About 4 years I was sitting in my kitchen on a Saturday morning. I had been working on bills when I broke down in tears. I had tried for so long to try to make the ends meet and I couldn’t. I could no longer carry the burden of our financial situation by myself. Every time I would work on bills I would become depressed, frustrated, and angry. I would resent every time my husband would spend any money on even the smallest amount.
In the past we tried Littlest Passports as way to introduce some culture to Samantha. Well, over time she simply out grew it and I was looking for something else. Luck would have it that this subscription service was mentioned in one of my private Unschooling groups. I looked into it and figured this was worth a try...why?
Because I know 2 things about my daughter.
Before the start of every year, I choose a word. One word that I want to define the upcoming year. You would think selecting this word would be easy, but it is not. See, this word needs to encompass all your goals, dreams, and hope for the upcoming year. This word will become your mantra for the year. This one word will be your guiding light for how hard you'll work going forward. It has to be just right.
My words of the past years have been;
2016 - Breathe
A couple of weeks ago, I asked parents what the biggest issue their child was struggling with. Almost everyone said focus and concentration. With that said, I thought I would take this opportunity to share my thoughts with you on ways to help you re-frame your thoughts surrounding focus and ways you can help your child focus.
Sometimes you need help with a specific issue you are dealing with. In this video I asked my special needs parenting community what questions and situations they need the most help on. Here are the questions they asked and we are going to tackle:
Question #1: How to help my child with ADHD with their schoolwork?
I don't know about you, but I couldn't stand when my mother nagged me as a child. It was a constant stream of reminders of how to act, what not to do, or simply a way to suck all the fun out of being a kid - or so I thought until I became a parent. I now understand why my mother had to remind me to do something at least a thousand times. Now, with the struggles we face on a daily basis, I tread a fine line between helping my child remember and being a huge nag.
When your child is in meltdown mode, seconds seem like minutes, and minutes seem like hours. It horrible. The screaming, the yelling, the kicking. As parents with a child who constantly struggles on a daily basis these meltdowns are exhausting and so emotionally charged that it affects everyone in your home. Maybe you have tried a few things, but nothing seems to work. (That was us too). Over the last 6 years of addressing Samantha's issues we have become very, very, very good at turning her from meltdown mania to a happy girl.
It seems that whenever you see a child struggle with certain subjects, Math is in the top 3. In our experience, I found that teaching math out of context only makes learning it harder, but when you give a child a real life scenario (that they can relate too), it becomes easier to understand. This is also one of the biggest reasons we unschool and in our unschooling we play a ton of games. Our games include, board games, card games, and on-line games. Today I have rounded up 7 of our all time favorites.
Bullying in our schools continues to be a problem around the country. Schools and parents are left with trying to figure out how to deal with this issue. Why does bullying happen? How you can help your child? What can we do to prevent bullying in schools?
As a parent that has been on both sides of this issue. It’s a tough one. I believe bullying happens for several reasons.
First of all, you need to accept that anger is a perfectly natural feeling for your child to have. It's what they do when they are angry is where they need help. Empathize with their anger. They are struggling with something and you are going to help them work through it. Also, remember that anger is usually a by product of another feeling that is the root cause of the issue.