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Amy from The Idea Room, Mique from 30 Handmade Days, Heather from Whipperberry and Desiree from The 36th Avenue want to thank you for partying with us… You guys are the best!

Here are some of our favorite projects from this week!

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Caramel Apple Pie Cake from Blissful Roots
It’s like Fall on a plate. Divine!
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Mique’s Favorite

How to Create a Giant Photo Wall from Tidy Mom
One of my very favorite tricks to make posters- love this!

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Amy’s Favorite

How to make Caramel Apples from Your Homebased Mom
These look so pretty and I bet taste amazing!

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Desiree’s Favorite

Fun Birthday Gift Idea at Club Chica Circle

Such an adorable idea with a fun pun- love it!

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What do the First59 minutes look like in your home?

I’ve partnered up with IKEA through the Mom It Forward Network, and am excited to be participating in their program called the “First59″.  The First:59 is was introduced by IKEA to help families every where improve the first hour of the day in the “rush areas” of the home, particularly the bathroom, kitchen, and bedrooms.

Ikea conducted a survey of individuals ages 18 and up living in the Continental US and found that 3 in 4 people don’t have a regular weekday morning routine and 72% of those survey respondents said a stressful morning affected the rest of their day.

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I know at my house that the morning can be hectic.  Getting 7 people ready and out the door for the day can get really crazy.  Most people in my home are not morning people…myself included.  My job keeps me up late at night and so morning comes early for me.

Eating a good breakfast, showers, brushing girl hair, packing home lunches, finding shoes, backpacks, finishing up last minute homework, brushing teeth, or finding a pair of clean and matching socks can sometimes throw a good morning into a tail spin. And I am almost always left with a home that looks like a tornado swept through it when everyone is off to where they need to be for the day.  Can anyone relate?

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As part of my involvement with the First:59, I was given a gift card to IKEA.  I spent some much needed and stress-free time perusing the aisles of IKEA, looking for some items that could help take some of the stress out of our morning routines.   Stay tuned!  I will be sharing what I came up with and how it is working for us and our morning routine.

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For more inspiration, IKEA has made a dedicated pinterest board to First :59. You can also share your own morning routine suggestions on social media using the hashtag #First59. For more survey findings, panelist tips, product suggestions and more detailed information on the program, visit First59.com.



Halloween Printable: Potions Book

As promised, I am sharing a fun Halloween Printable today! I have always wanted to have a Halloween Potions Book to be able to display as part of our Halloween Apothecary, which I like to pull out every year.  I had looked around for one but only found ones that didn’t really fit what I had been picturing in my mind…Does that ever happen to you?

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I always like things that look authentic, rather than plastic-y, so I finally decided it was time to try to make my own.  I am really happy with how it turned out!

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The first thing I did was head to the Thrift Store.  I was on a mission to find some OLD looking books with a black hard cover.  I was looking for the standard size book so that I could make a cover that would fit it easily with a regular sheet of printer paper.  I found THREE books that were perfect.  The edges of the book paper was turning yellow and there were a few stains and tears…perfect for portraying a centuries old Poisons & Potions Book!

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You can see the other two books in the pictures.  I made another Spells and Enchantment Book that I will also be sharing a printable for! Yay!!

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The Potions Book is really easy to make and literally just takes minutes to make.

Directions:

1.  Print on  Regular White Paper (the front and back book covers).

2.  Cut around the book cover with scissors.

3.  Place the front cover on the front of your book and make sure you have enough paper to go around the back spine of your book so there is some overlap onto the back of the book.

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4.  Then fold the front cover around the front of the book.

5.  Take the back cover and glue it onto the folded portion of the front cover on the backside of the book.

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6.  Wrap the back of the book cover around the bottom flap of the book.

*I crumpled the book cover just a bit and added a couple of tiny tears to give the Potions Book a weathered look too.

That is it!! Easiest project ever!!!

