{Child Abuse Awareness Month} What WE Can do to Help our Youth #endchildabuse

Another Monday is here and today I decided to report in via YouTube, rather than by blog post. This video discusses what child abuse perpetrators look like, bet you can’t guess what they look like? Also the video goes on to discuss ways for us to help the youth who are in our lives, that can be your own children or other children in the community.

Be that person for our youth, because every child enjoys a chance to thrive in life and enjoy life to the fullest! Be that one person a child can turn to and be that one person who can do everything in their power to ensure another child is taken away from an abusive scenario!

Have a wonderful week and may your Monday bring you happiness. Xo

My Little Technology Monster so-to-speak #AutismAwareness

As we move further into the month, I am still talking about Autism Awareness because well it’s important alongside many other topics, but this is the one I am learning the most about this month with the recent DX of my son. Today, I discuss the technology addiction my son has always had and was easily confused in the beginning with an ADHD type of child.

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Aj has always loved electronics, video games could have easily ruled his world back in the younger days, ages 2-5. Then he got older, he learned about MineCraft and YouTube. Most days you will find my son in front of YouTube doing his research, as I like to call it. YouTube has become my son’s television so-to-speak, but he doesn’t just watch any old videos.

Aj enjoys watching videos that teach him something, that allow him to work deeper with his current loved video game, MineCraft.

The counselor, Aj’s Dad and I have all discussed this electronic “addiction” that Aj has and from time to time it had become quite the monster of his world, keeping him from interacting with his family on a more one-to-one basis. Then as time went on, I realized that Aj wasn’t using the laptop for the purpose of game playing, I realized he was showing a high level of interest in learning how to manipulate games or coding to make the game work in ways it wasn’t built from the “box” to do. It seems Aj has a bit of his father in him, his Dad loves to build computers and different things like that so it fits the mold of “like father like son” for sure.

In the past couple, almost three, months of having Aj off of medications, I have noticed that his brain is just intrigued by how things work, not necessarily the hands on building like his brother, but more so the “behind-the-scenes” of how things work and Aj gets it! Aj picks up on things that most of us don’t as it pertains to mathematics or how technology works. Aj seems to me to be that child who will grow up with a love of programming. Instead of doing what we had previously thought to be the right decision, keeping Aj from electronics, my ex husband and I have allowed the computer to be an open access item for him at both our homes. We have found in the past few months that Aj will not use the computer beyond a decent level of time, eventually Aj will bore of not being able to find just the right YouTube video for his needs and will see his family is interacting playing tag or Lego’s and want to join in with us.

I love that Aj is starting to take an interest in family life. I love that, while he isn’t as into the physical play like his siblings, he does take a part in it on a daily basis for a limited amount of time. Upon discussions with the psychiatrist who diagnosed Aj, she stated it is fairly common for autistic people to have a high level of interest in mathematics, and usually do end up in the field of programming. It seems we found just another area where Autism Spectrum – High Functioning makes sense for Aj’s diagnosis.

What are some things that your child just adores and makes you wonder why he/she is sooooo fixated on that area of their world?

 

The Christmas Rush and The Pug Wonders ….

It’s that time of year, my kids have 12 total days off without school. This past weekend the kids were off with their other parent and it was time for Lee and I to get wrapping.

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We were busy ensuring we had Moms, Sisters, Nieces and the Dad covered this holiday season and had to deliver gifts before Monday came.

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My mom’s and sisters and nieces gifts were all wrapped up and ready to deliver. So we hopped on in our van and went off delivering gifts through the evening last night.

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Jenny the Pug wasn’t quite sure if she was naughty or nice this year so she sat watching us thinking about Santa and wondering… will she get a Christmas gift this year from Santa?!

What do you all think; will Jenny the Pug get a gift from Santa Claus this year?

 

Handable Helps me Not Cringe when Daughter Holding iPhone #cell #holidaygift #spon

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I am so happy to have The HandAble Phone Holder as part of my holiday gift guide this year, seriously. This has been a fantastic product to have because my daughter now has an iPhone. Obviously it was a difficult decision giving my child such an expensive cell phone, but in all honesty it just made sense for our plan. The cost was more effective than us all having different devices. I must admit though, I cringe each time my tweenager has her iPhone in her hand either texting, reading an ebook or playing a game. My daughter has my clumsy gene and is often found stumbling this way and that, I would hate to see that iPhone take a flying leap and with HandAble, she has a better grip on her iPhone. Thank Goodness!

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Basically in a nutshell, HandAble Phone Holder is a one size fits all accessory for your mobile device and will help keep the device from falling out of your hands. Nothing is worse than holding your cell phone when all of a sudden it just slips out of your hand, it has happened many times to me but also happens to others in my household. It’s easy to have happen. HandAble has a video to share with you all, check it out on HandAble YouTube Channel or watch below …

HandAble Phone Holder can connect to your tablet, mobile device and ebook readers as well, in addition to that, you can mount HandAble Phone Holder easily to your protective case. Learn more at HandAble.com

 

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Terry Top Giveaway for the Holidays #holidaygift #spon #contest #giveaway

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Terry Top helps my daughter to keep her hair off of her head, out of her face and her body towel off of her pajamas at end of night when she is done with her shower. Usually my daughter ends up with her body towel on her head because she much prefers to have her hair dry a bit under the towel before she brushes her hair before bed.

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Terry Top doesn’t really need to have any selling words because their YouTube Video sells it to you on it’s own. Check out the funny video below about Terry Top to keep your hair out of the way!

Terry Top has a suggested retail price of $14.95 and has a wide range of colors/prints to choose from.  The benefits of using Terry Top include that it helps keep your hair out of your face while you are doing your makeup, keeps your clothes or in my daughter’s case – pajamas dry. This is such a simple product and would make a great holiday gift idea this year for someone in your life. A tween, teen or even your girlfriend or wife. Seriously …. go check out TerryTop.com for more details as well as options in colors/prints.

If you want to enter for a chance to win your own Terry Top – please read on …

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