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    by Published on 09-26-2019 02:49 PM

    Letís face it, we all need a break now and then. Period. Whether we take 5 minutes in the car before we go inside, stop and grab a treat for ourselves, or even hide in the bathroom crying. Been there, done that for all of the above. And I am an adult. But life gets to you and we find ways to cope.

    Kids period, have to learn to cope. We as parents can help them do that. Special needs kids need more help than others. They may not understand WHY or WHAT sets them off. They may not understand how to calm down. They may not be able to control their body or actions. They just know they are frustrated and NEED to get it out. Unfortunately getting it out may be a minor meltdown of crying OR it can be a major meltdown of screaming, flailing, hitting, kicking and generally losing control. This could happen at home or, worst case scenario while you are out in public.

    Part of the battle is knowing your childís triggers and warning signs and averting them. This isnít always easy. I know with my oldest, changes. And mainly changes to his environment were always a trigger. He loved when I redid his room and he had input into it, but I knew it would result in a day or 2 of issues. I did my best to redirect.

    The other part of the battle is teaching your child to cope. Creating a calm down corner or zone does wonders. So does teaching them to learn the signs they are working towards a meltdown and how to avert them themselves.
    by Published on 09-25-2019 03:08 PM

    September means back-to-school, end of Summer, beginning of Fall, pumpkins, leaves and brisk days. Sweaters come out of storage, coats are at the ready, rubber boots for tromping through puddles are bought. I love Fall. Well, technically I love Spring, Summer AND Fall for all the differences they bring to Mother Nature and our homeschool. But Fall seems like the last hurrah before the coldness of Winter arrives. BRRRR

    Fall also means so many opportunities for learning. You may have JUST started back to homeschooling. You may be a month or more into your new school year. Either way, Fall into learning with these great ideas.

    Put aside some curriculum to make sure you have time to enjoy all that Fall has to offer. Wondering how to add Fall Learning to your schedule, here ya go!
    by Published on 09-24-2019 01:00 AM

    As a homeschooling parent, I love joining my kids in their reading. I have fun reliving a lot of my favorite childhood books. I love discussing the book with them, hearing their input and likes or dislikes about the storyline. We have some very intense conversations. Donít get me wrong.

    What I dislike as a homeschooling parent, sometimes forgetting about myself. Forget that I love reading. Forget that I need to take the time for me, even if it is 10 minutes a night. That I need to carve out a few minutes to immerse myself in something JUST for me. I mean I purchase books with the intent to read them. Every bookstore trip or library visit, I come home with homeschool books, the boy find books and I even grab something for myself that basically becomes a paperweight for 3 weeks until I return it unread. I know that I am not the only one guilty of this. We put our kids and families first. Nothing wrong with that. But I have decided that in order to be a better homeschooling Mom, I need to take time for me. 5 minutes, 10 minutes where I sit and read a few pages.

    Hence the idea of the Secular Homeschool Parent Book Club. I would love to be able to get together in the forum with other members, we pick a book, take a month to read it(if I give myself a time limit, I will make sure I do it) and then come on here and chat about it. I posted the idea in the poll section and had some interest. Are you interested? Let me know!
    by Published on 09-22-2019 12:33 PM

    Republished with permission from Homeschool.com
    This was a guest post written by your truly for Homeschool.com and I wanted to share with you.

    Welcome to a peek inside my life. My life as the mother of achild with ADHD.My oldest son Andrew has it, and it has been quite the journey learning to live, homeschool, and adjust to dealing with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

    ADHD, you mean the no sugar,eat brown bread, hyperactive child diagnosis fad of the í80s? I get that question a lot. A LOT. ADHD is not a fad. It is a real diagnosis and had been around and recognized as a health issue since the mid-1970s. My brother and my husband were diagnosed with it and back then, the rule was no sugar, brown bread, and basically eat nuts and grains. Easier said than done.

    Whether your child has ADHD from genetics(if a parent or close relative was diagnosed, chances of having it are higher), ADD Symptoms, or from something like a TBI(Traumatic Brain Injury), nobody knows. Andrew had both genetics AND a TBI working against him. At 18 months, he decided he could swan dive, like Lara Croft from Tomb Raider off his tiny wooden chair, head first onto the concrete floor. *sigh

    I didnít notice more than normal child busyness until he was about 5. His Kindergarten year was hard. It was a challenging class, to begin with, because the teacher was overwhelmed and Andrewís ADHD was prevalent. He schooled via Public school through the early part of 6th grade. School was not easy for him. ADHD symptoms present a lot of challenges in normal life, much less in a school setting.

    What is ADHD? It is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. A great explanation for it and one I use quite often is that his brain is not wired correctly. Someone attached the wrong wires and even left one wire disconnected. He functions differently than the rest of the world. Each child with ADHD is different. Some may be more focused,some may be less. Some may be hyper, some may be able to sit still. Andrew has trouble focusing on things unless it is something like a video game or building with legos. He constantly moves. He cannot sit still. His leg is bouncing, hand tapping, or talking. Or, all 3!LOL It took him forever to learn things. He can tell me how something works within minutes but learning his address or phone number was a long process.

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