When our children are struggling or displaying puzzling behavior, it is tempting to simply brush it off as a phase that they’ll grow out of. And while this may be true in some cases, addressing these concerns head-on can be a much more effective route to take! This collection offers insight into a variety of concerns and solutions from parents who have been there.
Read Shari's article for information & resources to help identify potential mental health concerns
Dana provides insight into how you can help your child cope with their anxiety and shift your family dynamics
Read about Kathryn's experience with her daughter who has Sensory Processing Disorder
A beautiful reminder from guest contributor, Autism Sparkles
Dana shares how to identify when separation anxiety may be more than just a phase
Read Dana's article for great ideas to help your children through panic attacks
Read Karissa's Article to learn more about the traits and symptoms of children with SPD
How Laura worked through through her son receiving an autism diagnosis
Find out the everyday symptoms of ADD and ADHD that are often missed
Sensory Processing 101: Learn more about symptoms, daily struggles, and resources that can help with SPD
Catching potential concerns early & can mean a happier, healthier future for your child & the whole family
Calleen's son has autism and experiences friendships in a different way
Further information about whether or not your child may have autism
Parenting tips for how to identify anxiety in your child
Read Rachael's personal story about her family and how they deal with Sensory Processing Disorder and Anxiety
Find out what therapist Genevieve recommends to help yourself get through difficult parenting moments
Learn about the many ways that social workers can help children & their families
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KARISSA TUNIS is the co-owner of both the parenting website Adore Them and the family event company Milestone Family Expos. Through these ventures she is able to share inspiring, heartfelt insight with large audiences within local communities and across the country! Her knack for all-things-organization allows her to balance content creation, brand partnerships, and event planning without losing sight of what she wants for her own family. Despite her busy schedule, Karissa also makes it a priority to spend quality time with her husband and three children. You will often find her volunteering at her children’s schools, cheering them on from the soccer sidelines, or enjoying the great sites of Charleston, SC with her family.
SHARI MEDINI is the co-owner of both the parenting website Adore Them. She quit her job to stay home with her first son back in 2010 and was able to successfully navigate the freelance world while building skills and establishing connections. Her experience includes working as a marketing strategist and writer on multi-million dollar capital campaigns, website redesigns, advertising campaigns, and book launches. Shari’s parenting articles have been published in dozens of publications; and she enjoys doing speaking engagements at various local, regional, and national conferences. When she’s not on her laptop, Shari can be found spending quality time with her husband and two sons exploring their hometown of Lancaster County, PA
Liz attended Bard College in New York & received her Masters in Social Work at Simmons College. She has worked in community health centers in Boston for the last eight years doing therapy with children, family, & adults. Liz uses a heartfelt & creative approach in her work, combining mindfulness techniques, trauma informed methods, & art. She is also a mom to two young children & enjoys painting, organic gardening, & hiking.
Dana BakerDana Baker is a writer, editor, not-so-perfect mom of two, and a Parent and Teen Coach. She help families reconnect and find a way around the walls that cause such isolation and dysfunction in these years. Dana offers advice from the trenches, a non-judgmental ear and tips/feedback based on the science of psychology and the reality of parenting. Read her blog and follow her on social media.
Rachael WoodRachael is the mother of three incredible girls and the owner of Komfy Couture. She is passionate about designing comfortable and fashionable clothing for children and making custom weighted blankets. She lives in Lititz, PA with her fiancé, Brian, and her daughters, Alison and Angie.
Kathryn HivelyThough a Southerner at heart, Kathryn Hively lives with her husband and two young daughters in New Jersey. Her blog Just BE Parenting promotes non-judgmental parenting and celebrates families in all forms. Her work has also appeared in Scary Mommy, mom.me, Ravishly, and the Mighty, among others.
I am a mom, special needs advocate, and public school teacher who believes a child's value is so much greater than grades or numbers on a score card. In these last seventeen years navigating this autism journey with my son, I have learned that who my boy is… is exactly who he is meant to be. The reason I love, rather than fear, autism, is I see the bigger picture and how it has blessed us with a bigger view of life and a deeper appreciation and affection for different.