by Family Therapist Sally Souliere, MSW LICSW
Your child seems emotionally distressed and you're concerned it's beyond the point of typical childhood anxiety. You're ready to seek a professional's opinion, but where should you start?
This is a question that many parents and caretakers face when they attempt to find help for a child in need of mental health services. Insurance plans and benefits are often confusing and unclear. The type of care the child needs may be unclear. Counselors aren't returning phone calls. Do we need a psychiatrist, psychologist or therapist? Do I need a referral? Should I call the pediatrician? I can't get an appointment for over a month ... now what?
These are questions and concerns that don't always have easy solutions. Here are a few general guidelines and tips that may make the process a bit easier:
• If your child is in immediate danger you must go to the local emergency room or call 911. This includes thoughts or feelings of suicide and suicidal
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The use of hand sanitizer is soaring ..... but did you know there can be a big difference between products?
When you search store shelves looking for an alcohol based hand sanitizer, there's one important number to watch out for according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)..... and it's probably not the one you think.
Don't be drawn in by a label promising to kill 99.9% of germs. Turn that bottle over and check out the alcohol concentration. Make sure it's 60% or greater. Some products only contain 40%.
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- GALTime.com | Work + Money – Fri, Jan 29, 2010 7:04 PM EST
It used to be that family income was largely tied to the man...whether the wife worked or not. Now, research from the Pew Research Center shows the tide is turning as a growing number of men enjoy the gains made by women in the workplace. The report shows a big shift in marital dynamics as women now outpace men in both education and earnings growth. The research compared census data for adults in 2007 to their counterparts from 1970.
According to the report:
- A larger share of men in 2007, compared with their 1970 counterparts, are married to women whose education and income exceed their own.
- In 2007, median household incomes of three groups -- married men, married women and unmarried women -- were about 60% higher than those of their counterparts in 1970. But for a fourth group, unmarried men, the rise in real median household income was smaller -- just 16%
- In 1970, 28% of wives ages 30-44 had husbands who were better educated than they were, outnumbering the 20%
By Dr. Michele Borba, Real Parenting Solutions
This week, yet another teen suicide-- we learned of yet another horrific youth tragedy that appeared to be prompted by relentless online bullying by peers. Phoebe Prince, a fifteen-year-old Massachusetts high school student, committed suicide. South Hadley High Principal Daniel Smith called Prince "smart, charming, and as is the case with many teenagers, complicated ..." We will never know the specific reasons why she chose to take her life," Boston.com reported. But we do have one clue:friends and school officials confirmed that she had been taunted by peers via text messages, Facebook and other social networking sites since moving from Ireland last year.
Even after this young girl's death, bullies posted vile messages on her Facebook memorial page. Those comments had to be removed from the page. Two students from her high school have been suspended and an investigation is underway.
Horrific. Sad. Heart-wrenching. ThereRead More »from Is Your Child Being CyberBullied? Important Signs
- GALTime.com | Fashion – Thu, Jan 28, 2010 3:46 AM EST
Are you sick of looking like a drowned rat after getting caught in the rain? Style experts Kerri Winick and Andrea Krivelow of Celebutante Sisters turned to the pros to help us all keep a fresh face:
When the rain starts to fall and the harsh winds blow, your perfect party look can fall flat within minutes. Unlike our favorite starlets, most of us don't have a team of professional hairdressers, makeup artists and stylists on speed dial. Have no fear! Celebrity makeup artist Christopher Drummond has tips on how to weather a storm…and still look red carpet ready!
2. Add a little more makeup than you normally would for all products to prepare for the fact that some makeup will come off due to bad weather.
3. Be sure to add layers to your foundation.
4. Use water resistant products.
Veludo Velvet Foundation $65
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- GALTime.com | Parenting – Wed, Jan 27, 2010 6:59 PM EST
Is your household in turmoil? Do you feel overwhelmed by your child's temper tantrums? Parenting consultant and author, Dr. Michele Borba, reveals the best solutions for common parenting dilemmas and for the chaos affecting you and your marriage.
