A Sweet Exchange

There are some little moments with Savanna that I wish I could stick in my pocket and remember forever.  Here is one of them that I overheard while I was in the kitchen.  Mike and Savanna were sitting around the corner in the den making a little necklace with alphabet letter beads.  Savanna is not yet 4, and here is what I heard:

Husband:  Did you find the C?  Where did it go? Continue reading “A Sweet Exchange” »

Music, Mood, and Health

Do you ever hear a song that just “does it” for you?  Music can be incredibly therapeutic and is one of many behaviors we can use to stay happy and healthy.

Music with a regular beat can increase serotonin, the neurotransmitter (serotonin) associated with mood, sleep, satiety, and feelings of safety.  Remember that serotonin is usually the neurotransmitter targeted by antidepressants. Continue reading “Music, Mood, and Health” »

Children, Anxiety, and Weight

Childhood obesity rates are so high these days that even Michelle Obama has jumped on board the mission to help kids stay fit. Current statistics estimate these rates to be around 20%, and the results of a new Childhood Obesity Task Force report revealed the following:

  • One in three children, ages 2-19 have been reported as being overweight
  • Childhood obesity causes 112,000 deaths every year
  • Childhood obesity costs approximately 3 billion dollars/year in direct medical costs

The maverick mom would like to reveal the following points related to childhood obesity: Continue reading “Children, Anxiety, and Weight” »

Is Sugar More Addictive Than Cocaine?

MM ButtonDo you love sweets like cookies, cake, and ice cream?  Maybe you’re a pie person instead.  Join the crowd!  There are times every month that I could eat “Sugar in the Raw” straight from the packet in public.  I also crave sweets after Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, and always after vacations when we have dessert each day.  It’s an easy habit to start, but it’s hard one to kick when vacations or holiday seasons end…..and it’s no wonder.  Sugar is addictive, and in fact, some research suggests that sugar can be just as addictive as cocaine! Continue reading “Is Sugar More Addictive Than Cocaine?” »

The Spanking Debate

What do you think about spanking?  Do you ever feel like you’ve run out of disciplinary options except for spanking?  I will admit that I occasionally feel like smacking my daughter when she does something particularly heinous….like kicking our Yorkie or running into the street while ignoring me.  I don’t do it, but I know this is a sign that I feel exasperated.

I truly feel that spanking isn’t a good option, but I’ve never read anything on the topic that sparked much thought on the issue until I read the following post at AskingJane.blogspot.com. Continue reading “The Spanking Debate” »

Moms, Stress, and Health

Do you ever feel better after talking to your mom?  Do you notice that your kids seem to feel better after “unloading” on you?  There is a reason for this, and now we have a name for it:  The Mom Factor.

A recent study showed that simply talking with our moms can have an enormous impact on our chronic stress levels.   Continue reading “Moms, Stress, and Health” »

Pleasant Conversations

A conversation with Spirit Airline Flight Attendant Five Star General Bossy Pants:

Bossy Pants:  Ma’am, we’re preparing for landing.

Me: OK, thanks.

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Balance=Mediocrity

MYTH: We should strive for balance.

REALITY: The word “balance” is code for mediocrity.

This is one of my personal pet peeves.  When I hear someone reference “balance,”  it’s usually in conversation with a mother. Personally, I have no interest in balance because I loathe mediocrity. Continue reading “Balance=Mediocrity” »

Running=Prozac, Ritalin

You know that exercise is an excellent way to improve your mood and health, but there is much more to know.  Did you know that going for a run is like taking a little bit of Prozac and Ritalin at once?  Here’s how:

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