Author Archive | Nicky

The gifts of having a child with sensory processing issues

THE GIFTS OF HAVING A CHILD WITH SENSORY PROCESSING ISSUES

Dealing with my son’s sensory processing disorder has not been easy. I could have done without the years of putting him through occupational therapy appointments, while making time at home to convince him to do the the strangest / most exhausting activities as part of his sensory diet, just to help him stay regulated. I never particularly enjoyed […]

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10 ways to shine more love while dealing with negativity

CAN WE ALL AGREE THAT HATRED ISN’T THE ANSWER?

Have you ever been pierced by a comment so mean you were stunned into silence? Recently, a friend’s Facebook post inquired “Can we all just agree that everyone who votes for [a particular political candidate who I happen to have just voted for] should be neutered?” “Wow,” I thought. This coming from a fellow mom in whom I had invested […]

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WHAT EVERY MOM NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT CHILDHOOD ANXIETY

WHEN YOUR CHILD STRUGGLES WITH ANXIETY

As someone who has witnessed the long-term worst-case-scenario consequences of severe mental illness, I am passionate about teaching my kids to manage their emotions, and I have been proactive about doing so since they were little. This has not prevented one of my sons from struggling with pretty significant anxiety at a young age. It is heartbreaking to see him […]

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SAYING GOODBYE TO THE FAMILY DOG

We are sad he’s gone, but we have a lot to be grateful for. Not only were we able to cancel the dreaded appointment to put him down on Christmas Eve, he rallied and acted like himself for three bonus days. He played outside with the kids, he raised his eyebrow at us with his signature […]

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FOR ANYONE WHO IS (1)

HURTING THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS

You can run, but you can’t hide. Reminders of the holiday season are everywhere. Grocery stores are infiltrated with decorations, toy catalogs arrive in our mailboxes daily, and invitations for special events flood our social media accounts. No matter what’s going on in our lives, the message is inescapable: “Bask in the glow of being surrounded […]

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