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September 19, 2014
by Jennifer Hughes
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20 Halloween Sensory Bins to Delight + MEGA CASH GIVEAWAY

Halloween is a smorgasbord of sensory experiences for kids…. from the family-friendly decorations and costumes to the changing scents and sounds of Fall. Bring a touch of the sensory fun of the season indoors with these delightful Halloween sensory bins!

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Looking for more great Halloween ideas? Be sure to check out my collection of Halloween tips, ideas, activities, recipes and more for the entire family.

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20 Halloween Sensory Bins

 

Halloween Cloud Dough Sensory Bin | Simple Fun for Kids

Halloween Cloud Dough Sensory Bin | Simple Fun for Kids

Halloween Sensory Play: Spider & Bat Sensory Seek | Tutus & Tea Parties

Halloween Sensory Play: Spider & Bat Sensory Seek | Tutus & Tea Parties

No Mess Halloween Sensory Bin: Halloween Snakes | Fun at Home with Kids

Halloween Sensory Bin | Sugar Aunts

Halloween Sensory Bin | Sugar Aunts

Halloween Sensory Play: Candy Corn Sensory Seek | Tutus & Tea Parties

Halloween Sensory Play: Candy Corn Sensory Seek | Tutus & Tea Parties

Halloween Sensory Tray | Dirt & Boogers

Creepy, Crawly Halloween Water Beads Sensory Bin | Little Bins for Little Hands

Slimy Spaghetti Sensory Activity for Toddlers | Hands On As We Grow

Slimy Spaghetti Sensory Activity for Toddlers | Hands On As We Grow

Halloween Sensory Tub For Multiple Ages | No Time For Flashcards

Halloween Sensory Tub For Multiple Ages | No Time For Flashcards

Halloween Eyeball Sensory Bin | Fun at Home with Kids

Halloween Eyeball Sensory Bin | Fun at Home with Kids

Bugs in Jello Sensory Play | P is for Preschool

Bugs in Jello Sensory Play | P is for Preschool
Halloween {bouncy ball} Sensory Tub | Lovely Commotion

Halloween {bouncy ball} Sensory Tub | Lovely Commotion

{Halloween Activity} Witch’s Sensory Brew | Love Play Learn

{Halloween Activity} Witch’s Sensory Brew | Love Play Learn

Halloween Sensory Bin for Baby and Toddlers | Fun at Home with Kids

Edible Glowing Spiderwebs Sensory Play | Fun at Home with Kids

Edible Glowing Spiderwebs Sensory Play | Fun at Home with Kids

Halloween Sensory Tub | Paging Fun Mums

Glowing Halloween Sensory Tub| Creative Playhouse

Glowing Halloween Sensory Tub| Creative Playhouse

A {Not So} Spooky Halloween Sensory Bin | Where Imagination Grows

A {Not So} Spooky Halloween Sensory Bin | Where Imagination Grows

Halloween jelly messy play | Nurture Store

Halloween jelly messy play | Nurture Store

20 Halloween Sensory Bins to Delight | The Jenny Evolution

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September 18, 2014
by Jennifer Hughes
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Friday Flash Blog No. 86 {Plus Features}

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Weekly Thought: We are getting into a Halloween mood in our house. It’s true. I’ve got a fall wreath and decorated glass lanterns in the works. What are you working on?

 What a fun FREE Fall Printable from Three Kids and a Fish

What a fun FREE Fall Printable from Three Kids and a Fish

How to Make corn on the Grill Tutorial from Chocolates and Crockpots

How to Make corn on the Grill Tutorial from Chocolates and Crockpots

 15 Fun Fall Pumpkin Crafts. Compiled by Titi Crafty

15 Fun Fall Pumpkin Crafts. Compiled by Titi Crafty

 Homemade Buttermints. Recipe from Ten at the Table

Homemade Buttermints. Recipe from Ten at the Table

Slow Cooker Black Bean and Lentil Soup from Natural Chow

Slow Cooker Black Bean and Lentil Soup from Natural Chow

DIY Popper Favor. Even though it's written for weddings, this could be used for loads of occasions. Tutorial by A Bride on a Budget

DIY Popper Favor. Even though it’s written for weddings, this could be used for loads of occasions. Tutorial by A Bride on a Budget

 

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Bat Windows

September 17, 2014
by Jennifer Hughes
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Flying Bats Window Silhouettes – Halloween Crafts for Kids

My sons have a love affair with bats. So come Halloween, it’s time to get out these fascinating creatures and turn them into a fun Halloween crafts for kids.

