Parenting and Education Writer | Special Needs Parenting Writer | Blogger and Founder at Real Talk with Amy
When the holidays roll around, it can be tough to know what to buy for your little ones. Christmas shopping is stressful and in this article I hope to give you some screen-free alternatives that inspire creativity and independent play in your young child.
When high-energy kids are stuck indoors because of the heat, rain, or snow, it can make everyone miserable. Here are some ways you can let your child be active without destroying your home.
Letting toddlers choose their clothing and get themselves dressed encourages independence, builds motor skills, and boosts self-confidence.
Safe sleep for babies is something that is important to speak on. Parents and caregivers need to know the most up-to-date recommendations in order to protect their little ones. Here are 5 research-backed tips.
When you are a woman balancing babies and a career, it's important not to neglect your health. Here are tips to fit exercise into your busy day.
Play is a child's work. Find out here why play is important for a preschooler's growth, development, and overall wellbeing.
Bedtime can be tough with little ones. Here is my favorite trick to make it a little easier.
Toddlers are tricky creatures. It gets even more dicey when you add in sensory issues or other feeding challenges. Here are some tips for making mealtimes easier.
Music therapy is a unique way to help neurodiverse children. Here's why it's so beneficial.
When you have an outside-the-box thinker, traditional teaching styles don't always work. Here are some tips for helping creative learners deal with difficult homework.
Getting outdoors is important for all kids, especially those with special needs. Here are 5 benefits to outdoor play for children.
Having a child with an autism diagnosis can feel isolating and lonely. Here are things that parents of children with autism would like others to know.
When you have a child with ADHD, mornings can be difficult. Here are 6 tips to make the morning routine a bit easier.
Here are 4 signs and symptoms to look for in a child you suspect may struggle with sensory processing disorder.
Being a mom is tough. We have so many expectations placed on us at any given time. This is a controversial take on why less screen-time isn't always best. It's about learning to find the things that unify us rather than joining in the "mommy wars".
It's hard to be a mom. And the expectations we put on ourselves are unreal. Here are some reasons why it's OK (and even a good thing) to have meltdowns once in awhile and what we can learn from them.
In the summer with the kids home, your electric bill can skyrocket! Here are some fun activities to keep your kids busy AND help you save on those energy bills.
Here are some great ways to celebrate the start of spring with your little ones!
Choosing to educate your children at home can be hard. It's even harder when your family is facing a crisis. In the midst of that though, your family is brought closer than you could possibly imagine. Here is our story.
Going to the store with little ones in tow is hard. It's also necessary when you are a parent. Here are tips to survive (and maybe even enjoy!) shopping with kids!
With four kids, shopping each season can be expensive. Here is one way we save on buying wardrobes for little ones who are always growing.
When homeschooling, extracurriculars can cut into the budget. Here are some great ways to save while still having fun and keeping the learning going for your star pupils.
When you have a little girl at home, you know hair styling can be a struggle. Tender heads can make combing hair excruciating. Here are my favorite tips and tricks for making it easier.
Homeschooling moms on a budget, like myself, are often seeking resources for low-cost, high-quality content to supplement their child's education. Lucky for us, we live in a world where technology is king and anyone can learn anything! YouTube is such a great resource for anyone who wants to add to their skill set or knowledge base. This article, in particular, discusses how homeschooling moms can utilize YouTube as a great (free!) addition to their preschooler's education.
Being a parent can be exhausting. Self-care is so incredibly important. As a busy mother, I know that time and cost often both affect how often we make ourselves a priority. Here are some great tips for adding a little TLC to your weekly routine that won't suck up all your time or drain your bank account.
For all the exhausted homeschool mamas out there that don't get a break in their day, this post is for you! "Lunch and Learn" is how I've built a bit of a lunch break into my day, while still making sure my kids are learning, engaged, and (most importantly!) happy.
As a busy homeschool mom to four kids, ranging in age from toddler to tween, sometimes I have to get creative in the way I structure our days. My kids happen to LOVE podcasts and it truly maximizes the time we are already in the car heading to appointments or extracurriculars. My kids (heck, me too!) get to learn some new fun history or science facts or listen to a great audiobook. It takes no extra time out of our day, costs nothing, and makes a drudgerous car ride SO much more enjoyable!
Whether you stay home with your littles, or you work full-time outside the home, life is busy when you are a parent. Here are some great tips to save time, money, and energy in the kitchen by giving your meal planning some framework with theme nights!
Oftentimes we as moms get so busy, it's easy to let things we enjoy fall by the wayside. Take reading, for instance. I am an avid reader. Or, I was, before I started having babies. This blog post describes some of the things I've done in order to find time to read in the midst of the crazy that is motherhood.