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4 Habits of Highly Effective Single Moms

Jun 13, 2018

Life isn’t easy, but you can develop healthy habits to be an effective, successful single mom.

Parenting can be hard.

You have those days when you feel defeated. You feel as though you've made every mistake you could possibly make, and you wonder if you're doing it all wrong.
As if parenting and life aren't enough, add being a single mom to the mix.

Single mom life is difficult. You are the sole parent, trying to be two parents, while also trying to maintain a a household, pay the bills, and keep it all balanced. The juggling is real.

(For the purposes of this post, I'm using the phrase single moms, but it can apply to any single parent.)

I’m sharing 4 habits of highly effective single moms to give you hope, inspiration, and a whole new outlook on your day.

Simple Ways to Build Confidence in Kids

May 18, 2018

Raising kids to be confident adults who don't possess a sense of entitlement is a balancing act, but it's a balance you can strike.

Raising kids to be confident adults who don't possess a sense of entitlement is a balancing act. Here are a few tips to help with that.

Building and maintaining confidence in our children isn't always easy. On the one hand, you want them to be confident. On the other hand, you don't want them to grow up with a sense of entitlement.

You may find yourself frustrated with trying to find the perfect balance, but I've got good news: It can be done!

Here are a few simple ways to build confidence in kids without also building a sense of entitlement. (We'll call that The Balance.)

The Big Summer Activity List For Kids

Apr 25, 2018

A little planning can go a long way in creating a fun summer and great family memories.

Summer is a time for fun activities and exploration, but sometimes kids get bored. Here are a few ideas for combating boredom during the summer months.

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Summer should be full of fun, exciting activity options, yet we often hear "I'm bored" escape the lips of our nearest and dearest. 

The good news is that, with a little planning and creativity, we can set the stage for a lot of summer fun and great family memories.

I've put together a collection of ideas that you can adapt to your kids' ages. As the mother of a teen, I tend to think along the lines of teen life, but as a grandmother, I still have little ones in mind.
Here are ten fun summer activities the entire family can enjoy.

First, let's talk about themed weeks.

Spring Activities To Do With Your Kids (Indoors and Outdoors)

Mar 8, 2017

Spring is in the air!
Spring Activities to Do with Kids

The warmer days, beautiful flowers blooming, and the opportunities to get outside and enjoy the days make spring such a wonderful time of year. Everyone is excited to get outside!

Sometimes, however, the weather doesn't cooperate, so today am sharing both indoor and outdoor activities you can do with your children.
Here is a list of activities. On the warmer days you might want to get out and enjoy the weather, and on some more rainy or cooler days stay inside!

6 Terrific Reasons Your Kids Should Learn To Cook

Nov 3, 2016

family cooking
family cooking together

Cooking is one of those important life skills many kids aren't learning these days.

In the 1980s, more moms entered the workforce than ever before, and latchkey kids became a very real thing. The microwave became a household staple.

The result is that we're seeing a lot of millennials who don't know how to cook.

In fact, I've met quite a few adults in their 20s and 30s who do not know how to cook real food. I kid you not, these young adults only know how to cook in a microwave.

4 Ways for High School Kids to Earn Money This Summer

Jul 8, 2016

Teens love having a little spending money. Here are a few ways your high school child can make some extra spending money this summer.

If you've got high school kids sitting around with summer boredom, you might be wondering how you can help get them entertained and moving.
Furthermore, if they're of driving age or want to buy some things for themselves, you might be wondering how to help your high school kids earn money on their own this summer.
There are lots of great ways for high school kids to earn money and in this post, we'll cover some of the best ways to do that!

How I'm Using Listening Therapy to Help My Kids with Processing Disorders

Jun 13, 2016

My children have a number of disorders that affect their lives to varying degrees. 
  • Both have dyslexia and dysgraphia. 
  • One has dyscalculia. Both of sensory processing disorder. 
  • One has auditory processing disorder. 
  • Both have bipolar disorder, although they have different types.
Most of these are processing disorders.

A few months ago, I learned about ILS. I was pretty excited to learn there was help available for the processing disorders.

Using Home Therapy for Kids with Processing Disorders

Apr 15, 2016


I just started using a home therapy program for my daughters and I'm pretty excited about it.

My daughters have a variety of processing issues.

  • Alexis (age 17): dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, sensory processing, Asperger's
  • Lorelai (age 13): dyslexia, dysgraphia, auditory processing disorder, sensory processing disorder
With all these challenges, I jumped at the chance to use this home therapy program.


Using Home Therapy with Kids Who Have Processing Disorders

{Disclosure: I have received this product free of charge. I was compensated for my time and, as always, all opinions are my own.}

What is iLS?

It's great to have a therapy available, but having a therapy I can do in the comfort of my own home is exciting! So what's this program?

It's called the Total Focus Home Program from iLS.

iLs is medication-free and uses movement and activities in lieu of on-screen programs. The program is an integrated listing system (iLS), a sound and movement therapy for people living with special needs, including 

  • dyslexia
  • autism
  • apraxia
  • dysgraphia
  • auditory processing disorder
  • Down’s syndrome
  • and sensory processing disorder.
The iLS should be used two to five times per week for 20-50 minutes per session. Using a headset, iPod Touch, and other equipment, children integrate sound with body movement.

The special headset contains a bone conduction piece which sends sound through the bones themselves. Pretty cool!

By combining sound with balance and coordination exercises, various parts of the brain are being exercised and retrained. In this way, the program improves communication and processing, cognitive skills, as well as memory and concentration.

Does home therapy really work?


iLs has been used at some of the top clinics in the world to address learning difficulties and autism, and it is now available for home use. While I'm not using it for autism, that's a terrific statement of success.

Clients who have used the at-home program have reported substantial improvement in attention and sensory issues.

I was quite impressed by the feedback the program has received. In particular, in liked this client testimonial:

"Together, with occupational therapy and iLs, their sensory issues have almost disappeared. The anxiety and emotions that used to take over lives has subsided."
Anxieties and sensory issues are such a huge thing in my home. In fact, anxieties tend to increase the SPD symptoms, so I'm all for anything that will help anxieties!

We've only just begun using the program and will be using it for three months. I'm hoping to see improvement in my kids processing issues (language, auditory, and sensory).

If you'd like to learn more about the program, check out the science behind iLS. 

If you're interested, contact the company. I had to call them to discuss the fact that my kids have bipolar disorder. The coach I spoke with was helpful, answering all of my concerns.

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Homeschooling My Autistic Son Is Worth the Challenges

Nov 21, 2014

A new homeschool mom discovers the rewards are worth the challenges of homeschooling her son who has autism.

I am a new-ish homeschooling mama to two awesome little boys. This is our second year homeschooling. My oldest has special needs, the most challenging when it comes to schooling is autism.

I always wanted to homeschool, but for years was scared I could not do him justice because of his special needs. I finally took a giant leap of faith after he was mistreated at school, and started homeschooling him beginning in fifth grade. It has been a challenge! 

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