Feeling stressed? Use these tips to help you bring calm to your life! via jennyherman.com

12 Ways to Create Calm

Life is Stressful

Let’s face it. Life has a knack for being stressful, hectic, and chaotic. We face demands from our spouses, kids, extended family, friends, bank accounts, jobs, outside interests, and more. If you’re one of my special needs readers, that adds another layer of stress.

I can’t wave a magic wand and make your life calmer. I can, however, pass on things that help me deal with stress. I published this two years ago, but these tips are applicable any time!

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What do you do when a homeschool day goes awry? via jennyherman.com

Use This One Thing to Turn Around a Bad Homeschool Day!

Hey, homeschool parent. We all have good days and bad days. Some days homeschooling is the best thing since sliced bread, and some days the big yellow bus calls our name.

What do you do on the hard days? I’ve got ten ideas for you over at my friend’s blog. Lea Ann is also hosting a giveaway for me! Three lucky readers will get a PDF copy of my book The Power of One: Change Your Perspective, Change Your Life. (affiliate link)

Are you curious what my ten suggestions are for bad homeschool days? Click over now!

 

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Check out these amazing special needs resources! via jennyherman.comj

Must See New Special Needs Resources!

I am excited to share with you two new resources.

One is the redesigned Dyslexia Resources page over at All About Learning Press. (affiliate link)

The other is The Ultimate New Guide to Autism Resources for Parents from Autism Parenting Magazine. You won’t believe this list! If you’re an autism parent or caregiver, you could spend hours at this page. You’ll find categories like:

  • Activities and play therapy for special needs kids
  • Autism advocacy
  • Adults with autism
  • Support groups
  • and MORE!

Plus, you can get your own PDF copy of the list to keep for yourself, instead of returning to the website! This is an amazing resource and I hope you’ll pass it on to many friends. No affiliate link, just passing on great information.

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If you have a teen or young adult with autism, discover this book! via jennyherman.com

Book Review–A 5 Is Against the Law! Social Boundaries: Straight Up!

The world can be a confusing place for all of us as we mature from child to teenager to adult. Add to that confusion a lack of understanding unwritten social rules, and you can imagine the frustration for those growing up with high-functioning autism and Asperger’s syndrome. Kari Dunn Buron wrote a solution–A 5 Is Against the Law! Social Boundaries: Straight Up! 

This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase, I make a small commission at no cost to you. Thank you for your support!

Kari’s book is NOT a rule book. Kari writes plainly and frankly to teens and young adults about how life changes as you grow up and how to deal with that fact. She uses her 5-point scale to teach her readers how others feel and how to use self-control and calming mechanisms. She empowers them with tools and strategies for navigating the awkwardness of life. Using the scale gives common, unemotional ground for spectrum individuals to use as they deal with emotional issues. On page 4 of this easy-to-read book, the scale is this:

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Click to discover how special needs parents make a difference!

5 Ways Special Needs Parents Impact Their Community

Life can be overwhelming for special needs parents, and sometimes they feel isolated. They may feel like they are no longer a part of their community and don’t make a difference.

I’m here to tell you…You DO make a difference! You may not realize it, but just by being you, a special needs parent in the trenches, you make a difference.

I’ve come up with five ways we special needs parents impact our communities. (more…)

Discover how to turn Sorry! into a math review game! via jennyherman.com

Create a Math Review Game with Sorry!

Last month I was sitting here trying to think of a new fun way to review math facts. I know every day isn’t perfectly fun and hands-on learning in our homeschool, but I do like to make the “boring” stuff fun when possible (and when I have the energy). I thought about what games I had and how I could possibly convert them into a review game. I finally thought of using Sorry!

The great thing about this is you don’t have to be a homeschool parent to use this with your child. All kids need to learn their math facts! This would be a fun game for after-school review. (more…)

Click to read a review of Bella Gluten-Free products and snag a coupon code! via jennyherman.com

Bella Gluten-Free Goodies: Review and Coupon Code

If you bake for someone who needs to eat gluten-free items, hold on to your apron. Read this review all the way through, because there’s a coupon code at the end!

I was going to tell you the long story, but I’ll just skip ahead. I met the folks from Bella Gluten-Free online and they graciously sent me these mixes:

  • Biscuits
  • Brownies
  • Pizza Crust
  • Blueberry Scones
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Rustic Multigrain Dinner Rolls

To give you some company background, three ladies founded Bella Gluten Free in 2010. One is a celiac and one is gluten intolerant. All three are Italian and want to give gluten-free eaters delicious food.

I know it seems silly, but I adore the packaging! Instead of a box, these allergy-friendly mixes come in containers that look like pints of ice cream. This is called the Bella Gluten-Free Cup-to-Table line. And, to reduce clean up, sometimes you use the cups to mix together a couple of ingredients, like oil and eggs.

We tried the brownies first, on a day we had some friends over. The consensus: everyone loved the brownies, both gluten-free and non-allergy folk alike. Score! They were super fudgy, so I may add an extra egg next time. (more…)