Friday, July 18, 2014

Supporting Children's Emotional Health in August

What's the best way to soothe a child's emotional pain and to teach a child coping mechanisms that will serve her well?

How can some underlying causes of a child's emotional distress can be addressed with nutrition, bodywork, remedies,  energy work, supplements or other holistic therapies?
How can addressing our own responses to stress impact our children?

Our panel will share a number of resources and tools to support children’s emotional health, including information on healing modalities and local resources.
We all find ourselves trying to help our children through tough times and upsetting situations, including small daily hurts and everyday challenges as well as larger health issues, death of loved ones, divorce, and other sources of stress. Our panel will share holistic approaches to children's emotional well-being that will serve them (and us!) in a variety of situations.


Location: Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd at S. George Mason Dr.
Date/Time: Thursday, August 21, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

How do we do it? July discussion on "Strategies for Holistic Living"

We always say, "We all do the best we can." And we mean it! But sometimes our individual ideas of "best" don't match up to our reality ..or to something we see on Facebook or Pinterest. On the other hand, sometimes we surprise ourselves at the progress we've made and need a reminder to pat ourselves on the back!

On July 17, we talked about it all: the good, the not-so-good, the waiting-for-inspiration (or until the kids are out of diapers!)



This was an open discussion of how we make this holistic parenting journey work.
  • What do we do without thinking now that might have seemed hard five years ago? 
  • What progress has been slow but steady? 
  • What do we dream of incorporating into our lives but can't imagine how?
We learned from and supported one another! Commiserated, inquired, and inspired!

We used a worksheet to think about our values and identify goals and strategies that align with our values. It also had a list of areas of our lives to think about. Email jessicahmnarlalex (at) gmail (dot) com for a copy.

Topics for consideration were totally open, but we talked about how we pursue holistic living in the areas of:
  • diet & nutrition
  • health & wellness
  • home life, family life, mindfulness & spirituality 
  • organizing, cleaning & using spaces in our home and garden/balcony/yard
  • service, volunteerism & wider community

Sunday, June 22, 2014

2014 Solstice Potluck Social!

The rain stayed away and our 2nd annual potluck social was a delightful evening! Thanks to all who came and brought delicious dishes! It was great to catch up with old friends and meet new ones! Here's a glimpse of the evening!










Friday, May 16, 2014

Celebrate the Solstice: Potluck Social returns June 19

We had such a great time last year at Fort Scott Park at our 2013 Solstice Potluck Social, we decided to do it again!

Come on out starting at 5:30 p.m. and bring a healthy, labeled dish to share. Children should be dressed ready to play on the playground and in the sandbox. The park has restrooms and we've rented the pavilion. The picnic will go forward rain or shine except in cases of extreme weather such a lightning, high winds, or tornado watch. We'll wrap up by 8:30.



Chalk, bubbles and simple crafts welcome as well!

Fort Scott Park is located near Ridge Road and 23rd St between Crystal City and 395 at 2800 Fort Scott Dr., Arlington, VA



Friday, May 2, 2014

What's in your supplements?

Are you confused about nutritional supplements? Not sure which ones to buy or what ingredients to avoid? What’s necessary and what might be a waste of money?

We all learned so much about this topic on May 15 from Dr. Keri Marshall, MS, ND of Makai Naturopathic Center in Bethesda, MD and Molly Carr, Nurse Practitioner and Herbalist affiliated with Village Green Apothecary, a compounding pharmacy and supplier of a wide variety of supplement lines. 

Thank you to Molly and to Dr. Marshall for the wonderful information they shared with us. Notes will be sent to members. Email jessicahmnarlalex (at) gmail (dot) com to request notes.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

How our birth order and sibling relationships shape us

Ever wonder what your life would have been like if you'd never had siblings? Or if you were an only child and had had siblings? Or how the blending of families later in life might have affected you?
Or if you had been born earlier or later with respect to your siblings?
How do we learn about interacting with others through our intimate family relationships?

Dr. Rene Hackney of Parenting by Dr. Rene will shed light on the fascinating question of how our family relationships and our position in the family shape our personality.

Please note that this meeting will begin at the earlier start time of 6:30 p.m. in order to give Dr. Rene time to address both topics fully and take questions. Please arrange to arrive on time if at all possible.

Please also note that this meeting date -- April 24 -- is the fourth Thursday of the month rather than our usual third due to spring break and holy week.

We anticipate that this will be our last meeting at the AUMC, 716 S. Glebe Rd. Arlington, VA 22204. The church is undergoing changes and will no longer be able to host us after April (and please check this space the night of the meeting to make sure there are no last-minute changes).

If you have any ideas about a possible new location for our chapter evening meetings (must be able to accommodate at least 40 people comfortably and allow us to stay to 9:30 p.m.), please email our chapter leadership at HolisticMomsArlAlex (at) gmail (dot) com

Thyroid Health special daytime meeting packs the house!

The thyroid is an important part of our endocrine system that gets a real workout during pregnancy and the postpartum period! If you don't have a history of thyroid issues, years of not sleeping well and of breastfeeding might put enough stress on your system to cause problems. If you have been diagnosed with a thyroid condition, chances are your endocrinologist might not have explained to you how your issues are connected with the rest of your health in a holistic way.

At a special daytime meeting, Shep Saltzman, R.N. of Vienna Complementary Medicine and Vital Mind/Body Therapies gave a fabulous presentation on Thyroid Health. We learned a lot about hormones, the endocrine system and how inflammation plays a (very important!) role in autoimmune disease. Everyone had the chance to complete a metabolic self-assessment and then learn what symptoms relate to which organ systems or issues like low/high blood sugar, low/high cortisol, and various gut issues.

We had a great turnout with lots of mamas, and little ones, too! Thanks to all who joined and spread the word about this important topic. And thank you to Shep for a wonderful presentation!




For an introduction to the topic, see Shep's videos on his website, http://www.vcmedicine.com/http://www.vcmedicine.com/