Could Your Child Have an Undiagnosed Vision Problem?

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Does your child have trouble staying on task?  Dislike reading?  Struggle in school? If so, s/he may have an undiagnosed vision problem.

Many people are surprised to learn that a child can pass a school vision screening and still have an issue that affects school performance?   Uncorrected vision problems can lead to trouble with learning, behavior, and self-esteem, so early examination by a doctor qualified and equipped to evaluate children is critical.

Before starting school, children use their eyes mostly for seeing things at a distance. In school, however, they need to focus up close.   Children with vision problems think everyone sees the same way, so they rarely report difficulty.   They don’t realize that consistent loss of place when reading, loss of concentration, intermittent blurriness, headaches, and eye strain all are symptoms of vision problems.

One mother relayed her child’s story this way:

“My daughter struggled to be an average student. When she was in the 6th grade, her teacher suggested that I have her eyes examined.   I’ll never forget the day she got her glasses.  She put them on and ran across the room to the window shouting, ‘I can see!’   She looked out the window and said, ‘Mama!   There are trees over there!‘  It broke my heart to think of how many years she had struggled all because the child simply couldn’t see, and I didn’t know it!”

When was the last time your child’s eyes were examined by a professional?


Thought Management 101: Wake Up and Be Happy by Gene Teglovic

One of my resolutions for 2011 is to read at least two books a month — one for learning and one for fun.  Thought Management 101:  Wake Up and Be Happy was the perfect place to start.   Teglovic shares his perspective on thought management in a conversational tone, creating a book that is simultaneously entertaining and enlightening.

He describes levels of existence as channels on a television:  channel one is the physical body; channel two is the psychosocial/emotional/intellectual self; channel three is the silent observer; and then there is channel four.  He doesn’t name channel four other than to suggest it is “God, Spirit, Energy, Universe, etc.” because “it is too immense, too omniscient, too magnificent to describe.”

He uses simple metaphors to illustrate his points and uses a children’s song as a memory device to guide readers along the path to happiness.  He provides questions to spark thought observation and a simple mediation practice to help you observe your thoughts.

In a scant 107 pages, this software professional synthesized his years of life experience and dealings with psychologists, licensed professionals, and holy persons and manages to teach readers what thoughts are, where they come from, and how to manage them to create happiness.

The book is available in paperback or e-book form at and has a Facebook page at where fans can get a coupon code worth 50% off the purchase price from the web site.

If you are ready to “step outside your ingrained thought boundaries…and “open your mind,” I think you will enjoy this book.  “You’d be surprised what might come in.”

Resolution Update

Jillian Michaels' Fitness Ultimatum 2009

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On 12/17, I wrote a blog about my New Year’s resolutions – all intended to get back to ME.  It’s only the second day of January but already I’ve had some disappointments and need to get back on track.

1.  Fit into my wedding ring. A week before Christmas, the goal was to lose around 15 pounds.  A week after Christmas, it’s more like 20.  Sigh.

2.  Exercise/improve heart health. Yesterday, I started reducing carbs and drinking more water.  I also started exercising.  I now have completed two days of Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred workout video and, according to Jillian, am well on my way to being shredded.

The first time I used this video (almost three years ago already?), I used weights and pushed really hard; couldn’t raise my arms for days afterwards.  That made it tough to do simple things like lift and buckle my little one into the SUV.  When the time came time for the next work-out, it didn’t happen.  I can’t afford to be out of commission  over something like that so this time I’m easing into the workout without weights.  They’ll be added soon enough.  So far, so good.

3.  Reduce coffee intake. Coffee intake has been reduced from three to two cups per day.  The plan is to completely eliminate it when supply runs out, and that probably will be in February.  Water and tea are filling the void.

4.  Turn off my computer by 9:00 p.m. every night. I remembered this one at 9:30 last night; hoping to do better tonight.

5.  Read at least two grown-up books per month:  one for fun and one for education/self-improvement. At night before bed, I’m reading a book about thought management.  During the day, I’m listening to an audio book while doing chores.  Loving it!

6.  Blog once a week or more. This is my fourth blog since 12/17.  So far, so good.

Have you made any resolutions for 2011?  If so, how are you doing?

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