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    Giveaway Alert! Free WeParent Memberships to Help Everyday Parenting Issues

    Emotions, friendship and social skills, independence, positive sense of self, sibling rivalry and bullying prevention. Would you like help with those everyday parenting issues? The mid-childhood years are the most important when it comes to children’s emotional development and their mental health. Being a parent is not an easy task. I´m sure we all wonder sometimes if we are doing the best we could. There are also everyday life situations when we may be faced with issues we don´t know exactly how to address. In those moments, it would be great to have a helping hand to guide us through this amazing parenthood journey.  And guess what, this is exactly…

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    5 Tips for a Special Needs International Relocation

    An international relocation for a family with a child with special needs is not an easy undertaking. At the beginning of 2017, we left Spain, where our two children had lived for the whole life they could remember, bound for New Zealand. Neither of them spoke English and despite having dual citizenship, they were more Latino than Kiwis. You cannot always organise everything you would like by remote control, but in our case, we were able to prepare some aspects of our new adventure before hopping on the plane. 5 Tips for a Special Needs International Relocation These are some of the things we planned well before our relocation that…

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    Breathing Exercises for Kids: Lazy 8 Breathing

    Today I will write about deep breathing, breathing exercises for kids, why breathing techniques work and finally why the Lazy 8 Breathing technique that I recommend has worked for us. Deep breathing Deep breathing has multiple benefits such as helping to reduce anxiety, stress and pain sensation and improve concentration just to name a few of the best known. However, is it that easy to convince a kid in an anxious or angry moment to start a breathing exercise? I´ve personally found it mission impossible in the past. Scenes of my 10 y.o. come to my mind, only managing to arrive at the third inspiration before he starts shouting “four…

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    Monster Stories for Kids: The Muffler Monster

    Were you missing my monster stories for kids? This week I will not write a serious post. Instead, I will try to bring back to the blog a bit of humour with another of my monster stories for kids. As some of you already know, the stories I write have been inspired by annoying and intrusive thoughts that sometimes assail my 10-year-old son. A few weeks back, he went through a phase in which he would often say “I hate not hearing”. Victor does not have any hearing problems. My best guess is that at times he would miss on a piece of information due to high background noise (t.v.…

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    8 Reasons for our Kids´ Anger Management Success Story

    In my previous post, I shared with you how we are working at home on anger management. The post covered the following topics: a) How do I explain to my child what anger is and its function?; b) What does anger look like? How angry am I?; and c) Anger management activities for kids. Today I would like to share what I believe are the 8 reasons for our kids´ anger management success story. Same people, some of the same activities but, unlike in previous home interventions, a successful outcome. 8 Reasons for our kids’ anger management success story. Problem Awareness. Us parents may be convinced our kid has a…

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    17 Anger Management Activities for Kids

    Last week was our ” anger management activities for kids ” week. My 10-year-old son has special needs. He has been struggling with his feelings of frustration and anger triggered by our relocation to a new country. We have been working at home and, unlike some other occasions, my daughter (7 y.o.) has also been full on participating. We are not new to this, but to my surprise, it seems to be working this time! Today, I will write about what we started doing last week. In my next post, I will list the reasons why I think we have been so successful this time. Post Index: How do I…

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    6 Reasons Why I Feel Fortunate We Found Our Caretaker Who Is On The Autism Spectrum

    A year back, our family relocated to a new country. Our eldest son has an intellectual disability and meets criteria for autism spectrum disorder. Since we are celebrating autism awareness day, I thought it was a perfect day to share why I feel immensely grateful that we found the person who helps us take care of our son. Our caretaker has high functioning autism. She has been a blessing and I am sharing below the reasons why we feel we have been very fortunate we found her (and honestly, this is just top of my mind. I´m sure if I took a bit longer-which I can´t because the kids are…

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    Children´s Stories and Special Needs: The Breaking Monster

    I’m back with another children´s story, just in time for the Easter Holiday! Before I share my stories, I always like to explain a bit about us for newcomers to these pages. I have a gorgeous ten-year-old boy with an amazing sense of humour, naughty, fun … and with special needs. Routines and structure on a day-to-day basis help us to provide the kind of environment where he thrives. But we cannot always control our surroundings. In our case, an international move and a new language that he could not understand were, unsurprisingly, a recipe for disaster. And here we are, weathering the storm. When you are feeling frustrated and sad about…

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    4 Ideas to Support Special Needs Siblings

    Being the sibling of a child with special needs is not easy. Caring for a child with special needs often involves large doses of individualized attention. And the siblings may feel they are not getting the attention they crave. In our case, our son needs continuous supervision. There is no way I can take a shower while he watches television. By the time I finish, he could have left the house or our living room could have been transformed into a war zone. This intense supervision and the need to deal with “crisis” management may end up translating into less attention to our daughter. A few months ago, I was…

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    Storytelling and Special Needs: The Forgetting Monster

    As I told you when I shared my first children´s story, my son who has special needs, has problems managing his frustration and the annoying thoughts that sometimes assail him. These are issues that we work both at school and at home. But, in addition, we have our magic weapon. The power of storytelling. If you want to know a little more about our history, you can read it here. These stories, although a great help in our personal situation, are by no means therapeutic stories. They are just funny stories that any little kid may find fun and engaging. Let me share a bit about the story behind this…