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10 Steps to Cleaning a Child’s Room without Losing your Mind

One of parenting’s great problems: (cue scary music) Clean kid rooms

More than likely you’ve had those days when stepping into your child’s room takes great courage and agility. You see stuffed animals and toys strewn around the floor, dirty clothes that didn’t make it to the basket, papers on the floor, and Legos waiting to stab your feet. You sigh and walk away, too weary to argue.

I’ve been there! I’m by no means the Dali Llama of clean kids rooms, but I do have some steps that have helped us make the cleaning experience less traumatic for all. I pass these to you to make your life less stressful.

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10 Ways to Empower your Child with Aspergers Syndrome

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Life can be overwhelming for children with Aspergers syndrome.

As a special needs parent, I’m willing to bet you’d love to make life easier for your child. You watch his struggles and wonder how you can help. Since Dr. J just turned eight, I’ve been contemplating how far he has come in the last five years. By no means do I know everything, but these ten things have helped my son navigate life’s choppy waters, and they can help your child, too. Most of these will help other special needs children as well.

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Winter Parenting: 68 Ways to Survive Cooped up Energy without Going Insane

Winter provides a different type of parenting problem

I live in the Midwest. Winters get cold.  I have two boys. Add in extra need for movement, developmental delay that causes lack of control, being a one-car family, apartment living, and you’ve got a potentially perfect parenting storm.

A few weeks ago I wrote a post “12 Ways to Grab your Child’s Attention without Yelling“. Sometimes you just need more than ways to talk to your kids. You need things for them to DO! After my day today, I’ve decided I must not be the only parent who needs a list of things to do when the kids are going stir crazy. I know not everyone can do each of these, but hopefully this list gives you some choices. Grab a pen–here we go!

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The Power of One Break

Survive special needs life by taking breaks

Parenting is busy and tiring. Special needs parenting wears one out even faster. Many special needs parents handle the bulk of the day-to-day life while the other spouse is at work. Days upon days of meltdowns and therapy drag a body down. Trying to think ahead all of the time to prevent problems wears on you. More than likely, you’ve hit a breaking point before. You lose your temper, say something you regret, or just break down crying in front of your kids.

I’m pretty sure most special needs parents have been there. What if you could reduce the number of times you’re there? It’s possible with the Power of One Break! Continue reading

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3 Ways to Organize your Kids

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Matthew Newell of the Family Hope Center says our kids with ADD, autism, etc. need more structure in their day, not less. It helps them make it through the day. I have seen that true in Dr. J’s life, but I confess I’m not always the greatest at it.

“So why,” you ask, “do you say ‘help is here!'”?

Because I’ve found some things that helped Dr. J. It’s just my fault for not being consistent, or the needs in our family changed and I moved on to something else.

Here are three things that add structure to our home that have helped Dr. J.:

Perhaps they will help you to, or you can modify them to work in your home.

1. Dollar Store Sentence Strips

These are great for making a daily schedule, a school schedule, reminders–you are limited only by your imagination! I already wrote a post about this, so instead of reiterating it, you can read more here.

2. Over-the-Door Shoe Organizer

If you look at organizing boards on Pinterest, you’ll find lots of ideas for shoe organizers. I don’t remember if I came up with this idea or my sister did, but it has worked well. The boys helped me put it together. Their room was a minefield of crayons, markers, scissors, and of course toys, so I hung this on the back of their door.

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You need a shoe organizer, blank address labels, a pen, and your supplies. I used labels to avoid the “I-can’t-find-a-red-crayon” dilemma. You’ll see that I added some visual cues for my five year-old, like using the color of the crayon to write the word or the drawing of scissors. Their room is not as spotless as a surgery center, but it is much-improved since I did this, and we haven’t had arguing over who has crayons in their desk and who doesn’t. You can adapt this for lots of things!

3. Well Planned Day Student Planner

This worked really well, and I’m going to return to it in August or September. I used Well Planned Day’s student planner for Dr. J. I used it both for school AND home. If checklists make your child more comfortable and confident, then this will work really well for him. On the left side I put school assignments. These were things that if he completed, he earned five minutes of computer time for each check. The emphasis was on completion, not correctness. If he didn’t finish something, I crossed it out and he didn’t get to earn minutes for that item. This method controls tech time, gives structure, shows accomplishment, and more.

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On the right side, I put things that Dr. J. has to do just because he’s alive–self-care, home tasks, etc. He didn’t earn any tech time for these. It’s simply a way for him to see what needs to be done and help him remember. I can refer him back to his planner if he’s off track or I know there’s something he’s supposed to be doing. Fewer raised voices and more productivity. I’d say that’s a good thing.

Now it’s your turn. What have you used with your children to help them stay on track or be more organized? Do tell!

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Hitting the Pause Button

Today we’ve reached the middle of The Power of One series. It’s a good time to think about what we’ve discussed so far. We’ve talked about:

The Power of One in general

The Power of One Minute

The Power of One Task

The Power of One Victory

The Power of One Attitude

and

The Power of One Tweak

Which one is your favorite? I’d like a chance to discuss this and let everyone catch up.

In other news, I’m going to be at the Titus 2:1 Conference in under two months, and tickets are selling fast. It’s a great conference for bloggers, and you won’t be sorry you went! Push play to see why you should come–can you find me in the video?

Thank you to Ashley Pichea for the great picture from last year’s 2:1 Conference that I’m using at the top of this post.

I am also speaking in the Exceptional Children Expo in a couple weeks. The great thing about this expo is you listen from home! You can even stay in your jammies and have dishes in the sink–no one will know. Click on the picture below for more information–lots of special needs help in store!

Exceptional Children Expo
Next Monday we’ll continue with a new Power of One post. But first I want to ask again, how has this series helped you? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!