While we’re making flying bat window silhouettes, this tutorial can easily be changed to make pumpkin window silhouettes or any other fun Halloween symbol.

Looking for more great Halloween ideas? Be sure to check out my collection of Halloween tips, ideas, activities, recipes and more for the entire family.

Flying Bat Window Silhouettes - Halloween Craft for Kids | The Jenny Evolution

Materials Needed:

  • Construction Paper
  • Tissue Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Stapler
  • Hole Puncher
  • Piece of Yarn or Ribbon

Directions:

1. Staple two large sheets of construction paper together on one end. This will help keep them in place.

2. Using a plate as a guide, draw a large circle.

Flying Bat Window Silhouettes - Halloween Craft for Kids | The Jenny Evolution

3. Draw out your bat shapes and cut out of the two sheets stapled together.

Flying Bat Window Silhouettes - Halloween Craft for Kids | The Jenny Evolution

4. Cut out circles in tissue paper.

Flying Bat Window Silhouettes - Halloween Craft for Kids | The Jenny Evolution

5. Overlap tissue over bat openings on one circle, careful to cover entire opening. Tape edges of tissue to one of the pieces of construction paper to keep tissue in place.

6. Place 2nd large circle on top, matching bat cutouts. Glue the two pieces of construction paper together.

7. Hole punch and insert yarn for hanger.

Flying Bat Window Silhouettes - Halloween Craft for Kids | The Jenny Evolution

Looking for more great Halloween ideas? Be sure to check out my collection of Halloween tips, ideas, activities, recipes and more for the entire family.

200+ Halloween Tips, Tricks and Treats on The Jenny Evolution

September 16, 2014
by Jennifer Hughes
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What Phone Numbers Do You Have Memorized?

Admit it. How many phone numbers do you actually have memorized?

I started carrying a mobile phone in 1998. But it wasn’t until phones could easily transfer data between computers (thanks iPhone) that the need to memorize phone numbers started to disappear for me.

Recently, I asked on The Jenny Evolution Facebook page just what phone numbers many of you had memorized. Most people said they knew their spouse’s cell phone number and that was it! Some even said they didn’t have their own home phone memorized. (Just another reason to ditch those landlines, folks! Read why I’m mobile only here.) Thankfully, someone did admit that they had “911” memorized as well.

But there is one number I will always remember, even though it has been well more than a decade since I called it…. both of my grandmothers’. As data and schedules and things I have to remember for the kids gets jammed into my brain, the one thing that remains constant is I can recite their phone numbers at the drop of a hat.

What Phone Numbers Do You Have Memorized? Me? My Grandmothers!

My and my lovely grandmothers

After my grandmothers passed away, I found myself dialing them up sometimes… even unconsciously. I would have a split second where I forgot that they weren’t just a quick phone call away and I would reach for the phone.

These two women, who were very different, made an indelible impression with me. There isn’t a week that goes by where I don’t think of them and something they said to me.

And even though I can’t reach out to them, there is a strange comfort in knowing their phone numbers.

WHAT PHONE NUMBERS DO YOU HAVE MEMORIZED?

September 15, 2014
by Jennifer Hughes
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Best Halloween Books for Toddlers (Board Book Editions)

Best Halloween Books for Toddlers – Board Book Editions! Find these books at your local library or purchase through the affiliate links provided for your convenience. All recommendations are mine.

Halloween is an exciting time for toddlers… dressing up, eating candy. Wait a minute — they do that all the time! Something else toddlers love year round? Halloween books! It’s true. The children at my son’s preschool simply adored Halloween books and asked for Halloween stories all the time.

