Special Needs Parenting

5 Ways to Get Your Spouse on the Same Page About Your Child’s Special Needs

  • 17 March 2020
  • Kristi
5 Ways to Get Your Spouse on the Same Page About Your Child’s Special Needs

This is a subject that comes up quite frequently when I am talking with other parents. Often the scenario is Mom sees the struggles of her child, but Dad doesn’t. This disconnect leads to arguments between the couple, inconsistent parenting, and adds a layer of anxiety on everyone in the household.

So what do you?

Is it a Mood Disorder or ADHD in Disguise?

  • 20 February 2020
  • Kristi
Is it a Mood Disorder or ADHD in Disguise?

Several weeks ago we went to Munchkins new psychiatrist. They suggested we take a TOVA test that measures the degree of attention variant. When it came back she was 3 degrees below. He suggested a stimulant, which I was not in love with the idea. We did try it for a week, against my gut, and her side affects were so bad we discontinued. To be honest I was relieved. Our goal is to minimize our needs for medication, not increase them.

9 Ways to Help Your Child Build Friendships

  • 12 August 2019
  • Kristi
9 Ways to Help Your Child Build Friendships

How many time have you heard on the news or read on social media of a special needs child who is sitting alone at their birthday party because no one decided to show up? Or the child who wrote his wish list for Christmas and all it had on their was a friend. Just the other day I posted about a child who even though he had been bullied, opted to wear a t-shirt on the first day of school that read, “I will be your friend.” So that others would know they don’t have to be alone.

It plays out over and over.

How to Create a Successful Kickstart to the Upcoming School Year

  • 24 July 2019
  • Kristi
Help you child create a successful kickstart to the upcoming school year by implementing these strategies

Most schools are right now about 4 to 6 weeks outside of their start dates. Now is the time to start working on resetting sleep schedules. It's so easy to get so relaxed in the summertime where your child stays up late and sleeps in. Unfortunately, for most school schedules that doesn't work out and you don't want to be running around the last two weeks before school trying to get your child up. Trust me you're setting yourself up for struggles getting out the door, an exhausted child, and routine battles. 

Are You Empathetic or Enabling Your Special Needs Child's Behavior?

  • 7 November 2018
  • Kristi
Are you Empathetic or Enabling Your Special Needs Child's Behavior?

As a special needs parent it is common that your child's needs become the center of your universe. Everything you plan and do ends up revolving around them. You do it because you are trying to ensure that they are successful. So they will be happy and not have meltdowns, tantrums, or sadness; because let's be honest, that easier for us. Unfortunately, there is a fine line between being empathetic to your child's needs and being an enabler to let poor behavior choices continue. 

Are You Asking or Are You Demanding?

  • 19 October 2017
  • Kristi
Are You Asking or Are You Demanding? How you Talk to your children can make all the difference

In my experience how you ask for something is just as important as what you ask for. Often times we take on a demanding tone with our children versus an asking tone with other adults. Why? In this quick video I share several examples of the difference and how I believe it changes the responses we receive from our children while creating an more calm environment. It has also been in my experience that many frustrations can be avoided simply by being a more effective communicator.

Pages