Book Review – Freeing Your Child from Anxiety by Dr Tamar Chansky

FreeingHey everyone, hope you are all doing well this week. Guess what!

It’s book review Friday again and this week I am reviewing a different kind of book. I haven’t read many “Self Help” books, so I thought since I do suffer with anxiety myself that I might find some benefit from reading the book, “Freeing Your Child from Anxiety by Dr Tamar Chansky. It has always been a worry of mine that I might pass on some of my anxious tendencies on to my son, so I figured this book might be  a good read for me.

The book does a great job chapter by chapter establishing a game plan to address any anxieties your child might have from mild to severe. The book is easy to read and uses a lot of pictures and review bullets to make it reader friendly. The book starts off with signs to look for and ends by using real life examples and how to use the tools that were provided throughout the book.

It was easy to follow and read and I would recommend this book if you are concerned about your child having anxiety or if you yourself suffer with anxiety. I recognized some of the anxious traits in myself like avoiding big groups of people in social situations and being nervous at big events. 

The language used by Chansky is child friendly. Since my son is still little, I won’t be able to put her book to the test just yet, but I hope any of you who do have an anxious child of an appropriate age to use her techniques find this book benefits you. 

Much thanks once again to for providing a copy of this book to me in exchange for this review.

Have a fantastic, anxious-free weekend and a great week. Thanks for stopping in and take a moment to read my review.

Until next week!

❤ Melissa

My No TV Challenge

couchpotatoHello everyone out there, hope you are doing well. As always, thank you for checking in with me. What is new with me you ask? Well for a long while now I have felt completely under the gun with laundry list of fun and not so fun activities we have had planned and some how I find myself scrambling often at the last-minute to get things done in time. I thought I had pretty good time management skills, so I figured it came down to too many things in my life. What to do? I guess I have to eliminate something. Hmm.. that was difficult because I didn’t really want to get rid of anything I had planned. After a week of contemplating every day of what I should do, I came up with the only answer I could think of. TV had to go. Yes, I was taking a no TV two-week challenge to test myself and whether I could free up some time to get my other tasks done. The few people I have told about it first gasped and then said you’re crazy… how will you relax then? Good point- I do enjoy turning my brain off at the end of the day and just watching a great TV show. Really by the time we’ve had dinner, cleaned up, done bedtime routine with our son and then packed lunches for the next day we only get about an hour of TV during the week nights. Still if I took that hour to write a blog post or read a couple of chapters of a book then I’d both be relaxed and ahead of the game. One problem I’ve encountered this week though is I am not home at night until late or my hubby isn’t home til late which means I’ve had to do all the nighttime routine myself, so really I have yet to gain any time to get myself ahead. This weekend I’m away for a bachelorette party weekend and next week the hubby is away fishing… so the ironic part is I haven’t actually had a chance to sit down and be tempted to watch TV and don’t foresee much of a chance next week either. Ha, ha, ha! So all I do is laugh to myself. I guess I’ve learned TV isn’t much of a priority in my life, but it is the summer time and there isn’t anything on TV anyway. I might as well watch TV when I can because obviously I do take on too much and have little time to watch TV any way. Not willing to give up on busy schedule just yet, I’ll just keep thinking that I’ll rest when I’m dead until then I guess I’ll keep living every minute, full steam ahead.

Unless of course you wise people out there, have any advice to offer me? Is everyone else always on the run trying to balance everything and get it all done? I sure hope so!

Well here’s hoping to find some balance this weekend. Until next week!

❤ Melissa

Book Review – Mother, Mother by Koren Zailckas

Mother-Mother-by-Koren-Zailckas Happy Book Review Friday! Hope all of you are doing well. I was away in Kelowna for a couple days last weekend, so I spent most of my time lazying by the pool and speed reading Mother, Mother, so I could post my review for you today.

The story is based on the Hurst family: Josephine- a narcissistic, manipulative mother, Douglas- an alcoholic, selfish father and their three children; Rose, the oldest and aspiring actress who runs away from home, Violet the middle child who refuses to accept her mother’s abuse and becomes to scapegoat and Will, the youngest son who loves his mother dearly. The story’s point of view switches between Violet and Will throughout the whole story.

I have to admit the story started slow for me and a few chapters in I wasn’t sure I’d be able to finish the full novel. I’m not much of a psychological thrill reader, but by half way the book picked up twisted speed and I was so intrigued to see where it was going to go. I did enjoy the story being told by Violet and Will because they both viewed their mother very differently and it did help keep the suspense because you didn’t know whose perspective to believe. Once the story hit its climatic ending though, I was disappointed with the last few chapters. It jumps ahead by a few years in time and it almost seemed like Zailckas wasn’t sure how to end it, so she quickly jumped forward and tried to end every loose end. It’s hard to explain without ruining the ending, but I think she could have focused more on the aftermath right after the climax rather than right away jumping years in the future.

Overall I’d give her story 3 out of 5 stars. The writing itself was pretty well done; the story was great in the middle but left a little more to be desired in the end. It was entertaining to read about this dysfunctional, twisted Hurst family though it won’t, for me, be a story I carry with me.

If you are into suspense filled stories, I’m not sure this book will entirely satisfy your craving for drama and anticipation, but it was an easy read for sitting and relaxing by the pool.

So another book review complete, I’m off to find my next one on Maybe I will step out of my comfort reading zone a littler further and see what I can find.

Happy reading, happy writing, happy-happy weekend!

❤ Melissa

My Favorite Poem By Emily Dickinson

Hello and happy Friday once again. This week I wanted to share my favorite poem with you. I always have been a great fan of Emily Dickinson. I think I felt connected to her from a young age because she was a female poet and I was an aspiring female poet. I also admired her use of rhyme because self admittedly I sucked at rhyming. It just wasn’t my forte, but hey I guess I’m all about freedom and flow of words. “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” was the first poem I read of hers and it really struck a chord with me. I enjoy the simplicity of the poem and her imagery. I found it interesting how she describes her path to death and eternity as a simple carriage ride.

Please feel free to share your favorite poem with me. Thanks for stopping in and joining me for another Poetry Friday. Enjoy your weekend.

❤ Melissa

Because I Could Not Stop for Death
By: Emily Dickinson

 Because I could not stop for Death –
He kindly stopped for me –
The Carriage held but just Ourselves –
And Immortality.

We slowly drove – He knew no haste
And I had put away
My labor and my leisure too,
For His Civility – 

We passed the School, where Children strove
At Recess– in the Ring –
We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain –
We passed the Setting Sun – 

Or rather – He passed us –
The Dews drew quivering and chill –
For only Gossamer, my Gown –
My Tippet – only Tulle – 

We paused before a House that seemed
A Swelling of the Ground –
The Roof was scarcely visible –
The Cornice – in the Ground – 

Since then – ‘tis Centuries – and yet
Feels shorter than the Day
I first surmised the Horses’ Heads
Were toward Eternity –