This happened yesterday afternoon. His first "big one" :) An unexpected 26 1/2" carp on his last cast that almost pulled him in the lake because his pole was set up for small fish. He is still over the moon with excitement! #fishingwithkids#taohinspirededucation
Worry Puppies * Give your worries to the puppies (say out loud as you pet, squeeze tight and say in your head, snuggle for a quiet moment)
* For every worry you give think of something to be grateful for or that makes you happy (adjust for age of child)
* Make sure your Worry Puppies are small enough to carry with the child in all environments
* At the end of the day the Worry Puppies give all worries to the angels, God, the universe, etc. (whatever is most appropriate for your family)
This is a tool I have used with past students and my own children. Life can throw things at us that are just hard for our little people to process or that cause them great worry. Providing our children methods to help them cope and self regulate is a valuable learning tool.
The Worry Puppies pictured here are currently my daughters. She is having a difficult time with worry about her grandfather who is very ill and has been in the hospital for a month now. She uses one puppy to travel with her and another puppy is for home (she asked for two so we went with it). They have been a tremendous help to help her refocus and lift the pressure that worry can put on her mind, body and spirit.
Of course your worry animal doesn't have to be a puppy. I have had children use a Worry Turtle, Worry Fox, Worry Frog and even a Worry Unicorn. Let the child decide or pick one for them you think they will enjoy.
Shout out to @juniorscheesecake in Burlington, NJ for being allergy friendly (peanut/tree nut) and allowing us to celebrate our family's September birthdays with cheesecake!!! Your staff was so knowledgeable, caring and friendly. We will even be heading back for a tour of the facility to talk more about how they work so diligently to keep cross contamination from occurring.
Food Allergy Mom 101 - READ the ENTIRE label EVERY SINGLE TIME
I was looking at a new product while picking up chicken feed. This wasn't something my son would eat but it is something he could of fed our ducks and chickens, and could have caused an anaphylaxis reaction.
Sadly, I never trust just reading the allergen statement. This is a classic example why.
"Matthew has a problem. His mouth has a mind of its own. His brain thinks one thing, but his mouth says another. He can't participate in class discussions. He can't ask the other kids to play with him at recess. He can't even say his own name! Luckily, he is referred to the school speech therapist, who helps him tame his wild mouth." Highly recommend this book to encourage children in speech as well as to educate others about speech therpay and articulation. Perfect to share in an elementary classroom too.
This is me about a week ago after a client reached out late one evening. They were in crisis and needed someone at that moment. I did not hesitate to call them immediately.
I don't do what I do because it's easy or because it is a cut and dry 9-5 job. I have boundaries of course but reality is that in the world of children with special needs, medical needs, food allergies, child development and education LIFE IS ALWAYS HAPPENING. It is unpredictable. Sometimes you need support, encouragement, inspiration or information at times of day that aren't between 9 & 5.
In this photo I am sitting on my steps in the dark with only the bathroom night light on behind me. I am overwhelmed with emotion and my mind was racing. I cried.
I cried because a few short months ago I was the parent that needed support outside of the normal business hours. I lived what my client was experiencing at that moment. My struggle, our family's battle with PANDAS, has now become a source of education, awareness, inspiration and encouragement for other families.
By the end of the call my client was much calmer and felt supported, as well as empowered to handle what tomorrow would bring. This is why I do what I do.
Parents, caregivers and educators need to be supported, encouraged and inspired just as much as the children they are raising, caring for and educating.