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Learnings, teachings and tips & tricks to inspire and encourage parents facing the challenges of raising kids who struggle to stay regulated. 

Creating a Calming Space to Ease Meltdowns

Are you looking for ways to keep your child calmer?  Kids with sensory processing issues like autism, ADHD, ODD, and SPD need targeted sensory input to be able to regulate. You may have heard this before.  It sounds good, but do you wonder how to give your child sensory input at home to...

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Teaching Your Child to Respect Boundaries…With Respect

Does it feel like your child with ADHD, autism, SPD, or ODD is constantly testing you? All children push boundaries because that is part of the developmental process.  Kids are trying to figure out how they fit in this world.  In their body, their home, school, or in the...

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Respecting Your Child’s Boundaries

Parents often talk about being disrespected, or express concern that their kids don’t follow the rules. On the flip side, do you ever wonder if your child’s boundaries are being respected?

The problem with focusing only on getting our kids to respect our boundaries is that actions...

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Walking on Eggshells Around Your Child With ADHD, Autism, or SPD?

Sensory processing challenges such as ADHD, autism, and sensory processing disorder affect the brain, nervous system, and body in a variety of ways. Every child is unique and worthy of being cherished for who they are. Sometimes parents have difficulty seeing their child's beautifully unique...

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Building Social Skills in Your Child Without Losing Your Mind

Do you struggle with how to help your child in their peer relationships or sibling relationships? Does your child struggle to make friends? Children with sensory processing challenges that show up as reactive behaviors tend to struggle with how to act in social situations.  Social...

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Your Attachment Style Matters

We are all born to seek out love. We continue to seek out love and acceptance through our entire lifespan. The field of psychology has determined that there are four distinct relationship attachment styles. Your attachment style formed when you were and infant and through your early childhood...

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Ending Madness With Margin

The alarm goes off and I am jolted out of bed as I start running through my endless to do list.  I’m gripped with the fear that I won’t be able to jump all the hurdles today.  My stomach churns as I start opening doors and rushing my kids out of bed.  The clock is...

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Springing Free from the Perfectionism Trap

I walk through the house at a manic pace picking up toys, stinky socks, and shoes.  I have guests coming for the weekend, and I want the house to be pristine.  I bark orders at my children as the pressure mounts inside my gut. Anxiety is rising as an unwelcome but familiar...

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Calming Tantrums

You are basking in a beautiful day at the park, and then suddenly your child’s mood shifts as abruptly as the wind. Crying, an angry outburst, or an all-out tantrum ensues. Let’s look inside the brain and the nervous system for a moment to see what is causing the turbulence. Think of...

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Learning Self-Compassion

I’m a perfectionist by nature. Unfortunately, I have unintentionally taught my children how to be perfectionists. I’ve lectured myself ruthlessly about this painful reality, but it never changed anything.  Angry lectures in my head simply drive me to desperately avoid...

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Instilling Vision

My daughter, Sabrina, was a bubbly eight-year-old with big brown eyes and blonde hair and her favorite book was Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans which whimsically highlights scenes from Paris.  Sabrina looked up at me and asked, “Can we go to Paris?”.  “Of course, we...

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