Tasty Turnip Mash


1 tablespoon margarine made with olive oil
1 tablespoon onion (chopped)
5 cups turnips
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 large eggs (separate white and yolk)



Immunizations and Travel Abroad


Some types of international travel may have higher health risks than others. Be sure that you are up to date on all recommended vaccinations before traveling abroad.

Planning a trip abroad? There are so many things to do before you depart. But while you’re planning your itinerary and booking your flight, don’t forget your medical needs. Some destinations may pose certain health risks and require specific immunizations for visitors. There are steps you should take before you leave that can help prevent illness, and allow you to enjoy your trip. For specific guidance and links see the link below to the Indiana State Health Department’s website.


Easy Full Body Integrated Exercise

Stand with the feet hip-width apart and keep the hips straight with the knees slightly bent. Put the cable pulley at about chest-height, and stand with it directly to the left of the body. Grip a handle in both hands with fingers laced together, straighten the arms out in front, keep back straight and tall, while simultaneously stepping backwards into a lunge with the left foot so the left knee is close to the ground. Push off the right foot and bring the left leg forward to return to standing.  For video of how to perform this, please see the link below.


Three Simple Ways Parents Can Practice Self-Compassion

Do you beat yourself up for being a bad parent? There’s an alternative. Recent research suggests self-compassion may be a resource for resiliency. Explore these three small acts of kindness to build compassion for yourself.

By  | April 24, 2018Parents hugging child

When was the last time you beat yourself up for a parenting failure?

Perhaps your daughter got a D+ on the math test—and you regret some harsh words. Maybe you’re telling yourself that you bungled advice to your fifth-grader about how to handle an annoying classmate. You couldn’t keep your promise to attend your son’s music recital—and there’s a voice in your head telling you that you’re a terrible parent.

But there’s an alternative to that harsh self-talk: self-compassion. According to researcher Kristin Neff, “self-compassion provides an island of calm, a refuge from the stormy seas of endless positive and negative self-judgment.” As she defines it, self-compassion entails three components:

“First, it requires self-kindness, that we be gentle and understanding with ourselves rather than harshly critical and judgmental.”

“Second, it requires recognition of our common humanity, feeling connected with others in the experience of life rather than feeling isolated and alienated by our suffering.”

“Third, it requires mindfulness—that we hold our experience in balanced awareness, rather than ignoring our pain or exaggerating it.”

How is self-compassion related to parenting?  A recent study found that self-compassionate parents of adult children with developmental disabilities tend to have lower levels of stress and depression. In a 2015 study of parents of kids with autism, self-compassion is linked to more life satisfaction, hope, and re-engagement with life goals. Another study found that self-compassion may act as a shield against internalizing stigma—the negative evaluations and feelings others have about parenting children with autism.

A recent study found that self-compassionate parents of adult children with developmental disabilities tend to have lower levels of stress and depression

A new study by Amy Mitchell and colleagues provided Australian mothers with self-compassion resources and exercises, such as imagining how you would support someone else, remembering that you are not alone, and giving yourself a small act of kindness. Mothers who used the resources reported feeling more self-compassionate compared to mothers who did not—and they were less stressed and more satisfied with breastfeeding after the intervention.

Taken together, these studies suggest self-compassion may be a resource for resiliency and a protective buffer against both internal and external criticism. Can parents learn to be more self-compassionate? Of course.  Here are three steps you can take to build compassion for yourself.

1. Take routine self-compassion breaks

During the exhaustion and confusion of being a first-time parent, you may wonder how they even let you leave the hospital with the baby! Why isn’t breastfeeding magically easy? Where did you put the diapers? I stink! When am I going to be able to take another shower?

Those are the moments when you might try to take a self-compassion break. What does that look like?

First, accept the moment of suffering with a statement like, “This hurts.” Next, acknowledge that other first-time parents have felt this way—probably every first-time parent in the history of world! Last, offer yourself kindness, such as by saying, “May I give myself the compassion that I need as I try to care for my baby.”

Of course, it’s not always possible to take a break when you’re struggling to calm a weeping toddler. In that case, take a moment after the crisis has passed to give yourself a few kind words. Neff also recommends putting your hand over your heart, as a gesture of comfort toward yourself, or even giving yourself a hug. That might sound strange—but try it. See if it helps.

For additional examples and tips:  https://www.mindful.org/three-simple-ways-parents-can-practice-self-compassion/