Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Obama Approves Scholarships For Moms Program

President Obama's Scholarship for moms program is good news for moms. For many moms, it is the first chance they have had to further their education. President Obama's American Tax Program, and his Pell grant reformation, has been aimed at getting moms to go back to school. This is a moment in history for some women, who would have otherwise never been able to get a college degree. After all, moms already hold that special place in our hearts, why should they not hold their own special place in today's job markets?
Pell grants can be applied for by filling out a student loan application called FAFSA. It is federal aid aimed at grants designed to help students applying for college, pay for their tuition, books, and other college expenses they may incur while in college. Moms going back to school have a great opportunity to receive these grants and obtain a degree in their chosen career.
President Obama's scholarship for moms program is good news to moms in all walks of life. They can apply for grants and scholarships in many fields of study. One scholarship aimed at closing the gender-gap in science and technology fields is the Science and Technology award. For moms who want to follow non-traditional fields of study, there is the Non-traditional Scholarship. There are also minority awards, field of study awards, athletic awards, and awards and scholarship grants from colleges and universities. Every imaginable resource out is there for moms to go back to school. President Obama's scholarship for moms program is good news and makes college a very attainable endeavor for today's mom.
Moms need to know that it is illegal to discriminate against women because of their race, gender, and age, when applying for grants and scholarships. These moms also need to understand that they can apply for grants and scholarships that are not just for women. Every mom can now apply for any degree, in any field of study, and get grants and scholarships to pay for that degree. President Obama's Tax Program actually lets a mom apply an extra $4000 to her college tuition. This is in addition to the federal Pell grant he had increased from that same amount to up to $5000, for tuition. College has never been so affordable for moms who wish to take advantage of President Obama's call for moms to go back to school

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Education You Never Got in School Can Help You Stop Overeating

My eight-year old son went back to school this week. There is a lot of talk in the neighborhood about which teacher gives the most homework and how different third grade is from second grade. They will learn multiplication tables and how to write in cursive (not sure why they don't give touch typing lessons instead) along with so much new information. It got me thinking about how much time we spend in our lives getting an academic education. I was in school for twenty years, and even now, fifteen years out of university I still frequently take courses when I can. However, there isn't any obligatory, state-funded emotional education to navigate the stressful waters we sail in during our lives. By keeping that in mind perhaps you can forgive yourself when you find yourself reaching for food to deal with stress (or boredom, or anger, or loneliness, or grief, or sadness or any other feeling) instead of having the skills to handle those feelings head-on.
How can we start to give ourselves, and each other, the emotional education we didn't receive in school so we can fulfill ourselves instead of filling ourselves with food?
1. IDENTIFY -- First off, learn how to identify what you're feeling. Many of us don't even know what's going on for us, we just feel uncomfortable and want it to go away. I can't tell you how many people tell me what an epiphany they had when they realized they weren't hungry but tired and how they've since learned to simply put themselves to bed rather than eat at night. Start to identify what you feel. Are you angry? Tired? Bored? Do you need validation? Affection? Help?
2. RESPOND - Start to make associations about which feelings need which responses. I often say that feelings are like weather. They are a naturally occurring part of living in the world. There is rain. Sun. And storm. If you live in a place with less than idyllic weather, you have to learn what kind of coat, shoes, gloves and hat can get you through the day comfortably. You know you need an umbrella when it rains or sunblock when it's bright. Feelings are no different. As adults (and we can teach this to our children too), we need to know what we need when we're sad. Overwhelmed. Anxious. By understanding what we really need when these inevitable changes in mood occur, we can offer ourselves real comfort, real understanding and real responses to real needs rather than simply eating to survive the feeling until the next time.
3. PLAN AHEAD - As you come to identify your feelings and know what you need to respond to them, you can plan ahead. If you know that Sunday nights make you anxious because the work week is the next day, you can have a ritual that makes Sunday night easier. For instance, a yoga class, a board game with the family, a bath and meditation. If you know that you get anxious and overwhelmed when the kids need to be put to bed, you can devise a system that makes it easier or ask for help.