Tantrums. Backtalk. Meltdowns. Defiance. Disrespect. Yelling. Refusing to stay in Time Out. Won't go to bed. Chaos! Those were the behaviors I faced when I went on a house call for the day to a family's home for Dr. Phil last week.
Background About the Family
The parents of four young kids sent a "HELP" call to Dr. Phil asking for guidance. "Chaos!" was their description of day to day family life. Mom was overwhelmed (so overwhelmed she'd left home). The kids were defiant. The three-year-old was in constant meltdown. Family harmony was nonexistent. No one would sit for the kids.
Dr. Phil sent me with a film crew to spend the day with the mom and dad and four kids. My role: watch for the hot button issues causing the frictionRead More »from Tantrums? Backtalk? Meltdowns? STOP The Chaos In Your House
- GALTime.com | Work + Money – Wed, Jan 27, 2010 5:43 PM EST
With Toyota's unprecedented move to temporarily suspend sales of millions of cars and trucks due to potential accelerator pedal problems, car recalls are big news. What can you do if you think there's a problem with YOUR car...no matter what the make and model? Since 1966, more than 390 million cars, trucks, buses, recreational vehicles, motorcycles, and mopeds, as well as 46 million tires, 66 million pieces of motor vehicle equipment, and 42 million child safety seats have been recalled to correct safety defects.(Source: NHTSA)
GALTime Consumer Watchdog Mary Schwager has some important tips to help you be your own detective:
You are fuming mad ! Your heart is pounding ! The tire just rolled right off your car while you and your kids were driving on the highway. Luckily, you were able to safely pull over to the side, other cars swerving to avoid the tire as it bounced across lanes of traffic.
How in the universe did it happen? The guy who rotated your tires says itRead More »from Important Insider's Guide to Car Recalls: How To Be Your Own Detective!
How much would you pay for one drink? One cocktail after a hard day? One little beverage at a birthday party? $10? $20? $50? How about $800? That's exactly what happened to GALTime Consumer Watchdog Mary Schwager. So, she put on her detective hat to solve the case of the mega-expensive martini. What she found will help us all:
Much to my surprise that was the bar tab I ended up with over the weekend after purchasing one martini at a friend's birthday party with my debit card. On Monday, after taking out some money at the ATM, I thought my balance looked a little low. When I returned to my computer, I logged onto online banking and there it was, a debit of: $800.52. My jaw dropped. That was some drink ! I knew I had to get this rectified immediately and if you're ever in the same situation here's what you should do:
Step 1: Proof
In a panic, I grabbed my wallet and pulled out the receipt. Thank goodness I kept it. The crumpled slip I signed said $11. I breathed a sigh ofRead More »from An $800 Drink? Really??!!
If you are donating to charities to help with the earthquake relief in Haiti, you may be able to claim those donations on your 2009 tax return. Here are 10 important facts the Internal Revenue Service wants you to know about this special provision. GALTime consumer watchdog Mary Schwager explains the rules.
- A new law allows you to claim donations for Haitian relief on your 2009 tax return, which you will be filing this year.
- The contributions must be made specifically for the relief of victims in areas affected by the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti.
- To be eligible for a deduction on the 2009 tax return, donations must be made after Jan. 11, 2010 and before March 1, 2010.
- In order to be deductible, contributions must be made to qualified charities and can not be designated for the benefit of specific individuals or families.
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You've been busy with your kids for years and now it's time to head back to work. Well, back to a paying position. You've actually been working hard, even if you don't have the paycheck to show for it. PTO meetings, school, sports team and community fundraisers. The question as you start to polish up that resume: does all that volunteer work count? We asked GALTime's career guru Linda Waters. She's a pro at helping women re-enter the workforce. Here's what she had to say:
Hiring Managers, HR professionals, and recruiters all agree- Volunteer work absolutely does count!
You simply have to present it in the right light.
They really don't mind seeing a "gap" in employment, but they do want to know what you have been doing, and what skills you've been using in your volunteer work that are relevant and transferable to the job you're applying for.
The key is to present your relevant volunteer activities as things you've done to keep your skills sharp while out of theRead More »from Does Volunteer Work Really Count on My Resume?