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Are you one of those people who worries about every little thing? I kind of am. I get so caught up on worrying about the future that I don’t enjoy the present. That isn’t a great way to live, and I know this. There are ways to control the worry, ways that will make life so much more enjoyable. It takes a lot of determination, but it can be done. You just have to choose to overcome the fear.
Worrying never helps any situation. It only adds to the stress. Anxiety accumulates until you feel like you’re going to choke from the pressure of it all. Here are some great tips to calm down:
Corrie ten Boom once said, “Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength – carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.”
Doesn’t that make so much sense? Worrying really steals our strength away from us. I know that it’s super hard to get rid of fear, but it is doable. Just don’t let worry steal your joy. Living a joyless life can be a lonely place to be.
& Family Resource Centre
n'Courage Girls' Club
Encouragement. Fun. Laughter. Creativity. Conversation. n’Courage Girls Club!
This group is designed for girls ages 10-13 and it is a great after school program for girls who love to craft and have fun. Our goal is to have a place where girls can come after school and enjoy snacks, crafts, friendship and learn new skills while encouraging healthy self-esteem.
This is what one of the girls in the group thinks of our program:
“This group is perfect for young girls; we do tons of activities, pay a multitude of games and overall just have a great time. It’s a Christian organization with the main focus being on improving self-esteem in a fun environment. We come to the Norfolk Pregnancy and Resource Centre every Wednesday to encourage girls to be themselves and try to help them be confident about who they are.”
As a leader I want to create a space for girls to come and have fun! I like to be creative by bringing a new activity each week. We encourage the girls by talking about self-esteem issues like body positivity and embracing who we truly are.
Please come join us! There is always room for newcomers.
This article was provided to us by the Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit. For more information, there is a contact at the bottom or call NPC for help.
Pregnancy to ParentingInformation from health professionalsBABY'S FIRST YEAR · BREASTFEEDINGBreastfeeding: Signs that your baby is swallowing breast milk effectivelyFebruary 8, 2018Quynh Teresa Vu, RN
As a nurse, many parents express concerns like “My baby seems to be sucking at the breast but I am not sure if he is actually drinking my breast milk”. Often clients show up at the breastfeeding clinic asking for advice about what a good breastfeeding looks like.
A good breastfeeding can look very different for babies of different ages.Having the baby skin to skin at the chest immediately after birth will help with latching and breast milk production. The first few days after birth, your baby will want to breastfeed very often because their stomach is small and empties very quickly.
Initially, your breasts produce a thick, yellow and very nutritious breastmilk called colostrum. The frequent emptying of the breasts through breastfeeding will help your mature breast milk come in. It is important to breastfeed whenever your baby shows signs of hunger.
When your breastmilk comes in between day 2 and day 5 after birth, your baby will be able to drink more at each breastfeeding. While your baby is breastfeeding, you can look at their jaw to see whether they are swallowing.
Signs your baby is sucking and swallowing breast milk effectively:
Learn more on how to tell if you are breastfeeding well.
It is important to get help right away if your baby is not showing signs of breastfeeding well. You can also connect with a nurse via our eChat or call (416) 338-7600.
I realize this article has nothing really to do with the Norfolk Pregnancy & Family Resource Centre. I thought it was interesting and worth sharing with fellow Christians and non Christians alike.
This is only a small portion of an interview that I am sure you will find very interesting.
Cyber Bullying is a massive, worldwide problem that affects everyone.
We hear so much about teens and young people dying by suicide as a result of cyber bullying. One death is too many in my opinion! However, it is not only our young people. These cyber bully cowards are attacking anyone who is different, anyone whose views aren’t the same as theirs, anyone at all, for any reason at all. There are millions of cyber bullies, sadly some in our own community (GG), who hide behind a computer screen and post whatever they want in order to feed their own personal narratives. They do not care about the truth or learning the TRUE realities. They do not care about the hearts of the people who are being helped or the people who are offering help. They do not care who they hurt with their lies. This has to stop!!! How sad it is when a member of your community slanders, posts hate messages and threatens donors, staff and volunteers’ families when they have NEVER spoken to us or learned the truth. Feeding their own narrative INDEED! How sad!
We have created a society of which people are not accountable for their own actions. “It’s not my fault I was fired, my boss doesn’t like me!” Is it possible that the boss doesn’t like your lack of work ethic and sense of entitlement? Instead of looking into ourselves for the answers we will lash out and post harassing garbage about that boss and anyone that is on our mind at the moment because we can.
When we hear of an organization or a person who have different views, that perhaps we don’t know anything about, instead of finding out the facts, we post hateful, often slanderous accusations without any foundations for these formed opinions.
