This is a repost from my life coaching blog. I wanted to share this here because the chances are VERY high that you've experienced this at some point. What I share below has made such a difference for me and I am hoping that it can also help you! Thanks for reading! Margaret I have found that dealing with people staring and offering "advice" to be one of the biggest challenges parents of children with special needs face, especially when they get brave and take their child out into the … [Read more...] about When People Stare, Mind Your Own Business
Deep breath followed by this fabulous question, "What’s perfect about this?" I asked myself this question as I woke up one morning to find red pepper flakes in the cast iron skillet and an interesting aroma coming from my son's room. Turns out that he loves to spin and really loves to spin glass jars. He poured out the curry, coriander, cumin and thyme into containers and when I asked him why, he said, "Mommy says don't spin spices because they could break and go all over." This is true. This … [Read more...] about What’s Perfect About This?
I hope you all had a wonderful day yesterday. Halloween holds a special place in my heart, not because I love it or love to dress up or scare people (I actually don't), but because it is the holiday that woke me up a bit to something I had been overlooking with Andrew. We were in the grocery store a few years back, when he was 4 and was not speaking any consonants. There were decorations up all over the store and he pointed up at a witch and asked in his own way, what it was. It hit me like a … [Read more...] about Halloween
How Do You Want Your Morning To Feel? This is the most important tip in my mind. Take a few minutes and think about how you want your mornings to feel. If your mornings are great and peaceful, than awesome! If they are causing you to feel stressed or rushed, think about what things have caused your stress in the past. Personally, I used to feel like a pinball that had been shot out into the day at the mercy of whatever issue or need I bumped into. No sense of control whatsoever! What I … [Read more...] about Back To School Tip #3
When I did a post earlier this summer on creating a water wheel pouring station, little did I know that a water wheel was going to be the thing to motivate and encourage Andrew to get closer, even into, the ocean. My mother in law brought a bunch of sand toys, including some pails and several different water wheels. We began by filling some pails with water so that he could pour the water into the water wheels while we videotaped him on our phone. (It's no surprise that he loves things that … [Read more...] about Finding Motivators to Gently Push Beyond Comfort Zones
Just as I like to share practical ideas for ways to work on building academic and developmental skills with your children, I'd also like to share something that has made a huge difference in my life (and now Andrew's) over the past two years - reconnection to nature. Two weeks ago I participated in a tele-class with Michael Trotta, special educator, naturalist and Martha Beck life coach, called, "7 Ways To Help Your Child Become the Natural Genius He/She Was Meant To Be." While listening … [Read more...] about More Nature, Less Electronics