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I found the crow at the Dollar Store and knew he had to be a part of our Halloween Apothecary!  I keep the bottles each year and then pull them out and add colored water or the fun and creepy insects which I have also found at the Dollar Store.  I was super excited to find some rubber earth worms from the Dollar Store as well this year!  The Love Potion #9 printable was from a Valentine’s Day post that I shared a while ago, but also can work for your Halloween Apothecary.

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I found some eyeball gumballs here on Amazon.  I will be sharing a post with another Halloween project using these same eyeball gum balls at a later time too…so stay tuned for that!

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This spider is so cute…well…if spiders can be cute.  I made this by simply painting a flat round rock black and then gluing some bent bobby pin legs to the bottom of the spider!

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Now to share the printable!

To download a copy of the Halloween Printable Potion Book Cover click on the link below and then select Previous Downloads:

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Did you see the Halloween Potion Ingredients that I shared yesterday? These would be a fun addition to your Halloween Decor as well!  Check them out!

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Looking for more Halloween ideas? Check out our past Halloween Projects here:

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Halloween Printables: Potion Ingredient Tags

I shared a bit of a sneak peek on my FB page earlier about some of the things I have been working on for Halloween, and am excited to be able to share one of them with you today.  I know…I know…Halloween is a ways off, but it will be here before we know it and I like to give those of you some time to CREATE what I share so that you can enjoy them in your home too!  My kids get to enjoy all the holidays…way too early…haha!

Today I am sharing with you some Halloween Printables for these Potion Ingredient Tags.

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I thought it would be fun to add some Halloween Potion Ingredients in these plastic test tubes to our Halloween Potions and Spells table display.  I simply filled the test tubes with some different colored candies (sixlets, m&m’s, and some tic tacs) to give me some Halloween colors that went along with the Potion Ingredients.

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And of course, I wanted the test tubes to stand upright so that you could see them nicely.  I took a 2 x 4 board and cut it so that I could use it as a test tube holder.

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Then I took a 15/16ths drill bit and drilled holes all the way through the board every 2.5 inches.  This will fit most of the standard test tubes.  You may have to double check and make sure the test tubes you use will fit and if not, use a different drill bit to get the right fit.

I then sanded and stained the test tube holder with Minwax’s Red Mahogany Wood Stain.

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I created some Printable Halloween Potion Ingredient Tags that I would love to share with you!

Spider Eggs

Putrefying Pustules & Witch Boils

Werewolf Fangs

Vampire Blood Capsules

Eye of Newt

Bat Droppings

Dung Beetle Scarab Carcases

Horny Toad Warts

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Some of you expressed some interest in the Spells and Potions books when I shared the sneak peek earlier.  Great news for those that are interested…I will be sharing them here for you soon as a free printable!  So be sure to stay tuned and come back for those!

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Looking for more Halloween ideas? Check out our past Halloween Projects here:

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Crock Pot Cashew Chicken Recipe

I have another yummy weeknight dinner to share with you today!  This time it’s Cashew Chicken! We LOVE this meal at our house and it is a great way to get some veggies on the kids dinner plate that they are going to actually enjoy eating.  This is a really easy recipe and can be pretty versatile as far as which veggies you have on hand.

I also have TWO different ways that you can prepare this recipe…either in the Crock Pot or on the stove, depending on how much time you have on that particular day.

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Cashew Chicken Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts (About 4 pieces), cut into smaller pieces
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup unsalted cashews
  • fresh veggies of your choice: peppers, broccoli, snap peas, peas, carrots, water chestnuts, etc.

Directions:

  1. Combine flour and pepper in resealable food storage bag. Add chicken. Shake to coat with flour mixture.
  2. Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Brown chicken about 2 minutes on each side.
  3. Place chicken in slow cooker.
  4. Combine soy sauce, vinegar, ketchup, sugar, garlic, ginger, and pepper flakes in small bowl; pour over chicken.
  5. Cook on LOW for 3 to 4 hours.
  6. Before serving steam some veggies and throw into crock pot and stir.
  7. Add cashews and stir.
  8. Serve with rice.

