This is what we watched, read, listened to and used this month!
To watch: You can get the opportunity to see the amazing award-winning documentary, The Kids We Lose, in July for free. A collaboration between Lone Wolf Media and the non-profit Lives in the Balance, The Kids We Lose is a 90-minute documentary film about the human side of being a child or student with behavioural challenges, and the struggles faced by parents, educators, staff in facilities, mental health clinicians, and judicial and law enforcement professionals in trying to ensure that these kids receive the help they need. It also exposes the often brutal, inhumane ways in which kids with social, emotional, and behavioural challenges are treated in schools, inpatient psychiatry units, residential facilities, and prisons. Their hopelessness, misery, and frustration are palpable. The human toll is hard to fathom. But these are also the most expensive kids in our society. Doing the wrong thing costs a fortune. When we don’t help our most vulnerable kids, we all lose.
To read: The book, The Explosive Child, is a ground-breaking approach to understanding and parenting children who frequently exhibit severe fits of temper and other intractable behaviours, from a distinguished clinician and pioneer in this field. Dr Ross Greene, a distinguished clinician and pioneer in the treatment of kids with social, emotional, and behavioural challenges, has worked with thousands of explosive children, and he has good news: these kids aren’t attention-seeking, manipulative, or unmotivated, and their parents aren’t passive permissive pushovers. Rather, explosive kids are lacking some crucial skills in the domains of flexibility/adaptability, frustration tolerance, and problem-solving, and they require a different approach to parenting. This book will change your outlook on how you manage and approach your parenting or teaching.
To listen: The Mamamia No Filter podcast is all about ‘candid conversations that count’. In this episode, host Mia Freedman is joined by Dr Jodie Lowinger, the founder and Principal Clinical Psychologist of the Sydney Anxiety Clinic to talk about how anxiety presents itself, what causes it and what people who suffer from it can do to treat it. One in four adults and one in five children currently suffer from anxiety. And yet two in five people believe the condition is not a treatable mental health illness. Anxiety, defined as a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome is a debilitating illness that people still aren’t talking enough about. This podcast gives a very easy to understand guide to anxiety – a must listen to if you or someone close to you has anxiety.
To use: Lush's Sleepy lotion is popular among many, me included, as it gives you a lovely calm scent of lavender to fall asleep with. Lush claims on their website that “You'll sleep well after dipping into this dreamy lotion, made with a gentle oatmeal infusion, calming lavender flower and comfortingly sweet tonka absolute.” So if sleep is something that eludes you, it is worth a try. For myself, I think it was all part of the ritual of bedtime so as the scent hit my nostrils I was prepared for sleep!
Let me know what you think of these!
P.S. None of these items are sponsored – they are just things we have enjoyed and want to share the love!