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Kate’s Corner: Stressed Spelled Backwards is Desserts

Posted on: February 22, 2010

Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director

My dear friend has a plaque in her office which states that stressed spelled backwards is desserts. She is an accomplished professional and mother of 4 including a teenager and infant. She lives by the words on her plaque!

Let’s see…

Desserts are typically a sweet treat after a full, nutritious meal. They can also be an extension of that nutritious meal – a dessert of berries and yogurt.

Desserts are an option. Take them or leave them.

Desserts are fattening and considered unhealthy, especially when eating too much or too often. We have to keep track.

Desserts often require a lot of attention, time and effort. Sometimes they are worth the trouble, sometimes they are not.


Being stressed is an extension of many good, healthy events? Well, have you ever relived a day, recalled a memory or replicated a moment that has not lived up to expectations only causing you to be discouraged or worried? Rather than be stressed, create a new day, memory, or moment with family and friends.

Being stressed is often an option. Choose the “no” side.  It is better for you and for your family.

Adding too much stress or being unaware of continued stress in your life is unhealthy. Health experts (AMA, CDC) offer continuous information to all of us on recognizing stress, avoiding stress and managing the stress that is a part of life.  Look it up and pay attention.

Stressful situations can bring out the best and the worst in each of us. Creatively solving problems with strength you didn’t know you had is remarkable. Inner knowledge and strong commitment can come through in times of stress. Learn from this.

Your children learn about life and about handling life from you all the time. Stress is a fact of life. What are you teaching your children about this? They will think what you think and be who you are.

-Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director


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