7+ Tips for Winter Travel during a Pandemic

Planning travel over the Winter can be a daunting task. As you have to consider weather, time off work, time off school, hotels, transportation, you will need many contingency plans in case things do not go as planned. During the current pandemic there is even more to consider. Here are some wonderful tips to consider …

I Find Fault in Teaching Girls to be Modest

There are many reasons that, as I became adult, I stepped away from organized religion. I still believe in God and Jesus. I still am Christian, but I believe organized religion focuses way too much on everything bad with people, judging, and putting unreasonable expectations on others. One of the lessons I have always hated …

How to Raise an Open-Minded Child

We are increasingly at odds with one another. It can be increasingly obvious as the United States continues in such a bipartisan split. What’s important in raising our children is to teach them to understand, to learn, to question, and to never just take things at face value. Exposing our children to diversity in religious, …

Your Children Deserve Privacy Too: Do Not Share

Just over a year ago my daughter was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I have been doing all I can to learn about Autism and specifically learn from the #actuallyautistic community. There are, however, some things I see that should not be just mentioned in regard to neuro-diverse children. For instance, recently I have seen several …

Negative Versus Positive Language: How Negative Language Can Affect Kids

How we live our lives and create our own happiness can be affected drastically by the language we use. Using negative language versus positive language can create dramatic mood shifts, lowered self-esteem and self-confidence daily. This can also affect how we parent our children and how our children learn to speak to themselves or others. …

Emotional Intelligence and Coping with Disappointment

Since becoming a mother, I have looked more into goals I have for myself, self-improvement goals. Who am I now, who do I want to be, what are my weaknesses and how can I improve on those weaknesses. I was not a very emotionally intelligent child, I was overly sensitive, unaware most of the time …

Common Misconceptions About Autism

Before becoming a mother, I admittedly did not know a lot about Autism. When I thought about Autism, I pictured the very stereotypical blunt, robotic, routine driven individual. As my oldest daughter was creeping up on her second birthday it was suggested by our doctor that she go to speech therapy. She had not been …

How Can I, a White Mom of 3, Help Make Change?

Admittedly, when I was younger, I gave the “I’m just not very political” line often. I did not get into political fights, I did not read into much about U.S. history and politics, and I did not have a want or feeling of need to do so. I’ve grown older and that has changed. I …