Breakthrough: My Word for 2020

  • 19 December 2019
  • Kristi

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

Natural Stimulants for ADHD

  • 3 November 2019
  • Kristi
Natural Stimulants for ADHD Management

Over the years, we have used a variety of items to help Munchkin work with her ADHD, as well as, what I use daily to keep my brain in rhythm. For a time, while Samantha attended school she was on a prescribed stimulant. We found that it was effective to help with focus, however, the "rebound" effects were very negative.  

3 Words to Eliminate from Your Vocabulary that Don't Help Your ADHD, SPD, ODD Child

  • 27 September 2019
  • Kristi
3 Words to Eliminate from Your Parenting Vocabulary That Trigger Meltdowns

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.

The 3Ds to Stopping any Child Meltdown Super Fast

  • 9 September 2019
  • Kristi
The 3Ds to Stopping any Child Meltdown Super Fast

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.

7 Games to Help Learn Math

  • 30 August 2019
  • Kristi
7 Games to Help Learn Math

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.

How to Deal with School Bullying

  • 27 August 2019
  • Kristi
How to Deal with School Bullying

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.

7 Anger Calming Techniques

  • 21 August 2019
  • Kristi
7 Anger Calming Techniques. Learn how to help your child calm down when they are angry.

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.

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