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Postpartum depression is experienced by up to 61% of women after delivery. Having a baby and adjusting to this lifestyle change is intense and stressful. The hormonal changes, sleep deprivation, anxiety over caring for baby, loss of control over life and not having a supportive or helpful partner are all contributing factors to PPD. This can be a very dark and hopeless time when mothers are desperately wanting to embrace and enjoy the moments with baby but just can't. You are not alone in feeling this way. Join the call and hear from others, their stories, their strategies....you matter, your baby matters, your happiness matters, let's talk!
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What is typical teenage behavior? This stage of life is a very unique period and can be filled with rebellion and mood swings. It can be very disturbing to see your fun loving, happy child turn despondent and unhappy. Although we know the separation they must make to be independent from their parents is a normal process, the disdain and disgust they exude towards their parents can be hard to handle. There is power in sharing, listening, advising and laughing. You are definitely not alone. Parents unite! Your teenager matters...let's talk!
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Are televisions, computers and mobile phones taking over your family time? We are now living in a time when elementary kids have phones. How do you control screen time when they have access literally at their fingertips? These high levels of consumption have created problems with one on one communication, short attention spans, trouble listening and having empathy. It is far too easy to turn a blind eye to this addiction in our kids when we ourselves continually reach for our devices. Screen addiction in children requires support and intervention but will make for a happier child. How do you handle too much screen time? Do you have technology rules in your home? Share your advice and stories. We are all struggling with this new epidemic. Time away from screens matter...let's talk!
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Sibling rivalry is a normal part of growing up. The jealousy, competition and/or fighting between brothers and sisters can sure drive parents crazy though! Sometimes things can get a little unmanageable. What is considered healthy banter and when does it cross the line? What causes sibling rivalry in your family? Share stories and advice. Let's help each other. Your sanity and sibling relationships matter...let's talk!
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The mix of personalities in families can be a volatile and unhealthy combination. Family dynamics can be very complex. Family estrangement is the physical and or emotional distancing between family members. This could be very disturbing and can spur feelings of isolation and abandonment or maybe it's the healthy way? Are you or a family member feeling left out? Is forgiveness an option? Your happiness matters...let's talk!
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Abuse can be psychological, emotional, physical or sexual. All abuse involves controlling behavior by the abuser and usually destruction of the self-esteem and confidence of the person being abused. Abuse can start in any relationship in a relatively minor way and escalate into something far more serious and damaging. This can be an extremely difficult cycle to break, but never as difficult as experiencing it or watching your loved ones endure it. This is a safe, non-judgmental space to share your story. You’re not alone. Join the peer to peer support phone call and get tips and hope. Peace in your home matters...let's talk!
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Caring for an aging parent can be difficult, especially if you’re doing it alone or if there are medical complications. This can be extremely distressing watching our parents decline mentally and physically and deciding what is best for them There are so many areas to keep track of like medical exams, medications, exercise, activities as well as end of life decisions. On top of the demands on your time and emotions, there might be family dynamics with siblings that can cause a lot of stress and resentment. Don’t go at it alone, share your story and listen to how others have handled this complex stage of life. Your parents matter...let's talk!
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When your child starts developing a mind of their own it can be a wild goose chase. Toddler behavior can be extremely shocking, frustrating and simply out of control. Toddlers and tantrums seem to go hand in hand, and these are never easy. Whether it’s the terrible two’s, separation anxiety, whining, biting, potty training, safety proofing, bottle weaning or any other toddler concerns or victories, we invite you to share, share, share! Parents unite! You are not alone and your child is not a monster! Your sanity matters...let's talk!
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It can be extremely difficult to strike a balance in this day and age between family, work and taking care of our own needs. In almost 50% of American households both parents work full time. This can pose many challenges. Most working parents say they do not have enough time to spend with their kids, friends, hobbies and partners. Are you feeling overwhelmed? Have you struck a nice balance? Share your stories and strategies on the call. People helping people. Balance matters...let's talk!
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Raising kids is an intense endeavor that takes a lot of work. It can be an emotional time when our kids become young adults and move out. Empty nest syndrome, although not a clinical condition, is very real. You may experience feelings of sadness, loniless, grief and isolation. This is also a challenging time for marriages as couples may need to find new things in common besides their children. Are you a parent whose children have grown up and moved away from home? Are you struggling with this transition? Are you having an identity crisis? You’re not alone. Your next stage in life matters...let's talk!