20 Kid-Friendly, Gut-Friendly Recipes for Your Picky Eater

During early toddlerhood, my son H was an amazing eater. Avocado, salmon, broccoli, sweet potatoes, turkey chili, spinach omelettes, green smoothies...that kid would eat anything! Picky eating was a ...


Tips for Increasing Gut-Healthy Foods in Your Picky Eater's Diet

You are what you eat. Though we’ve all heard this before, most of us take it for granted. The truth is, the food we put in our bodies has ...


25 Gluten-Free Products Your Kids Will Love

If you read my post about the first step to improve your child's gut health and asked yourself, How in the world do I remove gluten from my child's diet? ...


Improve Your Child's Gut Health in 5 Simple Steps: Step 5

We're on the final step for improving your child's gut health. If you're just joining us, here are the first four: Replace gut-irritating foods with gut-healing foods (this is your ...


Improve Your Child's Gut Health in 5 Simple Steps: Step 4

If you're just joining the gut health series, let me get you up to speed (and if you've been along for the ride, here's a quick refersher!)... Our overall health ...


Improve Your Child's Gut Health in 5 Simple Steps: Step 3

Gut health series recap: A healthy gut = a healthy child More "bad bugs" than "good bugs" (gut dysbiosis) = physical, mental and emotional disorders Neurological disorders like ...


How to Improve Your Child's Gut Health in 5 Simple Steps: Step 2

If you've been following my gut health series, you're up to speed on the importance of gut health, the risk factors for gut dysfunction in children and the first step ...


Improve Your Child's Gut Health in 5 Simple Steps: Step 1

If you’ve been following my gut health series, you know that the quality of our health and the health of our kiddos depends on the quality of bugs in ...


Healthy Gut, Healthy Child: 5 Risk Factors for Gut Dysfunction in Children

Did you know that a healthy gut is the key to a healthy brain? If you read my last post, you learned about the human microbiome and its influence on ...


Gut Health and SPD: What You Need to Know

Hippocrates (aka- The Father of Medicine) famously said, “All disease begins in the gut.” Well, it’s taken modern medicine quite awhile to get on board, but research over the ...


The Scientifically Proven Way to Improve Your Parenting

Recently I was commiserating with a girlfriend about one of my (many) parenting fails. I’d been triggered by my older son, completely lost my cool and shouted something to the effect of, “H! You’re driving me insane!” ...


The One Thing that Lessened My Anxiety and Improved My Parenting

Anxiety and I go way back. As a kid, my anxiety manifested in sleep issues, frequent nightmares, and perfectionistic behaviors. When I reached puberty, I developed another way of managing ...


3-Step Back to School Plan for Anxious Kids (And Parents!)

As August flies by, kids and parents all over the world are feeling three common end-of-summer emotions: sadness (no more lazy, unstructured days), excitement (no more lazy, unstructured days), and ...


3 Beneficial Alternative Therapies for Sensory Processing Disorder

If your child is struggling with sensory processing disorder, the first thing you need to do is find an occupational therapist who specializes in sensory integration therapy. A research-based treatment, ...


The Sensory-Defensive Child Goes on Vacation: Lessons from Our Trip to Mexico

Summer. It’s the time of year when we loosen the strings a little, let go of our regular routines, relax, and take a vacation. But, let’s face it, ...


My Top 10 Sensory Toy Picks

In the beginning of my older son’s journey with SPD, I bought any and every sensory toy that presented even the tiniest possibility of being helpful. Anything H’s ...


3 Must-Read Books for Every Parent of a Child with Sensory Processing Disorder

In the beginning of my older son’s journey with sensory processing disorder, I devoured every sensory processing related book I could get my hands on. My anxiety about H’ ...


5 Real Time Strategies for Managing Your Child's Explosive Behavior

If you’ve read the last two blog posts, you’re familiar with Dr. Ross Greene’s philosophy, "Kids do well if they can." If you’re new ...


How to Decrease Your Child's Explosive Behaviors

“Kids do well if they can.” Take a minute to let that phrase sink in. Now think about your child. Your amazing, curious, sensitive, energetic, thoughtful, creative...annoying, difficult, explosive ...


Understanding Your Child's Explosive Behavior

I HATE YOU!!! Punches the wall, makes a growling sound, looks for something to throw. I'M MAD AT YOU!!! YOU'RE STUPID!! Throws nearest toy then punches little brother. NOOOOOOOO!!! I ...


5 Things I Wish People Knew About Parenting a Child With Sensory Processing Disorder

One of the hardest things about parenting a child with sensory processing disorder is the fact that it’s not recognized by our medical, mental health, and educational systems as ...


3 Things I Wish I'd Known About Parenting a Child with SPD

I’m going to be honest with you: Five years ago, I had no clue. Despite having graduate degrees in Education and Psychology and having worked with children for the ...


Sample Letter to Family and Friends Explaining SPD

The only thing more difficult than understanding sensory processing disorder and how it affects your child is trying to explain it to other people. After many frustrating conversations (on both ...


The Vestibular System: What the Heck is it and Why do I Need to Know About it?

