Terri Fedonczak

  • Martha Beck Life Coach, Parent/Child Counselor and Author
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Contact me for: Children, teens, tweens and parent counseling, advice and solutions. Book - "A Field Guide to Plugged In Parenting...Even If You Were Raised By Wolves"

With 22 years of parenting experience and a certified life coach specializing in parent and teen coaching, Terri Fedonczak wants to live in a world where girls recognize their own power and choose to use it for good. On a trip to South Africa, Fedonczak witnessed the power of lionesses as they supported each other within the pride; it was a lightning bolt of realization, leading her on a mission to bring the power of the pride to girls and their parents.

After 16 years as a commercial real estate agent, a bout with breast cancer transformed Fedonczak’s life in 2010, making her realize that time with her four girls and patient husband was a much better deal than money and status. It was time to put her mission into action. She left sales and embarked on a journey of spreading the message of girl power for good.

Today, Fedonczak takes the girl power message into schools, talking to 9th grade girls about how to thrive in the wilds of high school

Author of "A Field Guide to Plugged In Parenting...Even If You Were Raised By Wolves" is available for purchase on Amazon.

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Expert Articles by Terri Fedonczak

Parental Advice on Bullying

End bullying by teaching girls to use their girl power for good
How do we stop bullying? We begin by treating ourselves better, thereby ending the allure of victimhood. When we practice self-care, we have energy left over to treat others with kindness. We use comp...

Being a Better Parent

Help your kids make a positive difference through volunteering
If none of these ideas appeal to you, get together with your kids to put on your creative hats and come up with your own ideas. Better yet, get your kids and their friends together to brainstorm as a ...

Expert Articles Sponsored by Terri Fedonczak

Self-Guided Improvement

Use the law of attraction to help you attract good things in life
Since the release of the bestseller The Secret, there has been a great deal of enthusiasm regarding the law of attraction. At the same time, there has also been a lot of confusion and negative critici...
In life be happy and thankful to help reduce worry and anxiety
It takes practice to live a grateful life, but it’s worth the effort. When you develop a life of gratitude, you will see remarkable results, including a less anxious life. You will learn that gratit...
Convince yourself that change is possible and it is what you want
It’s easy to do the same old same old over and over. It’s familiar, predictable and safe. You can have so much more but you have to take that first BIG step. Be aware that you may have pitfalls, b...
Spiritual healing is a great way to find happiness and prosperity
Your emotional and spiritual wellbeing is just as important as your physical self. While you shouldn’t give up on doctors if you happen to be medically ill, you should also not expect them to instan...
Experience joy in your life by focusing on similarity and happiness
When you focus your time and energy into experiencing joy rather than continuing to celebrate your differences amongst others, real progress within the world can occur. Don’t settle for relative hap...
Increase motivation by setting realistic and achievable goals
Motivation is your desire to do something. Although there are many motivational factors, the best is self-motivation. Begin with a goal, write it down, then begin with a plan to action to achieve your...
Achieve sustainable results by setting goals with a clear focus
Using the strategies of goal setting will cause you to map a new course that is thrilling, full of risks and will teach you how to manage time, anxiety, resources, and rejection. Your character will b...
Forgiveness is the key to transforming life and finding happiness