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If you don’t have a Crock Pot, or actually want to cook this as a Stir Fry on the stove top, you can totally do that too with this same recipe! Simply follow the same directions without adding things to the Crock Pot.

After cooking the chicken, so that it is browned throw the sauce over the chicken and simmer it for a couple of minutes.  Then pull it off of the stove and set it aside.

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Then stir fry your veggies in a Tablespoon of oil on the stove top in a large skillet pan or Stir Fry pan.  When they are finished (soft and easy to pierce with a fork) mix the chicken and sauce mixture into the veggies and serve over rice immediately.

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I would also like to publicly thank my neighbor for happily providing me with the use of her chopsticks for this photo.  They never question my weird requests to borrow random things on a Sunday afternoon…or at least not vocally!

 

Guacamole Recipe

We LOVE some Guacamole at our house! Like really love it! It is one of the kids favorite Sunday night snacks.  So we make it quite a bit.  This is one of our favorite recipes.  My kids don’t like it very spicy so I leave a couple of things out of the original recipe, but I will include them in the recipe so if you like it spicy, you can add them in.

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We also love to eat these with the new thin Tortilla Chips from Tostitos, and boy howdy…they are delicious.  They are almost as good as our favorite thin chips from Chili’s…almost!

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Guacamole Recipe

Ingredients

3 Haas avocados, halved, de-seeded and peeled

1 fresh lime, juiced (or 1/2 Tablespoon Lime Juice)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin (we leave this out)

1/2 teaspoon cayenne (we leave this out)

1/2 medium onion, diced

1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced (we leave this out)

1 tablespoon chopped cilantro

1 clove garlic, minced

2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced

Directions

1.  Cut avocados in half and remove the pits.  Scoop out of the peel and place in a medium bowl.

2.  Cover avocados with the lime juice.

3.  Smash avocados with a potato masher or a fork to your desired consistency.  We like our pretty smooth, with just a few small clumps of avocado.

4.  Fold in the other ingredients.

5.  Let sit in an airtight container for about an hour to take on the flavor of the spices.

6.  Add the tomatoes before serving.  Then serve with your favorite chips.

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We add the tomatoes to the top or leave them on the side and don’t mix it in because we have a couple who will not eat tomatoes…  This way everyone is happy.

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Halloween Food Fun

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Today we rounded up a few ideas to put some fun into your Halloween Party or just to share with your own goblins and ghouls.  25 of our favorite fun Halloween Food ideas.

1.  Monster Doughnuts from Eighteen 25

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2.  Candy Corn Marshmallow People from Knead To Cook

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3.  Graveyard Taco Dip from Chickabug

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4.  Mummy Twinkie Pops from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

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5.  Rice Krispie Ghost Pops from The Idea Room

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6.  Pumpkin Deviled Eggs from Tadka Pasta

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7.  Halloween Witch Fingers from The Idea Room

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8.  Spider Egg Donuts from Family Fresh Meals

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9.  Monster Cookies from The Idea Room

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10.  Nutter Butter Bats from Sweet Simple Stuff

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11.  Mummy Oreo Pops from The Idea Room

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12.  Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats from Glorious Treats

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13.  Mummy Pizzas from The Idea Room

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14.  Zombie Boogers from Paper and Parcel

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15.  Witch Cupcakes from BHG

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16.  Oreo Eyeball Cookies from 100 Directions

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17.  JELLO Blood Worms from The Idea Room

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18.  Edible Jello Eyeballs from The Idea Room

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19.  Skeleton Cupcakes from Women’s DaySkeleton-Cupcakes-Recipe

20.  Oreo Bat Truffles from One Sweet Apetite

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21.  Halloween Mummy Candy Bars from The Idea Room

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22.  Pretzel and Cheese Broomsticks from One Little Project

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23.  Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars with Whipped Cream Ghosts at Taste and Tell

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24.  Monster Fruit Dip from 30 Days

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25.  Monster Munchies from The Idea Room

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Vinyl Chalkboard Menu

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I am making a new, concerted effort to feed my family “real” meals.  So as part of that, I had to make myself a nice Chalkboard Menu to keep us on all the right dinner track.

