One of the hardest times for me as a parent is when I have to think of indoor activities for my children to do.
Now that it’s winter, I realize just how important outdoor exercise is to children. When they’re outside, kids can let loose, burn off steam, and get their blood flowing.
But, when it’s below freezing outside and drizzling rain, I have to brainstorm activities to keep my little tykes busy and out of my hair.
I don’t have a magic bag like Mary Poppins but I think that I’m pretty creative when it comes to rainy-day activities.
My husband and I have always enjoyed travel.
Nothing too extravagant, mostly weekend trips and getaways but its something we looked forward to doing with our children.
When our son was about 2 years old we found out he had Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).
Its been quite an adjustment for our family over the last two and a half years but we have come a LONG way.
Seeing your child hurting, unhappy, or scared is the worst feeling for a parent.
You feel helpless and are willing to do nearly anything to take away their discomfort. Watching your child struggle with anxiety is no different.
All children will experience anxiety to some degree during their life.
The holiday season is right around the corner, and for many of us this means taking many road trips to visit family.
Travelling with toddlers can be fun, but it can also be slightly nerve-wracking.
Especially when they start asking for things you don’t have.
Whenever I hear the wind rustling the leaves on trees, whenever I feel the warmth of the sun on my face, whenever I smell freshly cut grass, it brings me back. It stirs up memories of carefree days spent outside.
Days spent exploring, pretending, reading. Days I long for. Days I wish I still had.
I have to say, I’m so excited for back to school because my two older kids are going to be gone all day.
No more complaining of being bored, no more in and out of the house with friends, no more popsicle wrappers all over the place!
They aren’t too enthused about going back to school but, whatever!
The only concern that I have right now is my toddler will be lonely now that they will be leaving for school every day.
Mom, do you find yourself giving scads of “bad news” to your kids all day long?
- No, you can’t jump on the couch.
- We’re not buying that super cool Lego set today.
- Nope. I’m not serving ice cream for lunch.
- You know you can’t hit your brother. You have to share that favorite toy dinosaur.
You get the idea.
We all want our kids to grow into happy and healthy adults.
It turns out there is a common thread among happy people, and it’s as straightforward as it is powerful.
Leading gratitude researcher Robert A. Emmons undertook studies that highlight a link between gratitude and well-being. Emmons says “The practice of gratitude can have dramatic and lasting effects in a person’s life.”
Potty training was one of those things I was really dreading having to do.
I had no idea how to begin and I hated the idea of all the accidents and mess I expected there to be!
The moment you realize that your child has autism, your entire world changes.
But it doesn’t have to be negative.
When I started in special education, autism was a fairly new condition.