Forgiving yourself is much harder than forgiving others. As you carry around negative and toxic emotions, you are also putting your life on hold. Nothing positive can come into your life when you are ...
Smiling helps boost your mood, increase happiness and lower stress
As all mothers with babies, BFFs and caregivers know, smiling usually elicits positive feelings and often sparks a positive reaction in others.“Research is ongoing into the science behind the phenom...
Get the happiness you deserve and need with this advice
So, the key to experiencing happiness is finding balance in your life, with all the things you love to do. Be good to yourself, you deserve that much! Get to know yourself really well, so that when so...
Start your New Year's resolutions early to help achieve your goals
Resolutions are suppose to help us achieve something and better ourselves – not to make us feel like a failure. Choose goals that are thought out and researched and constantly check yourself and you...
Find success by living with a purpose: You can achieve your goals
Embrace it all! All of the tribulations on your path to success should be taken in stride. You have to learn to embraced pain and discomfort as part of the journey to success that it is like seeing an...
Change your mindset and change your life
There was a public service TV spot that ran awhile back that concluded, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” I’ve seen this repeatedly in my life; people dealing with personal issues, which ar...
Achieve happiness by living more mindfully through meditation
Once you bring meditation into your life, you will see how great you feel and how easily your life flows. You can’t control how others behave and what life throws your way, but you can control how y...
How to be happy and single on Valentine’s Day
This Valentine’s Day, focus on what makes you happy and all the amazing things you have in your life. This subtle tweak in the way you think will certainly make your Valentine’s Day better, but al...
Learn to cope and embrace a chronic illness diagnosis
While chronic illness and long term medical conditions can be painfully challenging in everyday life, finding the gift and the messages in the illness, allows one to reframe the negative aspects and e...
Don't let difficult and oppressive people undermine your happiness
Dealing with difficult people is part of your journey to success. Make a decision to rise above negativity and stay focused on being the best you can be. The most important thing is to stay positive y...
Advice for dealing with a setback and getting back to your goals
Dealing with setbacks is a natural part of the success process and quite frankly, most are not good at dealing with it. You can separate yourself from your competition by developing the psychology of ...
How a life coach can help you achieve your goals
Coaching has become a popular service in recent years. It is important to find the coach who can help you acquire the tools to reach your specific goal. You should get one who specializes in your type...
Hiring a personal coach can help you take control of your life
In a way, hiring the right personal coach is like hiring the right doctor or finding the right health or car insurance. You want the best for yourself, so put in the work to find the best. Be ready to...
Finding happiness and feeling loved: How to become a better you
Feeling loved by others and giving that love back is something we need in order to be happy, reduce and manage stress in our lives, and maintain a high level of overall well-being. It is important for...
Mindfulness: A way to resolve stress, anxiety, and free your joy
Life is meant to be a journey of discovery, sharing and creativity. Experiencing our moments fully enhances the journey. Mindfulness grounds us in the present moment. It helps us release stress, shed ...
Mind your manners: proper etiquette at a formal dinner table
Dining is one of our oldest social traditions. It allows for people to gather, have good conversation and enjoy delicious food. The reason we have rules of dining is not to seem pretentious. The rules...

