Back To School Simplified

Back To School Simplified

Back to school shopping means something very different as a mom than when I was a kid. As a kid, I got excited about the giant haul of new things I'd buy. Now, I dread it. Every year I feel like the amount I have to spend for school supplies for my kids is more than...

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For Every Mom With a Misunderstood Child

For Every Mom With a Misunderstood Child

I'm used to it by now. I hear the labels strangers or other people place on my kids. "He just doesn't pay attention." "He seems so defiant." "She won't sit still." "He is so picky." "He never gives me a hug, he's not affectionate." "He's too shy." At first those...

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The Best Calm Down Resources for Young Children

The Best Calm Down Resources for Young Children

  I sat on my couch in tears, feeling the weight of the world on my heart as I listened to my child scream, wondering if he would ever calm down. He was angry. No, beyond angry. Is there a word for that? It wasn't his first meltdown of the day, nor would it be...

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My Personal Mother’s Day List

My Personal Mother’s Day List

  I'm not about fancy gifts and expensive things. In fact, lately I'm trying to minimize all the "things" in my life. So, for holidays and birthdays I truly enjoy things that enrich my life, lift my soul, and help bring me more joy. Having said that, those things...

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How To Get Rid of Mom Guilt Once And For All

How To Get Rid of Mom Guilt Once And For All

Before becoming a mom I had no idea what I was in for! The EXTREME sleep deprivation Complete emotional exhaustion every single day AND, there's no way I could have anticipated the sheer amount of laundry with even just ONE kid! WOW! Even with all those surprises, the...

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Is this ONE Word Robbing You of Enjoying Motherhood?

Is this ONE Word Robbing You of Enjoying Motherhood?

"As moms we are often the victims of others expectations. It’s not uncommon to hear things like; you SHOULD breastfeed, your baby SHOULD be sleeping through the night by 3 months, you SHOULDN’T ever let your baby sleep with you, you SHOULD get the flu shot, but...

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4 Skills Every Mom Should Know to Give Children a Voice

4 Skills Every Mom Should Know to Give Children a Voice

"But mom I feel cold!" Those were the only words he had to use to help me know I needed to change direction. It was a simple but effective exchange between my son and I as we hit a bump in our morning routine. Through it, my heart swelled with joy as it represented a...

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The Key to Avoiding Mommy Burnout

The Key to Avoiding Mommy Burnout

I headed out the door, still groggy from waking up at 4 am. As I stepped out into the cool morning air I felt a warmth inside, so strong it was almost tangible, and so opposite of the burnout I had felt the day before. I had just walked through the house and kissed...

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Tips for Mothers of Children With A Chronic Illness

Tips for Mothers of Children With A Chronic Illness

  I got my first pair of glasses when I was in 5th grade. It was the late ‘80s and my favorite color was pink. The optician gave me the choice of tinting my lenses and so I naturally picked pink. When my glasses arrived with both pink lenses and pink frames I...

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5 Tips To Truly Enjoying Motherhood

5 Tips To Truly Enjoying Motherhood

I have a confession: sometimes I like to spend a good chunk of time browsing our family pictures from previous years. They bring me to tears, make me smile, and make me giggle as I look back at the expressions, the little nuances, and the moments that feel so far in...

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It Could Be Worse…Dealing With Disappointment

It Could Be Worse…Dealing With Disappointment

Recently I was talking to a friend who was having a very bad day. Bad luck, karma, or whatever you want to call it, was simply making things difficult. As I was talking to her about it all, she half-heartedly interjected and said "it could be worse." Her statement hit...

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Your Presence is Your Present…Or Is It?

Your Presence is Your Present…Or Is It?

"Your presence is your present" I have read the cute phrase on many birthday or party invitations. I love the thought, and I have used it myself in the past. My thinking has changed, recently, and I no longer believe that a person's presence is enough to be considered...

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Finding Myself and Rekindling the Joy in Motherhood

Finding Myself and Rekindling the Joy in Motherhood

  A year after having my third child I found myself somewhere I never thought I would have to be as a parent. I was sitting on the couch in a counselor's office talking about my anxiety, lack of focus, lack of drive, and frustration with motherhood. I had sunk...

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The Balancing Act of Parenting

The Balancing Act of Parenting

Today as I was unloading the dishwasher in an effort to clean the mounds of dishes in the sink and make my kitchen resemble less of a tornado zone, my 5 year old came into the kitchen and started the following conversation; Middle son: Can you believe there are three...

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Bedtime Nightmares

Bedtime Nightmares

  Bedtime nightmares for me come before going to sleep. Right around 8:00 pm is when my heart sinks, and I wish I could stop time or magically make my kids fall asleep. Although I know sleep is good for them, getting them to the point of GOING to sleep is not...

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Letting go of mommy guilt

Letting go of mommy guilt

I've talked to a few moms lately who have been struggling with "Mommy Guilt." I would define mommy guilt as the feeling that you are doing something society considers "wrong" but changing that something seems more difficult for your personal circumstances. I'm not...

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When Breaking the Rules Can Be Good

When Breaking the Rules Can Be Good

These three kids are the reason I do most things in life, they are amazing, they have such great hearts, they make me smile, they make me laugh, and I love them with all my heart.... but sometimes that love gets buried a little deeper within me and takes a little work...

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Reflections of Motherhood to Celebrate Mother’s Day

Reflections of Motherhood to Celebrate Mother’s Day

As this weekend is Mother's Day I am reflecting on Motherhood and all it means to me. I have three amazing kids. Truly I believe that with all my heart. Each of them has brought me to a greater understanding of different things in life. Here are my honest, heart-felt...

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I’m perfectly Imperfect and it’s OK

I’m perfectly Imperfect and it’s OK

Two weeks ago I was asked a question; “what are you the best in the world at doing?” I had to really think about the question for a long time, the thought of ME being really good at ANYTHING was out of my normal routine. While in the car for 16+ hours with my 3 kids,...

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2 Quick Tips To Being A More Productive Mom

2 Quick Tips To Being A More Productive Mom

One day after a trip to the store I came inside, arms weighed down with so many groceries I literally stumbled as I walked into the kitchen, while trying my best to herd the kids in the same general direction. I plopped everything on the ground and heard the familiar...

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Wendy is the co-creator of Sensory Solutions and Understanding Sensory, two courses designed to empower parents with the knowledge of sensory differences. Wendy offers a unique and effective perspective to overcoming the frustrations of every day life with a child with sensory differences.

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