February 2021

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA wife in England gave birth on March 23 to babies that were “monochorionic quads,” an extremely rare occurrence meaning that four identical babies all shared the same placenta. A nice story about how the parents are caring for them and even they can’t tell the babies apart!! The quadruplets — Ellie, Georgina, Holly and Jessica Carles — were conceived naturally at incredible odds… This week, the girls were allowed home — which meant their mother Julie, 37, could hold them all at once for the first time. (-Daily Mail with photo) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreADHD has become such a popular diagnosis these days. It is labeled as a disorder, when in fact many of the symptoms of ADHD can be seen as strengths in adults and children. Just what is ADHD and what does it really mean?It’s time we set the record straight and get really clear about one thing: Children with ADHD (as well as adults) are just as capable of being successful as the next person. The Problem With Being “Normal” – In our society, we tend to label things that we don’t understand or that simply don’t fall into line with what we see as “normal.” Schools are typically designed for the middle 50%, or perhaps even 30% of students. What does that mean? Schools ask all of our children to follow the same rules. They typically expect that all children, regardless of learning style or unique talents, follow the same rules and complete tasks the very same way. The problem: This rules out creativity and expression. The solution: Children with ADHD need to have the freedom and opportunity to express their creative desires in a manner that might be a little different than what most of their peers need.What You Aren’t Taught In School – Schools do a good job teaching the basic, fundamental skills a child needs to have in today’s society. Yet at the same time, they overlook the importance of fostering creativity, passion, energy, and many other qualities that are necessary as we grow into adulthood. These qualities are the strengths we talk about when we see a child with ADHD. Energy can be misunderstood for hyperactivity… Creativity can be misinterpreted as daydreaming or not focusing on tasks… Passion can can sometimes be seen as disrespect… Disorganization can be seen as an inability to focus… Yes – while some of this might be true – what are we sacrificing if we do not look at these qualities as potential strengths to inspire and lead the world?What Else Might It Be? – This is the one question I ask every single parent to consider. ADHD seems to be the go-to diagnosis when a child shows the slightest sign of difficulty with focus and attention, organization, or in completing tasks. These behaviors are not necessarily problems, but instead signals that something else is going on. We must never forget that our children are young and impressionable. Their minds and bodies are constantly changing. Not to mention, they are incredibly influenced by what is going on in the world around them. The bottom-line is that these “symptoms,” or characteristics as I like to call them, can represent so much more. Children with ADHD need love, support, encouragement, nurturing, and a lot of room to explore and take chances.Children Need To Be Children – It is not unheard of today for a child to be overscheduled and overstimulated all the time. With demands and commitments for children increasing all the time, Who wouldn’t be distracted or want to “zone out” from time to time? Childhood is supposed a time of innocence and a time of exploration. We need to allow our children the opportunity to play, to be messy, and to express themselves (within reason and with safety in mind). Children diagnosed with, or labeled as having ADHD, tend to be looked at for all the bad they do. But what about all the good? These children are creative… These children are enthusiastic and passionate… These children want to be loved, just like everyone else. Focus On Strengths – We all have strengths, and we all have the potential to accomplish a great deal in this world. Children diagnosed with ADHD can quickly fall through the cracks because of their so-called “bad behaviors.” But imagine if we focused on their strengths and gave them the support, guidance, and opportunity to succeed. What would happen? Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln, and Leonardo DaVinci are among many famous figures who are suspected of having had ADHD. And while there are wildly successful people with ADHD, we must remember that these strengths must be nurtured. These strengths do not just happen if we don’t help them blossom.Children with ADHD are not bad kids. They are simply misunderstood, and our system often does not know how to deal with or manage difference. What a child with ADHD really needs is support, advocacy, encouragement, and the opportunity to develop strengths and strategies to be successful. What would it be like if we saw ADHD as a strength instead of the disorder and deficit that we call it today?Dr. Rory Stern of www.thetruthbehindadhd.com is a former therapist and ADHD coach, Dr. Stern has recenlty been elected to the National Board of Directors of the Attention Deficit Disorder Association http://www.add.org. He is a passionate advocate with the mission of making sure that the right information is delivered to the parents and families who need it the most.