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Meltdown vs Tantrum

I must say, I had never heard of the word “meltdown” until I started working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  I suppose that was about 15 years ago.  At that time I heard it strictly used to describe the uncontrollable acting out brought on by massive frustration at not being able to communicate with…
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Eye contact and smiles

Recently,  I watched a baby, maybe 6 months old; pat his dad’s arm, in hopes of getting his attention.  Dad was paying attention to the person speaking, but he took a moment and looked at his son.  Oh my goodness, that little boy’s entire face lit up with a smile!  The look on his face…
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Tips to Reduce Back to School Stress

When the kids go to school it can be stressful, for the entire family. Especially, if it’s a “first.” It doesn’t matter if it’s Daycare Kindergarten Highschool College Firsts can be difficult. We are on the sidelines of our granddaughter going to high school in a new school district this year. I was stressed out,…
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Embracing differences

The other day I bent down to pick something up off the floor when I started looking at the books on the shelf under our coffee table and got to thinking. Jim & I have been blessed (and wise with our finances) to be able to take three major vacations.  Two of which Jim made…
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Watch a Sunset

Our 14-year-old granddaughter is visiting, and we watched a sunset from our hot tub in the backyard. It reminded me of this story from a past visit when she was seven and we lived in a different house… I went outside one evening to water my vegetable plants and saw that the sky was becoming…
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How are you doing?

Several years ago Tom Rath and Jim Harter, of the Gallup organization, published a book titled Well-Being: The Five Essential Elements. Their premise is that our well-being – our satisfactory condition of existence or the state of our health, happiness, and prosperity – is related to how we are doing and how we feel about…
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What do you value most?

While I love to write, speak, coach, and encourage others to be at peace with themselves and always have hope for the future, there are a couple of things that are more important, to me. For me, it’s family first.  I am not the major bread winner in our household, so I am blessed to…
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Summer Declutter

It’s that time of year again, time to go through your things and reevaluate! It’s summertime right… garage sales and all that? Yes, but it’s also a good time to evaluate the items you have in your home (i.e., clothes, knick-knacks, those souvenirs you had to have, the gifts you will re-gift, etc.) We go…
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Prioritizing and trade-offs

Whether you call it, Planning  Prioritizing  Trade-offs  Time blocking Choosing any number of other possibilities, the simple truth is… When you choose something, you give up the opportunity for something else. Some simple examples:Choose the red dress, you can’t wear the cute tank and capris outfitChoose a car, no motorcycle for youBuy a house. Hmm,…
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Wilting or watered?

I went outside the other morning and saw my poor plants limp and wilted. I knew just what they needed and gave them a big dose of water. About 30min later, they looked fantastic. You never would have known they had looked so sad only minutes before.  As I witnessed the transformation, it got me…
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