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  • How to stop shaming yourself? You are Enough!

    Do you ever have those moments when you feel like the worst mom ever? Those moments have crept up on me more often recently. And to say it has been a battle overcoming those thoughts is a definite understatement. Anyone else with me on this? This summer has been a challenge for my boys who are both going to be in Kindergarten this fall. It has been hard getting used to a new school with growing expectations. Anytime there was an issue I would get a call. Every single time. For me, this did not settle well. I took it to heart. I put myself down and was definitely critical of…

  • Does your family need to hit the reset button?

    Being the CEO of a family can be a challenge. Do you agree? Running a household has many challenges. All these challenges can be simplified by setting priorities for your family. A few years ago my husband and I started reevaluating our family’s priorities every year. It has helped us make a lot of decisions for our family over the years. How to know if you need to hit the Reset Button? You may need to hit the reset button if you find yourself constantly on the go, if your kids are involved in every single activity you can squeeze into the waking hours, you find yourself extremely stressed or…

  • 5 Ways to Stop the Mom-Shaming Cycle

    Fellow moms, can we get real for a minute? Being a mom is hard. Being a mom is the most rewarding and best job there is out there in the world, but there are so many challenges to being a mom in today’s world. It’s so easy to jump to conclusions and judge a mom by how her child is acting at any given moment. We all have been on both sides of this scenario. We have judged. We have been the mom getting judged.  Or at least I know that I have been on both sides. Motherhood should be a sisterhood where we all have each other’s backs instead…

  • Witnessing the Bold Faith of My Little Boy

    Do you ever have those moments when your child completely shocks you out of nowhere?  My son, Connor, is getting better at that with every passing day. In these moments I am usually shocked but also extremely proud. Connor was in an evaluation for a therapy opportunity he has coming up. He was doing well. He was answering all the questions to the evaluator’s satisfaction until one question came up. Connor was asked to draw a square. Now I have no clue what it was about a square that brought Jesus to the mind of my sweet little boy. But there was something about that a square that reminded Connor of…

  • How to keep your sanity while waiting for your child to go potty?

    Last week my son, Connor, came home and told me he went potty in the big boy potty at school. I was shocked. So shocked that I called his teacher to confirm Connor’s story. Sure enough, Connor did go a little in the potty today. The class celebrated with Connor and of course, I made a huge deal about the success. Connor’s Potty Training Woes Potty training has been a big mountain for Connor. So, if you are climbing that mountain right now with a little one you are not alone. It is frustrating, stressful, emotionally draining, and expensive when you are buying pull-ups for a big 5-year-old. There are…

  • Autism, through the eyes of this mommy

    When you think of the word autism what do you think of? I grew up around remarkable people with all different types of disabilities. These individuals have always inspired me in my own physical battle of living life after a stroke. But my understanding of autism and the impact it can have on individuals and families faced reality when my own child was diagnosed with autism himself at age three. Autism through my eyes We knew the signs. I saw more and more as time went on.  We went forward with the testing and I’m glad we did. Since Connor’s diagnoses, he has grown by leaps and bounds academically and…

  • Dealing with the Diva Inside My Daughter

      All my life when I thought about having a family there was always a little girl in the picture. Well, in November of 2015 our little girl finally came into the picture. She was given a name fit for a princess with two knights for brothers to love and protect her. Like most little girls she loves all things girl related- babies, barbies, dress up- you get the point. Right off the bat, I realized that raising a girl is a lot different than raising boys. For example, the boys typically don’t care what they wear on a day to day bases, but Annabella cares a lot about her…

  • The Day I Took the Toys Away

    The day I took the toys away I know what you’re thinking, how could I take all of my kid’s toys away? Well, let me start by saying that I don’t do this every day.  I fully believe in helping children grow in all aspects of life, even their imagination. I want my children to have an imagination that can take them anywhere. There are a few things I do to make this day successful. I believe they will help you too. 6 tips to a successful imagination day I tell my kids the night before that the next day will be imagination day I play music in the background during…

  • 5 Tips to Surviving When the Whole Family is Sick

    5 Tips to Surviving When the Whole Family is Sick So this past week my family has been on the mend from every last one of us getting sick, including me. Needless to say, I’m so glad we are all better in time for Christmas. There are many things that I did to survive the hurricane of sickness that hit my family. The past couple of weeks I have been to urgent care twice with two kiddos but besides that I have a system in place to survive times like this. 5 Tips to Surviving the Sick Week in Your House 1. Have plenty of easy-to-make groceries on hand, including…

  • Getting a Child Ready for Kindergarten with Growing Expectations

    Kindergarten is a big milestone no matter if children are homeschooled, public schoolers, or private schoolers. I will have two kids going into kindergarten next year. My oldest Connor has autism and my other little guy, AJ is in constant hyperactive mode. Getting Connor and AJ ready for kindergarten next year has proven to be no small task. The evolution of Kindergarten over the years Over the years, I have heard my family and friends talk about how much kindergarten has changed over the years. I’m starting to see that first hand now. Apparently, nap time in kindergarten is a thing of the past. Today’s standards for kindergarteners are higher…

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