Establish a calming, consistent, and predictable routine. This is not a time to run around to get your little one’s sillies out! The bedtime routine should be a way to help your child wind down and get prepared for the next day. These routines should be short and predictable (about 30 minutes should be sufficient) …
I feel more rooted now than ever, more resilient. It may come as a surprise to many of you that I suffered from anxiety much of my adult life, in spite of the fact that people have long seen me as calm, cool and collected. My journey to finding my peace has been gradual—actually, it …
We are off to an impressive start to 2021. Not only do we have a highly competent new administration in the White House working to repair many aspects of our country, we also have at least two vaccines (e.g. Pfizer and Moderna) with 94% or better efficacy after two doses and their availability is rapidly ramping up. And, I expect that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will receive emergency use authorization this month.
The last few weeks have been emotionally charged, to say the least, and I’ve been struggling to come up with just the right words to express my sadness, deep disappointment, and outrage at police brutality.
Hold on tightly folks. Shelter-in-place and other restrictions imposed by state and local governments to slow COVID-19 are being loosened, and even lifted in some parts of California and the United States, without any comprehensive federal plan or testing strategy. At the federal level, chaos, lies, and gaslighting are preferred over planning, testing and leadership. Last week, Mr. Trump opined that COVID testing increases the number of novel coronavirus infections. This truly outrageous statement is beyond magical thinking. It is akin to suggesting there’s no need to use birth control to avoid pregnancy—instead, just skip the pregnancy test.
As you are aware, the situation around the SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19 crisis is continuing to rapidly evolve. Since my original article about COVID-19 dated February 29th scientists, medical professionals, and even mathematicians have been studying the situation. Communities are beginning to take decisive action, including canceling large group events and “social distancing” is becoming a major focus to avoid transmission of the virus.
If you’ve been to the store or looked online lately, you may have noticed that the virtual and real life shelves that used to be full of hand sanitizing products are bare. As one local store clerk remarked to me, “Panic buying is great for our business, but it’s terrible for the world.” So true. The person with a big stash of hand sanitizer might feel “prepared” for the COVID-19 pandemic after overbuying, but while that product just sits around in their cabinet, it’s not helping anyone.
This flu season has recently gotten more “exciting” with the appearance of a novel coronavirus which at least a few experts now admit has morphed into a pandemic. COVID-19 was first reported to have emerged from a fish market selling wild animals in Wuhan, China in December 2019, and as the virus has spread beyond China and into other countries, including the United States, it has been getting more and more media attention. Even the stock market has experienced violent declines this week as investors increasingly worry about severe business risks.
We are living in an era of “fake news.” Our leaders persist in getting their facts wrong and various online “news” sources continue to peddle harmful nonsense. While there should always be room for making an innocent mistake and correcting it, lying is another situation entirely. Honesty matters. It’s a key component to healthy relationships. As parents, we want our children to be honest, but how do we encourage truth-telling?
You can feel it—autumn is here. Halloween is behind us, we have switched the clocks back from daylight savings time, and the air is getting chillier. With this seasonal shift, many of us are already dealing with more colds and other viruses. And even though we grown-ups may be thoroughly washing our hands for at least 20 seconds and avoiding touching our faces, others (including our children) are still learning to do those things consistently. The bottom line is this: we’re all around germs every day and nobody wants to get sick. So what are our best defenses? And how do we boost our immunity? Read on! We have answers.