Knowledge is power. When children understand what’s happening in the brain, it can be the first step to having the power to make choices. Knowledge can be equally powerful to parents too. Knowing how the brain works means we can also understand how to respond when our children need our help.
A vital part of protecting and optimising mental health and ageing well involves keeping the power pack in your head, your brain, healthy and strong. The exciting news is that there is plenty you can do to ensure this.
The diagnosis – and misdiagnosis – of ADHD has risen steeply over the last decade. Australia saw a 72.9% rise in the prescription of ADHD medication between 2000 and 2011. Most of these were for mild to moderate ADHD.
Deciding whether or not to bring a pet into the family is a big decision. We bring them in. We fall in love. They love us back. Sometimes they find trouble like it’s what they were put here to do, but then they do that cute face thing they all seem to manage at exactly the right time and we’re deleting the ‘Pet For Sale’ sign ideas from our head.
Building brave is like lifting weights. The growth happens in the stretch. Like any stretch, they’ll feel the strain, and sometimes it will feel so hard, and they might not see their 'brave muscles' straight away. But then, after lots of tiny steps towards brave, and in the stretch that happens when they feel anxious and do brave anyway - brave will build, and it will be magical.
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