Posts tagged parenting advice
Vital Things Parents Should Consider When Expecting a Child With Special Needs

 I had the pleasure of having Emily Graham from MightyMoms.net do this guest post for me. What great info!!

Each year, millions of children are born with disabilities. These children are special blessings in your life and can enrich you, body and soul. And, through the years, you’ll learn and grow along with your child. Whether your child has physical or mental disabilities, your home needs to be modified and usable. Doing big fixes can quickly eat away at your budget, but there are also smaller fixes that are inexpensive and just as useful. Here are a couple ideas.

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The Best Hobbies For Kids & Why They're So Beneficial!

I had the pleasure of having Maria Cannon from  http://hobbyjr.org write a guest post for me. Please check her out and what great info!

 

For many kids, finding a hobby comes naturally; sometimes, they have an older sibling who’s into the same things they enjoy, so they can follow in their footsteps. Other kids are drawn instantly to art or sports and excel at it from the beginning. But for some kids, finding a good hobby is a little more difficult. They may not know yet what they’re good at, or they might not be interested in the activities that are at their disposal. For parents, knowing where to look when it comes to interesting lesson plans at home and resources for the best hobbies is essential. 

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Sensory Exploration: Creating a Safe, Accessible Backyard for an Autistic Child

I had the pleasure of having Danny Knight from Fixitdads.com write a guest post for me. Please check him out and what great info!

Research has shown that if children have their way, they prefer outdoor play spaces that are quite different from the standard play spaces one usually identifies with kids, featuring objects like swing sets, slides, and seesaws. Turns out kids love a play area with flowers, mud, sand, water, and lots of greenery, an environment that stimulates the imagination and encourages play creativity. That also describes a functional and interactive backyard for children on the autism spectrum. Kids with autism are uncomfortable in an environment with lots of stimuli, so a relaxing and attractive play area in which they can make full use of their tactile, auditory, and visual senses in a nonthreatening and encouraging manner is ideal. 


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Why The Principles Of Walking To School With Your Child Seems To Be Getting Lost.

I have graduated from driving or walking my children to school, but I do have a lot of fuzzy memories trudging to and from my own school in all kinds of weather with my parents and, later on, with my friends. However, I’ve come to notice that this practice is almost extinct in my neighborhood and its schools, so I set out to find out why.
 

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Have You Ever Felt Lost?

Have you ever felt like the walls were closing in on you? That you would not be able to handle another thing? Have you woken up in the middle of the night and you couldn't turn off all the things going on in your head?

Well, let's face it. I can see a ton of women raising their hands in the air and saying "Amen to that." I think if you looked up the word "woman" in the dictionary, those questions and more like them, would appear in print!

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The Higher The Ponytail - The Better The Day!

So all of us Moms can relate to this one definite thing - there will ABSOLUTELY be days filled with chaos and wanting to pull out your hair.  You will wake up with a knot in your stomach and think you can't get through another day.

You will wake up to a sink probably filled with dishes from the night before.  Too tired at the end of the day to load the dishwasher.  Let's be honest, the thought of housework after you have tucked the kids into bed (if they even go to bed) is not a turn - on.  You will avoid that dreaded sink at all costs.

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5 Things You Learn From A Kid-Free Vacation!

So my husband and I went away for "Spring Break" to Punta Cana.  This is the first trip we have gone on in quite some time without the kids!  The last time I was away for "Spring Break", I unexpectedly entered a wet t-shirt contest.  Yes, that long ago.

I have absolute no recollection of that event and I don't even know if I placed or not.  To this day, my girlfriends tell me they swore till the day they die, they would not tell me what transpired.  Does not sound good, right?  LOL.

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Valentine's Day Gift Ideas and Crafts For The Kids

 With Valentine’s Day soon approaching, it’s never too early to start thinking about gift ideas and crafts the kids to do. Unfiltered Mom Kathy Chlan has a few ideas that include gifts for kids, gifts for your partner, and crafts:

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Homework Helping Or Not? - What's Poppin Moms!

As an Instructional Aide in a self-contained kindergarten class and a Mom to a special needs kid, this is hard for me to answer and not look like a real jerk.  LOL.

Most Moms are so wiped out by the end of the day that the thought of homework makes them ill. I don't know about the rest of you, but I barely got through school doing my own homework.  Let's just say that kindergarten was my best grade.

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Open Letter To Parents Of Special Needs Kids

Dear parents with special needs kids,

I hope this letter will not offend anyone.  I have 2 boys - 22 & 19- and my oldest boy, Casey, is on the spectrum.  At this point in my life, I feel like I could pass on some knowledge.

The reason is very important - I survived and did not break!  It was definitely a roller coaster, which I so love, with ups and downs and turns you never expected!

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Whatever Happened to Playing Outside In The Neighborhood??

In today's society, we are soo concerned with raising exceptional, intelligent children.  But as I sit here thinking, I realize something.  We are consumed with perfection, that we have forgotten that they are children.   

Holy shit!  What if our parents were like this??  We would be different people and have had different experiences.  I loved my childhood - dysfunction and all!

When my kids were little and I was involved in "play dates", my husband would ask "What the hell are play dates?"  I would proceed to tell him that they are organized play for our children.

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