Raising Healthy and Happy Kids

Helping kids feel comfortable and safe in the water is key
Time spent at the pool can be some of the happiest experiences in a person’s life. Enjoy these moments, always stay positive, and laugh and play with your children. Pick out fun bathing suits, caps,...
Optimizing brain enrichment through positive digital screen time
MRI studies show that the use of imagination and multisensory experiences increase blood flow to the brain. This is connected to neuronal activity, where new synapses can be created and dormant ones a...
De-stressing doctor visits fosters a lifetime of health for kids
By following this advice, regular doctor visits will be a piece of cake. Remember, it is possible to turn potentially dreadful experiences into fun events for your children. And making a visit to the ...
Being proactive can help emotionally traumatized kids to heal
Children can be traumatized as a result of bullying, violence or threats. However, by being prepared and knowledgeable, parents can help minimize the effects and begin the healing process....
Proper nutrition can improve kids' learning and behavior problems
Providing and encouraging a healthy diet can be a big challenge for busy parents. And in some homes, a child’s diet is non-negotiable because it is so important for health. However, the bottom line ...
Help guide your child’s path to effectively coping with anxiety
Anxiety is a normal emotion that all humans--including children--experience on a routine basis. However, children can experience anxiety to such a degree that it negatively impacts life or causes subs...
Establishing safe, fun and productive bath time for children
Safely bathing oneself is an extremely important skill for children to learn as they develop and become independent. However, bath time tends to be a stressful experience for many parents and children...
Jumpstart your family’s day with a positive morning routine
The morning routine contributes to children’s overall health and happiness. Following a good morning routine can squash speed bumps and get the day started in a positive way for the entire family....
Parents should influence their children to eat healthy and exercise
Don’t let your child be a statistic in the obesity epidemic. Start putting these tips into practice, creating healthy habits for you and your children, who will then be more likely to do the same fo...
Finding a happy medium when enrolling kids in afterschool activities
Before you commit your child to an activity, make sure you examine your needs, your child’s needs and what is best for the entire family. Remember to focus on the big picture when making these decis...
Advice for raising emotionally happy and healthy twins and triplets
Raising multiple-birth children is a challenge. It is important to avoid or diffuse competition and fighting. Additionally, respecting your children’s need for individuality, while respecting the tw...
Creating healthy and happy mealtimes for children and parents
Family mealtime is a crucial time to connect with your children and family--and to truly embrace each other. This is the time to create rituals and togetherness, as well as to serve healthy, nutritiou...
Helping the entire family achieve a stress-free holiday season
The holidays are a wonderful time of year because they encourage families to spend time together. The season also presents the perfect opportunity for parents to reinforce the importance of giving, sh...
How you can boost your children’s self-worth and self-esteem
Via positive reinforcement, strength based therapy and promoting socialization along with several group activities, children can become the most productive, capable citizens they can be as opposed to ...
How can parents raise happy children with balanced priorities?
There is no magic bullet that will guarantee your child’s long-term happiness. But the good news is that parents are in the best possible position to help their children develop a skill set that wil...
Family meals foster healthy eating habits and close connections
While many parents understand that family meals are important, they are not making the effort, due to conflicting schedules and the need to multitask. But separate meals result in a lack of cohesivene...
Advice for motivating your kids and supporting their successes
Every child wants to achieve success. No child wants to fail. So it is important to protect your child's motivation. If you see your children becoming discouraged in their school work or in a new acti...
Parents can help kids make a difference in the lives of others
The benefits that kids get from volunteering are quite amazing and life changing. It is important to show children early on that they can have a positive impact on the lives of others. While Alex woul...
Help your children develop confidence and a healthy body image
The Girl and Boy World will inevitably attempt to convince your children that they must conform to a specific way of looking and acting. While it is extremely difficult to completely protect your chil...
Teach your anxious child better ways to cope and manage behaviors
Remember that anxiety is a normal part of life, but some children struggle with it more than others. Collaborate with your children to find effective strategies to decrease their anxiety, such as an a...
Helping girls love their bodies and cultivate healthy self-esteem
Girls must stop viewing themselves as imperfect pieces, but rather as unique and a one-of-a-kind creations. They must be taught to practice self-acceptance in each moment, and to stop hating themselve...
How can parents help their children minimize unnecessary stress?
You cannot escape all stress. While it is important to recognize that some stress is good, when your child becomes anxious, weepy and unable to focus, it is time to make changes in your family’s lif...
Parents can teach children to recognize and label their emotions
Young children deal with many of the same emotions that adults do. They feel happy, angry, embarrassed, sad, frustrated and nervous. However, they often do not have the words to talk about how they ar...
Expert advice for parents trying to raise emotionally-healthy twins
Whether it is relationship problems, career concerns or existential dilemmas, if you have a close connection to each of your twins, they will likely come to you for your guidance and input. Understand...
How can you raise body-confident kids in an image-obsessed society?
While body image issues are on the rise in children, parents are not powerless when it comes to helping their kids grow up with the confidence they deserve. By being vigilant of the messages they are ...
Expert advice on raising honest children
Being honest is a lifelong process that begins early. Use every opportunity to nurture and grow your child's honesty....
Broaden your child's diet and establish healthy eating behaviors
Every parent wishes to raise a good eater who is excited to experiment with new foods. But kids are notoriously picky. Instead of giving up and making the same three dishes over and over again, try to...