While there are many terrific Halloween books out there, some can be too scary for toddlers. Plus, we all know how tough toddlers can be on books. Try out these wonderful Halloween books for toddlers, available in board book editions.

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Looking for more great Halloween ideas? Be sure to check out my collection of Halloween tips, ideas, activities, recipes and more for the entire family. Also, I write so often about books, I’ve put them in one central location and created a collection of all of my book lists! Find more great reading book lists here.

And for an extended list of fun

Halloween Board Books for Toddlers, CLICK HERE.


10 Trick-or-Treaters: Little do these ten trick-or-treaters know that they are the ones who will be frightened on Halloween night when a toad hops near, a skeleton tries to join their dance party, and a monster asks to share their candy. This not-too-scary Halloween counting book features the bright, bold artwork of Linda Davick and the comforting, lively rhythms of Janet Schulman’s story, making it the perfect gift for young trick-or-treaters everywhere!


Where Is Baby’s Pumpkin? (Karen Katz Lift-the-Flap Books): In Karen Katz’s distinctive style, an adorable baby searches throughout the house for her pumpkin. Is the pumpkin under the leaves, behind the curtain, under the bed? NO! But Baby finds many other surprises as a ghost, a witch’s hat, cute-as-a-button bats, and candy apples are found beneath each flap. Finally after Baby finds her pumpkin, she’s ready to go trick-or-treating and the final flap reveals a Halloween extravaganza!


Here Comes Halloween!: With glitter, flocking and touch-and-feels galore, Caroline Jayne Church tackles a not-so-spooky Halloween! Help this little boy decide what to be for Halloween. Then find out what he chooses! Caroline Jayne Church’s sweet line and color make a not-too-scary Halloween! Glitter, flocking, and fancy touch-and-feels on every spread will keep toddlers enthralled.


Llama Llama Trick or Treat: Have a Happy Halloween with this sixth board book by Anna Dewdney. Time for Llama Llama to find the perfect costume, pick out a pumpkin for a jack-o’-lantern, and then go trick-or-treating with Mama and his friends!

One, Two…Boo!: The littlest trick-or-treaters can lift the flaps to count their way through a spooky old house . . . but they had better be prepared for a few surprises! With a die-cut cover, adorable illustrations, and a flap on every page, this sturdy little board book is the perfect Halloween gift for trick-or-treaters everywhere.


I’m the Scariest Thing in the Castle: A little vampire bat takes stock of all the creepies in the castle and decides he’s scarier than all of them! But the creepies? They’re not convinced. When they play a trick to prove their point, the oh-so-boastful bat’s response is as unexpected as it is exuberant. It turns out the creepies may have created a monster- an absolutely adorable one.


Five Little Pumpkins: Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.The first one said, “Oh my, it’s getting late.”Get ready for some wicked fun as these five pumpkins run and roll! Toddlers will want to chant along with this popular rhyme again and again. Dan Yaccarino’s vibrant and bold illustrations bring these pumpkins to life with personality and style. Toddlers are sure to laugh out loud as these pumpkins roll out of sight!


It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse! (If You Give…): Join Mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie as he decorates all the pumpkins in the patch!

I Love You, Little Pumpkin!: This bestselling interactive novelty format features sturdy lift-the-flaps on each spread and blends Sandra Magsamen’s signature soft illustrations and heartfelt messages with a touch of Halloween. Babies will giggle at all of the adorably costumed little ones and squeal with delight when a surprise mirror reveals who is loved most of all!


Happy Halloween, Stinky Face: It’s almost time to go trick-or-treating, but first Stinky Face has just a few questions for Mama. As always, Mama lovingly addresses each and every one of her child’s concerns. A sweet and reassuring Halloween tale from Lisa McCourt and Cyd Moore!

 
Mouse’s First Halloween: Join Mouse on a spooky fall night. He hears bats flying, leaves falling, and children singing, “Trick or Treat!” What can it mean? Find the answer in this sturdy board book edition of the best-selling picture book.


