S.T.U.C.K.

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By Mandy Hall, Board of Directors

Sometimes we get into those seasons in life when we feel stuck. There seems to be nowhere to turn, no support and least of all, no chance at making a huge, dramatic life change. Recently, I was speaking with a past Hope House resident that was in this exact situation before she came to us. She really felt like the only option was to keep living in the abused life that seemed to be her fate and her normal, day in and day out.

I was actually reaching out to ask for her help with a project for the upcoming Phoenix Gala. I was hoping to get her to participate and the response I received was, “I will do anything to help promote Living Hope Centers. If it wasn’t for you all, I would be homeless with my 3 children.” This past resident gave me more than what I had hoped for, she reaffirmed absolutely everything we are about.

I want to encourage you today that if you feel like you are in a situation that you have no control over, please reach out. If you or your family is experiencing abuse, please understand that you have a way out. There is hope for your situation and we would love to help you find that hope. You do not have to stay stuck. You deserve an enriched life of love and grace just as much as anyone else.

#youmatter

One Strong Mama

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by Mandy Hall, VP of Development

When is the last time you really had someone believe in you? I mean really believe in you? Sometimes that’s all you need to get started. I will never forget the Christmas my husband bought me my very first DSLR camera. It came with different lenses and filters, all the bells and whistles. He saw my passion for photography and fed it. He sees something in me, that with the right tools, I began to see in myself.

What is it that holds us back from what we want to strive for? Fear. It’s always fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of succeeding. We can be our own worst enemy. Half the battle is fighting ourselves.

We are here to believe in you and to help you see yourself for who you are. An amazing, strong, capable woman. At Living Hope Centers, we put the right tools in your hands and say, “You go, girl! We got you!” We want to help you unleash your full potential. Don’t let fear tell you what to do, breakthrough it! Kick fear in the face. #youmatter #yougotthis



Emergency Contraception, The Morning-After Pill

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Taken from OptionLine
https://optionline.org/emergency-contraception

“Emergency contraception is a type of birth control you can take after you have unprotected sex. Sometimes it’s referred to as the morning-after pill. There are two types commonly available: Plan B One-Step® (and others like it) and ella®.

Both kinds of emergency contraception can be used up to five days after unprotected sex, but Plan B One-Step becomes less effective over time. You can buy some types of emergency contraception without a prescription, but other types do require a prescription.

If you think you might be pregnant, you may want to take a pregnancy test before taking emergency contraception. Both types of morning-after pills can cause an abortion, depending on when you take them and when you had unprotected sex.

Plan B One-Step, ella, and other forms of emergency contraception are not recommended if you are pregnant, and can actually hurt you if you take them while you are pregnant.”

For a free pregnancy test, or to talk to someone about your concerns, click here to contact us.

Having a Healthy Pregnancy

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Taken from The First Things First Parent Kit
https://www.firstthingsfirst.org/parent-kit/having-a-healthy-pregnancy

When you are pregnant, your body will change, and you will have many new feelings. Taking good care of yourself becomes more important than ever. Start getting health care as soon as you can. Research shows that the more you are cared for during pregnancy, the better you can care for your newborn.

Get Prenatal Care as Soon as You Can

As soon as you think you are pregnant, you should start getting regular medical check-ups. This is known as prenatal (before birth) care. Prenatal care is for both you and your baby. You can see a family practice doctor, or a doctor who specializes in pregnancy and childbirth (obstetrician-gynecologist). Or you can see a nurse midwife or nurse practitioner. For free and low-cost prenatal care, contact AHCCCS (Access).

Prenatal Health Care Visits

At each visit, your doctor or other health care provider will check your health and your baby’s heartbeat and growth.

She will test your blood for low iron, hepatitis B, diabetes and other problems. She can also test for HIV, tuberculosis and certain rare birth defects. Many of these problems can be treated.

Ask about getting flu and Tdap vaccines. Tdap guards against whooping cough. These vaccines are safe during pregnancy.

Tell your provider all the medicines, vitamins and herbs you take. Ask if they are safe to take during pregnancy.

Say if you have back strain or are exposed to any chemicals or radiation at work.

If you want to learn more about nutrition, how your body is changing, what to expect during and after birth and more, set up an appointment for our Earn-While-You-Learn classes. The classes are free!

Preventing a Toddler Tantrum

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First Things First Article by Ofelia Gonzalez
https://www.firstthingsfirst.org/first-things/preventing-toddler-tantrums

We’ve all seen it. A toddler in the middle of the cereal aisle at the grocery store. On the floor, screaming that they want a certain cereal and a parent trying their best to calm them down. If you’re a parent, you’ve probably been there.  Young kids can get overwhelmed. Research shows that a toddler tantrum is a normal response to anger and frustration. The part of a toddler’s brain that regulates emotion is still developing.

Those public meltdowns may seem unavoidable. And sometimes they are. But there are things you can do to limit the chances of a tantrum.

One approach is to give your toddler clear choices. For example, go back to the cereal aisle. You probably have some preapproved options in your head, the cereals that you’re willing to purchase. Present your options right away. “Corn flakes or Cheerios?” Show your toddler the two boxes and have them choose. This way they feel a part of the decision-making process, but aren’t overwhelmed. And you’ve limited the choices to two or three options that you approve of.

This approach can apply to many potentially-frustrating situations. “Do you want to color or do a puzzle?” “Do you want to wear the blue or the red shirt?” By calmly offering choices that you control, you’re empowering your toddler while avoiding the power struggle and hopefully a tantrum. It’s part of setting limits, which young kids need to develop self-control.

It won’t always work, of course. But keeping calm and being consistent in your approach should, over time, help make tantrums less likely.