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Helping Your Teenager Through Depression PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Written by Adam Drake   

Learning how to help someone with depression can be a daunting task, and even more so when the sufferer is your teenager. Nowadays, depression in teenagers is a common occurrence, especially those who don’t “blend in” with others well.

Teen depression is typically caused by a feeling of inadequacy or a feeling of not fitting in with fellow peers. These include being unpopular or outright bullied, family’s perceived low status in society, getting poor grades, and being unathletic, weak or just not having the “right” body type as portrayed by movies and beauty ads. Sexual preferences can also play a significant part in teen depression.

Common depression symptoms to be on the lookout for include loss of interest in activities, constant feelings of gloom and helplessness, keeping to oneself and eating/sleeping too much or too little. Some teenagers might also turn to drugs or alcohol as an escape from or as a form of outlet for their frustration or feelings of loneliness.

Trying to figure out how to help someone with depression is not easy, especially if you as the parent or guardian of the teenage sufferer have personally never suffered from severe depression. As a parent or guardian, your support is vital. Do not criticize your teenager for their feelings. Talk to them, and more importantly, listen to them. Help them understand that the awkwardness they are feeling is simply a temporary phase in life.

Labour Hospital Bag Checklist PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Written by Jane O'Neill   
Your antenatal classes have nearly finished and your due date is fast approaching. Reality sets in. You are having a baby! It's time therefore to get organised and pack your labour bag! Most new mums like to have their labour bag all ready to go from about the time they are 36 weeks pregnant. You may feel this is too early but believe me it is best to be ready. Sometimes babies do come early or you may have to go into hospital unexpectedly. So what are you required to bring to the hospital? You will ideally need to pack two bags: one for labour and one for your new baby. See the checklist below which will help you remember to pack everything you need.
Pre- Labour For You

An old nightie or oversized t-shirt for labour. This will get messy and will probably end up in the bin after you've given birth so there's no point splashing out on anything new!

Dressing Gown - it's probably best to choose a lightweight one as hospitals tend to be warm. This may be needed whilst you are in labour and post-birth on the ward.

Slippers and Socks - to keep your feet warm
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Parents and Children, and Living within Budgets PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Written by Noah Brown   

Most people are hurting financially because the economy is so poor these days. People are cutting back on extras and entertainment, and have even had to cut back on other things. Living on a budget is hard enough, but when you throw children into the mix it can be downright difficult. These parenting tips can help parents and children live harmoniously and healthfully, even on a tight budget.

Cut Out the Fat
Most families spend money on unnecessary items at the grocery store. You can save money on spontaneous buys simply by making a grocery list. Check out the sales circulars and plan your meals in advance. Knowing what you will cook for the week will help you in making your list.
Both parents and children should be involved in the meal planning. This can be made into a game. Let the children look at the sales papers and find an inexpensive meal for the week. The kids will be pleased if they found a great deal, and he or she will be proud when the meal is served in the home. When parents and children work together for a specific goal, it greatly strengthens the child-parent relationship.

Ban the Beggars
It is doubtful that there is a person around who has not been in a supermarket and experienced the shrieks of “But Mommy, PLEASE – I want it”. It is not only annoying to the customers, but also embarrassing to the parent. This behavior is never acceptable, and certainly should not be rewarded.

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