The Monday Mashup

Sensory Overload in Parents, Guide to Anxiety in Kids and the Perfect Autumn Quote (#9)

Our goal is to encourage families to use effective ways to improve their parenting journey. Every Monday we provide trusted content.
 
Here is your weekly “Monday Mashup”, a quick list of what we are finding useful. If you enjoy it, please feel free to forward to friends!

What We’re Listening To

Does it ever feel like there is just too much going on around you, your house is too noisy, or you feel a sense of internal chaos? Or maybe all of the above? Parents everywhere are constantly being bombarded with sensory stimuli which outpace their ability to process or cope with it. What can you do to combat overstimulation & sensory overload?

Happy as a Mother‘s Erica Djossa and Larissa Geleris, an occupational therapist and mother of two with extensive experience and training in Sensory Processing Disorder, use their experience to support parents in understanding their own sensory triggers. She’s going to help us understand our own sensory sensitivities and how to cope with them in parenting.

What you will learn:

  • General Info About Sensory Processing Disorder
  • People Have Different Triggers
  • Noise Is Triggering
  • Coping With Overstimulation In The Moment
  • Bubble Wrap Ways To Manage Overstimulation

(Listen on Podcast)

Workbook We Heard About

Do you worry that your child struggles with anxiety? Maybe your child has always been a worrier or this new school year has your child feeling stressed. Maybe you have struggled with anxiety yourself and are not sure how you can best help your child.“What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety (What-to-Do Guides for Kids)” by Dawn Huebner comes highly recommended among mental health practitioners who work with children.

An excerpt: Children who worry too much are held captive by their fears. They go to great lengths to avoid frightening situations, and ask the same anxiety-based questions over and over again. Yet the answers give them virtually no relief. Parents and caregivers find themselves spending huge amounts of time reassuring, coaxing, accommodating, and doing whatever else they can think of to minimize their child’s distress.

But it doesn’t work. The anxiety remains in control. As you have undoubtedly discovered, simply telling an anxious child to stop worrying doesn’t” help at all. Nor does applying adult logic, or allowing your child to avoid feared situations, or offering reassurance every time the fears are expressed. (Get your copy)

Quote We Loved for Autumn

“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and being alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You have to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes too near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself that you tasted as many as you could.” ― Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum (NPR)

This Week’s Article

Helper of the Week

Magnolia Lactation Consulting is your breastfeeding experts for all lactation needs. Whether you are pregnant and hoping to prepare or experiencing some challenges with your baby, we are here for you.

International board certified lactation consultants are available in person in the Baton Rouge, LA area, and virtually in any location. We specialize in prenatal prep, tongue ties, and low milk supply and would love to get to know your family.

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Have a wonderful week, all.

Much love to you and your family,

The Monkey Mashup Staff

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50 Fall Bucket List Activities, Mommy Wine Culture and a Free “No-Yelling” Class (#8)

Here is your weekly Monday Mashup, a quick list of what we are finding useful. If you enjoy it, please feel free to forward to friends. We are focused on connecting your family to helping professionals who specialize in topics like parenting, pregnancy, special needs, neurodivergence, adolescent issues, single parenting, career transitions, etc. You and your family deserve to feel your best and achieve your goals. 

What We Read

We are always amazed at how many fun Fall activities for kids there are both indoors & outdoors. So let’s start planning your new fall adventures with Autumn traditions your kids can look forward to every year.
 
Rachel of Kids Activities Blog lists 50+ Fun Fall “Bucket List” activities that the entire family will love.  Some simple ideas:
 
  • Pumpkin slime. Goop is a blast to play with. This goop is pumpkiny-orange.
  • Nature Scavenger Hunt – Go on an outdoor scavenger hunt for kids with this printable guide. Even younger kids can play along because it is all done in pictures.
  • Make a pumpkin pie with your kids. Have extra filling? Add it to a smoothie with some yogurt.

Help We Learned About

Are you concerned about your alcohol intake? When you see other moms or images in the media about enjoying “Mommy wine culture,” it can be confusing to know if you are indulging in a way that’s negatively impacting your life. Maybe you feel that you’re drinking too much or too often. Perhaps it’s a habit you’d like to better control. Maybe a member of your family suffers from alcoholism, or you are beginning to see some early warning flags in your own behavior. It’s critical to keep in mind that everyone in need has access to resources and support.

Check out this article How to Stop Drinking Alcohol: 5 Steps to Cut Back. Read what experts recommend, and info about the combination of medication, therapy, and peer support to most effectively reduce your alcohol consumption. Source

What We Learned

Amy McCready, a nationally recognized parenting coach, is offering an exclusive FREE class for her “My 5-Step No-Yelling Formula Gets Your Kids To Listen The First Time, Every Time!” program.

