The Basics of Down Syndrome

Good afternoon my friends, my name is Josh Decker, and I am so glad you are joining me. We are at the end of October. October is Down Syndrome Awareness month, and I had the intent of talking about Down Syndrome and the things that are true and the things are misunderstood, and I failed! So now it is time to get on it! I don’t care if we are at the end of the month.

Even within the Down Syndrome Community, there is a lot of misunderstanding about Down Syndrome. So I am going to be doing a series of videos to talk about my wife and I have learned over the last like six months as we have studied from a very smart group of people including an MIT educated biochemist. People that are blowing my mind because they are so smart, but helping us to understand what is misunderstood about our children with Down Syndrome.

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Bragging About THIS May Actually Be Killing Your Work

What is going on? Happy Labor Day!

I am curious if maybe you’ve heard somebody brag like this: “Oh you know, that new baby, I’m only getting like two hours of sleep a night.” Or maybe this one, “I’m doing great, man, I only sleep six hours a week.”

What I’ve learned is that when we start bragging about the lack of sleep that we get, like it’s a measure of our awesomeness and effectiveness, and yet we keep pushing ourselves and we keep thinking that we’re going to perform, the more I’m learning that is just not the case.
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How to Get a Better Night Sleep

Do you wake up sometimes, and regardless of the amount of sleep you got, you know that you don’t feel rested, and know that you didn’t get good sleep? The answer to why this is may actually really surprise you, and it is actually the thing I am shooting this video with: Your phone!

Your phone can cause so many disruptions to your sleep. This is not just when it buzzes or rings, or if it lights up while you’re sleeping, but it is even the waves that it emits. When you study sleep, you hear about brain waves, or the waves of energy that happen within your brain as you’re sleeping. There are different forms of brain activity that you need during the different stages of sleep.
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How Do You Increase Your Confidence

Do you ever feel like you lack confidence? You’re probably thinking “well you’re one to talk because you get on and you do these things.” If you know me outside of Social Media, you know that I normally have no problems talking to people, telling people what’s on my mind.

But here’s the thing: confidence is one of those things where if you have it you go boy I wish I had more of it, and if you don’t feel like you have it, you may just not think confidence is your things.
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How Do You Make Lasting Change


Do you ever have something about yourself that you want to change? Maybe it’s your hairstyle, maybe you want to lose some weight, maybe you wish that you were nicer to people, that you didn’t yell at your kids as much, maybe it’s that you want to change your jobs or career path. Whatever it is, there are a number of things that all of us would love to change about ourselves most of the time.

But we sit here and ask, why can’t I change these things, why can’t I just wave the magic wand and all of a sudden accomplish my goals? One of the things for me is my weight. I have for years said that I want to lose some weight and become healthier. It’s something that I continue to struggle with. But there is a key to any change you want to make in your life, whether it is weight, something about your personality, or your character, or maybe your job or living situation.
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