Marriage and Couples

Get help if you are unsure of your marriage or relationship
Making a decision about changing a relationship is one of the hardest things that people do. When there are kids involved, that decision making process is even harder. Give yourself the time that you ...
Date night is a must for parents to ensure a healthy relationship
Finding the opportunity, and the courage, to spend time alone with your partner isn’t easy for many parents. Not only are there the very real demands of modern family life, fear and hesitation may b...
Parents can still have a romantic relationship while raising kids
Most long-term couples - especially parents - go through periods when their romantic life loses its vitality. While it can be pretty distressing, try to regard it as a normal stage in the life span of...
Admitting when you are wrong supports a healthy relationship
Remember, the one who apologizes or gives into their partner is not admitting they are wrong, but supporting their relationship over their point of view. And true love always overcomes self-righteousn...
Save your relationship with an experienced marriage counselor
You want to pick a marriage counselor who has a good amount of experience and who focuses on marital issues as his focus of work. It is also important to get a counselor who will help you experience c...
Expert advice for a strong and passionate marriage and relationship
Strengthening your marriage is a necessity, not a luxury. Marriages cannot afford to be in an inert or status quo state. We need to work on ourselves and the relationship to get the most out of it. As...
Expert advice on meditation and how it can improve your relationship
Meditation, being mindful, and appreciative will improve all aspects of your life and relationship. Just like going to the gym, the most important thing is to start and be consistent, and all the bene...
Get the love you want in your relationship with help from a therapist
You may ask yourself, what can I get out of couples therapy? The answer lies in what you are hoping to learn about yourself, your partner and/or your troubled relationship. People go to couples counse...
Maintaining sexual and emotional intimacy is vital for parents
Many couples will make changes in their lives for the sake of their children before they will do it for themselves. But having a thriving, robust sex life is possible when you have children. In fact, ...
Expert advice for keeping the romance alive after having a baby
Most new parents feel daunted by the difficulty of keeping their sex life alive. Faced with the multitude of challenges that come home with the baby, it can feel like an unsolvable riddle. But with so...
Do you tell your fiancee that you don't love the engagement ring?
The Maybe Factor: If it’s a family heirloom, all bets are off and a whole new set of rules apply.Prevention is always best. If you slip your partner hints from the beginning, most of this could have...
Emotionally connect to make it a good relationship and marriage
Emotional connection is an essential ingredient in a healthy relationship. It is built and destroyed by the way you handle little everyday things. As the saying goes “The devil is in the details.”...
Parents can rekindle their intimacy to create a strong marriage
Intentional acts of love, kindness and sensuality stimulate the part of our brain that thinks, “Yes, I am a sexy person and not just a parent.” These small connections may not be explicitly sexual...
Great first wedding anniversary gift ideas for your husband
Whether it’s a special watch, cufflinks or a ring, there are many unique jewelry pieces that you can purchase for your husband on your first wedding anniversary. Consider these tips to find the perf...
Fostering strong connections is essential to family well-being
Creating traditions of connection in your relationship is vital for building a lasting bond. Work with each other on introducing and nurturing behaviors that will put you back on the path towards each...
Create meaningful relations by nurturing fulfillment and intimacy
Sustaining long-term intimacy is real and attainable. By following these steps and making a commitment to practice, you can achieve new levels of happiness and fulfillment with your partner and in you...
Understand the 4C's and get the best value when buying a diamond
From understanding diamond grades to knowing your lady’s preferences, from asking if a diamond is color treated to watching out for simulants, it’s important to have background knowledge before yo...
How to create the perfect marriage and avoid divorce
The power to create a successful marriage lies in our very own hands. Divorce can truly be avoided if we each do our part to foster a climate of love, devotion and commitment. We must recognize the pa...
Plan the perfect Valentine's Day for your wife or girlfriend
Valentine’s Day is about celebrating your relationship, and expressing your love. It’s the thoughtful little things that show you truly care; so swap the pricey present for a new experience togeth...
Tips to ensure parenting does not interfere with your marriage
Being a parent is tough. But it doesn’t have to interfere with your marriage. Parenting and marriage should both be fun. And if one is causing problems for the other, that’s a sign that you are do...
How to put the sizzle in your sex life regardless of your age
Acknowledge, address and resolve your issues in and out of the bedroom. We all need more fun in our lives. So beginning today, talk to your partner and jointly make a decision to take whatever steps a...
Improve your marriage and relationship through better communication
Even if your relationship is on a rocky road at the moment, smoother sailing can be just ahead. Strengthening your communication skills and making time to connect every day will go a long way to impro...
An unplugged weekend getaway will do wonders for a relationship
A change in scenery and pace creates the opportunity to change your perspective. Getting out of your routine shakes things up and helps you rediscover and rejuvenate yourself and your relationship. Th...
How can married couples thrive when one partner has adult ADHD?
It is possible that you are one of the millions of couples whose relationship is on the rocks because of undiagnosed adult ADHD. If you think you detect symptoms of ADHD, such as chronic distraction a...

