Amy Thetford

Content Strategist, Writer

Parenting and Education Writer | Special Needs Parenting Writer | Blogger and Founder at Real Talk with Amy

Hi there! I'm Amy! I'm a writer and mom of four!

I help product and service based businesses in the baby + kid industry clarify their brand messaging and deliver it in a way that is concise, clear, and conversational so that they can build trust and a deeper connection with their audience.

Parents talk. Moms talk. Word of mouth is everything.

If one mom trusts you, chances are, everyone else in her circle will too. And because of social media, that circle that was once made up of her neighbors, parents in the pickup line, and other moms at the park is now online and SO much larger.

Having content that is relatable and resonates with your customers helps you become more visible online and build relationships with the parents you are serving. I get your audience because I *am* your audience.

Let me take on your content calendar, freeing you up to do what you do best - nurturing your growing brand in the family and lifestyle space.
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Article, Blog Post, Social Copy
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Raleigh, NC, USA|English
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thespecialneedsspecialist.com
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10 Toys under $10 to Inspire Creativity

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.

December 6th, 2019
thespecialneedsspecialist.com
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7 Indoor Activities for High-Energy Kids

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.

November 18th, 2019
myselfbelts.com
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The Importance of Letting Toddlers Dress Themselves

Letting toddlers choose their clothing and get themselves dressed encourages independence, builds motor skills, and boosts self-confidence.

November 12th, 2019
slumberpod.com
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Five Tips for Safe Sleep — Celebrating Baby Safety Month

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.

September 20th, 2019
womenblazingtrails.com
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How does a busy working mom find time in her day to exercise at home?

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.

September 20th, 2019
thespecialneedsspecialist.com
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Why Play is Important for Preschoolers

Play is a child's work. Find out here why play is important for a preschooler's growth, development, and overall wellbeing.

October 22nd, 2019
linkedin.com
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Banish the Bedtime Blues: One Simple, Sanity-Saving Secret I used to End Bedtime Battles for Good

Bedtime can be tough with little ones. Here is my favorite trick to make it a little easier.

thespecialneedsspecialist.com
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10 Tips for Mealtimes with Tricky Toddlers

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.

November 3rd, 2019
thespecialneedsspecialist.com
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Why Music Therapy is Beneficial for Neurodiverse Children

Music therapy is a unique way to help neurodiverse children. Here's why it's so beneficial.

October 15th, 2019
thespecialneedsspecialist.com
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9 Handy Homework Helpers for Hands-on Learners

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.

October 7th, 2019
thespecialneedsspecialist.com
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5 Benefits of Outdoor Play for Kids

Getting outdoors is important for all kids, especially those with special needs. Here are 5 benefits to outdoor play for children.

September 30th, 2019
thespecialneedsspecialist.com
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What Autism Parents Wish You Knew

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.

September 30th, 2019
thespecialneedsspecialist.com
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6 Tips to Make Mornings Easier for your ADHD Child

When you have a child with ADHD, mornings can be difficult. Here are 6 tips to make the morning routine a bit easier.

September 23rd, 2019
thespecialneedsspecialist.com
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4 Signs your Child Might be Struggling with a Sensory Processing Disorder

Here are 4 signs and symptoms to look for in a child you suspect may struggle with sensory processing disorder.

September 9th, 2019
realtalkwithamy.com
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Why Facebook Makes me a Better Mom

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".

August 26th, 2019
realtalkwithamy.com
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Mommy Meltdowns- Why we have them AND why they are ok!

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.

May 19th, 2019
electricityplans.com
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Kids Summer Activities on the Cheap!

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.

June 4th, 2019
imperfectlyperfectmama.com
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20 Simple Ways to Celebrate Springtime with your Little Ones

Here are some great ways to celebrate the start of spring with your little ones!

May 22nd, 2019
hiphomeschoolmoms.com
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How to Homeschool Through a Crisis

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.

May 16th, 2019
realtalkwithamy.com
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7 Secrets to Survive Shopping with Kids

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!

April 19th, 2019
realtalkwithamy.com
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Save Money Shopping for Children's Clothing with Ebates!!

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.

April 5th, 2019
realtalkwithamy.com
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How to Save on Extracurriculars as a Homeschool Mom- 3 Fun and Free Ideas!

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.

February 5th, 2019
realtalkwithamy.com
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Tame those Tangled Tresses! 5 Steps to (Almost!) Fuss-Free Hair Care for Little Girls!

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.

February 8th, 2019
realtalkwithamy.com
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5 Fantastic YouTube Channels for Homeschooling Preschoolers on a Budget

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.

February 15th, 2019
realtalkwithamy.com
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Fun and Frugal Self-Care Tips for Tired Moms

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.

February 16th, 2019
realtalkwithamy.com
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Lunch and Learn- Give Mom a Lunch Break and Add a Little More Learning Time to Your Busy Homeschool Day

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.

February 28th, 2019
realtalkwithamy.com
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How to Use Podcasts to “Roadschool” for FREE!

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!

January 11th, 2019
realtalkwithamy.com
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How to Save Time, Money and Effort in the Kitchen by Meal Planning with Theme Nights

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!

February 16th, 2019
realtalkwithamy.com
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How Busy Moms Can Read More and Scroll Less- 3 Top Tips to find More Time for to Read in a Social Media Driven World!

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.

March 20th, 2019
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