Hersheypark's Accessibility Program: Making the Most of Your Visit with ASD/SPD

Thank you to Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company for hosting my visit so I could share this information about Hersheypark's Accessibility Program with all of you; all opinions are 100% my own! A few years ago, my family was planning a big amusement park trip, and I stumbled upon a wonderful find: there was help in place during our visit for our my son and his rather significant SPD issues! If you're unfamiliar, SPD is Sensory Processing Disorder--part of ASD, Autism Spectrum Disorder. I was floored to find this help in place. Like so many things in this mom gig, nothing makes ...

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Nailing the Morning Routine for Kids with ADHD

Getting kids ready in the morning can be stressful, but when you add an ADHD diagnosis to the mix, it becomes exponentially more so. Yet, while mornings can be challenging, doesn’t mean everyone must be a fight, filled with nagging and frustration. Here are some tips to help school the morning routine for kids with ADHD.   Nailing the Morning Routine for Kids with ADHD: I’m sure you’ve heard this a million times, but simply writing down the routine might not be enough for your child with ADHD. Some lists don't work because they are in the wrong location. When I first wrote out a morning routine for my ...

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On the Corner of Defeat and Hope

Defeat and hope together? Sounds unlikely, no? But the things is, my fellow mamas in the trenches, you know exactly what I'm talking about--give me a moment to explain why... Last week a friend shared with me how she felt like a failure. My response: "You too?" As she is lovely and kind, she exclaimed, "But you have it all together!" Ah, I do so appreciate her belief in me...but I explained how very wrong she was. How messy and complicated and ugly my truth actually is. For you see, on the side of every shiny exterior, there is a whole ...

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The Music Shop Book Club Discussion

***This post on The Music Shop Book Club Discussion contains affiliate links which if you choose to purchase through, I have the capacity to earn a small commission. All opinions always remain 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the work we do here at Mom of the Year!*** One of my favorite joys of reading is when I fall in love with a new-to-me author. After our neighborhood book club read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, I quickly devoured the novel's counterpart, The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy. In reading these two books, I became a solid goner for Rachel Joyce's writing ...

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Consignment Sale 101: The Gameplan You Need

***Thank you to JBF Reading for sponsoring this post so I could bring you this Consignment Sale 101!*** Spring consignment season is here, friends! I love consignment sales. They are such a nifty way to save on all the stuff your kiddos need as they age and grow, and a super way to make some cash on items they've outgrown. My favorite consignment sale hands down is the JBF Reading sale, and I have shared quite a bit here about why it's such a win. Today, I'm gathering up all the smart advice for navigating this sale in one handy Consignment ...

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