Raising Teens

Help your teenager cope with their anger management problem
When a person expresses their anger, that is a normal human emotion. To expect people not to get angry is not realistic (unless you have a lobotomy). It is how we present our anger that is important. ...
Viewing your teen as a developing adult can improve your relationship
Your teenager needs your love and support to succeed. Work to see your teen as a developing adult, who can be frustrating, and whose actions can be alarming. Try to treasure the child you have and to ...
Raising preteens and laying a positive foundation for the future
The preteen years can be incredibly fun and enriching for parents and children. However, you must rethink your parenting style from when your children were younger. Be sure to enjoy their energy and e...
Support your teen's academic success and healthy development
Support your teens in their academic pursuits in practical ways, such as leaving time for homework, as well as in emotional ways, such as empathizing with challenges and talking through possible appro...
Helping your teen navigate the college admissions process
The college search and admissions process is a complicated one, and it is natural for parents to want to help their children through it. By following these tips, you can make the process less stressfu...
Independent college consultants can help teens apply to college
Given the lack of college counseling in many of our nation’s high schools, it is completely understandable why families are relying more on independent college consultants. By following the advice i...
Teach your teenager how to avoid substance abuse
Hopefully this article has made it a little easier for you as a parent to understand how to better prevent your child from developing a substance addiction as they grow older. Raising a child can be o...
Keep your teenage driver safe behind the wheel and on the road
When it comes to driving, teens are young and inexperienced. As a result, we expect them to have a few bumps in the road when learning such an important skill. Because this is the first legal responsi...
Learn the facts on teen driving safety
Raise a respectful, polite teen by setting appropriate boundaries
Parenting tweens and teens is tough. They are emotional, dramatic, egocentric and strong in their beliefs. But they are also watching, listening and wanting a parent to parent them. Always keep in min...
Supporting your teenage daughter through the dating experience
The dating experience is full of joy and heartbreak. It is vital to be supportive and encouraging, while also setting boundaries and limits. Remember to help educate your daughter about her body and h...
Improve your teen parenting by understanding the teenage years
When raising teens, remember that children of all ages, including teenagers—replete with raging hormones and drama—make us smile, energize us, frustrate us, annoy us, anger us, pull for others to ...
How do I relate to and communicate with my teenager?
Raising teens in today’s complex world can be quite challenging. The key to success is understanding your teenagers and their behavior, as well as learning to effectively communicate and connect....
Help and protect your teen who practices self-injury and cutting
If you have discovered that your child is self-harming, this is an extremely difficult time for the both of you. Please find professional help for them and for yourself. Cutting, burning, and otherwis...
Are there any signs of abuse in your teenager's relationship?
Teens must understand that healthy relationships are about feeling good and feeling safe. And they should never settle for less. Deciding whom to have a relationship with is one of the most precious g...
Effectively communicate with your teenager about substance abuse
Preventing drug use is an important part of parenting, which can be made easier through awareness, education and understanding. Active involvement in communication and teaching by example are effectiv...
What's the best way for parents to discuss sexuality with boys?
Sexuality is a complex topic that deserves lots of conversation and parental input. For the vast majority of teens and adults, dating, romance, and sexuality form a central part of their identity and ...
Teen sexting: What all parents need to know
With the advent of many new picture/video sharing apps, it’s easier than ever to share with friends, family - and even strangers - across the globe. While picture/video sharing can be a wonderful wa...
Managing the difficult issue of drug and alcohol use in teenagers
This advice is based on an approach, which is supported by strong, scientific research. It has been proven to work for parents of adolescent around the country, and even around the world. Although the...
Help teens build resiliency, improve coping skills and ease stress
Although parents can feel helpless when they see teens suffering from stress, we have the power to greatly reduce their pressures and promote their resiliency. Knowing how chronic stress undermines su...
Managing the difficult issue of drug and alcohol use in your teen
This advice is based on an approach, which is supported by strong, scientific research. It has been proven to work for parents of adolescent around the country, and even around the world. Although the...
Parenting your rebellious teen and encouraging healthy independence
It is a challenging time for the both of you. Your teen is trying to be an individual and may be struggling with low self-esteem, peer pressure, anxiety and depression and you are struggling with thei...
Get a plan and the tools to communicate with your college freshman
Undoubtedly, freshman year is extremely challenging for most families. However, if you keep the communication channels open, the process can be a little less painful and far less stressful—for the e...
Teach your teens to recognize the dangers of distracted driving
There are only two types of distracted drivers: Those who already have caused harm and those who will. Safe drivers are different from lucky drivers. The good news is that distracted driving is preven...
How can you help your child sustain long-term addiction recovery?
Addiction is a disease, and recovery is a process that can be navigated successfully. Like all teenagers, youth with a substance use disorder, who are in recovery, still need structure, reinforcers, c...
How should you talk to your teenage daughter about dating violence?
Make the conscientious decision to discuss dating violence with your daughter as early as possible. By having these conversations with your daughter, she will become educated about what dating violenc...
Parents must create an addiction prevention family plan for teens
Addiction and substance use/abuse is a complex problem. There are no definite rules on how to deal with it in the home. It intersects both biology and behavior, and is one of the most debilitating and...

