Have multiple errands to run but forget the places you need to go or what you need to buy? Try a post it note by your speedometer. You’ll definitely see it plus they’re easy to grab as you go in a store & put back as you drive to you next stop! Problem solved! #fantasticallyfocused#adhd
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Do the letters IEP make you shudder? 😨 Make your anxiety shoot up? 😵 Then you must be a special Mama like me!❤️❤️❤️ Had my little one's IEP meeting yesterday. I used to dread it every time the school scheduled a meeting. 😢 As her behavior got worse the meetings became more adversarial. In the fall, when she was at her worst, the school just didn't know how to handle her anymore. It got to the point where there was talk of moving her out of general ed and we were thinking of hiring a lawyer. 😤😡 Then we got the phone call that changed everything. The Residential OCD Treatment Program had an opening for her. We just had to hold on 10 more days. Those 10 days seemed to drag on yet fly by at the same time. We wanted her to get help but hated the thought of leaving our 9 year old 6 hours away!
The 3 months she was at the Residential Program were some of the hardest days of my life. There were so many nights she called crying and begging to come home. She had to celebrate Halloween there and we had to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas there, but at least we were together.
There were some amazing moments too. When she finally conquered a fear and could do something she hadn't been able to because of the OCD. The first time she was finally able to hug me I burst into tears. We cried happy tears on her discharge day.
Yesterday's IEP meeting was a 180 from our last one. She still struggles a little, especially with the ADHD/ODD, but her OCD is so much better controlled. She can handle school pretty well now. She's thankfully all caught up academically even though she missed the first half of 4th grade. Overall, she's just a happy girl again.
It was a nightmare but so well worth it to see her happy and to start getting our lives back, without OCD in control!
There is hope!! #iep#iepmeeting#specialkids
These little cuties are my little guys best friends. It's hard for him when his big brother is out and about with friends so these guys make him feel safe and happy when his big feelings are hard to understand.
Wow. What an appropriate quote to accompany an excerpt from the new book I’m reading.
“Later” is one of those dream-killers, one of the countless obstacles we put up to derail our chances of success. The diet that starts “tomorrow,” the job hunt that happens “eventually,” the pursuit of the life dream that begins “someday” combine with other self-imposed roadblocks & lock us on autopilot.
Why do we do this to ourselves, anyway? Why don’t we take action now? Let’s face it: The familiar is easy; the uncharted path is lined with uncertainties.
Excerpt from “The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth” by John C. Maxwell from an article by Jennifer Reed in SUCCESS.
T: You mentioned that your dad passed away. Are you willing to talk more about that and how it affected you?
A: I think it affected me in a way that most people wouldn't assume. He was a single dad; he raised me since I was little. I was very lucky to have a dad who taught me to be a very strong, independent woman. He was always like, “Your education is so important. I want you to go as far as you can.” He always supported me, showed up to events, and always kept me on a schedule. That was a huge thing: he kept track of everything for me. He knew when this practice was, he knew when to pick me up, and so he'd always be there, and it was a lot easier to keep track of my life that way. He was diagnosed with cancer when I was 12 years old. Shortly after that, he lost his job because his work didn't want to pay for the insurance to cover the cancer treatments, so we ended up losing our home. And that kind of just divulged into a whole thing where I was in high school, I was homeless for a couple years, separated from him, and I got into a whole bunch of activities just to stay busy. And then we finally got this place. Then I graduated from high school, and shortly after that, like four or five months later, he started getting really, really sick out of nowhere. His cancer had been in remission for five years, and all of a sudden, his cancer was coming back very aggressively because he had gone through chemotherapy. Because of his age, the chemotherapy caused the cancer to come back more aggressively. It was coming back in the form of Myeloma which is an even more deadly, dangerous cancer. And so, he just got sicker and sicker, and I had to be a caretaker for him for a while after I graduated high school. I pretty much just watched him die before my eyes. It was so fast, and I had to take him to the hospital, and he stayed there, and eventually they put them in hospice. I didn't understand what hospice was at the time. I was only 18. After that it was about two weeks that he was in there, and he passed away almost instantly. It was very, very fast...
Everyone walks their own path. Individuals with ADHD may walk many paths, but they'll always find the right one.⠀
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By doing what you LOVE, you inspire & awaken the hearts of others ❤️
I’ve always had a spark for life, a deep #compassion to help others and a strong #faith guiding my way.
One usually doesn’t become #passionate about #toxinfree living for the fun of it. Most of us have a personal story to share and a reason why we want to shout it from the rooftops.
My journey began with foodallergies almost 12 years ago. My healthy baby became allergic to the world after receiving 3 shots at 8 weeks old (we have no family history of allergies). What I have learned since then about our broken food system, a very unregulated personal care/beauty industry, and the amount of toxins we’re being exposed to on a daily basis is shocking. For one, there are OVER 80,000 chemicals in use in the U.S and only 10% of those have ever been tested for safety!
Looking around today, we can clearly see that #cancer , #autoimmune disease , #ADHD , #Autism , #FoodAllergies , #Diabetes , #Infertility , #Hormone and #Endocrine disruption are on the rise. THIS is why I’m so passionate about sharing my story and educating others. The #health of my family, of your family, of everyone’s family is my #mission . ❤️
@Beautycounter has offered me a platform to share my passion of educating others on the importance of making #safer choices. Not only do we offer safer products, we also lobby for safer #ingredients for ALL. We’re working hard to get the #PersonalCareProductsSafetyAct passed because there’s been no major federal law passed, regulating the beauty industry, since 1938 and that’s not good enough! Our #kids deserve better, WE ALL deserve better and it’s time to do something about it. #ThisTimeItsPersonal
We all have a story. Change happens when we begin to share our stories. 💙 Would you like to be a voice in our mission? I’d love to chat.
Good morning ☀️ Starting the day with some #tlccoffee . It’s time to get back my health journey. This coffee helps curve craving and gives energy. Did I mention it helps me (the #ADHD mom) focus since it natural.
It taste even better in my cute mug from @fabwives . Ladies, you have to get you one! 💕
Because after a long day of work, we have to shoot hoops/give me a heart attack for at least 30 minutes. We need to move... 🙈 Our home is on the corner lot across from an elementary school. Everyone looks left and rolls through the stop sign turning right in front of our driveway. 🙀
Little man is getting better about stopping and looking... but when he’s in a mood... he’s not stopping and I about die every time. And then, he sits by me, rests his head on my shoulder, and let me take a picture. ❤️
Yesterday after school my little bug came flying through the front door saying “Mom it’s time to find more things around the house and I really want to find green!” So we searched the tiny corners of our cape cod, found some green treasures and learned about the amazing impact the color green has on people. We learned that green is nature’s color and has a soothing effect on people. It is the great balancer of the heart and the emotions, creating equilibrium between the head and the heart. This emotionally positive color is said to give us the ability to love ourselves and others unconditionally. And lastly we discovered that green is a natural peacemaker. My ladybug and I think this is why God created a world with so much green in it.🌲💚