain, and behavior – microbiome

how-food-effects-usDoes food really affect our health, and behavior? I hear this question often and I have to remind myself that personal knowledge related to the toxic effects and healing effects of food choices is unique to each of us. Most people are willing to believe that food directly affects overall health. There are tons of research articles, diet plans, books, and specialists explaining how bad food habits can be dangerous to our bodies and life expectancy. Emerging research explains how certain types of foods affect our mood and behaviors. While we may disagree with which health food plan is best for an individual’s needs, we cannot continue to ignore psychological and physiological diseases plaguing us, our kids, and our nation.  Continue reading

How toxic food creates “tox-sick kids”

tox-sick-kids-menuWe have all seen kid-friendly menus at restaurants and events where convenience food is considered a necessary evil for living a modern fast-paced lifestyle. We often do not consider the long term consequences of feeding our kids toxic foods or even know what the actual consequences might be. If you have been raised on fast food and pre-packaged grocery store items, then you most likely have continued to eat this way as an adult. Therefore, you teach your kids the same diet plan.

“I can’t get my child to eat healthy food.” Continue reading

3As: AD/HD, Anxiety & Allergies: How Do I Help My Child?

image-how-do-i-help-my-childIf you are looking for answers to your child’s health and behavioral needs, allow me to introduce you to an innovative approach which puts your child at the center of his/her care. The goal of treatment is to discover underlying causes of illness and behavioral challenges to provide healing versus medicating symptoms. Continue reading

Feeling Like a Failure at Parenting?

Free stock photo of woman, eye, see, close-upAs a counselor, I often hear wonderful parents describe their parenting “failures” when their children do not “behave.” Often times, the parent feels like a failure due to multiple factors. The looks of disgust from other parents, friends, and loved ones along with their own embarrassment, and confusion about why their lovely child is out-of-control are a few factors which led to this feeling. I feel the same way almost daily. Continue reading