Tag Archives: mental health

We Have Moved!!!


ABMF is now in dotcom form! Please visit us at: http://www.babymakesfive.com!

I will no longer post on this site, but will keep it up for now until I am sure that I’ve successfully migrated everything from here over to the new site. Please make sure to update your bookmarks!

You’re Pregnant!


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Yes. You ARE.

No, I am not pregnant. Maybe you are, and maybe this just might be your first baby…congratulations!! Becoming a mom for the first time (and second, third, etc.) is an amazing, life-changing experience! I know, I know…everyone says that. If you had a dollar for every time someone said it to you, amirite?  Continue reading

Robin Williams…


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Rest in Peace, Robin Williams
1951-2014

Robin Williams was found dead in his home yesterday, of an apparent suicide. It’s well-known that he struggled through his life with severe depression. There are very few celebrities that I have felt sorrow as if I almost knew them, but Robin is one of them. I grew up on his movies, and when I’d become an adult, I appreciated his dramatic roles and his very ‘grown-up’ stand-up comedy. I was shocked and saddened to read of his passing. Continue reading

The Issues: Substance Abuse and Addiction


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Addiction is an issue that touches almost every American life. Whether we have struggled with addiction or know someone who has, or is still struggling, addiction is something that affects us all. There are many types of addiction, and this post focuses on alcohol/substance abuse and addiction. Continue reading

Silver Linings and Hodge-podge…


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There’s always a silver lining…or a rainbow…

 

I’ve tried so hard lately to keep my eyes on the silver linings…you know, the upside to unpleasant situations and happenings. For the most part, I’ve been pretty successful in this attempt. Last Friday was one of those days that severely tested my determination to always look on the bright side of things. Continue reading

The Addiction of Hatred…


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Yup…gonna have to learn to love this goofball…

It is, by far, easier to hate than it is to love. Hatred becomes an addiction simply for the fact that it requires no effort to maintain. It is much more difficult to love, because it requires us to at least attempt to understand, to make the effort to find ground on which to be compassionate. You might think this is going to be a post on the general quickness of society to hate that which is not understood rather than make the effort to love. It is not.  Continue reading

The Issues: Bullying


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Note: I began writing this about a few weeks ago, after reading an article about a boy who was suspended for wearing a My Little Pony backpack on the grounds that it could cause him to get bullied. After reading that, Facebook’s “People You may Know” feature coincidentally listed a girl who used to bully me in middle school and high school, and that led me to her blog where a post she wrote gave me an insight I’d never had before. This is my experience, and should you ever stumble across her blog, please know that she and I are okay. I do not want, or need, any comments posted on her blog attacking her for what is long in the past. She was not the only one, and she was not by any stretch the worst of my antagonists.  Continue reading