I feel the same way about understanding the vestibular system as I do about meditating, budgeting, and onesie shoulder flaps- I wish I’d known about the life-changing benefits of ...


What is Sensory Processing and Why is it Important?

“Sensory processing (originally called ‘sensory integration dysfunction’ or SID) refers to the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into appropriate motor and behavioral responses. ...


8 Ways to Improve Your Child's Behavior (Without Using Shame or Punishment)- Part 2

Here are four more ways to guide your child's behavior while modeling love and empathy and staying connected. 5. Adopt The Motto- “Children need the most love when they act ...


8 Ways to Improve Your Child's Behavior (Without Using Shame or Punishment)- Part 1

Now that we’ve ditched the old parenting paradigm of using shame and punishment to “teach” our kids how to behave, we need ways to help guide them when their ...


In Honor of Mother's Day

Dear Mom, Nearly 42 years ago, you became a second-time-mom to a daughter. Your first child, my brother, was an “easy” baby who “didn’t need much.” Little did you ...


Discipline a Problem? This May Be Why

Spare the rod, spoil the child. We’re all familiar with this phrase. Inspired by several passages in the Old Testament, it sums up the parenting philosophy that most of ...


A Word on Transitions

My son, H, started physical therapy when he was six months old and his physical therapist was the first to introduce me to sensory processing disorder. I was at the ...


5 Phrases You Need in Your Parenting Tool Box

Tool boxes aren’t just for hammers, drills, and ten different kinds of screwdrivers. You also need a “parenting tool box” full of techniques, phrases, and actions that help manage ...


How to Overcome the 5 Most Common Obstacles to Consistent Special Time

Now that we know the magic of spending quality daily one-on-one time (Special Time) with our kids, we need to put it into action. Unfortunately, knowing something is important doesn’ ...


The 1 Thing You Can Do Today to Improve Your Child's Behavior and Ensure He Feels Loved

Recently, I saw a funny meme about the multiple benefits of coconut oil. Frizzy hair? Coconut oil. No shaving cream? Coconut oil. Dry skin? Coconut oil. Bad credit? Coconut oil. ...


Riding the Wave of SPD

Sensory Processing Disorder manifests in different ways for each child. But anyone who has a sensory overresponsive child can relate to my story. ...


Marriage Hack #8: Humor Me

Before I got married, I asked my mom about the secret to her 50 year marriage to my dad. Without hesitation, she replied, “Humor.” Then she added, “No matter how ...


Marriage Hack #7: Say it in Writing

Good communication is the key to a solid, connected and happy marriage. So, what do you do when there are topics you and your partner just can’t talk about? ...


Marriage Hack #6: Coffee Walks

When you have kids, especially young kids, and especially especially young kids with extra challenges, finding time to connect with your partner seems as doable as climbing Mount Everest. In ...


The Storm Trooper Incident

As parents of kids with SPD, we can plan and prepare and anticipate, we can do our best to protect our kids, to mitigate experiences we know will be challenging. ...


Shifting Out of Fear

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about fear. I’ve been noticing how many of my thoughts about parenting and my kids are fear-based. Why is H acting out ...


Potty Training: Part 2

After a rough-go at Potty Training, H was finally pee-pee trained, but still holding his ground on Number Two. I was so excited that he was finally peeing in the ...


Marriage Hack #5: Practice Non Violent Communication

This is actually a thing. Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a communication process developed by Marshall Rosenberg, who describes it as “a way of communicating that leads us to give from ...


Marriage Hack #4: Fake it Till You Make it!

Research has shown that even when you aren’t happy, if you smile, your brain is tricked into thinking you are happy which then triggers the production of neurochemicals that ...


Marriage Hack #3: Embody Gratitude

I am convinced that gratitude is the solution to everything! The problem is that it can seem nearly impossible to feel grateful towards your partner when you are at odds ...


Marriage Hack #2: Give 'Em the Benefit of the Doubt

When tensions run high in a marriage, it can be easy to play the blame game — pointing fingers and assuming the worst. According to John Gottman, a psychologist and leading ...


Marriage Hack #1: Schedule Alone Time

Remember how great my husband, A, is? Well, he made an excellent point while we were in the depths of our stress and struggling to bridge the huge divide in ...


Marriage Hacks

Before I had kids, I didn’t understand people who would refer to marriage as “work”. Being absolutely crazy about my husband, I would think to myself, “What are they ...


When Potty Training Goes Awry

When my older son, H, was almost two years old, a girlfriend of mine came over for a play-date with her almost four-year-old son. The boys were playing when my ...


The Dreaded Birthday Party

If you’re parenting a child with sensory issues, there’s a good chance that birthday parties are not your favorite thing. Especially if your child is a sensory avoider, ...


3 Things You Can Do to Stay Calm When Your Child Isn't

Just when you’re past the sleepless nights, the crazy, twisting road of nursing, and figuring out the ins and outs of solid foods, you start to think you’ve ...


Rewriting the Narrative

Shortly after my first son was born, I knew something was “off.” Our pediatrician dismissed my concerns. She said his constant screaming, feeding difficulties, self-regulation issues, and gross motor delays ...