Alleviate Exhausted Parenting Syndrome

Parenting doesn’t have to be exhausting (unless it’s the newborn phase, because, well there’s no way around that except for a night nurse). If parenting is exhausting and you don’t have a newborn, it’s because you’re choosing to correct too many things. Remember, our goal is to get our children to make good choices once we’re NOT AROUND to support them.

So, how do we stop FIGHTING EVERY BATTLE?

Enter: Family Values

World Autism Day and Travel

I was invited to write a guest blog post for the gowhee.com travel app and website. World Autism Day is Friday, April 2nd. If you’re planning a trip with your kiddos once the world reopens, I think you’ll find some good tips here. What is Sensory Sensitivity? We use our senses (there are actually 8Continue reading “World Autism Day and Travel”

Oreos and Prosecco for Breakfast: The Wins and Weirds of Life on the Road

This is a forgotten post from our final 2 weeks on the road last July.  Feels like a lifetime ago.  Enjoy!!!       Road trippin’ with three kids and a dog is not for the faint of heart.  Now that we’re finally settled in San Antonio for a bit I’ve had some time toContinue reading “Oreos and Prosecco for Breakfast: The Wins and Weirds of Life on the Road”

Slow Parenting: Embracing Simplicity before Puerto Rico

It’s unconventional, taking my family to Puerto Rico for 10 months.  But, I realize what the greater goal is: simplification.  There are so many choices, conveniences, decisions, schools, activities, and schedules to juggle as a parent.  Overwhelming isn’t the word.  It’s just complete, chaotic overload.  Throw two working parents, 3 kids, 2 jobs, 2 sideContinue reading “Slow Parenting: Embracing Simplicity before Puerto Rico”

Why Minimalism is hard for ADHDers and How to Create White Space

ADHDers need goals. We are typically results-oriented. That’s the reason I took 4 years to complete my first two years of college (What was the point of all these required courses, again?). It’s the reason ADHD elementary school students don’t finish the worksheet. And why more hours spent at your computer don’t always equal moreContinue reading “Why Minimalism is hard for ADHDers and How to Create White Space”

Why We’re Moving to Puerto Rico in 2019

We have a big decision to make.  In July of this year I’m officially starting my “year off” from the grind.  As a family we’ve been researching different ways to make these 8 to 11 months count.  How can we enhance our lives and others’?  How can we grow closer to our children, build resilience,Continue reading “Why We’re Moving to Puerto Rico in 2019”

ADHD Challenge: No Screens for a Week

  The holidays are over.  That means BOTH my husband and I go back to the grind HARD.  His event season starts to build for spring and my teaching holiday ends with no long break, again until school’s out in June.  Whew, I’m tired already.   Moana Saves Mama   When I’m drained, Moana becomes myContinue reading “ADHD Challenge: No Screens for a Week”

Santa is Real: A case for keeping Santa traditions alive and NOT for discipline’s sake

Last year around this time I started questioning our family tradition of Santa Clause. My eldest son “knew” Santa wasn’t real and it caused him some heartbreak.  His letdown took me right back to my own disappointment when I learned my parents and not, Santa brought my sister and me toys on Christmas Eve.  IContinue reading “Santa is Real: A case for keeping Santa traditions alive and NOT for discipline’s sake”