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How to Foster Independence in Your Kids with Zone Work

If you have children with special needs, there’s no doubt you’ve heard the term “life skills” and have been told how important it is to foster independence in your kids. Although I firmly believe that relationship must come before this, we are now at a point in our therapy where we can focus more…

10-Day Detox for Autism & ADHD

I could feel it coming. We had visitors in town, the twins had two birthday parties, and then Valentine’s day came. All of this celebration led to a gross overindulgence of sugar and screens. By Valentine’s Day, we were cranky, wired, over-tired, undernourished, overstimulated and sliding frantically down a slippery slope. Screens and sugar &#8211…

How to Homeschool with Little Ones: Part 3

In Part 1 I told you the key to homeschool with little ones has to start with mindset. In Part 2 I shared some practical tips for including those precious infants and toddlers in your homeschool day. Today we’re talking about the pre-school crowd. Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. I do not have a degree…

How to Homeschool with Little Ones: Part 2

In Part 1 I told you the key to homeschooling with little ones has to start with mindset. Today we’ll get more practical and focus in on those precious infants and toddlers. To be clear I am talking about kids age newborn – two, but this could seep into the early third year, as well. Disclaimer: I am…

How to Homeschool with Little Ones: Part 1

A few years ago, we were trying to decide if it was a good idea to add another little person to our family. Among other considerations was the aspect of our homeschool. We had a nice routine going – the boys were 5, 5, and 4 then and academic life was very simple. How would it be to be pregnant…

15 Activities to Keep Kids’ Hands Busy During Read-Aloud Time

Read-aloud time. It’s a desire on the checklist of every homeschool mom. We know it’s important and we love to do it but these kids are just so wiggly sometimes we have to wonder if we’re doing it “right.” Do you want to know the trick to a successful read-aloud…

Is Santa Real?: When Kids Pop the Question

One night at bedtime, my very literal and incredulous (then) five-year-old, popped the question: “Santa’s not real, right?” We’d been in a pattern for a few months of him fact-checking me: “Are superheroes real?” “No. But there are real everyday heroes like daddy, who was a Marine, and…

Must-Read Infant & Toddler Booklist

A few months ago, a friend asked me for book recommendations to start her baby’s library. I had already started putting together an infant and toddler booklist so I was able to answer her request right away. I imagine my friend reached out to me because, well, I’ve kind of been there, done that. Having four…

Silent Reading for Early Elementary

When I was in sixth grade, my favorite time of day was silent reading. I was always an avid reader and there was something so tranquil about an entire classroom of rowdy kids falling hush for half an hour while I poured into a book. Sounds pleasant, doesn’t it? Now imagine this is your house. One reality of…

Kid of the Week: The Parenting Tip that Simplified Life

Every now and then something happens that makes a lot of areas in your life click. Like all moms who have multiple children, I struggle with guilt over everyone getting…enough. Enough attention, enough responsibility, enough time. And then I had a phone call with the mother of one of my very best friends concerning a different issue entirely…

Break Week for Those Who Homeschool Year Round

This week is a break week for us. Yes, even those of us who homeschool year round need to do this to prevent burnout…not just for the teacher, but also for the kids. Our homeschool operates in 12-week terms but 12 weeks was too long to go without a break. We ended up taking the last week…

Record Keeping When Your Child Has Autism

It’s the end of the school year and if you’re like us you are already out of school. The end of the year means memories, traditions and lots and lots of paper…especially when your child has autism. Record keeping can be overwhelming for any parent but when your child’s life includes therapists…

Exciting News from Hoffman Academy

Last summer I wrote a post reviewing Hoffman Academy, telling you how to get free piano lessons for your kids (or you!). Today I have a guest post with more exciting news from our friends at Hoffman Academy… Joseph Hoffman has always wanted one thing, for more people to be able to learn music and to love it while they…

How to Get Your Child to do Something He Doesn’t Want to Do

“I don’t want to go to school!” And he meant it. Many kids will be apprehensive about trying something new or doing an undesirable activity, but it seems that for children with autism – where the world is very black and white – it is near impossible to get them to change their minds. So just…

How to Plan for Family Pictures with Young Children

Ahhh…Family Pictures. Family Pictures…with children… Not such a serene thought, right? Family pictures with young children do not have to be a disaster. There are two key ways to preventing that they are… Preparation & Expectation. I am forever grateful to Kristen at Capturing Joy for writing this post that helped us plan our…

Meeting Charlotte Mason: What is Twaddle?

Of my Charlotte Mason journey so far, this is hands down my husband’s favorite part… Twaddle. Not so much the meaning, but the words itself…it sounds like a bodily function to me and apparently to him, as well. It’s fun to say but what in the world does it mean? Simply Charlotte Mason…

What is the Best Homeschool Approach for a Child with Autism?

I’ve just finished my series, Autism: Diagnosis, Resources & Therapies. In Step 7, I discussed how to choose the right education for your child with autism. If you chose homeschool, this post is for you. There are six main homeschool approaches – or “styles” – out there. I’m going to very briefly touch on…

Free Piano Lessons for Kids: A Review of Hoffman Academy

I received a complimentary unit download from Hoffman Academy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Please read my disclaimer in the footer for more information. Free piano lessons for kids? Sounds too good to be true, right? Except…it’s not. For years, I’ve wanted the boys to enjoy piano lessons…

How to Get Your Kids to Drink More Water…without Taking Away Their Favorite Beverages

Juice is kiddy crack. There, I said it. We made the fatal mistake of introducing juice to the twins when they were very young – probably under age 2. We diluted it, sure, but they got the taste. And that was enough. My husband and I made ourselves feel better about it by being sure to only purchase all natural…

End of the School Year Traditions

Traditions are an important part of life. When I was little, my mom started an end of the school year tradition with me that I loved dearly and still appreciate today. She would take me out to lunch after the last day of school. Usually it was A & W to get a root beer float and I remember those…