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThree whale species, the humpback, minke and southern right, are recovering from the threat of extinction according to a new study released by the world’s largest conservation network. Thanks to curbs on hunts since the 1980s, the status of both the southern right and humpback population has been lowered from Vulnerable to Least Concern. The blue whale, fin whale, and sei whale (Balaenoptera borealis) all remain listed as Endangered, pending more evidence of recovery. With less whale hunting over the last few decades, accidental killing in fishing gear has become the main threat. “Disentanglement programmes to release whales captured in fishing gear, already carried out in the United States, New Zealand and Australia, help some individuals survive,” says the Cetacean Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature Species Survival Commission, which produced the new listing of assessments. Climate change is also starting to affect whales. The distribution of many species is changing, with the potential for a cascade of effects such as exposure to new diseases, inter-species competition and changes in prey populations. The Antarctic great whales, for example, depend on krill for food. As water temperatures rise, krill populations may decline, leaving such whales short of food. “To save whales for future generations, we need to work closely with the fishing industry, the military and offshore enterprises including shippers and oil developers – and we need to fight climate change,” says Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN Director General. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreTo fulfill a 3-book contract for his publisher before taking office in January 2009, President Barack Obama finished writing a children’s book, an illustrated tribute to 13 American leaders.Unveiled this week, Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters, has already rocketed into the top of the Amazon.com charts, two months before its scheduled release. With a whimsical cover featuring his two girls walking Bo, the family dog, proceeds from the thin tome are to go to a scholarship fund for the children of soldiers killed and disabled in wars.  The 13 chosen Americans include George Washington, baseball hero Jackie Robinson and painter Georgia O’Keefe.Random House Children’s Books plans a first printing of 500,000 copies.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhen the wife of their prime minister came to their orphanage recently, all the children were thrilled when she gifted each one the equivalent of about $12 Cdn.On Wednesday, those children handed over half the money, saying they wanted to give it to victims of the Alberta floods half a world away. The gift totaled $900.Founded as a Cambodian NGO in 2003, the Place of Rescue Orphanage was organized as a “safe haven for families living with AIDS, orphan children and orphan grannies and young unmarried pregnant women.” On the outskirts of Phnom Penh, surrounded by rice fields and sugar palm trees, their cement buildings and thatched huts house more than 100 orphans. The Christian-based compound also includes a rec center, a learning center, playgrounds, gardens, two granny houses and a home for pregnant abandoned young women.(READ the Calgary Herald story in the Province)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThere is a good reason that the motto at one primary school in Perth, Australia extols the sentiment, “I got your back”.When a roomful of young teens, grade 6 and 7, heard their teacher read a story about the youngest Australian soldier to be killed in Afghanistan, and how his mother was grieving, they wanted to reach out with love and support.Each of the 32 students wrote a letter or designed a card reminding Suzanne Thomas that her eldest son James didn’t die in vain and offering their love and support in any way needed.“Dear Ms Thomas. When you’re feeling down about this tragedy, just remember all the hugs he gave you (and) that no matter what, he loves you,” wrote Jade Hancock.They all offered Suzanne advice, telling her to stay strong and be proud.After hearing their teacher read the story, it made them want to go home and hug their own mothers.Among the red eyes and sniffles the kids said they wanted to let Suzanne know they “had her back”.Suzanne was so moved that she arranged to make the long drive out to the foothills of Perth’s Darling Range to visit the class, where 32 classmates waiting excitedly to meet her.(WATCH the story below, or READ the story – and see the letters – in the Herald Sun / PerthNow.com)</p><p><a href=”http://video.perthnow.com.au/2402169560/School-kids-honour-war-mum”>VIDEO: School kids honour war mum</a></p><p>AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA single mom in Durham, North Carolina had her faith restored in her own parenting abilities by a complete stranger.The mom, whose kids are often hard to handle in restaurants, received a kind note applauding her patience and parenting skills from a young man at a nearby table.After signing the note, Jake even paid for the family’s dinner and included a Pizza Hut Gift Card for the next time they want to dine out.The mother, who is remaining anonymous, told WTVD that her 6-year-old boy has ADHD and Asperger’s, the other, a 4-year-old shows bullying tendencies, so they often sound loud in restaurants.But Jake focused on the good in the situation, and wrote the following:“I do not know your back story, but I have had the privilege of watching you parent your children for the past 30 minutes. I have to say thank you for parenting your children in such a loving manner. “I have watched you teach your children about the importance of respect, education, proper manners, communication, self control, and kindness all while being very patient. I will never cross your path again but am positive that you and your children have amazing futures.“Keep up the good work and when it starts to get tough do not forget that others may be watching and will need the encouragement of seeing a good family being raised. God bless! -Jake”(WATCH the video below or READ the article from WTVD, via KTRK)Thanks to Craig Withers for submitting the link! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhere a string of robberies in local shops might have made Lexington, Kentucky a more sad place, one coffee shop has conjured up a few pay-it-forward Christmas miracles.After thieves broke into A Cup of Common Wealth, the coffee shop’s owners were blown away by the huge outpouring from their community.“They came out in full force and showed us so much love and support that we weren’t focused at all on what happened, just on what we were a part of,” said owners, Salvador Sanchez and Chris Ortiz, in an email to the Good News Network.Reports of more robberies in local shops inspired them to rally the community. They urged their own customers to spend money in those affected businesses, pledging any free drink to whoever buys a book from the Morris Book Shop, art at The Collective, or a haircut at Hair Razors. ”We wanted to share the same love and support we received,” they explained.They also felt sorry for the people who were desperate enough to turn to robbery during the holiday season, so the pair started a Community Christmas Tree for the less fortunate. Gifts are being dropped off and left for anyone to take. Within three days a youth left the store with a new bicycle that one of the coffee customers dropped off.“We’re gonna need another tree,” they shouted on Istagram with a photo of their tiny tree. “Gifts continually pouring in by the arm full!”“Bikes, scooters, things for pets, toys for kids, things for adults, and even a big pack of beer for anyone 21 or over from a coffee drinker who is a brewer here in town,” they said.“A group came in over the weekend on their way to the Children’s Hospital and we were able to pack their arms full of gifts to take down with them.”This story of a crime spree leading to so much goodwill has captured media attention and a headline on Yahoo News, but all the national publicity doesn’t change the modest and humble attitude at A Cup of Common Wealth, which opened their store in July.“It’s definitely our community more so than us making the difference,” they told Good News Network. “We really are just facilitating all the wonderful things they are willing to do for each other. Lexington is the real story here.”Sal and Chris summed the matter up with another great photo on Instagram: “We all go through life together, and sometimes that means picking up the pieces together when things go wrong.”AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe unsuspecting pizza delivery man who was called to the Academy Awards ceremony and dragged onstage by host Ellen DeGeneres, was given a $1000 tip for his services.Edgar Martirosyan, an employee of Big Mama’s & Papa’s pizzeria brought three pies to the Kodak Theater in Hollywood and took home $1000 from Ellen, who passed around singer Pharrell Williams’ famous oversized hat during the live broadcast and collected $600 from stars like Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt and Harrison Ford (above). Ellen threw in the last $400 and invited him on the Ellen Show Monday to tell his story.(WATCH the video below)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreLongwood University may rate as one of the best colleges in the South, but that doesn’t mean the faculty thinks itself too fancy to extend a little Southern hospitality to a family in need.The 175 year-old college heard that the father of one of their students was dying of lung cancer, and doctors feared he wouldn’t be able to fulfill his final wish — to experience his daughter’s graduation. But Brittany Inge received a call from the provost of the school with an offer that gave the family a special day to remember forever. In an email, Vice President for Academic Affairs Ken Perkins wrote: “I understand your dad is not well at all. A little bird, so to speak, suggested that I consider a small, private ceremony in your home, very soon so that we can award you a symbolic diploma. I am more than willing to come to your dad’s home, and bring with me the dean and registrar, dressed in our regalia and present this to you in front of your family.”Monday morning the family gathered in a stately room on the Farmville, Virginia campus and watched Brittany receive her diploma from Longwood University President W. Taylor Reveley IV. The graduate who majored in elementary and middle school education wants to work as a teacher.“I had no idea Longwood would go out of their way,” Bob told WRIC the Richmond television station. “It takes special people and special organizations to make this happen.”Source: WRIC-TVAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more