Kids with Special Needs

Sustain a happy marriage while raising a child with special needs
Successful marriages lead to successful families. Parents are capable of stronger parenting only when their marital relationship is healthy and solid. As a result, it is important to recognize the imp...
Build a positive sibling relationship within a special needs family
Because a great deal of complexity and individuality exists within families, the effects of having a sibling with disabilities can vary greatly depending on the child. Typical siblings are at risk for...
Giving much-needed support to parents of children with special needs
Parents raising a child with special needs must work to rebuild their dreams to accommodate the reality of their child’s disability and limitations. They must re-imagine the life their child will le...
Educate and communicate with special needs children to prevent abuse
When parents think of abuse prevention for typical children and for children with special needs, they may assume that information should be completely different. In truth, the same information needs t...
Special needs children's skills improve with Applied Behavior Analysis
Starting an ABA program for a child with special needs can be overwhelming for any family. Your ABA providers should help you navigate through the process and create a plan that will help you and your...
Helping your child overcome anxiety is not an impossible task
Helping children overcome anxiety can be quite overwhelming for a parent, caregiver or teacher. However, it is not impossible. Focusing more on “being” with the child, instead of “doing” for t...
What is Applied Behavior Analysis?
Managing a child’s mental illness begins with an informed parent
Parents raising a child with mental illness have a choice: View your child’s illness as a huge life setback -- or consider this an opportunity to grow in a way you never dreamed possible. The tips i...
Successfully tackling learning challenges at school begins at home
Life is one, big learning experience. As parents of students with learning difficulties begin to apply the advice described above, they may witness a renewed sense of academic self-esteem in their stu...
Music therapy can help improve learning, growth and development
Music is an extremely useful motivator for children with special needs. Because they are constantly exploring their environment, music therapy is an excellent modality to achieve learning, growth and ...
What is music therapy?
Successfully manage disagreements and conflict in the IEP process
Parents play an active role in their child’s IEP process, but this experience often feels extremely daunting and overwhelming. Successfully managing disagreements and conflict within the process is ...
Inclusive education for students with disabilities benefits everyone
Inclusion brings about many wonderful benefits for ALL students. With a few simple tools and a strong belief that it can work, teachers will be successful at welcoming students of all abilities into t...
A successful IEP meeting requires effective parent participation
The IEP is the most important tool parents have when their child is receiving special education services. However, in order for the tool to be effective, parents must learn how to navigate the process...
Preparation is critical when relocating a family with disabilities
Relocating a family to a new state or city can be very stressful and overwhelming--and this stress tends to increase when a child has disabilities. Because it is critical for families to be prepared b...
Focus on basic human needs to help kids with difficult behaviors
Children with disabilities have basic needs just like everyone else. If you don't have the time or energy to follow all of these do’s and don’ts, be sure to remember these two critical ideas: Taki...
Animal-assisted interventions are beneficial for kids with needs
AAI can be very helpful for kids with special needs. If you are interested in trying this therapy modality, research local therapy dog groups in your area. Another option is training your own dog -- i...
Ensure a smooth new school year for your child with special needs
It is very important to get the school year off to a great start and keep the momentum going throughout the entire year. Develop positive relationships with your child’s entire educational team, as ...
Well-planned vacations are critical for kids with special needs
Most importantly, never forget that your family vacation is supposed to be FUN. A little extra planning may take time, but could make your adventure more enjoyable....
Planning transportation services for students with disabilities
The best educational program for a child will not be effective if the child can’t get to and from school. Thus, special education law requires that students with disabilities, who need transportatio...
Addressing the issue of sexuality with kids with special needs
As parents and supporters, we need to be ready for puberty. Unfortunately, there are no manuals that tell us how to talk to our children with disabilities about sexuality. This advice provides parents...
Choose a safe therapeutic barn for kids involved in equine therapy
There is a growing trend in the use of horses as a fun, therapeutic tool. This trend ultimately leads to more and more barns and riding centers providing EAAT. Choosing a safe barn with qualified inst...
Dads must be present when helping raise a child with special needs
Raising a child with special needs is a moment-by-moment experience. Average men show their love and support through action. However, sometimes pausing, taking a step back and being calm and present i...
Develop open communication with the teacher of your special needs child
It is very important to create consistent and open communication with your child’s teacher. Keeping a daily communication log is the key to this communication. Be sure to develop two-way communicati...
Emergency preparedness is critical for individuals with disabilities
Emergency preparedness is the personal responsibility of every individual and every family. Individuals have the duty to think about--and plan--for their own safety and the safety of their family. Whi...
Encouraging independence is critical for kids with special needs
Families need to decide how much their child with special needs is able to make educational, vocational and medical decisions. From an early age, children should be encouraged to be as independent as ...
Make airline travel easy for families with physical disabilities
Flying is the most convenient and safest way to travel. Once you master the details, traveling with your disabled child will be no more difficult than getting out of bed every day. The travel experien...
Encouraging friendships between kids with disabilities and peers
The grade school years should be filled with friendships and learning for all students, including those with special needs. Teaching typically-developing students how to be friends with those who are ...
Helping sibs of kids with disabilities manage embarrassment
Growing up is not always easy. Standing out in a crowd and managing extreme feelings of embarrassment can make life even more difficult. While you may just want to belong to a typical family at times,...
