Children of anxious parents are more at risk of developing an anxiety disorder. But there's welcome news for those anxious parents: that trajectory toward anxiety isn't set in stone.
My mother’s address book is one of the small visual details of my childhood that I can perfectly conjure, although I am sure no photograph of it exists. Fake-leather-bound, filled with her formal, spidery script, it was, to me, barely legible, with addresses crossed out and replaced with new ones as friends’ lives shifted. I often was dispatched to grab it for her from a kitchen drawer. I knew when she was looking for someone’s phone number, which seems unremarkable, except that my own children do not know when I am searching for a phone number, because all they see is me, on my iPhone, intently focused on something mysterious and decidedly not them.
When I put out the call for folks to share their maternity and paternity stories, I wasn't sure what I would get in response. To be honest, it's been heartbreaking. In between the very rare, encouraging story about decent, paid leave are many, many stories from parents who had to cobble together leave — sometimes paid, other times not — and still found it woefully inadequate.
As a mother of two children (Girl 10, Boy 5), I often hear the words, "Mom, I want to earn some money!" In the past, I’d make up a list of chores they could do around the house in addition to the ones they already did in exchange for food, clothing, and shelter.
The other day, I read a funny article titled, "Study: Children Are 800% Worse When Their Mothers are in the Room" (a fake study). I cracked up when I read the title, and quickly realized it was fake, once I read it. Despite the article being fake, the concept is TRUE! Kids are absolutely 800% worse when around their mothers . . . and why???
Telling children to sit still might be exactly the wrong message to give. Long periods of inactivity could cause changes in blood circulation even in young children, which may increase risk of heart disease later in life, according to a study.
Yep... this is the story of my life!