It’s not enough that we’re here, we’re alive, we’re together reading this.

We need to be conscious parents so we can create responsible, compassionate, confident, yet humble, emotionally intelligent and bright human beings.

We should be mindful of our actions, successful at work, dependable, creative, and unique yet socially adept.

We need to be flexible enough to lean into everything.

We need to prioritize our relationships, work hard so we can retire early and be available for our kids and our jobs 24/7.

If we had enough time to catch our breath, we’d realize this list is laughable because it’s brimming with unreachable expectations. In a word, impossible. But since we’re too busy trying to keep up with everyone else, we keep at it. We dismiss the importance of resting and enjoying life. Instead we exhaust ourselves to achieve, people-please, and do everything perfectly.

As you read this week’s list of posts on how to have a more positive attitude, why kids need time to play, on the detriments of a lack of sleep and the pros and cons of psychotropic meds, I hope you’ll remember that the key isn’t to do all things perfectly. What’s most important is to educate yourself and then make choices that are right for you and your family.

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6 Strategies to Take Control of Your Attitude and Stay Positive
(Your Best Self) – Want to feel better right now? If you change your attitude, you can change your life. In this post, Joe shares 6 different ways to help manage your attitude so you can have a happy, meaningful, and energized life.

Depression vs Feeling Sorry for Yourself
(Being Beautifully Bipolar) – If you were offended by Elaina’s last post, you need to read this. She explains why being depressed is not the same thing as feeling sorry for yourself and why understanding that can mean the difference between feeling misunderstood and moving forward.

Lack of Quality Sleep Could Trigger Suicide
(NLP Discoveries) – Got sleep? A shocking study reveals that inadequate sleep alone could trigger suicide in seniors 65 years and older.

Why Kids Need to Play
(Reflections from a Children’s Therapist) – These days kids don’t have time to be kids. We’ve overscheduled, overbooked, and organized an overwhelming list of activities, classes and playdates that leave little time for unstructured play. Here are 10 reasons why that’s a bad thing.

The Pros and Cons of Psychotropic Medications
(Trauma Informed Systems) – Sometimes taking a pill to feel better means a) “you’re lazy” and b) you need results fast. In this post, Elizabeth shares her own thoughts on the difference between them.