Her strategies help all types of children. If your kids are acting out, not listening, fighting, or disobeying on purpose (even the most well-behaved child will have moments), you’ll walk away from this webinar with the tools to tackle your next parenting challenge head-on with confidence. Register

This Week’s Article

Helper of the Week

Sarah worked for one of the top 5 children’s hospitals in the country in the NCIU. She took care of extremely small babies and she has experience in both taking care of babies and taking care of adults with this difficult time.

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Much love to you and your family,

The Monkey Mashup Staff

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Slow Parenting Thru Fall, Using Legos to Teach Math and Infant Sleep Around the World (#7)

Here is your weekly Monday Mashup, a quick list of what we are finding useful. If you enjoy it, please feel free to forward to friends.
 
You and your family deserve to feel your best and achieve your goals.

Post We Loved

Fall and back-to-school season can seem so overwhelming after a slower-paced summer. The deluge of school papers coming home, sport seasons starting, new activities, looming holidays. If you feel stressed, check out this blog post​ we found offering some tips on slowing down this season. 

Here’s an excerpt: 

Families need to regroup and simply have unstructured time together – to play, to talk, to inadvertently create the small instances that go into the family memory bank. It is the little things that tend to bond families, and these often occur during unstructured time. 

Try to be clear about whether your own needs or anxieties about your child’s achievement are fueling a desire to over-schedule activities.​” 
(Source)

What We Learned

Homework assignments have begun in full swing now, and we don’t know about you, but explaining math concepts can be a little tricky. That’s why we wanted to share one of those tools for teaching math that don’t involve any new supplies you have to purchase. Teacher Alycia Zimmerman explains how she uses Legos to explain math concepts to her 3rd grade students. Check out the post and pictures to learn more. (Source: Bored Panda)

Helpful Research

What can we learn from studying other cultural practices in regards to baby sleep? We came upon Psychology Today’s article on “Safe Infant Sleep and Breastfeeding are Partners”. This article explores years of mother-baby sleep studies to help support parents who are worried about safe sleep practices. (Psychology Today​)

This Week’s Article

Helper of the Week

Peachy Births: Doula and Lactation Services LLC provides comprehensive, inclusive and experienced doula and lactation services for any pregnant, birthing or lactating person. 
  • Doula, Birth Doula, Lactation Consultant
  • Accepts some insurances
  • Available online or locally in Kansas & Missouri

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Much love to you and your family,

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How to Keep House While Drowning, Being a Working Mom and Keeping Your Peace (#6)

We’re heading into a busy time of year with back-to-school, holidays, new schedules, homework….we really want to emphasize how important it is to feel okay with how little or how much you can handle all the things. Beyond the sheer labor of trying to get everyone done, we can waste soo much head space on evaluating ourselves and the job we are doing.
 
Here is your weekly Monday Mashup, a quick list of what we are finding useful. If you enjoy it, please feel free to forward to friends.

Book We Loved

We really love the book “How to Keep House While Drowning“.  KC Davis is a licensed professional counselor who herself has struggled herself with ADHD and postpartum and ongoing anxiety and depression. This book offers PRACTICAL advice to how to handle the daily deluge of stuff on your to-do list. Here’s an excerpt:
 
“You are not required to contribute to be worthy of love and care and belonging. We know this is true because you could be connected to a ventilator unable to contribute anything (and in fact be using lots of resources) and still be a worthy human being. We all have seasons of life when we are capable of contributing more or less than the people around us….It’s stressful to try to summon up 100% motivation sitting on the couch.
 
Let yourself use 5% motivation to do 5% of the task. Maybe you keep going. Maybe you don’t. That’s ok. Anything worth doing is worth doing partially….What does help is to just let yourself move as slowly as you need to. No timers. No agenda. You may not get it all done. But you get more done than you would’ve if you hadn’t done anything.” (Source)

What We Read

Whether you’re a working parent, a stay-at-home-parent, or somewhere in between, its common to feel misunderstood by others. Day-to-day toils can leave us feeling isolated- no one could possibly understand what we are going through. Others must have it easier, we think. This article from Motherly helps you feel like you aren’t alone, no matter what situation you’re currently in. (Read the article)

Quote We Liked

“If it costs you your peace, it is too expensive.” — Paulo Coelho
 
What situations are you in that disturb your peace of mind? 

Helper of the Week

 
Margo Jones is a Certified Lactation Consultant, helping families with breastfeeding. Available for home visits in the Boston area. Also available for online/virtual appointments.

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Have a wonderful week, all.

Much love to you and your family,

The Monkey Mashup Staff

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Rachel Hollis on Motherhood, Big Life Journal & C-Section Recovery Tips (#5)

Has school started in your area yet? Maybe this is your last week of summer vacation. Word on the street is, a lot of people are ready for a change of seasons! How about some life improvement as well? Here is your weekly Monday Mashup, a quick list of what we are finding useful. If you enjoy it, please feel free to forward to friends.

