Parenting in reverse #3 — my mom and aging

Previously I had written about living with my 87-year-old mom and her various health issues. The latest has been her skin condition. For the past several months, we've seen her skin turn dryer, even scalier. And she's been scratching herself almost non-stop every day. Many times to the point of bleeding. To say we've sought … Continue reading Parenting in reverse #3 — my mom and aging

October is Mental Health Month — time to prioritise mental health for you and I

Last week (and in fact this whole month), WMH Day or World Mental Health Day (10 October) was observed in various ways all over the globe. From national campaigns to promote mental wellness to local efforts like lighting up commercial buildings as a show of support and solidarity for the cause. The state of mental … Continue reading October is Mental Health Month — time to prioritise mental health for you and I

“Boys will be boys, don’t ask why.” Really?

In the blink of an eye, my boys (and I) survived the first month of 2022. And what a month it's been! New books, uniforms, teachers and friends. Most of all, new routines and happenings. Looking back, this first month was pretty much all about these things, these adjustments. Some of them I saw coming. … Continue reading “Boys will be boys, don’t ask why.” Really?

My Conflicted Christmas & Year End Musings 2021

It's that time of year again - December. Meaning 2021 is coming to a close. After the crazy we've had these past 20-21 months, you would think we're finally entitled to end this year of 2021 with some yuletide cheer right? Yet here we are again. Another Covid Christmas; with no clear end in sight … Continue reading My Conflicted Christmas & Year End Musings 2021

Mental Wellbeing #2 of 2: Parents, listen without prejudice!

Last week I wrote about the unfortunate, ongoing trend of parents who don't listen to their kids, invariably leading many of them into depression. Or worse. Today, I want to share some practical strategies to help parents, should mental health issues ever surface in our children. It'll also be my way to archive valuable info … Continue reading Mental Wellbeing #2 of 2: Parents, listen without prejudice!

Mental Wellbeing #1 of 2: Parents, we must listen. Now!

Yesterday was World Suicide Prevention Day. It takes place every year on September 10. Three days ago, I posted about one possible emerging trend related to suicide. One that, if not addressed, might make matters worse for grown men everywhere (feel free to check it out here if you've yet to). Today I want to … Continue reading Mental Wellbeing #1 of 2: Parents, we must listen. Now!

Suicide — Are more men aging and dying alone?

Two days from now is World Suicide Prevention Day, observed every 10 September. With one in 100 deaths globally a suicide, and the far higher number of loved ones impacted by it, suicide is undeniably a serious life-and-death matter that needs to be addressed and discussed more. After all, it ought to be the one … Continue reading Suicide — Are more men aging and dying alone?

Life Hack Book Review #1 – On World Mental Health Day 2020

Today is World Mental Health Day and here's what I found out. According to WHO, one in four people in the world will at some point in their lives suffer from a mental or neurological disorder. Think about that for a sec. One. In. Four. So in places like the United Kingdom where gatherings involving … Continue reading Life Hack Book Review #1 – On World Mental Health Day 2020