Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Staring Down Depression

I've posted before about how I finally admitted that I needed to talk to someone about my depression. It has been three months since that post and I figured I'd update you guys on what's going on.

I am currently taking 50MG of Zoloft at night. It helps me sleep and I've found I'm not as tired during the day if I do that. I don't feel as weepy or moppy and I find that I'm not as angry as I was. I don't snap like I did, I don't go off like I did. I feel somewhat normal. My thyroid meds got upped as well, because my thyroid wasn't improving. Hopefully, within a few month, I'll be 100% again. 

I miss that feeling.

In addition to my own depression, I'm also dealing with Boy Child being depressed, as a result of his being horribly bullied at school. I didn't post about it because it wasn't something I wanted to share with the world. But he was being picked on by a little boy at school who was going around saying he tried to kiss him and calling his a derogatory name for homosexual men. This caused Boy Child to become very depressed, withdrawn, and anxious. 

We met with his teachers and the principal to get the problem taken care of. They referred us to a program at the school that has a counselor come and talk to him once a week. In addition to that, he will also be staying after school and will attend some activities during the summer. We are hoping that this, paired with him playing soccer, will keep him from having to take medication. 

I didn't realize that children as young as 9 (and some even younger) could become depressed. What a scary thought. I'm happy that we noticed the signs pretty quickly and that we let him know that he has a support team there for him. 

Depression is no laughing matter. I'm happy that my son knows that he's not going through this alone, that he has me with him in this hazy cloud of sadness. He and I will stare depression down together, of this I am sure.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Enhancing Education With K-5 Learning

As a mother of three, I strive to find fun, educational programs for my children to use on the internet. Having twins, where one is more studious than the other, I wanted to find a program that my son could use to enhance his abilities and show his growth.

When I was contacted by K-5 Learning with a chance to try the program for six weeks and write about it, I jumped at the chance. I looked around the site and realized that it was one that my kids could benefit from.

Founded by parents who wanted to further their children's success in education, K-5 Learning utilizes the very best in reading and math software. These programs are used by children the world over, as well as in many schools. The site was formed used this award winning software.

The site is easy to navigate, for parents and children alike. The children have their own portal that they can log in to, separate from the parent's portal, where they can keep track of their children's progress.

K-5 Learning allows you to have more than one child on your account. Each child get's their own log in and you can have them on different levels, focusing on different areas. Each child can take an assessment and the courses are based on those results.

When my son started the program, he was struggling in math and reading. He took the assessment and realized that he was grasping it more than he realized. After 6 weeks, his grades improved by 5 points in Math! This program really works.

You can read K-5 Learning's back story by clicking here. It really is interesting to see how this amazing site came to be. If you'd like to start a risk free 14-day trial, simply click the picture below. No credit card is needed at the time of sign up, that's how sure they are you will love their program!