The Difference Between Accepting and Loving Your Kids

The Difference Between Accepting and Loving Your Kids

Kids are not always easy to deal with, but we always love them. But, does unconditional love mean we always have to accept everything about them? Not necessarily. Here’s why: Often, parents feel like they don’t need to discipline their kids because smacking a hand or yelling shows a lack of love. Just the opposite is true. We don’t need to love what our kids do or how they behave. But we do need to love them by showing them…

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Summer Fun at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium & Zoombezi Bay

Summer Fun at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium & Zoombezi Bay

This post is adapted from my other blog, The Breezy Mama, originally posted on August 22, 2015. All words and photos are my own. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, located in Powell, Ohio, has been a summer travel staple for my family every year for the past 6 years. We go at least once a year during the summer, and sometimes during the Christmas season for its Wildlights event (which is an absolute MUST-see!). It’s like a home-away-from-home for us….

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How to Make Neon-Colored Sensory Bin Rice

How to Make Neon-Colored Sensory Bin Rice

I am always on the lookout for fun sensory activities for my kids and my preschoolers. My son struggles with sensory processing, so I am all for fun tactile activities that introduce him to new textures. Rice is one of those things that is just fun for kids to play in. You can rub it between hands and fingers, scoop it, measure it. And, it’s the perfect tactile sensory material for special needs kids needing sensory input. But, how can…

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10 Simple Memorial Day Activities for Special Needs Kids

10 Simple Memorial Day Activities for Special Needs Kids

I love celebrating holidays, but I’d be lying if I said it was always easy with a special needs child. The long days of celebrations, crowded family get-togethers, and messed-up routines can cause major sensory overload for my little guy. With Memorial Day coming up, I decided to scour the internet for some simple but fun Memorial Day activities for special needs kids to join in the festivities without feeling overwhelmed. Pom-Pom American Flag Painting Craft – perfect for eye-hand…

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5 Ways to Use Technology for Summer Education

5 Ways to Use Technology for Summer Education

This post has been adapted from my previous blog, The Breezy Mama. All words and photos are my own. Just because school is over for the summer, doesn’t mean education should be. My 11 year old may think I’m “mean” at times because I make her complete worksheets and other educational activities during the summer (we still have plenty of time for fun stuff though!), but one day – hopefully – she will understand and thank me. Kids get out…

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What I’ve Learned from Being the Mom of a Cochlear Implant User

What I’ve Learned from Being the Mom of a Cochlear Implant User

This post has been adapted from my previous blog, The Breezy Mama. All words are my own.   Each year, as the anniversaries of my son’s cochlear implant surgeries approach and pass, I am filled with emotions as I think of how far Ren has come and the strides he’s made in his life so far. Any mom who has a special needs child knows how emotional it can be to raise that child. I’ve learned throughout the process of multiple…

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When a Role Model Turns Out to be NOT Perfect

When a Role Model Turns Out to be NOT Perfect

This post was adapted from my previous blog, The Breezy Mama. All images and text are my own. I have a deaf child and it’s important to me to find role models for him; not necessarily only ones who are deaf, but anyone who has overcome an obstacle despite being disabled in some way. Someone who was told they couldn’t do it, but they kept fighting until they, indeed, did whatever they “couldn’t” do. I think every parent dreams of…

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A Beginner’s Guide to Using Essential Oils

A Beginner’s Guide to Using Essential Oils

I was introduced to dōTERRA essential oils by a coworker about a year ago. I had heard of them before and was intrigued, but honestly very lost when it came to how to use them on myself, my children, and in my home. So, I started purchasing some of the more “simple” oils to start with: Lemon, Peppermint, Lavender, etc. These are the ones that have so many obvious health and home uses and allowed me to see just how…

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The Deafness Feud

The Deafness Feud

This post has been adapted from my previous blog, The Breezy Mama, originally posted in 2013. All words and photos are my own. Before my son, Ren, was diagnosed with severe to profound bilateral (both ears) sensorineural hearing loss at two weeks old, I’ll admit I knew nothing about the controversy that existed in so many topics regarding hearing loss and deafness. Quite frankly, it irritates me that I knew so little since my older brother, J, was diagnosed with moderate…

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