Who’s There on Halloween?: Who’s There On Halloween? encourages readers to play along and use the clues to name the holiday characters hidden inside. Featuring charming text by Pamela Conn Beall and Susan Hagen Nipp and adorable illustrations by Charles Reasoner, these two Halloween books are sure to delight and entertain.

 For an extended list of fun Halloween Board Books for Toddlers, CLICK HERE.

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Looking for more great Halloween ideas? Be sure to check out my collection of Halloween tips, ideas, activities, recipes and more for the entire family.

 

200+ Halloween Tips, Tricks and Treats on The Jenny Evolution

September 12, 2014
by Jennifer Hughes
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Join the Library Lovers! A Library Challenge to Parents

Anyone who knows me knows I am absolutely gaga for libraries. I definitely consider myself one of the many library lovers lurking out there. When I worked in downtown Chicago, there was nothing better than hopping on the L to Washington Library. I would spend hours just walking the stacks and making lists of all of the books I couldn’t wait to devour. I would easily scarf down two to three books a week.

Having kids, my reading has turned to the more sophisticated tastes of Curious George and Pete the Cat. The days of reading full grown-up books are not really gone but more on hold until the kids get older. But my love of libraries hasn’t waned, and I’m passing that love on to my children. We visit one of our local libraries about every other week.

There’s nothing better than hearing my kids cheer when I tell them we’re going to the library. Does that make them nerds? My goodness, I sure hope so! I’m keeping my fingers crossed for some Mathletes. Having them be athletes would just be a bonus.

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When my kids were little, I even made it a game of trying out all of the local libraries one year to find the best in the area. It was fun to see how different libraries set up their children’s section and who had the best movie sections for the family.

And so I give you this challenge for the fall. Pick just five local libraries and visit them with your kids. You may surprised to find out what other awesome resources different libraries have and find an additional favorite one! But the biggest win? Exposing your kids to new places and encourage a life-long love of reading and books. Find your local libraries at PublicLibraries.com.

Because of my long-lasting love affair with books, I often write about them on The Jenny Evolution. Now I’ve put them in one central location and created a collection of all of my book lists! Find more great reading book lists here.

TELL ME: Are you willing to take the library challenge? As you take on the challenge, let me know about a new library you discovered or services you were thrilled to find.

September 12, 2014
by Jennifer Hughes
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GoodNites* TRU-FIT* Looks, Feels Like Real Underwear

This post is sponsored by GoodNites* TRU-FIT*. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign; however, all opinions are 100% my own.

When I heard about the new GoodNites* TRU-FIT*, I was ecstatic. My eight-year-old son still wets the bed every night, and he hates hates hates wearing nighttime protection. When he was younger, it wasn’t a big deal. But now that’s he’s older, he understands that many kids don’t have to wear nighttime protection. He just wants to be like all of the other kids.

When we received the product, my first thought was the GoodNites* TRU-FIT* really do look and feel like real underwear! I really love the idea of letting my son wear something that looks more like underwear so he feels less self conscious. They stretch and move just like underwear, but they have a place to insert a pad. The lining is also lightly coated to help keep leaks in.

I’m also digging the colors. My personal favorite is the blue-striped pair.

GoodNites* TRU-FIT* Looks, Feels Like Real Underwear

Another thing I really like about this product is if my child does have an accident, I can remove the insert and just throw the GoodNites* TRU-FIT* into the wash. That’s it. No special action is required.

You’ll also be surprised at how easy it is to put in the insert. Your kid will figure it out quickly enough. Check out the video below to see how easy it is to put the insert in.

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The fact is, your kid isn’t the only one who wets the bed at night. It’s just that many moms aren’t talking about it. So be sure to join me for the Twitter Party. You’ll get loads of information from the folks at GoodNites as well as insight from other parents joining the party. And of course, I’ll be there!

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GoodNites* TRU-FIT* comes as a starter kit with 2 pairs of colorful underwear for either boys or girls and 5 inserts. They come in sizes S/M and L/XL. From there, you just wash the underwear and you can buy additional inserts as needed.

For more information about bedwetting solutions and advice from trusted experts, visit the Better Night Network at www.GoodNites.com and the GoodNites Facebook page.