Helping sibs advocate for people with intellectual disabilities
Don’t be afraid to use your creative skills in advocating for individuals with disabilities. The ideas are endless. Just remember that even though you are just one person, you can make a difference....
Helping children with special needs improve health and fitness
To become ambassadors for our own health, we have to start somewhere. Using this advice will help your family make the right choices for a healthy lifestyle, so that they, too, can become ambassadors ...
Help your child with sensory processing disorder to succeed
Children with sensory processing disorder may have difficulty completing everyday activities, leading to frustration and behavioral difficulties. Consistency of approach, predictable routines and plan...
Navigating swim lessons for kids with and without disabilities
Swimming is a great physical and social activity that promotes health and wellness for all individuals. The key to having successful swim lessons is preparing your child for expectations and the envir...
Support groups help mothers raising kids with disabilities
Being a member of a support group can provide moms with strength and help them feel less alone in the world. A support group gives them a much-needed outlet when they have difficulty communicating wit...
Easing the stress of airline travel for children with special needs
Parents must be thoughtful and strategic when traveling with a child with special needs. While the advice in this article will make travel less daunting, it is important to have an open, frank discuss...
Meltdowns: help for kids with special needs and their parents
It can be extremely stressful to experience a meltdown. But with a little planning and organization, you can stay calm to provide support, structure and reassurance....
Help to prepare your kid with disabilities for employment success
Young adults with developmental disabilities are capable of incredible things, including careers that allow them to live happily and independently. But finding this career involves a great deal of pla...
Providing access to dance classes for kids with special needs
Every individual who enjoys dance should have the opportunity to participate. The experience of enjoying the movement, costumes, music and social interaction of dance is quite fulfilling. Giving child...
Providing lifetime care for your child with special needs
Handling all aspects of special needs planning creates the greatest piece of mind that a caregiver can have. If one aspect is missed, it can disrupt all of the other planning, creating disastrous resu...
Expert advice on helping your child with dyslexia learn to read
Understanding dyslexia and how it works is the first step in helping your child. While dyslexia can make it quite challenging for kids to learn to read, it is not an impossible feat. There are numerou...
Planning for the future care of your child with special needs
These financial conversations are not fun. They are uncomfortable, scary and overwhelming. The key is to surround yourself with the appropriate supports and commit to take action to reduce the stress....
Using music to bring together kids with and without special needs
Having typically-developing siblings and peers join in musical experiences with children with special needs can be wonderful if done correctly. The key is to create a positive, fulfilling experience f...
Obtaining a school evaluation for kids with possible special needs
It is difficult for parents to watch their children struggle in school. However, parents should not feel alone. It is the job of the school to help your child. As a result, it is very important for pa...
Managing embarrassment of a brother or sister with special needs
During embarrassing situations, all siblings and parents must remember that this is their family and the best support they can receive is from each other. Talk to each other and, most importantly, lis...
Teach home and community safety skills to kids with special needs
It is important to teach safety skills to children with ASD and other developmental disabilities. Having a good safety plan, teaching safety skills across a variety of settings and situations, and ens...
Donating your child's blood and tissue samples for research
One of the main barriers to finding treatments or cures for rare, genetic diseases is the lack of available human cell and tissue resources for scientists to use to test potential drug compounds or ge...
Art therapy helps cultivate development in children with special needs
Children living with special needs, like all children, want to be able to express themselves and be successful. Art therapy is a beneficial and enjoyable way to help support your child’s development...
Self-care is critical for parents raising kids with disabilities
The greatest gift that parents can give their children is to be a healthy mom and dad. While we often start the New Year with promises of changing our lifestyle--and improving our lives and the lives ...
Find the best adaptive dance class for your child with special needs
There are many benefits to enrolling your child in a dance or movement class. As advances are made in adaptive dance education, more options are becoming available. With just a few extra steps, you ca...
What is sensory processing disorder and how parents manage it
Children with sensory processing issues live in a world that is confusing, disruptive and often scary to their nervous system. Tackling these issues therapeutically can be a lot of work for children a...
Your special needs child can feel free and bloom at summer camp
Going to camp is an exciting experience for any child--and it is an opportunity worth pursuing for your child with special needs. Take time to review each and every camp opportunity. Don’t limit you...
Families with disabilities must help maintain balance for siblings
Siblings of kids with disabilities are in a unique position and require extra caution and sensitivity from parents. Helping your typical kids to have a balanced life without overwhelming expectations ...
Understanding how to achieve inclusion for kids with disabilities
Any question of school inclusion can be answered with an enthusiastic YES! With intentionality and care, inclusion can be planned and carried out joyfully and creatively in direct consultation with th...
Parents must effectively communicate with their child's IEP team
As a parent, communicating effectively with the IEP team is a skill you must master to assure your child is receiving an appropriate education. You are your child’s IEP team leader. Documenting conc...
Stress-free IEP meetings can lead to better outcomes for students
It is possible to have less stress at IEP meetings, which will lead to better outcomes for students. Meetings are more successful when parents come prepared to give their valuable input, are committed...
Planning for the future needs of your child with a disability
When you are gone, nobody can replace the love and understanding you have for your son or daughter. However, with proper planning, you can leave family members and professionals with the tools they ne...

