Helping a Child with Autism Deal with Death

  Pexels – CCO Licence   Death is a natural part of life, so as much as we might want to shield our children from its harsh realities, we simply cannot. That means that we, as parents, need to do what we can to prepare our children and get them through the difficult period that is bereavement.   This is a difficult process to go through with any child, but when your child has autism, it can be even more difficult, especially if they have trouble dealing with change. That’s why I’ve put together some tips to help you help your child through what is sure to be a difficult time…    Talk about death before it happens   You might find it difficult to…

Limiting Natural Light WIthout Making It Obvious

One of the most recognizable aspects of modern homes and living spaces is the unabated access to natural light. Thanks to the wave of open floor plan designs, more and more homes are allowing natural light to flood their interiors. For some people, that’s a great shift in interior design and how we live in today’s world. For others, it’s a little too overdone. Natural light is great but it’s much more difficult to control than room lighting. Usually, if you try to control it coming into your home, it will take a physical item to do so. Blinds will need to be installed, a pull down shade and or thicker curtains. All of these things contribute to blocking or limiting natural light from entering…

Pets Mini Tot School Unit

Pets Mini Tot School Unit

  This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Mott’s®. The opinions and text are all mine. #SecretLifeOfMotts As we continue our incredibly lazy and informal tot school over the summer, I go with Squeaker’s lead. Some days she’s definitely more interested in sitting down at the table with me to do something and other days, she’d rather just play. And though we do try to limit screen time, sometimes things on TV will catch her attention. I use those moments to plan for a mini tot school unit that we can spread out over a few days or just do a few activities in the morning. “The Secret Life of Pets © 2016 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.” Of course, Abby…

N is for Nest: A Mini Tot School Unit

N is for Nest: A Mini Tot School Unit

Squeaker’s interests are all over the place lately, so that means we haven’t done too many themed tot school units. Instead, I leave access to art supplies, books, and manipulatives for her to explore during the day. We also play a lot because I know that she’s learning through play and I think play is incredibly important for her development. With the recent change of seasons, and her ongoing interest in birds, I figured that we could start exploring outdoors and looking for signs of spring. I also wanted to incorporate letter recognition and some fine motor skills into it; so it would be beneficial for both Squeaker and Sweet B. We ended up with a mini tot school unit (that I also carried over…

Simple Science for Toddlers

Simple Science for Toddlers

It seems like forever since I’ve done a School with Squeaker post! Our tot-school this year has been incredibly informal and sporadic. I go off of her lead and her interests but I don’t have set activities or a schedule for her yet. This is based on her age. Yes, her attention span is increasing but she’s also 2. That’s not to say that I don’t do activities or crafts with her or that she doesn’t have access to materials. She does. I just haven’t planned it out exactly and again, I go by her interests. I want to keep it fun for her and I know she’s still absorbing all of the information, just that it happens in unplanned situations. And honestly, that’s how…