 Does your child wet the bed? Tell me how your child (or you) feels about it.

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September 11, 2014
by Jennifer Hughes
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Friday Flash Blog No. 85 {Plus Features}

Friday Flash Blog is a flash mob of blogs, highlighting the best of bloggers from the week. Be sure to check them out (and the ones I’ve featured) as well as link up your own.

Weekly Thought: Amazing how my children attended one day of Kindergarten and within three days was sick from that nasty virus going around. If you need brushing up on Back to School Bugs, read my post as a refresher.

10 More Ways to Learn with Legos compiled by From ABCs to ACTs

What fun with LEGO! 10 More Ways to Learn with Legos compiled by From ABCs to ACTs

Chocolate and Blackberry Shortbread Bars. Recipe from Annie's Noms

Chocolate and Blackberry Shortbread Bars. Recipe from Annie’s Noms

What a great idea for crafts (for the kids and for your own). DIY Tutorial from Crafty Journal

Preserve Those Fall Leaves! What a great idea for crafts (for the kids and for your own). DIY Tutorial from Crafty Journal

Adorable Wodden Jewelry Boxes! DIY Tutorial from Titi Crafty

Adorable Wodden Jewelry Boxes! DIY Tutorial from Titi Crafty

DIY Frozen Costumes Round-up by Play 2 Learn with Sarah

Are you ready for Halloween? DIY Frozen Costumes Round-up by Play 2 Learn with Sarah

Baked Jalapeno Cream Cheese Wontons Recipe by Elizabeth Joan Designs

I bet this are scrumptious. Baked Jalapeno Cream Cheese Wontons Recipe by Elizabeth Joan Designs

25 Great Adventure Chapter Books for Girls from The Jenny Evolution

25 Great Adventure Chapter Books for Girls from The Jenny Evolution

 

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September 9, 2014
by Jennifer Hughes
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The Power of Saying You’re Sorry – DiGiorno Twitter Mistake

Sometimes we make such a colossal mistake in our lives that it’s hard to see how on earth we could fix the damage. It can feel like a dark hole you will never climb out of. But there is one way… by saying you’re sorry. DiGiorno Pizza is learning this lesson the hard way. But the lessons DiGiorno is learning are the same lessons we should be teaching our children.

In the wake of Ray Rice punching out his then fiance out cold and being suspended by the NFL, women took to Twitter using the hashtag #WhyIStayed to share their domestic violence experiences. An employee(s) at DiGiorno apparently didn’t pay attention to the context of the tweets and sent out “#WhyIStayed You Had Pizza.” Oof.

Teaching the Power of Saying You're Sorry

As a former public relations professional, I used to work with companies that sometimes made blunders, mistakes and downright idiotic choices. And the professional advice I gave them is the exact same advice I give my own children (and myself) – say you’re sorry and really mean it.

So often, people want to hide from their mistakes, but that is one of the worst things you can do. Hiding doesn’t solve anything, and often the silence is taken as a lack of remorse and respect for the other person. Even worse, silence easily breeds even more hurt feelings, anger and contempt.

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Teach Your Child How to Say Sorry

As parents, our job isn’t just to teach our children how to treat others right. It’s also to teach our children how to behave when they don’t. I try to teach my children to say they’re sorry. But forcing a child to say the words “I’m sorry” doesn’t mean they actually believe the meaning. How can you help your child learn the true meaning of sorry?

1. Don’t have them just say they are sorry. Have them say what they are specifically sorry for. (Example: I’m sorry I pulled your hair and screamed at you.)

2. Have them say out loud how their actions must have made the other person feel. (Example: That must have hurt. And my screaming at you must have been very scary.)

3. Have them say what they will do differently next time. (Example: Next time, I will remind you with my words that it’s my turn to have the doll.)

4. Have them ask if the other child will accept their apology. If the other child says yes, they usually move on. If the other child says no, have your child ask how they can make things better. It’s also okay to explain that the child may still have hurt feelings and that we should respect that.

For younger children, feel free to prompt them with questions, such as “How do you think that made Julie feel?” or “If someone did that to you, how would that make you feel?”

