Hopefully I’ll get around to creating original content for this blog again…but right now work, kids, and the Richmond Moms Blog is keeping my plate full enough.
I wrote about how my kids are unimpressed by the usual holiday traditions, especially Halloween, here. This month, Thing 1 has recited Super Why’s “The Ghost Who Was Afraid of Halloween” on repeat. I assume that’s how he feels about October 31st with it’s eerie sounds, kids in masks, and sensory overload. That inspired my latest post for the Richmond Moms Blog about why we don’t celebrate Halloween. It has nothing to do with Christian ethics, but rather respecting our kids’ limits and interests. Read all about it here.
The time has come…
We are less than a month away from Parent-Teacher Conference Day, and I’m not a fan. Conferencing with parents any other day is usually fine, but Conference Day is exhausting. It’s an under-caffeinated marathon of jilted ex-spouses, helicopter and bulldozer moms, and parents who want their every action validated. It’s speed dating without the benefit of alcohol. In an attempt to make Conference Day more productive, I put together three tips to make those meetings a success. Read about it here on the Richmond Moms Blog.
I usually feel like a well-informed person…but I did not know about Every Kid in a Park until recently. And, honestly, I felt belligerent towards Thing 1’s school or not sharing this information.
Between now and August 31, 2018, the National Park Service offers FREE admission to 4th graders and their families. This program has been offered yearly since 2015 to 4th graders and applies to all national parks across the country. Get the details and how we’re using this pass in my latest post for Richmond Moms Blog, here.
Imagine having a bubbly, precocious child suddenly plagued by tics, compulsions, mood swings, and a loss of skills. Imagine going to various developmental specialists, neurologists, and psychiatrists searching for answers. You may hear diagnoses of OCD, autism, Tourette Syndrome, and even bipolar disorder thrown at you, while your child is put through hours of assessments.
What if all of the symptoms were caused by a strep infection?
PANS stands for Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome, and it effects 1 in 200 children. It occurs when an infection triggers an immune response causing brain inflammation and life-changing psychiatric symptoms. My latest post for Richmond Moms Blog is all about PANS and the important work of the PANS Research and Advocacy Initiative (PRAI) in Virginia. Read all about it here!
My latest post for Richmond Moms Blog is about the Richmond Beer Trail. Collect stamps at 23 participating breweries and get free gear. Working your way through the Beer Trail guide is a great way to explore the city and meet some amazing, friendly people. Beer, live music, games, food trucks…what more could you ask for? Read all about it here!
Whether you’re looking for cures for boredom or want to reinforce learning skills, I have a list of project ideas, cheap activities, and camps on the Richmond Moms Blog today to prevent summer brain drain. Check it out here!
My latest post for the Richmond Moms Blog is all about recreational therapy and inclusive sports in central Virginia. I have three active boys, and we use outlets like equine therapy and swimming to support social skills, communication, improve muscle strength and tone — and to provide an outlet for boundless amounts of energy. Check it out here!