Advocating for Child's Needs

Tips to Successfully Advocate for Your Child’s Learning Needs

The journey of special needs, invisible disabilities, and understanding your child’s unique learning needs can be a struggle. Not long ago, I shared about starting out on the journey of J’s needs. Navigating sensory processing disorder (SPD), ADHD, executive functioning disorder, depression, and anxiety can be a true challenge.

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Make a difference

Today Is The Day You Can Make A Difference In A Child’s Life

Make a Difference In The Life of A Child Month In the busyness of taking care of kids, I know that I can often lose sight of truly making a difference. I mean, I hope I am making a difference to the seven kids I parent, but I think, in all honesty, I can lose focus on being purposeful and …

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finding time as a parent

Five Steps to Find Some Much Needed Time Away as A Parent

How easy is it for you to unplug from your parenting tasks? Do you take intermittent breaks to refresh and refuel? Even when we know it is important, it can be difficult to take the time we need to step away and take a break. We may feel overcome with the worries of how things might run in our absence. …

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Five Important Things Every Mom Needs Now

Whether you started into motherhood by plan or by surprise, it undoubtedly changed your life. While the majority of those changes are welcome and even delightful, there have probably been others that were unexpected or difficult. Regardless, there are some key things that every mom needs in this journey of motherhood that helps navigate the course with some fun and …

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Keeping A Clear Perspective in Motherhood

Be clear Speak clear Steer clear Keeping A Clear Perspective in Motherhood How many times have you heard mothering highly esteemed in the media? Women may be asked if they are “giving up a career” to pursue motherhood. Or perhaps there are comments made about how mothering is impacting a woman in the spotlight. But truly, when was the last …

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positive communication

Five Keys to Creating Positive Communication With Your Child

Communicating is one of the simplest ways we interact with our family members each day. Yet for some reason, it can be one of the toughest to keep positive. It takes some careful focus and specific choices to keep things in a healthy and happy place. Parents, and especially moms, are key to setting the tone. So let’s talk about …

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Ten Things Everyone Should Know About ADHD

The term ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is not a new one, in fact it has been around for a long time. During this time, there have been a number of myths and misperceptions about what it really is. I must honestly admit that I am one of those that failed to truly understand the implications upon a child and …

Making the Most of Summertime and Together Time

Summertime, Together Time, and Filling Buckets…Oh My! Summertime is together time!  The kids are out of school and home for three months. This season can generate mixed feelings for moms. There’s the excitement or dreams of pool days and picnics, stargazing in the backyard, and s’mores around a campfire. But as many a mom knows, we will inevitably hear the …

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A tribute to Moms on Mothers Day

A Tribute to Moms for Mother’s Day

This week we pause to celebrate Moms. Being a mom is both the most blessed and most challenging role I can imagine. And while I dreamed of being a mom since I was just a little girl, I have to admit that not every day has been just as I dreamed. The days I gave birth to each of my …

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The Real Outrage of ‘Not-So’ Brotherly Love

Oddly enough on the heels of my blog last week, titled 5 Simple Strategies to Strengthen Sibling Bonds, the big news in parenting this week is the poem that was published in a children’s poetry book titled Brotherly Love. Now one might think that they would have similar content. However, unlike my blog with suggestions on encouraging sibling’s connections, this …

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sibling bonds

5 Simple Strategies To Strengthen Sibling Bonds

Hands down, one of my favorite things in parenting is watching my kids interact. Seeing them share with one another, laugh together, and love each other is heartwarming. But I must also admit that some of the biggest challenges in parenting can relate to the way watch our children interact! So how can we maximize those moments of peace, joy, …

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10 Things to Avoid In the Tough Seasons of Parenting (part 2 of this series)

Are you stuck in a tough season of parenting? Sometimes seasons of parenting are harder than others. Whether this season is hard because of health concerns, financial strain, difficult circumstances affecting your family, experiencing heartache or loss, or just the stresses of ages and stages and all that come with it—you may feel like you won’t make it through.    …

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Tough Seasons in Parenting

Tough Seasons in Parenting

Are you stuck in a tough season of parenting? Do you keep finding the pitfalls but need something to get you through? I understand. Sometimes seasons of parenting are harder than others. Whether this season is hard because of health concerns, financial strain, difficult circumstances affecting your family, experiencing heartache or loss, or just the stresses of ages and stages …

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Spring Personalities

Springtime and Personalities-Finding Beauty in Variety

Little sprouts of green are starting to protrude from the ground. Tiny buds begin appearing on bushes. And small little flecks of spring start emerging. It’s a welcome sight, especially if you feel as though you just survived an unending winter! You are probably seeing some of these same signs of spring starting to appear. What can springtime teach us …

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faith focused Easter

Special Ways to Celebrate a Fun and Faith-Focused Easter

It’s that time of year when the bright spring colors, cute Easter decorations, and delicious Peeps dance in the aisles of stores everywhere. The colors are inviting after a drab winter full of dull colors. And we can’t help but be drawn in to the idea of new life and spring delight. But as we are surrounded with chicks, bunnies, …

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