Growing Pains????


 

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I often remember my mother telling me that the knee pain I experienced as a kid was nothing more than growing pains.  Apparently, my mom had the same “growing pains” as a child and her mother told her the very same explanation.  Every once in a while, I still hear people use this phrase to explain persistent pain to children.

According to the Mayo Clinic, there is no evidence that growing causes pain.  Psychological issues or health problems can cause physical pain, but growth (even rapid growth during puberty) does not cause pain.  Being bullied can cause stomach discomfort or migraines.  Other psychological factors can be sexual abuse or feelings of abandonment by a parent after a divorce can also cause physical pain.

Real health factors can cause vague “growing pain” type symptoms as children are often unable to correctly or fully describe health symptoms.  Children can have GI difficulties such as Chron’s disease, IBS, or lactose intolerance which may take several years to diagnose.  Just because there is a lack of a diagnosis does not mean there is an absence of a health problem.  It might simple mean that the doctors are looking in the wrong place.

Children can also develop Juvenile Arthritis, Tendonitis, and Fibromyalgia.  They might not be able to explain to you, “My joints hurts. My shoulders and elbows sometimes become red, hot, and swollen.”  Your child may simply say, “My legs hurts.”  According to the Mayo Clinic, parents may notice that so called “growing pains” may worsen in the afternoon to evening hours and the child may feel better in the morning.  However, if your child has JA, they may actually feel worse in the morning.

Parents and teachers ought to pay attention to children who have chronic complaints of pain or stomach discomfort.  It could be an indicator of a social issue, depression, or health problem.  It may take several years to find the explanation, but don’t give your child an explanation that isn’t true.

 

www.etsy.com/shop/MyRedBalloonBouquet by Candace.


ornamenthatChristmas Ornament Hat

If you are looking for unique, handmade Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers; then www.etsy.com/shop/MyRedBalloonBouquet is the place to shop! “Once I started knitting and crocheting, I was hooked,” writes Candace.  Candace has a 5 star review rating and ships from Texas.

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Candace also sells photography props.  This wooden airplane will make a cute addition to your baby’s photographs.

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Other items in Candace’s shop include  headbands, baby clothes, baby blankets, purses, and scarfs.

www.etsy.com/shop/dieselboutique by Madi


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Feather Ear Cuff

Madi’s shop, http://www.etsy.com/shop/dieselboutique, opened just this year and she already has 431 sales!  I am impressed by Madi’s various designs, clear photographs, and her style which is unique to her shop.  Each time I see one of her pieces, I know it is one of her items as she has a distinct style which separates her items from similar items.

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Feather Head Band

Madi’s shop specializes in, “unique hair accessories, feather headbands , feather necklaces, hair clips , headbands, flower crowns, braided headbands, hippie headbands, flower Headbands, festival wear, armbands, barefoot sandals, bows and more!” Her items are Boho and Native American inspired for the young, wild and free spirit at heart.  Madi uses feathers which are cruelty free.

“I am a Stay at home Mommy Creating Items to share With the World and Help support My Wonderful Family.  I am inspired by nature , Creation, color, and elegant simplicity,” writes Madi on her profile page.

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Sunflower Crown

www.etsy.com/shop/PrettyFeltThings by Judit


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Snow Globe

 

Today’s featured shop is www.etsy.com/shop/PrettyFeltThings by Judit.  Judit’s shop is located in Budapesti, Hungary.  She produces, “Handmade felt ornaments, home decor, Christmas ornaments, birthday gift, bookmarks, personalized items.”

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Tooth Fairy Pillow

 

Her shop has a 5 star review rating.  Ever since I joined Etsy, I have admired Judit’s work.  Of course, that could be due to the that I have a bit of Hungarian blood running through my veins.  :)

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Burlap Ornaments

Judit shares this about herself and her shop, “I am a  Grandma from Hungary. In my free time I make wool, felt ornaments. All my items are totally handmade, each piece is cut and sown by hand, with a lot of care and love. All of them are one of a kind.  Welcome to my little shop ♥  I hope that my positive emotions will be transferred to you also.”

Other Featured Shops:

JosieDanielleDesigns

Psadorn

YoMo Essentials

It’s a Real Hitt

Store Ustav

Highway22

A Little Bead of Me

All Sylvia’s Creations

Twenty3Design

AgainstTheGrainNC

WhimsicalMimsys

PrettyByrdDesigns

BourbonBallVintage

Sunny Beads by the Sea

Pebble Creek Designs

www.etsy.com/shop/JosieDanielleDesigns by Monica


After dealing with a weekend flare of joint joints, localized redness, and general crankiness due to Rheumatoid Arthritis; I am catching up on shop features.  If you would like to know why I do this, you are welcome to read this post.

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Scottie Dog Painting

Today’s featured shop is www.etsy.com/shop/JosieDanielleDesigns.  Monica’s shop features hand painted art work with subjects from nature.

Monica writes this, “I am addicted to painting.  My infant daughter passed away on April 15, 2014 at just 18 hours old. I was overcome with grief until I found painting. I feel like every time I complete a painting she shines through it. Every time I sell a painting and ship it out, I share a piece of her inspiration with the world. With every painting I create, my daughter is reborn. For me, painting is an amazingly beautiful experience on my journey through grieving and eventually beyond.”

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Although I do not know the loss of a child, I do know grief and can identify with Monica’s story.  Using creativity to process grief  has been one of the most helpful tools I have found.  You are able to take your mind off of your present circumstances and relax when you are otherwise unable to do so.  Your mind is so fully occupied that for a moment, creativity gives a moment of joy.

I hope you will stop by Monica’s shop and perhaps purchase one of her pieces for your Christmas shopping.  Here are links to the other featured shops.

Psadorn

YoMo Essentials

It’s a Real Hitt

Store Ustav

Highway22

A Little Bead of Me

All Sylvia’s Creations

Twenty3Design

AgainstTheGrainNC

WhimsicalMimsys

PrettyByrdDesigns

BourbonBallVintage

Sunny Beads by the Sea

Pebble Creek Designs