5 Simple Ways to Encourage Healthy Eating in Picky Eaters

Have you got picky eaters?

I think it’s pretty universally well known that special needs children can be considered by most to be picky eaters.  I know, it’s not so much that they’re just “picky eaters,” but more likely sensory issues and routines adding to the “pickiness.”

Sometimes it’s beyond what we can fix, but I think there’s always a little improvement we can make with our “picky eaters.”  Eating healthy can be a struggle for all of us, honestly.  As adults, we’re tempted daily by the oodles and gobs of food that present itself to us.

In the blink of an eye, we can literally have almost any food item that we want, delivered right to our front door.  Papa John’s recently added GF pizza to their line up, as has Dominoes, so my budget is the only thing keeping me strong there!

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How to Add Homeschool Gardening on a Budget

Try homeschool gardening to make learning (and life) a bit more fun

If your kids like learning with hands-on activities, homeschool gardening is a great idea.  Now is probably the time to start, no matter where you’re located.  Having and planting your own garden is a wonderful way for anyone can have the option to enjoy fresh fruits and veggies straight from their own backyard for many months out of the year.

It’s not only a healthier option, it can actually be quite a money saver as well!  Think of the time and money that you can save by literally just walking out to your backyard to grab some veggies for dinner that night rather than hopping in the car and driving to the store.  Each time you head to the store, a couple different things happen…

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How autism affects siblings & 9 ways to offer support

Wondering how autism affects siblings?

You’re not alone.  How autism affects siblings and their relationship is a common curiosity.  After “K’s” diagnosis, it was one of the things I thought about most often.  I can’t tell you how many google searches I poured over.  A few years later,  I chose to write my sociology research paper on the effect of Autism on Neurotypical Siblings (NTs).

How very few research papers I found on the topic back then shocked and saddened me.  Most of what I did find had more to do with the autism siblings’ risk of developing the disorder themselves. Fortunately, there’s suddenly a flourishing body of research, which will hopefully continue to grow.  So, if you’re curious about the outcomes of autism sibling relationships and ways to help, I’ve got some information to help you.

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The importance of developing SMART fitness goals

Do you set “Smart” fitness goals?

Does this sound like you?  “I’m going to lose weight this year… I need to get in shape.”  How does it work out?  That’s been me about 90% of the times I’ve tried losing weight.  Setting SMART fitness goals has been the one thing that has brought me success.

I hate anything that seems like it may be mentally taxing without any joy in return.  The ADHD in me hits a mental fatigue wall fast – as in just thinking about it.  Here’s the thing, every time I make a legit plan and keep track, I find so much more success.  It’s not so bad as you may think, and as you see yourself hitting goals, it becomes so rewarding, that you get that hit of joy with every day you track.

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$10 Dollar calm down box from dollar tree

Do you have a calm down box?

Our ABA practitioner suggested we make a calm down box a while ago.  I always meant to, but never got around to it because… life.  We started having issues at church, and a calm down box became an obvious answer.  Until now, I’ve had a make-shift Ziploc bag of whatever.  With my “Things to know about” sheet.

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