Video We Watched

We watched Motherhood: What I WISH I Would Have Known (Episode 286 of the podcast) by Rachel Hollis a few years back and it’s still worth sharing. Parents deserve to be happy, fulfilled and thriving. It can sometimes feel impossible to achieve this but your life can improve in small, significant ways. If you aren’t sure where to start, reach out to one of the helping professionals on our virtual parenting support center. There are professionals out there, ready to help you. (Source)

What We Bought

We stumbled upon the Big Life Journal while reading some therapists’ recommendations for helping children who struggle with anxiety or low self-confidence. Whoa! Have never heard of this workbook before. They also have all sorts of free printable material on their Instagram if you just want to try a few things. We are always looking for ways to encourage and grow emotional intelligence. Learn more here.

Article We’re Reading

“C-Section Recovery Tips: C-Section Recovery Tips to Help You Parent, Breastfeed and Sleep” published by The Monkey Mashup. We spoke to a friend about her recent c-section, her recovery and various struggles she was encountering. Disappointment regarding not having the birth she envisioned, numbness, swelling and just generally feeling uncomfortable in her postpartum body. On top of all the other first-time-mom emotions. This is the same article we shared with her; it compiles all the useful tips on recovering from a c-section that we could find. Make sure you pass this article along to someone you know who might need help after their c-section, as well! Here is an excerpt:

Whether your c-section is planned or unexpected, you may be wondering how you can recover quickly.  Here are some c-section recovery tips we’ve gathered…

Take it easy, but get up and move around as soon as you feel able…

Plan on staying in the hospital robe the whole stay or else bring pants that will come up over your belly, or nightgowns.  You don’t want anything pressing or messing around your incision for the first couple weeks.  Yoga pants that fold over at the waist can be comfortable at this stage of healing…

Take pain meds whenever you are offered to stay on top of the pain.  Its much easier to stay on top of the pain or keep it at bay then it is to get rid of pain once it sets in.  Don’t try to be a super-hero by stopping medications prematurely before your body is really ready…” (Read the full piece here.)

Helper of the Week

Dr. Kimberly Harrison is a clinical psychologist skilled at helping people troubleshoot difficulties and understand their personal strengths and weaknesses. Drawing on her years of experience working with folks as they navigate the sometimes murky waters of today’s world, Dr. Harrison provides wisdom, humor and practical advice to make life better.

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Much love to you and your family,

The Monkey Mashup Staff

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Easy Labor Day Recipes, 10 Stress Myths Debunked & Advice for New Parents: Facing Struggles and Breaking the Stigma (#4)

School is in the air, but we are still holding on to summer! Hopefully you’ll have some time to savor these last weeks of hot weather, spend some more time outside, and check off those last activities you wanted to do as a family.
 
Here is your weekly Monday Mashup, a quick list of what we are finding useful.  If you enjoy it, please feel free to forward to friends. 

What We’re Cooking

Labor Day is just around the corner, and we know we have busy parents reading this who might not have time to make an elaborate Labor Day BBQ menu, but still want to celebrate. Check out this list of super quick Labor Day weekend recipes we found, it’s a pretty great list of ideas for anytime, really! (Source: Taste of Home)

What We Watched

10 Stress Myths Debunked – two professors explain the reasons behind stress and some common misconceptions about why we have stress, which coping strategies we should avoid and which ones we don’t have to worry about. Should we shield our kids from stress? Seeing our kids suffering or uncomfortable can be so hard to witness. Is stress always bad? Do you confuse excitement with stress? This is worth a watch, there may be quite a few ideas you haven’t heard! (Source: Business Insider)

Article We’re Reading

Advice for New Parents: Facing Struggles and Breaking the Stigma” by Cheryl Stash, LCSW, founder of The Monkey Mashup, is one of our cornerstone articles. Outlining the many forms of support available for new or overwhelmed parents, we normalize common struggles faced by parents across the board. Here is an excerpt:

“Becoming a parent is one of the best moments (if not the best moment) in your life, but pregnancy and babyhood are never without struggles.

 

Worse still, you might even find judgment and stigma when you need help the most. Whether you feel enormous pressure to get back to work, or taking care of a newborn isn’t the amazing experience you’d dreamed it would be, it can be hard to open up.”

In this article, you can find the top 10 struggles that new parents face (you’ll be familiar with quite a few) plus our best advice for new parents. (Read the full article here.)

Helper of the Week

The Conative Group, PLLC, is a collective of mental health providers serving a variety of needs in the greater Houston area and virtually via telehealth. We are highly trained professionals offering a variety of psychological services for adults, teens, children, and families. Several members of our clinical staff are especially skilled in working with individuals on the autism spectrum.

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Have a wonderful week, all.

Much love to you and your family,

The Monkey Mashup Staff

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