Monday, June 22, 2015

Amazon Smile

What is AmazonSmile?
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You use your same account on and AmazonSmile. When you shop at Amazon, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from purchases. Once you select Beacon House Adoption for your  501(c)(3) public charitable organization, every eligible purchase you make will result in a donation to BHAS. It's that easy shop Amazon- support Beacon House!

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Grief in Teens and Adolescents

How Teens and Adolescents Express Grief 
Physical symptoms (headaches, stomachaches)
Mood swings/Irritability
Verbally expresses emotions
Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness
 Increase in risk-taking and self-destructive behaviors
Anger, aggressive behavior, fighting; oppositional
Social Withdrawal, Withdrawal from adults
Sleeping and eating disorders
Inability to concentrate
Identity confusion
Test Limits

Ways to Help Teens and Tweens
 Recognize that they will experience mood swings and physical symptoms.
Encourage them to acknowledge their feelings
Respond with empathy.
Use honesty when explaining loss.
Help them develop their sense of identity
Encourage them to find positive outlets to express themselves
Encourage physical and creative activities
Encourage preteens to make good choices
Allow them the independence to make no risk choices.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Minion Mayhem

One of Universal Studios newest rides, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem is my new favorite. During the 3-D motion simulator ride, you’ll learn that you have been recruited to become a minion. Once you have joined the ranks of minion, you must then complete minion training.  It’s chaos for Gru as Minions and kids alike keep interrupting him. Especially Agnes: she had a gift to commemorate their adoption day.

What could go wrong, when the girls are put in charge of minion training? A lot. Suffice it to say that after thrills, chills, and laughter, I practically burst into tears (yes, in a ride- at Universal) as we wind up at a surprise party thrown by Gru to celebrate “the best day of his life.” The day he adopted Agnes, Edith, and Margo. 

Kudos to Universal Studios for getting this right, and sharing this joy with all the minions out there. 

Thursday, June 4, 2015

School Age Children and Grief

How Elementary Age/ School Children Express Grief
Problems in School/ Learning Difficulties
Preoccupation with Loss
Daydreaming/ Attention Issues
Regressive Behavior
Developmental Delays
Eating Problems
Sleeping problems
Anger, sullen, argumentative, picking fights

Helping School Age Children with Grief
Simplify routine
Provide structure and routines
Help with/prepare for transitions
Limit Choices
Be predictable
Help kids express themselves

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Preschooler’s and Grief

How Preschooler’s Express Grief 
Bedwetting                  Thumb sucking
Clinging to adults         Exaggerated fears
Excessive crying          Temper tantrums
Regression                   Stubbornness

Ways to Help Preschooler’s
Answer the child's question honestly
Follow their lead, and let them talk about the loss
Help them share their fears and worries
Provide routines
Give the child affection and nurturing
Provide opportunities for play
Be patient with regressive behaviors
Teach them to recognize and name feelings

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Friday, May 22, 2015

When do I Call the Pediatrician?

   As a new parent, trying to determine whether your child is sick (or sick enough) and whether you should contact the pediatrician can be tricky. Always follow the physicians advise and when in doubt seek help. Reasons to call the pediatrician or other health-care resources may include:

·         Your child looks and acts sick.
·         Your child has a fever of 103 degrees or higher. (Follow your pediatrician’s recommendation. A lower fever and lethargic child could also warrant a call to the pediatrician. When in doubt, make the call.)
·         Your child has a rapidly rising temperature.
·         Your child will not eat or drink.
·         Your child has dry skin, a dry sticky mouth, no tears, or infrequent wetting. These may be signs of dehydration.
·         Your child vomits after falling or other injury.
·         You are worried about your child’s illness.
·         Your child is very sleepy, restless, fussy, or shows other changes in behavior.
·         Your child has had several episodes of diarrhea and/or vomiting.
·         Your child experiences severe diarrhea while on medication.
·         There is blood or mucus in the diarrhea.
·         Your child has difficulty breathing
·         Your child has a cold that is worsening or accompanied by a fever

When in Doubt, Make the CALL!!! 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Choosing A Pediatrician

Choosing a pediatrician is an important step in your child’s healthcare plan. A pediatrician will be your child’s primary physician. Select a pediatrician in advance of your baby’s arrival and schedule an initial consultation. You will want to schedule a well-baby visit for within 48 hours of arriving home with your n baby.

Your pediatrician may have to coordinate a health-care plan or refer you to a specialist, depending on your child’s needs and your insurance plan.  Here are a number of questions, to help you select a pediatrician.

·         What are the office hours?
·         What are the after-hours and weekend policies and procedures?
·         How long does it take you to drive from your home to the doctor’s office?
·         What is your general impression when you look around the office? Is it neat and clean?
·         Is the staff friendly, courteous, and helpful?
·         Does this physician meet your insurance requirements?
·         Are there other adopted patients?
·         Does the pediatrician have a positive attitude about adoption?
·         Does he or she appear willing to learn more about special needs of adopted children?
·         Are there other patients who are internationally adopted or have the same ethnic background?

In addition the American Academy of Pediatrics has a Provisional Section On Adoption.  See: