As individuals, some of us parents can tolerate certain behaviors while others make us crazy. I always find it interesting talking with parents and finding out what are their triggers and what things they can handle just fine. I have a fairly high tolerance for whining, for example, while other parents absolutely hate it. One other area where I can manage a fair amount of tolerance is for moping and pouting—but I know some parents who find that a child’s pouting and moping about is a huge trigger… Pouting…that drooping body language, brooding face, and general slouching about that a … Continue reading

Growing from Sadness, Sorrow and Depression

Before I continue with this blog, I want to state I am not writing about clinical and diagnosed depression (or any mental health concern where you really need to seek professional help), I am talking about those times that all of us go through where we experience sadness, sorrow, grief and depression. Far from being the end of the world, these times can be very creative, healing, and growing times for us. Many of us come out on the other side of sadness and grief feeling stronger and more “ourselves.” We can look at these inevitable times as an opportunity … Continue reading

Is Your Son or Daughter Depressed?

It might initially be difficult to determine whether a child is just “down in the dumps,” or whether he or she is experiencing a major depressive episode. Parents can watch for symptoms that are persistent, troubling, and interfering with typical life functioning. In a major depressive episode, many of the following signs may be observed: It’s persistent. First, the sadness has been ongoing for at least two weeks or more, without lifting. It’s causing changes in the family dynamics or is contributing to family stress at home. Loss of enthusiasm. The child is no longer interested in activities that were … Continue reading

The Healer of a Broken Heart

“Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am weak; O LORD, heal me, for my bones are troubled; but You, O LORD—how long? … I am weary with my groaning; all night I make my bed swim; I drench my couch with my tears… For the LORD has heard the voice of my weeping. The LORD has heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer.” (Psalm 6: 2-3, 6, 8-9) Have you ever found yourself feeling like David has in the Psalms? I sure have. Unfortunately, during our times of brokenness we may be reluctant to take the … Continue reading


For those who have never struggled with depression, it may be difficult to fully understand how debilitating it can be. Depression is more than just a long time of sadness; it can take over every aspect of a person’s daily life. For me, depression felt like a prison. I felt alone in my own world like there were no windows and only stagnant air. Within this prison, I felt the presence of spirits of hopelessness, despair and sadness. I longed to sleep the day away knowing it would only make me feel worse. I would cry out to God and … Continue reading

Journaling the Hard Times

As scrapbookers, we tend to capture the happy moments; the moments where people are smiling or having fun. However, sometimes life serves us up some lemons and we find ourselves faced with challenges or disappointments. At these times, scrapbooking can be a great comfort. It can help to heal, or sooth your inner soul. Often times you can find strength and peace through your journaling enabling you to deal with whatever path we must follow from that point on. Use journaling and scrapbooking to record both good and bad thoughts, feelings and experiences. It’s a very therapeutic way to heal. … Continue reading

Recognizing Child Depression

I’d like to share a story about a girl I know; we’ll call her Sara. When she was in sixth grade her family moved. For reasons she still doesn’t know the boys in the new school ganged up on her. She was teased, called names. She even had rocks thrown at her. No one would be her friend, because the most popular boys hated her. She was devastated. Her self-esteem was destroyed. Over the next few years she went through varying levels of depression. She went from being bubbly, confident, and sometimes bossy, to shy and withdrawn. Her grades went … Continue reading