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Inside Out Emotions game printable

Inside Out Emotions Game + Free Printables

This shop featuring my Inside Out emotions game has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #InsideOutEmotions #CollectiveBias I joke sometimes that I had kids just so I could keep playing with toys and enjoying animated movies without feeling guilty. I’m doing it for my kids is always a great excuse for anything, right? Yes, that is why I ran right out to Walmart to purchase the Inside…

Teacher welcome gift

Erasing Middle School Fears

This shop sharing strategies on erasing middle school fears has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #EraseStress #CollectiveBias The wee ones start school on Thursday. For the first time in several years, the wee ones won’t go to school together. Instead, Mister Man is going into sixth grade, which has been a little bit scary for him – especially given how so…

My extraordinary kid is extraordinary every day #YourExtraordinaryKid #CGC

I Have An Extraordinary Kid – Every Day

I have a pretty awesome kid. Mister Man rocks my world, and he has since Day One. That isn’t to say that I don’t want to strangle him sometimes because he’s a kid. And he’s mine. And he’s bound to drive me batty simply by being who he is, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love and celebrate him whenever I can. He’s pretty cool, and he shows it all…

15 tips to make homework less painful - for you and for your child. These top 15 ways are easy to implement and make a real difference in reducing frustration and improving focus

Top 15 Ways To Make Homework Less Painful

School is out – or nearly so – just about everywhere around the country. Parents – and kids – are heaving huge sighs of relief because the nightly battle over homework is over for another year. If your home is anything like mine, homework often takes far longer than it “should” before it’s completed. We’ve spent a lot of time figuring out the best ways to make it less painful…

Teaching kids to tie shoes can be frustrating, but with this simple trick, it's easy as can be for everyone!

Teach Kids To Tie Shoes: Quick And Easy Trick

Mister Man has some fine motor challenges. Needless to say, when he was little we always bought him shoes that had Velcro. Easy. Done. But as his feet started to grow when he got into kindergarten and first grade, suddenly it wasn’t so easy to find those Velcro shoes anymore. And in first grade, he started having cross country skiing as a gym activity, and those boots were only laces. And thus…

Why junk food and my kids don't mix: behavior changes when you add in dyes and chemicals

Lesson Learned: Why My Kids Don’t Get Junk Food

So this is Mister Man on a good day. He’s happy sitting with Little Miss after having completed a group activity. He’s looking at the camera and smiling, not being overly goofy but still having fun. His hands are not all over his sister, and he’s able to sit still in an upright position. This is him on a good day.   Unfortunately, I realized Saturday afternoon that I haven’t…

Special Needs Teacher Introduction Letter

Last year, I had a brainstorm at the start of the school year.  Mister Man wrote a letter to his teacher.  He is on the spectrum but very high functioning to where most people don’t know he has autism but just that things are a little off.  Needless to say, that makes the school day sometimes a little challenging and frustrating if you don’t know him, what sets him off,…

But He’s Autistic

So yes, Mister Man’s on the autism spectrum.  I’ve had discussions – long debates – with friends about whether our children have autism  or whether they are autistic.  And the nomenclature really does make a difference.  If he is autistic, how much does that define him?  Autism is a part of him, sure, but he’s so much more than that.  I’ve written before, too, how Mister Man is very high functioning, which causes issues…

Stretched out produce sticker

Nice Kid, Potty Mouth

Yesterday as we were leaving school, a friend of Mister Man’s called to him as we were walking to our car. Hey, Mister Man!  Come over here.  You know what “Johnny” did today?  He beat up my a$$.  Fortunately, Mister Man was currently in his own little world and completely missed his friend talking to him, instead focusing on trudging along the sidewalk to our car. I, however, turned around to…

Math sheet for third graders

My Birds Of A Feather

There is always upheaval in life; there is no such thing as stasis.  At least not in my life.  When I moved to my current home, I had a lot of change going on.  I’d moved somewhere where I knew essentially no one.  I’d just quit my job and was trying to figure out the stay at home mom gig.  I had a two and a half year old and…