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I didn’t realize I had slipped in my dinner making efforts until after a recent conversation with my oldest son.  It went something like this…”Mom…are we going to be eating a REAL (insert teenage attitude) dinner tonight?”  Me: “Uh…we always eat a real dinner!”  Him: “What happened to all those yummy meals you used to make?” (listing meals that hadn’t been on the dinner table in a year or so).

And then it dawned on me.  I had slipped a little bit…or a lot on some days in my efforts at making a solid meal for my family.  It was true. Granted I have a lot of really GREAT reasons this happened…like dealing with my 7 major Food Allergies, five kids all with busy sports schedules including: ballet, piano, waterpolo, lacrosse, weekly church activities, basketball, homework projects and so on…

I had been doing so well with everything.  I was making my family a meal and then also making myself something that I could eat because it was too daunting (and expensive) to feed EVERYONE how I needed to eat.  But it got very difficult.  So, in an effort to survive, I started doing quick and easy dinner options like breakfast for dinner, grilled cheese, grilled chicken and veggies, and so on.  They were still great dinner options but were merely snacks for a growing, active teenage boy (did I mention he is on the swim, mountain biking and waterpolo teams?).

I didn’t want him to move away from home (which will be 1.5 years…gah!) feeling like he wasn’t being fed delicious meals.  I wanted him to miss my home cooking.  So I had to re-evaluate the way I was doing things.  I wanted to bring our REAL dinner time back but needed to find some ways to make it easier and not as difficult on me due to my food issues.  So we started having the kids make one meal a week this past summer.  BEST. DECISION. EVER!!

We sit down together on Sunday afternoon in our family meeting and discuss the upcoming week’s schedule.  Who is doing what and when.  We also discuss what each person would like to make for their weekly meal.  We scheduled each person a week night.  On rare occasions we have to make some adjustments according to our weekly schedule.  The kids pick a meal (sometimes with my direction) and we make a shopping list.  I do the shopping on Monday in preparation for the week.

And we made this menu out of Chalkboard Vinyl to help us stay organized and keep people accountable *ahem* for making a great meal.  And you know what? The kids are LOVING it!! I help them when needed but this helps free me up to run a kid to practice, or help with homework during the meal prep.  The kids are making great meal choices and sometimes I have to reign them in from making a 7 course meal!  There is overall less complaining about dinner and what we are having because the kids are so involved in the process and they are realizing that it hurts your feelings when someone complains about what they just made for dinner (interesting….haha).  And only a few questions (compared to a million) about what is for dinner because the menu is right there for all to see.  And…the kids are learning to cook…and bake!

Everyone has to clear the table and put their own dishes in the dishwasher until the dinner table it is spotless.  And then the person who made dinner has to clean up the pots and pans and the dinner making mess.  For the past few months it has been working very well for us. I hope we can continue to do this making a few tweaks here and there, as the kids get older!  But it has been a life saver for me.  It gives me time to make my own “version” of the meal that I can eat due to my food allergies!

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Anyways, after that rambling…if you are still with me, I am sharing how you can make your own Chalkboard Menu.  I made ours to stick right on the fridge door.  I did that mainly because I didn’t have any wall space to make one that hangs on the wall.  But you could certainly cut the vinyl out and put it on a painted board and display, or paint a board with chalkboard paint and then use the vinyl cut outs to put the words on the menu board.

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1. Print and cut out your Chalkboard Vinyl with your Cricut Explore.
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2.  Peel out the word Menu and the days of the week, leaving the large section of vinyl.
3.  Place your transfer tape over the front of the Chalkboard Vinyl.
4.  Transfer onto your cleaned fridge surface carefully to prevent any wrinkles or bubbles.
5.  Rub the side of a piece of chalk gently along the entire piece of vinyl to season it.
6.  Enjoy your menu!
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The Party Bunch–Weekend Linky Party

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Amy from The Idea Room, Mique from 30 Handmade Days, Heather from Whipperberry and Desiree from The 36th Avenue want to thank you for partying with us… You guys are the best!

