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    Traditions

    Schools have always done some sort of heritage project at some point usually during the elementary years. Having two children who joined our family through adoption has meant that I have come to dread those projects. Each family handles it differently but for us, it means that our kids only do what they are comfortable with because I am not going to create more trauma for them just so we can complete a school project. That’s why I’ve been very excited these past few years to see my children come home with “traditions” projects instead. These projects ask what kinds of traditions you have done during your lifetime and why…

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    Making Birthday Memories

    These past few weeks have been busy ones.  You see, in our house we move straight from Christmas celebration to birthday celebrations. Three of our four children have birthdays during the first week of January.  However, we do things a little differently around here.  We do not have birthday parties (besides some cake with family). No, we are not punishing our children.  No, they don’t revolt. Instead of parties and gifts, we give experiences. This all started about 7 years ago when our younger two children joined our family through adoption.  The trauma they experienced made parties and gifts hard to take in. Extreme excitement. Unregulated emotions. Feelings of shame…

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    Sensory Related Gifts

    It’s the holiday season! And that means figuring out what gifts to get everyone on your list. I have always tried to get our children unique items that may not be found in the average toy store.  My goal is to also make it do double duty….a magnetic game that also works great on long car rides, an outfit that will work for a holiday gathering…you get the idea.  Whether you’ve got a kid that has some extra sensory needs or maybe just has LOTS OF ENERGY and needs a little extra help calming their bodies, it’s sometimes hard to find a gift that will help with regulation AND be…

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    4 Ways to Toddler Independence

    When my twins were little, I was introduced to the Montessori method of teaching through their little preschool held at the vocational high school near us. I liked the concept so much I ended up teaching several years of preschool at a Montessori school. Montessori allows students to be more independent in their learning and lets their curiosity guide them in their learning. It helps foster a love of learning. However, if you want your toddler to be more independent at home, you don’t necessarily have to enroll your children in a Montessori school (although I would totally support that plan!). Here’s a few ideas on how to foster independence…