Parenting

Nagging Isn't About Your Kids, It's About You

  • 26 September 2020
  • Kristi
Nagging Isn't About Your Kids, It's About You

The other day I was having a conversation with my brother. We were talking about our children and nagging came up. It was what he said that made me pause and ultimately led me to a discovery about myself. He said, "we nag because we are so tired and frustrated they don't do what we've told them 100 times to do." 

Did you catch it? The reason I paused...Probably not. So let me explain.

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.

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 Set Your Household On Autopilot With A Simple System

  • 7 June 2019
  • Kristi
how to set your household up on autopilot

It is so tiring trying to manage the day to day activities of running a household. There were days I used to feel like I was a mad chicken with my head cut off and I still couldn't get everything done. I tried spreadsheets and lists. Still couldn't get it all done. Do you ever get tired of trying to get everything in the house done and feel you can't? There's always laundry to do, dishes to clean, meals to make, and a house to keep tidy and you never seem to have enough time to get it all done?

The Truth About Whose Responsible for Educating Your Child

  • 5 May 2018
  • Kristi

Summer is officially here. Most schools are done. Most homeschooling is wrapping up, and many of the private schools have posted their signs for next year registration. It is a time when children feel free and many parents feel trapped. LOL! A strange juxtaposition, don't you think? In all seriousness, I hope that this summer you will take a good hard look at the past year of "school." Were you happy with how your school year went? How did your child fair?  The reason I ask is because now is the time to see if you need to make changes. 

Sometimes the Best You Can Do is Un-Learn to Move Forward

  • 6 March 2018
  • Kristi
Sometime you have to unlearn what you thought you knew before you can learn to move forward

Albert Einstein said it best, "The definition of insanity is repeating the same behaviors and expecting a different outcome." Yet, all too often we do this. Why? Frankly, I believe it's because we get stuck in our frame of mind. Our whole lives is a learning process. Each encounter and experience help shape our opinions, expectations, and understanding of a situations. All this "knowledge" helps us connect the dots in life; right?

Well, sort of.

Embrace Being a Mean LOVING Mom

  • 7 November 2016
  • Kristi
Embrace Being a Mean Loving Mom

As I was out running errands I watched a young girl, around the age 5 scream that she wanted the toy. Her Mother told her No. Of course, she began to cry and scream that she wanted it. You could see the instant stress on the mother's face as her child threw a fit. I kid you not the women picked up the child and gave her the toy. Instantly the tears were gone from the little girl and a huge smile on her face. Later, I watched them check out and go on with their day. 

Unplugged Time Equals Quality Family Time

  • 26 October 2016
  • Kristi

The other day was the perfect storm of what I consider quality family time and it couldn't have come at a better time. All to often I see us slipping away into technology. All of us. As if we were cyber zombies. We are sitting there, side-by-side, or across from one another yet nothing. We don't speak to each other. We don't acknowledge each other. We don't recognize who were are with. Each time I see this it breaks my heart. This is not how I grew up. This is not how I imagined my family time would look. And it's at these moment I feel like disabling everything.

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