October 2010 Entries
Dr. Linda Mintle answers this user-submitted question: I am a single mom with three children ages 5, 7, and 9. I am stressed out. I find myself yelling at my kids and annoyed every time they want something. It seems I can’t even get in the shower some days. I need a break, but have no money to really go anywhere. Any suggestions?
A preteen asks, “My mom and dad don’t want me to play violent video games. My friends say they are really fun and only entertainment. It seems everyone plays these games, and they aren’t shooting people at school. What’s the big deal?” The big deal is that violent video games can lead to aggression. Studies support the idea that violent video games also can increase delinquency.
What do you do when your teen or young adult sports the latest naval design or ankle creation? Faint, yell, or try to rub it off (Trust me, it doesn’t work. They are permanent). Let’s face it. When we were kids, the only guys who had tattoos drove Harleys, spit nails, and didn’t shower for days. Personally, I don’t understand wanting anything that invites pain.
It’s 6 a.m. You begin your day with two cups of coffee, feed the kids, and grab a granola bar as you run out the door to meet the school bus. Then you make a mad rush to do errands. By 10 a.m., your blood sugar is dropping so you stop by 7-11 and grab a high caffeine drink and a couple of cookies. Then it is home to do laundry and clean up from the morning rush...