Articles in Pathways to Parenting and Ellen Mecholsky

Pandemic Parenting, Amirite?

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I’m sitting here in front of my computer trying to think of something to write to all of you–something to lift up and inspire during this time of uncharted territory and endless new decision-making.... Read full article

Bipolar Disorder

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Regardless of outside circumstances, being a parent can be difficult, but when you do factor in those outside circumstances, things can be even more tricky. These outside circumstances can include an unexpected mental health diagnosis. For around thr... Read full article

Shingles

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Perhaps you’ve felt an itching and burning sensation in a specific area on your body. You think to yourself that it will go away, but then you notice that a rash has developed in that same area, and it’s slightly painful. The possibilities of what it... Read full article

New Year, More Me

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Today, I was walking with my dog and thinking about New Year’s resolutions. I love the starting over of a new year. I have always felt its metaphorical power and been drawn to the idea of a new beginning, another chance, a reset button. From the time... Read full article

PANDAS Syndrome

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Even mild winters like we experience see an uptick of seasonal illnesses. The fairly common Streptococcus pyocenes infection makes its rounds and can range from minor skin problems or sore throats to much more severe strep throat or scarlet fever. ... Read full article



Dentophobia

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From the whirring of drills to strange new smells and bright lights, the dentist office can provoke anxiety for anyone. Children especially may become anxious. Mild dislike can progress to dentophobia, or general fear of receiving dental care.... Read full article

Finished, But Not Done (Making the Decision to Complete Our Family)

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As parents, we all ask each other similar questions about parenthood: “How is your baby sleeping? How do you handle tantrums? Are you getting your kid a cell phone?” But the question I get most often these days, as a mother of three children who are ... Read full article

Play! Create! Imagine! (and then Clean. It. Up.)

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I walk a very fine line between wanting my children to play and create and imagine...and wanting/NEEDING a tidy house to function at my best. I need order around me to feel relaxed and productive. If I wake up in the morning and I am greeted by a tra... Read full article

Anger or Anxiety?

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As parents, we expect to deal with tantrums during the toddler years, but we are often less prepared when angry outbursts continue well into childhood. However, anger can actually be a symptom of anxiety in children.... Read full article

Children and Broken Bones

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Some kids are daredevils, defying gravity in any number of ways. Others stick close to the ground. A broken bone can happen to any of them, and for some, a cast is a childhood right of passage. Knowing that doesn’t make it any less scary when it’s yo... Read full article

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