Here are some of our favorite projects from this week!

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Easy Gallery Wall at Fynes Designs
The colors and layout of this gallery wall are perfect!

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Girls Bedroom from Lolly Jane
I love everything about this girls bedroom. So pretty, functional and fun!

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Pumpkin Chocolate Cake at Lemons for Lulu
What could be better than pumpkin AND chocolate?

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Catepillar Hunt Invites at Blissful Roots

I thought I’d seen it all with mason jars. Until I saw this. Too cute!

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How to Recognize Depression in Children

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Happy September! Heather here, from FamilyVolley.com. School bells are ringing for our family and we are getting used to the new routine of the school year. Although to be honest, I am missing the laid back, wear your swimsuit all day, never need socks, days of summer. I love not having to wash socks in the summer because everyone is always in flip flops or barefoot.  Today I want to talk to you about how to recognize depression in children.

 Last week I was at school waiting to pick up our kids, and talking to a friend of mine who was there for the same purpose. As we were talking about our children adjusting, she mentioned that her 9 year old daughter had recently been diagnosed with depression. She mentioned that in hindsight, the symptoms had been there for about two years, but because she didn’t know what to look for, she had missed them. She just assumed she had a really moody daughter. So today, I want to share with you the symptoms of depression, so we all know what to look for and can help our children if they need it.

It wasn’t until about 20-25 years ago that doctors acknowledged that kids could suffer from depression.

Diagnosing a child can be really tricky because the symptoms of depression mimic those of ADHD, and because childhood is filled with so many changing moods and growing stages, it is hard to know if it is growing pains, or depression.

It is very easy to mistake depressed behavior for normal developmental problems. Childhood is complicated and children are developing and changing their personalities all the time. Adolescents can causes changes that may be normal, but are difficult for parents to know how to deal with, and even professionals can have a hard time identifying when the line is crossed from normal development and depression.

So as parents, caregivers, teachers, and grandparents, what should we be looking for?

 What are the symptoms we should be looking for in our children?

1. Persistent sad or empty mood, or irritable moods. These could be self reported or seen by others.

2. Zero interest or pleasure in all or almost all activities most of the day, nearly every day, especially their favorite activities. These could be self reported or seen by others.

3. Major changes in appetite and/or body weight.

4. Trouble sleeping OR oversleeping

5. Physical slowing observed by others.

6. Agitation

7. Fatigue

8. Loss of energy.

9. Feeling worthless or guilty, when there is no need.

10. Difficulty thinking or concentrating

11. Indecisive

12. Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide.

 Nearly all research suggests that although the above symptoms will vary, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, when there is no need, MUST BE PRESENT.

So how can we know this is different than a bad day or growing pains?

  • Must last for an extended period of time.

  • Over 3 weeks. Day in and day out.

  • Gets in the way of life. Of school and play.

Now, if we think our child is depressed, what should we do?

First, understand that it is a disease.

When we acknowledge that it is a disease, we will stop blaming our child, stop blaming ourselves, and it will help us stop assuming they are doing it on purpose. Acknowledging that it is a disease will also keep us from telling them to “snap out of it.” We would never tell someone with cancer that it was “their fault” or to “snap out of it.”

 Second, Don’t overreact!

Overreacting is not going to help your child, you, or your family. Realize that over 80% of children who are diagnosed as depressed, are able to heal. But, even with the perfect therapist, if your child doesn’t have supportive, level headed parents, they can’t get better.

 Third, Be their advocate.

We have to believe our children when they tell us they are struggling, and be on their side. We need to speak up when they don’t have a voice or know what to say. Especially at the beginning of the healing process.

 Fourth, Get them help.

Seek out a professional who specializes in childhood depression and get help. Work together with the therapist to do what is best for your child.Although we all hope our children never have to deal with depression, it is real, and we should all know what to look for.

Do any of you have a child who is suffering, or has suffered from depression? What has been your experience?

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