This society needs to stop posting just because we can. Stop posting just to get followers or reactions to your own untruths. Stop posting just because it makes us feel powerful and all knowing. We need to do research and be sure what we are posting is the truth and we need to be sure not to hurt each other if we share different views. We need to be responsible and care for one another, not tear each other down.
As the saying goes, if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.
Stop cyber bullying!
See what former President Obama says in the following article. For the entire interview, check out :
from BBC article 27 December 2017
Former US President Barack Obama has urged people in leadership positions not to use social media in a way that fosters division or hatred.
In a BBC interview conducted by Britain's Prince Harry, Obama warned that the internet risked reinforcing people's prejudices and leading to a fractured society.
"All of us in leadership have to find ways in which we can recreate a common space on the internet," Obama said. "One of the dangers of the internet is that people can have entirely different realities. They can be cocooned in information that reinforces their current biases," he said.
It is a challenge to make the most of the opportunities provided by social media.
"The question has to do with how do we harness this technology in a way that allows a multiplicity of voices, allows a diversity of views, but doesn't lead to a Balkanization of society and allows ways of finding common ground," he said in the interview
Obama said it was important for people to get offline and meet others in their communities, "because the truth is that on the internet everything is simplified and when you meet people face to face it turns out they are complicated," he said.
"One of things we want to do I think is as we're working with young people to build up platforms for social change," he said. "Make sure that they don't think that just sending out a hashtag in and of itself is bringing about change. It can be a powerful way to raise awareness but then you have to get on the ground and actually do something."
Pregnancy to ParentingInformation from health professionals
Breastfeeding: Oversupply or forceful let-down? 10 tips that may helpDecember 7, 2017Lindsay Vandenberg, RN, BScN
Do you find your baby comes on and off the breast several times during a feed, leading you to believe that you may not have enough breast milk to satisfy your baby? Is your baby very fussy or cries a lot when trying to breastfeed? While breastfeeding can you hear your baby loudly gulping breast milk, coughing or choking?
You may actually have the opposite problem – you could have a forceful letdown or overabundant breast milk supply. It’s even possible that you could have a combination of both!
As a nurse who provides breastfeeding support on the phone, in parents’ homes, and in breastfeeding clinics, new parents often tell me that they feel they aren’t making enough milk to feed their baby. However, almost everyone can make enough breast milk to satisfy their baby and help their baby grow and develop well. In fact, perceived low milk supply is one of the most common reasons why parents stop breastfeeding or start supplementing with infant formula.
Common symptoms of a forceful milk letdown or overabundant milk supply:Baby:
10 tips to help with forceful breast milk flow and overabundant breast milk supply:
As your breast milk supply adjusts, you may need to begin to offer both breasts at each feed.
Author: Lindsay Vandenberg, RN, BScN
Article received by Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit
There are several ways a child can be abused. The statistics are staggering, shocking, sickening, infuriating..................
Psychiatrists are working to figure out why Child Sexual Abuse is on the rise. Is it the internet? Images and information is so readily available. There is an anonymity to the internet. Has it always been a problem and we are just more aware of it now? Do children, teens and adults, all abused realize it is OK and encouraged to speak up? Are our children targets because we the parents, do not have the time and attention the children need so they accept the attention from an abuser? Abusers are very cunning in their "grooming" of children, gaining their trust before they are abuse the child. Abusers prey on children & adolescents who show signs of neglect or need.
Quantifying and even defining child abuse can be extremely difficult, especially considering the effect different kinds of abuse can have on children in varying contexts, observers say.
“It does get to be tricky territory because the question gets to be how serious is it?” said Brad McKenzie, a professor emeritus in the department of social work at the University of Manitoba. For example, spanking is still legal discipline in Canada (though spanking with an object is not), and exposure to intimate partner violence, defined as hearing or witnessing caregivers hitting each other or another adult, is a recent addition to the definition of child maltreatment and has increased the rate of referrals to child protection services “significantly.”
“The degree of seriousness, the degree of harm is another kind of measure we need to consider when you think about what do we do with this information,” he said. For the full article and study see the attached link (nationalpost.com/news/canada/one-third-of-canadians-have-suffered-child-abuse-highest-rates-in-the-western-provinces-study-says)
As parents we need to be aware of people in our Children's lives. We need to educate our children. There are many resources available to help you to talk to your children about abuse, sexual abuse, sexuality, healthy relationships, drug use, alcohol use, so many other issues. It doesn't mean you are a bad parent if you ask for help. It means you are a good, caring parent!!!
There are hundreds more facts on Canadian Child Abuse. Some are found in the resources listed below. These are the sites credited for the information in this blog.
If you are a victim of abuse, you are an abuser or know of an abuse, please get help.
Child abuse needs to stop!
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