Essential Oils are Awesome!!!

I use essential oils all the time and they are amazing.

Personally, I hate medications I know that’s ironic because I work in the medical field. I just feel like medications have terrible side effects. That is why I love essential oils because I can substitute them for medications.

What do I use them for?

So originally, I really got into essential oils because I did a lot of research on how to help my son with his ADHD. I discovered that many people had a lot of success using essential oils to help manage ADHD. I figured that it couldn’t hurt anything to try it with him and see if it helps. Guess what!!! It did we had tremendous success using oils to help my son concentrate better. So, then I started doing research on what else I could use them for. There are so many things that you can use oils for depression, cutting teeth, sleeping better, and the list goes on and on.

Are there side effects?

I have not known anyone to have side effects using essential oils. I did some research and there have been adverse reactions to essential oils when they are used inappropriately but the percentage is very low. I know doctors who use essential oils themselves.

Cost?

Essential oils can get a little pricey but so can medications. I would rather pay for essential oils than pay for medications.

Now I am by no means saying that no one should take medications, because for many things medications are essential. However, essential oils are a wonderful way to assist your daily lives in many ways.

Don’t take my word for it though go and research them and make the decision yourself as always this is just my 2 cents.

Raising Kids With ADHD

ADHD is one of the most over diagnosed conditions in children. My 8-year-old son was diagnosed with ADHD in first grade. I have done a crazy amount of research and read countless books on how to manage his ADHD.

Medications

Personally, I hate medications for children. They have a ridiculous amount of side effects. The whole purpose of ADHD medications is to change the brain chemistry, which can have serious side effects in children. My son does not take medications. There are many other ways to manage ADHD besides using medications.

Managing ADHD

Keeping children with ADHD on a strict schedule is very helpful. Children with ADHD need structure to help them cope with their condition. Enroll your child in sports to help them channel some of their energy.  Also make sure to give them clear precise instructions. Another thing that I have that has helped my son is essential oils.

For Working Moms

So…. trying to raise and manage a child with ADHD with a crazy schedule of your own can be a little like a circus. It can be even more stressful working and managing your child’s ADHD.  The best advice I can give you is planning. I make countless schedules, lists, and written out instructions for the sitter.  Time management is your best friend to be able to make sure you are giving your child the best chance at success.

One of my biggest annoyances as a mother of a child with ADHD is that people automatically label him. I also that hate that teachers try to pressure me to put him on medications. They are teachers not doctors and should not be telling me to put my child on medication. That being said, I work very closely with my son’s teachers to make sure that he is successful. Managing a child with ADHD is a lot of work whether they are on medication or not. It can be overwhelming a lot of the time, but hang in there. Do not let anyone else tell you what is best for your children you know them better than anyone.

Sources

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/saving-normal/201605/adhd-is-overdiagnosed-heres-proof

http://www.russellbarkley.org/

Get involved with your FRG

 

 

Calling all Military Wives!!!

What is the FRG?

If you are new to this crazy military life you are probably wondering what an FRG is. FRG stands for Family Readiness Group. Their job is to keep you informed, and support your family while your spouse is a part of that unit. Whenever you go to a new unit the FRG should contact you. However, that does not always happen. All the people that are a part of the FRG are volunteer spouses, who are dealing with the same difficulties you are.

What does the FRG do?

The FRG connects the family and the company. The FRG distributes information from command to the families, help you solve problems that may arise, and connect you to resources that are available. They do their very best to make your family feel resilient.

Why get involved?

Volunteer spouses are what makes the FRG. You can meet other spouses and be a part of the family that makes up your company. The FRG is a fantastic way to support your spouse also and help ensure that your family are always mission ready. While your spouse is deployed or away from you the FRG is where you get your information about what your soldier is doing.

So personally, I am a new military spouse. I recently just got involved in the FRG and I have had a fantastic experience. I love being able to support my husband’s company. Before my husband joined the military we both worked on an ambulance and we spent a lot of time apart. I love being able to help other people and the FRG is one more way for me to do that. Being a key caller for my husband’s FRG I have found there are many people that do not even want to be contacted by the FRG, and I do not understand why. Please get involved and be a part of the FRG.

Many do not know what the FRG is; even veteran spouses. DO NOT BE THAT PERSON! The FRG fosters a supportive environment for soldiers and their families. The FRG is what you make it; you get what you put into it. Reach out to your FRG and get involved; and if your FRG is not what you would like it to be then change it. Get involved today!!!

Are you a part of your spouse’s FRG? Why or Why not?

References

http://www.military.com/spouse/military-life/military-resources/what-the-heck-is-an-frg-family-readiness-group.html