Dear Doctor… Sincerely a Special Needs Mom

Dear Doctor

Dear Doctor, First, thank you for seeing my child. I know your time is precious and there are many other children and families you need to see too. I know that when you see me, the mom who seems worried and protective, it's easy to want to brush me off. It's easy to come into the room and treat each family like a number, a number to check off your list for the day. But please, we are more than a number we are people and this is a child you treating. My child. As a mom, I may be … [Read more...]

How to Invite Non-Friends to Like Your Facebook Page

How to Invite Non-Friends to Like Your Facebook Page

One of the keys to gaining followers on your business or blog's Facebook page is by inviting others, mainly your friends, to like your page. This is easily done through the button on the left-hand side of your page and I like to check it often to make sure any new friends I add to my friend's list are also invited to like my Facebook page. Until now, there has never been a way to invite people who aren't your friends to like your Facebook page, at least not one that I knew about. Facebook … [Read more...]

What is the Difference Between Christian Counseling and Speaking to Your Pastor?

the Difference Between Christian Counseling and Speaking to Your Pastor

When it comes to expressing your emotions, it may be difficult to determine who to turn to. Typically this would be a spouse if you have one. However, what if the emotions stem from your marriage? If the issues are materializing because of your marriage it can be even more difficult to figure out who to talk to. Many people in this situation turn to their family, friends, or pastors. The main problem with talking about your marriage to your side of the family and your friends is that they … [Read more...]

How Duracell Can Help Your Child Through Deployment

How Duracell Can Help Your Child Through Deployment

This review was made possible by iConnect and Duracell. I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions are 100% mine." As a military family, we have definitely had our share of military separations and deployments. We have gone through the ups and downs and the tears when daddy has to leave one more time. Deployment is hard and very few people understand that. One of the things that has helped my kids the most during deployments is the use of daddy dolls and … [Read more...]

Gone Fishing: Great Bonding Activities for Children and Their Parents

bonding

It is every person’s dream to have true familial bliss within their home. Doing so helps reduce tension, improves general outlook, and can also provide significant benefits for the children in the long run too. However in today’s hectic world where both parents are usually working, technology seems to be creating greater isolation between individuals. Furthermore, greater demands are placed on children at younger ages, making it a challenge to find time to bond. The key to a successful … [Read more...]

37 Things Special Needs Parents Want You to Know

Special Needs Parents

As a parent to two special needs kids, there are many things I want others to know. While there aren't enough hours in the day for me to go over it all, this post comes pretty close. I polled hundreds of special needs parents and realized we all want you to know the same things. Here are 37 things we wish people knew about our lives and our kids. Special Needs Parents Want You to Know... 1. It's not that you could never do what we do. You could and you would because you would have no … [Read more...]

Letting Go of the Need for a Diagnosis

Diagnosis

I've been sitting on this post and update for awhile. I have been working through my thoughts and feelings in counseling and I wasn't sure yet what I wanted to say to family and friends. In the past year and half our daughter Elizabeth has been hospitalized seven times, seen numerous doctors and specialists, had several surgeries, and has had too many procedures to keep track of. In her short life, she has also dealt with the following diagnoses: Severe GERD Laryngomalacia Failure … [Read more...]

A Day in the Life of a Mom With Two Special Needs Kids

A Day in the Life

Awhile back I read a beautiful post from my friend Jessica at Jessica Lynn Writes. It was entitled, A Day in the Life With a Toddler and a Newborn. I loved it, and thought it would be fun to do something similar. Why not let my friends and my readers see what a typical day with my two special needs kids is like? So while not every day is the same, this is what a typical day looks like for my family... A Day in the Life: Special Needs Edition 8:15 am - It's 8 in the morning and I can … [Read more...]

How I Made $10,000 From Blogging so far This Year

How I Made $10,000 From Blogging

I've been super excited to write this post because I just love to help other bloggers! I wasn't able to post my income from last year, but so far this year I have more than tripled my blog income and have exceeded my personal goal of earning $10,000 by the end of 2015. Instead, I have made that goal in the first 6 months of this year and I am excited to share how I did it and how other bloggers just like me can do the same. If you are curious as to how I make money with my blog and which … [Read more...]

Easy Ways to Designate Space for Reading With Your Child

Reading With Your Child

According to the The Children’s Reading Foundation, you should make it a point to be reading with your child for at least 20 minutes a day. Reading with your children at an early age (even in infancy) is key to language development, listening skills, and overall academic performance. Here are a few great suggestions for how to create the space and time necessary to foster a love of reading in your child! 5 Ways to Find Space for Reading With Your Child: Keep Books Easily Accessible I … [Read more...]