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PSA: Special Needs & the Holidays

Just a little PSA…

If you know a special needs mom or dad, more than likely their child has hit a rough patch. It may have started with Halloween and the sensory overwhelm and the extra excitement, perhaps some fear of the holiday.

Then a time change came, which is hard on the systems of kids with special needs. Then a full moon. These sound like small things, but they add up. Each one is enough to disrupt a child’s balance.

And now we’re into two months of holiday time, where routines are messed up, anxiety goes on high alert, sensory issues become more than unbearable, and many other challenges arise.

So if you see a special needs parent over the next couple months, give grace. They may not answer you enthusiastically or even smile. They may be holding onto sanity for all they’re worth, running on little or no sleep, wondering what one tweak would make a huge difference for their child, imagining how they’re going to afford Christmas gifts when therapies and medical supplies are so expensive…

They could use your smile. Your quiet support. A cup of coffee. A, “You’re doing great.”

And now you know. And maybe you can pass this along and spread the awareness. And thank you for reading.

If you’re a special needs mom who’d like to get encouragement and support from other moms who “get it”, check out the Facebook group Special Needs Moms Network!

 

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“Say Goodbye to Survival Mode”, “God Doesn’t Give You More Than You Can Handle” and Other Things Special Needs Parents Want to Laugh At

Friday was one of those days. I woke up discouraged about a project. I started thinking about other things and anxiety crept in. I had to get ready for a weekend family trip. I made a packing list with the boys so they could learn how to pack for themselves. Of course then we get into other things.

Anxiety kept building as I found new steps to add to my list. Before I could pack I had to vacuum out my bag (long story). Before I could do laundry I had to shower so I could wash the clothes I was wearing. Before I could…

While vacuuming, I hit the ceiling fan with the nozzle as I moved the vacuum to get spider webs, and dust balls rained down on me. I went to change laundry and something had shredded all over the clothes in the washer.

I kept mulling over the things on my mind and my anxiety level increased. Intermittently a child needed to ask me this or that seemingly unimportant question. I had to wash some of my husband’s dress shirts in the bathroom sink because the washing machine has been making them look worse than when they go in…

And I still hadn’t… (more…)

Discover How 99 Cents Can Change Your Life

When I was in my 20’s, I had the privilege of hearing Elisabeth Elliot speak. At the time, I didn’t realize I’d need her story fifteen or so years down the road.

Mrs. Elliot shared her story. She relayed how her husband and some other men who were missionaries to a dangerous tribe of Auca Indians were brutally murdered. Of course the next day she woke up in grief and shock. If I remember correctly, she said her daughter was two years old. Mrs. Elliot wondered what she and the other now-single women with children would do.

I can’t even imagine. (more…)

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9 Simple Things to Do When You Can’t Relax

Are you like me? Two or three years ago I realized I am rarely relaxed. I happened to notice my hands were somewhat clenched and I wasn’t in the middle of an argument or anything. They were just down by my side in a partial fist. Special needs parents are “on” almost all of the time. You may not be a special needs parent, but you’re dealing with financial challenges, health issues, job stress, or many other stressors or a combination of them. You may think, “Relax? You’ve got to be kidding me!”

No, I’m not. There are some ways that we can get our bodies to at least unwind a little, if not fully relax. Here are nine things I’ve done that have helped my body calm down. (more…)

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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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Give Yourself the Gift of a Better Day

We’re in the first week of  February! Did you just groan? If life is overwhelming, you’ve got too much to do, you’re facing a challenge, or you just want to go hide, then I have a post which I hope will help you a bit.

Over at my friend Lea Ann’s blog I have seven ways for you to turn around a stinky day. They’re not magic, but they’ve helped me in the past. I hope you’ll click over, because though these tips won’t make your troubles disappear, they will help you change your mood and perspective.

Read my tips now!

If you’re wondering how you’re going to make it through the rest of winter, check out my Kindle book The Power of One! You don’t need an actual Kindle to read it, just the Kindle app. You can download it to your computer, smart phone, or other tablet. Right now it’s got twelve 5-star reviews, so I hope you take a peek!

I’m putting together a super-duper book of survival tips for special needs parents! My newsletters subscribers will be the first to get it…FOR FREE! Just click the button below to sign up and you’ll be in the know.

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Join the #PowerofOneMoms Community!

Have you ever had a day when you were so unmotivated you needed someone to push you out of bed? On the other hand, how about a day when you wanted to celebrate your new organization idea or a cleaning accomplishment and the kids just didn’t get it?

If you’re on Instagram or Twitter, I’ve got a solution for you! Enter #powerofonemoms! Use the hashtag to meet other moms busy incorporating the Power of One mentality. Find women who are focusing on one thing at a time and encouraging others to do the same.

You’ll see pictures of:

  • Sharing triumphs
  • Sweet rewards
  • Things that motivate
  • Challenges
  • Focusing on getting one thing done at a time
  • And more!

It’s not hard. Why not follow me on Instagram or follow the hashtag on Twitter now!

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Getting Back to Routine Even When There’s Weeping & Gnashing of Teeth

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The other day I was looking at our homeschool calendar. In November we did a measly 11 days. That wasn’t because of Thanksgiving. That was two hospitalizations for Daddy after he’d been sick for three weeks, then whooping cough striking Dr. J and Meatball as well.

How do you get back to routine after three months of messed-up life?

It’s painful! (more…)

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Lessons Learned from Whooping Cough

I’m going to skip the long story. Let’s just say we’ve been dealing with whooping cough in our home since the end of October. Thankfully, I did not get it and my boys never got as severe as my husband. He was having many blackouts in a day (at one point 8 in 14 hours was an improvement!). I’ve learned a few things over the last couple of months.

Lessons Learned from Whooping Cough

1. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. I’ve been extremely blessed by friends and family who have helped us in many ways, from running errands to providing groceries since my husband was on short-term disability for two months. Much of that was offered, but I did have to be willing to ask as well. (more…)

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New Year, New Site!

Happy New Year, new site!

Welcome to the new home of Many Hats Mommy– jennyherman.com! Don’t worry, my purpose hasn’t changed. You can read about that here.

Now, I’d love to post every day immediately, but I’ll be honest. That’s not going to happen. We’ve been living what I’ve termed “the Whooping Cough Diaries” since November, and it looks like we have at least another month to go.

My goal is to get one or two posts out each week in January and February and grow from there. That’s good news for you! You can subscribe to my blog posts and take me for a test drive in the beginning of 2015. Don’t like it? You’re not out much time! Love it? Stick around!

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Just be sure to click on that “subscribe” box up in the top right over there. Go ahead. I’ll wait!

Now that we’ve got that taken care of, what would you like to read here in 2015? Special needs life? Homeschooling? Living with food sensitivities? Certain types of reviews? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for visiting. Happy New Year!