Turning 18 in 2 weeks; so what?

Turning 18 in 2 weeks; so what? By: Melissa Archer/ For my other 4 girls, all typical kids, turning 18 meant so many things: beginning of adulthood, freedom from parents, four years of college fun, joining the work force, MOVING away from home! Yet for Jazz, it means mom and dad sit before a judge…

What is Active Parenting?

By: Sarah Meikle/ With Parenting comes challenges, and it’s one of the hardest jobs you’ll ever have!  We live in an ever changing world with technology adding issues that we never had to face when we were kids. We have worries about drugs, bullies and negative influences that our children are having to deal with on a…

Family Game Nights

  By:  Vanessa Armstrong/ You may remember my blog about summer bucket lists, one thing that I include every year is a family game night.  Playing games together is one of the kids favorite activities. I’ll let you in on a little secret, I have a small addiction to board games, card games, really any…

Happy Mornings, Make Happy Days!

By: Sarah Meikle/ Happy Mornings, Make Happy Days! It’s no secret, I wasn’t a big fan of my son starting Kindergarten. I worried about how it would affect him and me. I knew five days, all day, would be overwhelming for a while so I wanted to make sure mornings went smoothly. It’s been almost two months…

An Autism Manual

By: Melissa Archer/ An autism manual: (be warned: my sarcasm is showing & photo credits to Pixie Light Photography) A what? A manual. THAT JUST SIMPLY DOES NOT EXIST, MY FRIEND! SO SORRY FOR YOUR LUCK. IN FACT YOU ARE SOL, UP THE CREEK WITHOUT A PADDLE, but do not despair for you can do…

Emotional Regulation to the Rescue

By: Cary Zavala/ Emotional Regulation to the Rescue   “I never planned to yell so much.”  As a therapist, I heard this from many moms and dads.  As parents, we admit we sometimes come to the “end of our rope.”  With the stressors of daily living, our children’s challenging behaviors can sometimes send us to…

The Gift I Thought I Was Giving My Kids

By: Shannon Porter The Gift I Thought I Was Giving My Kids   Moms are amazing, we can multitask like a boss and cross things off our to-do lists with finesse. On an average evening in our home you might find me cooking in the kitchen ; which more than likely meant I lost a…

When did that happen?

By:  Vanessa Armstrong/ A few days ago it occurred to me that I’m no longer the mom of 3 little kids anymore and I have no idea when that happened.   For most of my “mama life” I’ve had 3 little kids at home, but with school starting this year, I realized that I have …

Tips on Avoiding the “Summer Slide”

By: Sarah Meikle/ Most of you have heard the term, “Summer Slide”, but, you may be wondering how to avoid it in your family. Summer slide is when a student loses some of the academic achievement gains that were made during the previous school year. This could be in reading skills or any other academic…