DiGiorno Fixing Its Blunder

Unlike many companies that choose to ignore or hide from their mistakes, DiGiorno is taking the offensive in owning it’s serious snafu and publicly tweeting every single person an individualized and sincere apology. I’ve seen many companies try to say they’re sorry, but I have to say this is the first time I’ve really seen one use social media as a way to reach out to each and every person they offended. You can see some of their apologies here.

While it’s inexcusable that DiGiorno didn’t take five minutes out of their day to figure out what the hashtag #WhyIStayed was for, the fact is we all make blunders. Some are small. Others are major doozies. The difference is how we own our mistakes after they happen and try to repair the damage caused.

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September 9, 2014
by Jennifer Hughes
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Listening to Your Instincts Will Never Steer You Wrong

“Motherhood is supposed to be hard, but it’s not supposed to be this hard,” I used to think to myself. Yes, parenting is probably the toughest job anyone can take on. Babies and toddlers are demanding little ones, requiring your undivided attention all of the time. But I still remember thinking to myself that it wasn’t supposed to be this hard and this miserable. I should have listened to my instincts.

Before Vman was born, I had read that babies often cry a little within the first two weeks but then really find their lungs and voice after that. When Vman was born, he was born crying the moment he hit the air. And, honestly, he just didn’t stop.

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Because I had an unscheduled C-section, we spent five days in the hospital. On the last night, my husband and I decided to have the nurses take Vman so we could try to eek out a few moments of sleep before going home. That night, as we lay in the dark, we both heard the faint cry of a baby off in the distance. As we later learned, we both thought to ourselves, “I wonder who the sucker is that’s getting that baby delivered to their room.” The crying got a little louder. And well before Vman even reached our hallway of the hospital, we knew… we were the suckers! At this point, we had heard Vman cry SO much that we actually knew the sound of his voice.

The nurse entered the room declaring that they couldn’t get Vman to stop crying. Ummm… isn’t that why we asked you guys to keep him for the night? Because we needed the promise of some sleep! So while the other parents on our floor slept, my husband and I desperately tried to get our little man to calm down. We had no idea we would spend a number of years doing this.

Why Does He Cry So Much!

From the get go, it seemed that something was off with Vman. The crying was so over the top that it seemed ridiculous. Oh, babies cry, people told us. That’s just what they do. But I kept thinking to myself that babies aren’t supposed to cry this much. Finally our pediatrician said she thought he was colicky. Translated, we have absolutely no idea why your baby is crying all the time but he just is. Babies generally cry for a total of two hours a day. Vman would cry for two hours at a time.

In the haze, I managed to listen to some of my instincts. We naturally turned off all of the lights and lived by natural daylight or low-set lamps in the evenings. The TV, radio or anything else that produced sound went silent. These were just a few of the first steps I took toward listening to my instincts and changing our home environment to fit what I thought Vman needed. I had no idea why the rooms needed to be darker, I just did. I had no idea why the house had to become quiet, I just did.

Even though my gut told me that something wasn’t right with Vman, it took almost three years before we finally figured out that he has Sensory Processing Disorder. Suddenly, all of the pieces of the puzzle began to fit. I began to understand why he reacted negatively to clothing, touch and even hugs the way he did. I understood why he had a physical meltdown to noise.

Sensory Parenting & Instincts

As a sensory parent, you learn how to listen to your instincts. Once we finally had a diagnosis, I was able to fully embrace what my instincts were telling me. I wasn’t a bad mom who couldn’t figure out my child. My kiddo had extra sensory challenges that he needed help with. Once I started understanding what was going on, I found that if I listened to my instincts, we managed to avoid some of the multiple daily meltdowns.

By embracing my instincts about what to say yes to for my son, I found I better served him and the family as a whole. The family and friends around us didn’t necessarily understand or believe what we were dealing with. (And some of them still don’t.) But as the core family, we were happier making the right decisions for our kids based on what they needed and not the expectations of others.

Follow your instincts on what you think your family needs and not what others expect. Your instincts are the best tool you have as a sensory parent.

 

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