Health & Wellness

Family Spectrum is committed to providing community members, especially those who are raising children with opportunities to interact with one  another concerning health and wellness. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to physical, emotional and behavioral health; fitness and nutrition; disease prevention; pediatric and women’s health care; and topics that assist parents coping with common parenting issues. Our goal is provide parents with a forum to share experiences with one another, as well as to share information. When possible, local experts may weigh in on topics of interest and share their resources.

We want to be a resource for families in attaining a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being. In order to accomplish this, we understand that families must be active in the process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a more successful existence. Your interaction and participation in forums such as this blog may be one resource of many that help you achieve greater health & wellness.

“Individual health is closely linked to community health—the health of the community in which individuals live, work, and play. Likewise, community health is profoundly affected by the collective beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors of everyone who lives in the community. “—Healthy People 2010: Understanding and Improving Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2000

 

  1. Tammy R
    September 14, 2009 at 7:05 am

    Every morning is a battle to get my 6 year old son to go to school. He cries until he makes himself throw up. He makes up any excuse–headache, stomach ache, sore throat, etc. to get to stay home. I have grounded him from everything when he does this but he doesn’t care. I don’t know what to do to get him to understand that he must go to school.

    Thanks,
    TR

    • September 14, 2009 at 3:36 pm

      Thanks for sharing your struggles. It must be very frustrating for you if you have a daily battle with your son to get him to go to school. This type of daily struggle can cause everyone in the house to feel stressed! There are some things that you should consider first before you decide what to do about the situation.

      The first thing you need to do is sit down and talk to him in a loving way and simply ask him what’s going on. Let him know that he’s not in trouble; you simply want to help him feel better about going to school. Explain that not going to school is not an option, so you need to help him find ways to make it easier for him.

      Are you a stay-at-home parent? Are their younger siblings in the home that do not go to school yet? Is it possible that he is afraid he might miss out on something fun while at school? If you work outside the home, is he trying to convey to you that he wants to spend more time with you? You can counteract these issues by making a real effort at night to have one-on-one time together. In today’s busy world quality time often falls by the wayside, but it is something that is essential to a child’s well-being.

      You mentioned that he is constantly complaining of physical symptoms, have you taken him to the doctor? If the doctor’s exam shows nothing abnormal, you may want to consider that sometimes physical symptoms are a mask for anxiety. There are many possibilities as to why he could be feeling anxious about going to school. Is he struggling academically in class, or is he having a tough time getting along with his peers or making friends? Is he getting bullied at school?

      You could arrange a meeting with his teachers to talk about what they see during the day. Is he ok after he gets to school, or does he have a tough time emotionally making it through the day? You many also want to schedule a time to meet with the school counselor to get their input on the situation.

      Most importantly, your actions need to reflect to your son that he doesn’t get the option of missing school, but in a nurturing and caring way. If you have any further questions or want to talk to a live person, feel free to call our Hotline. We can be reached at 1-800-448-3000 and are here to talk 24/7 toll-free. You can also visit our website at http://www.parenting.org for additional parenting information. We look forward to hearing from you and hope that your morning routine gets easier soon!!

      Sincerely,
      Katie, Crisis Counselor

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