Sleep Training Ain’t for Sissies!

When it comes to getting your baby to sleep, don’t be misled by the stories about THAT MOM who manages to get it done so easily she’s shocked at your difficult time. There is always THAT MOM whose little angel just naturally starts sleeping through the night…at three weeks. And, finally, there are ALL THE OTHER MOMS who stumble through their little Tyrant’s first year, trying, failing, doubling-back, and then trying something else…until their little Tyrant finally, maybe, capitulates to a full night’s sleep.

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Experiences as a Young Parent with a Special Needs Child

I had my first child young at age 18. But that doesn’t mean that I’m not capable of being a parent or that I follow the stigma of being a teen parent. It also doesn’t mean that I can’t better myself because of having a young child, or that I am a bad role model for others. For me personally, having my son young was the best thing that happened to me. But my son has ADHD and Austim, and I’m tired of the disapproving looks I receive when others see I’m a young parent to a special needs child.

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Worried About the Time Change and Your Baby’s Sleep Schedule? Here is Your “Fall Back” How-To Guide

Now that the sweltering heat is dying down and the long days at the pool are starting to feel like a distant memory, you’ve put the whole family back on a routine and things are starting to run like clockwork again. Drop-off, pick-up, meal planning, school, play dates, whew! You truly are a logistics superstar! But in a few short weeks there is another challenge that can throw a wrench into your smooth-running operation, and your baby’s sleep schedule: the end of Daylight Savings Time. You worked hard to get everyone back to business, so I don’t blame you for being worried about how the time change will affect everyone’s busy schedule. So, today we will talk about what to expect and help you find the best strategy for your family and your baby or toddler.

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Mother’s Intuition: God’s Gift of a “Sixth Sense”

Mother’s intuition. A sixth sense. A gut feeling. No matter how you refer to it, we’ve all heard stories about it. And for good reason — there really is such a thing! So why don’t we listen to that intuition when it speaks to us? I have no idea. But the following two mothers learned the hard way what happens when we ignore our intuition.

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Bonding – The Unexpected Perk of College Visit Road Trips

I wish there were someone who could plan these trips for me! Those were the words uttered by my best friend eight years ago as we sat together for a brief cup of tea while bemoaning the long ‘to do’ list that lay ahead of us for the afternoon. Heading the top of her list was planning a week-long itinerary to visit colleges in the Midwest and Northeast with her daughter.

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This is More Than I Signed Up For: How One Mom is Dealing with Crisis

The course of my life was constantly changing and I ended meeting the love of my life, who has now been my husband for 19 years. So when did the real crisis begin? When I gave birth to our first-born son who was a mere 1 lb. 15oz. Fast-forward nine weeks to when he was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. This disability, throughout the milestones (or lack of), proved to be quite severe. Any mom of a special needs child understands the heartbreak, mourning, and readjustments that we go through when faced with having to raise these precious angels. Not to mention, the strain on marriage, finances, and our view of God.

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Things That Run My Day…and Ruin My Day

Every day that I have with my family is a blessing and a day worth living. I am a thankful gal and even in my darkest most stressful moments I remember that things could be so much worse. We don’t have to hide in caves, we are not persecuted for our beliefs, and we don’t drink out of the same watering holes as the local livestock…so yes things could be worse…waaaaaay worse. Now that we have established that the following ARE in fact first-world problems if there ever were any, here are my keys to life with littles. These things make or break me on a daily basis…

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