Raising Gifted Kids

Understanding the unique characteristics of gifted children
Raising gifted kids is a challenge, which requires informed parents who can recognize their children’s strengths and weaknesses. Understanding the unique characteristics of gifted children is the fi...
Parenting gifted children and helping to develop their potential
As parents, you play a critical role in the development of your children’s gifted potential. You should value education and work collaboratively with educators to ensure your children have access to...
Navigating the challenges of raising and schooling a gifted child
Raising a gifted child is a work in progress. Parents need to pay attention to their child’s needs and interests--both inside and outside of the classroom. There will be bumps along the way, but the...
Supporting the academic success of twice-exceptional learners
Twice-exceptional students can pose numerous challenges to teachers. As a result, parents must monitor their child’s education carefully, so that teachers value student strengths. Over time, these s...
Parents can help their gifted students develop executive functions
Regardless of how much you may want gifted children to become more organized and develop their executive functions, it is vital to remember that kids have their own agenda. Your influence may be more ...
Expert advice on finding the best school for your gifted child
Raising a gifted child is a very challenging experience. While most parents anxiously attempt to find the perfect educational setting for their gifted child, this is not a simple endeavor. Not only is...
Guiding gifted children to lead productive and fulfilling lives
Gifted kids are often complex, as is the task of parenting them. Gifted kids have high potential, but also are at risk for underachievement, social isolation and emotional challenges. Our job is to pa...
Effective strategies for developing self-esteem in your gifted child
Although many gifted kids struggle with low self-concept, simple strategies exist that parents can use to increase self-esteem and improve the likelihood the child will have the confidence he/she need...
Help gifted kids cope with and conquer their fear and anxiety
It takes courage to fight worry, fear, anxiety and perfectionism. It often takes a team, which includes you. In the process, you may have to fight your own worry monsters as well.Like with most proble...
Teaching gifted students stress management skills to combat stress
Stress, in some form or another, will always be present in our lives. And it is not all negative. We need to model for our children and actively teach them positive ways to think about and live with s...
Empower gifted kids to maximize the benefits of their sensitivities
These precious children who we love will eventually grow up to be adults and will not have parents around to protect them from themselves. We must not only help them experience their sensitivities in ...
Expert advice on seeking school support for your gifted child
Parents advocating for improving educational opportunities for their gifted children find success when sensitive in their approach. Educators face numerous obstacles in their efforts to provide an app...
Recognize gifted characteristics to help you raise your gifted child
Giftedness is not just about achievement and academic success. There are many traits that gifted children possess that parents and others don’t realize are part of the profile. These children are hi...
Parents can encourage and shape their gifted, compassionate children
Essentially, compassionate children are less fearful of their feelings. In fact, they have a closer relationship with feelings than most individuals. Fear is first and foremost the most important emot...
How to understand the socioemotional needs of your gifted teenager
There are many resources available to parents looking to help their gifted teenager deal with negative socioemotional issues. Mostly, it takes a little education on behalf of the parent to understand ...
Help gifted kids navigate their complex social and emotional world
There is no step-by-step recipe for parenting gifted children. What’s important is common sense and thoughtful adult behavior. Helping gifted children navigate their social and emotional world at ho...
Expert advice for parenting culturally diverse gifted learners
This article demonstrates the challenges and exciting experiences that culturally diverse parents may have while raising and nurturing gifted learners. Much of the advice shared is the same--regardles...

Parental Advice on Bullying

Actions parents can take to stop cyberbullying
In the future, children will continue to have even greater access to online connected electronic devices and will be even more at risk to experiencing cyberbullying. It is important your children are ...
Hey teens, here's how to stop the physical bullying
The most effective way to put a stop to bullying is to tell an adult whom you trust. Give them the facts. They will stop the bullying. If it does not stop, tell the adult again or tell another adult....
Teens - how to stop cyberbullying
Cyberbullying is happening to a lot of kids around the world. You are not alone and you are not responsible, nor do you deserve being bullied. Let adults help you address this problem. Keep copies of ...
Parents - stop the cyberbullying and physical bullying
The best solution to bullying is prevention. Make sure your kid’s school has a “no tolerance” policy regarding bullying. Follow through with school officials if you believe bullying is occurring...
Stop your child when they are the bully
Your child has been accused of bullying. You are likely feeling a range of emotions such as: where did we go wrong? How do we stop this? A child may be acting out for a variety of reasons and the key ...
Talking to your child about bullying and recognizing the signs
Everyone deserves respect, and nobody deserves to be bullied. All students have the right to be treated with dignity and respect, no matter what. We all need to work together because everyone is respo...
Understanding the common views and popular myths about bullying
It is important to understand the common views and myths about bullying because ignoring bullying will not make it go away. While this solution sounds easy, ignoring the problem will not help. In fact...
Cyberbullying: What all parents need to know
Cyberbullying is an unfortunate reality for this wired generation of kids, but something that can be easily battled if we talk to our kids early and often about what cyberbullying is, what the consequ...
End bullying by teaching girls to use their girl power for good
How do we stop bullying? We begin by treating ourselves better, thereby ending the allure of victimhood. When we practice self-care, we have energy left over to treat others with kindness. We use comp...
Be proactive in preventing your child from turning into a bully
The tactics offered in this article will help ensure that your child doesn’t become part of the bullying problem our country is facing. If parents across America commit to raising tolerant, empathet...
Parents must teach their kids effective ways to manage bullying
A child’s world is extremely important. Keeping kids ignorant about ways to negotiate mean people will not keep them safe. Rather, it will just keep them in the dark. Many of today’s parents and g...
What should parents do when their children are troublemakers?
It is not the school’s job to fix the mistakes of parents or make up for a lack of discipline. No one will ever be invested in a child’s welfare as deeply as the parent. The sooner you erase a “...
Parents can help kids manage bullying and make positive changes
At the end of the day, we as parents do our best to protect our children, to set a good example, and to lead their moral compass to know what is right and wrong. Our hope is they are not bystanders as...
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