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What is stopping You From Living?

Uncategorized Aug 09, 2022

When you wake up in the morning, do you feel like today will be a ditto of yesterday? Has your life become so repetitive that your excitement and zeal have been replaced with dread and anxiety?  What is stopping you from living the life you want? This week we will talk about some things that might be hindering you and begin to get you back on track to making the progress in your life that you crave!

Beware of Past Influences:

We all have been influenced by our past. I know in my life, my parents were more conservative and were certainly not big risk takers. Consequently, I learned...

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How is the Best Way Deal with Conflict?

#dealingwithconflict Jul 26, 2022

We all want to live our lives in peace and quiet, but then something happens and conflicts arise. As long as there are people there will be conflicts. We all need to understand that conflicts we have with one another should be expected and do not always translate into something bad.  What we all need to learn is how to fight better so that we join forces to fight against the problem and stop wasting time fighting against each other. Below are some options to think about the next time a conflict arises.

My Way or the Highway?

When getting into fights and conflicts we often assign...

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Powerful People Making a Difference!

Uncategorized Jul 19, 2022

Last week we had our Women Empowering Woman group and had Celeste Cecchetti as our speaker. We all had a great discussion and learned a lot from each other.  Below is a recap of some of the takeaways we all learned.

Be kind to yourself

Celeste shared about mistakes we may make as parents. We can be our own worst critics and often come down hard on ourselves for even the most minor things. Celeste shared about the hills and valleys we all may experience raising our children.  One of the most important things she does is to get up the next morning and start a new day. You...

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How Can Circumstances Perpetuate Behaviors?

get support Jul 05, 2022

 Many people look at behaviors and wonder why? Why is this child having such a hard time? I know when my son was 4 years old he was removed from school due to behaviors. He was home schooled for 2 months while we looked for a more appropriate out-of-district setting. What were his behaviors? Spitting on adults. Whatever the behavior you may be dealing with, let’s begin to take a look at the role circumstances play in a child’s behaviors.

 Environment:

When my son was 4 years old, he was in the hospital for two weeks due to a seizure disorder. He hated haircuts but the...

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Four Common Causes of Behavior

Uncategorized Jun 27, 2022

This last week Dr. Michele Havens spoke at our Zoom training about, “What Causes your Child’s Behaviors.” The word that is perhaps the most important in this question is “causes.” Dr. Havens talked about 4 causes to watch for and how to decipher which one your child might be using. Once you know the cause it is easier to develop a plan to stop the behaviors. Below are the four causes Dr. Havens talked about.

 Is your child seeking attention?

Does your child get bored easily or have a hard time entertaining themselves? When a child feels bored they often...

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How Do You Impact Behaviors at Home?

Uncategorized Jun 20, 2022

Are your children struggling with behaviors? One of the first places you may look to get help is to hire a professional to evaluate your child and develop a behavior plan. No doubt this can be important, but as a parent you also continuously need to evaluate your own behaviors. Behaviors are a part of everyone’s  life and often your behaviors can feed into your child’s. Let’s look at a very common example most of us can relate to.

You Can’t Please Everybody!

Many of us are longing to create a more peaceful life.  I initially thought trying to make everybody...

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How to Set Boundaries for Success!

This last week we had Sabrina Klele speak at our “Women Empowering Women”  group. For those that missed the time, we wanted to give you a recap  of the great takeaways we all learned from Sabrina. The most important takeaways she shared could be summed up in two words: “setting boundaries.”

Taking Time for Self Care:

Sabrina has four children, one of those has special needs. All of her children were born very close together so she had her hands full. She shared about how she taught her children from a very early age that mommy had “her time.”...

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Do You Have a Mentor?

I have had mentors for many things in life, but the mentors who have been essential, were those who helped me with my son having special needs. When it came to his disabilities, I had no idea what to do or where to go. That is when I began to search for help. Here are some of the most important reasons to get a mentor.

Mentors Sit in Your Corner

I would liken being a parent of a child with special needs to the movie "Rocky." You are always entering some boxing ring to advocate or fight for something you and/or your child need. The most important relationship Rocky had was his coach. His...

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How Important is Building a Good Support System?

# self care May 30, 2022

One of the most important components of good mental health and living longer and happier lives is having quality relationships. As a parent of a child with special needs, I have struggled with this and have often felt unsupported and alone. That is why Pathways is beginning the “Women Empowering Women” support system. It is a place where women, who are moms and/or guardians, can join hands and hearts and begin to help each other take this journey together.

 The Need for Better Support Systems

Being a mom of a child with special needs is downright draining. Add to that, a...

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How to Make Health your Habit!

Uncategorized May 23, 2022

Whenever you need to change something about your life, do you generally meet with internal resistance. For example, you may know you need to drink more water and less coffee. You may know you need to watch less Netflix or TikToc and get more physically active. What is the first feeling that hits you when you have to change? Excitement or dread?  Quite often,  your biggest problem sometimes can be just getting the motivation to start.

Ask yourself, "why?"

Do an inventory of how you want to feel as a result of changing something. For example, I struggle a lot with getting enough...

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