Managing everyday life can be overwhelming at times. It’s a constant struggle keeping up with our own, let alone keeping track of our children’s lives as well. Every activity requires “stuff.”
Carolyn’s organization tips are useful for all families not just ones with sensory kids. And I take comfort in her statement, “I like to think of Back-to-School as a three month process instead of a one day event. ” – Anisa
Back-to-School is often a time of year that is filled with excitement and stress all mixed together. This is especially true for our rigid, anxious, and distracted kids. They will certainly find excitement and comfort in seeing old friends and getting back into a routine but may struggle with learning new schedules, managing academic expectations, and staying organized. Here are a few tips to help your sensory child (and your whole family!) get back-to-school in a more peaceful way:
I spent time at The Wheeler School on Friday, August 24, 2012 talking with Mary Larsen of The Rhode Show about getting ready for back to school. I find it helpful to have a checklist, shop early for deals, and make a family plan about daily and monthly expectations. Read more helpful tips and to watch The Rhode Show segment…
As of July 1, 2012 Providence Community Library became the new home of the Statewide Reference Resource Center (SRRC). The SRRC provides quality reference services, online databases and electronic resources to everyone in Rhode Island.
As host to the SRRC, PCL will provide technical support for statewide online electronic resources and AskRI.org (the portal to access those online electronic resources), marketing and publicity for AskRI and its resources, and education for library staff and the general public on the use of AskRI. PCL will also provide reference services to all Rhode Islanders and Rhode Island libraries. These reference services are available to the general public via email, chat, or phone every day but Sunday.
AskRI.org has a wealth of free, online education resources and services available. Just what’s so great about the AskRI.org resources?
I would like to welcome new contributing writer, Carolyn Dalgliesh, a professional organizer and “sensory” mom. She is the founder & owner of Systems for Sensory Kids, a leading-edge organizing model that teaches parents how to tap into systems, routines, and visual aids to organize and empower their rigid, anxious, and/or distracted children. Carolyn also does professional home and small business organizing through Simple Organizing Strategies. A native Rhode Islander, she lives in North Kingstown with her husband and two children. Although I long for a break from the school-year bustle, “sensoy” kids and others often benefit (and even thrive) on a bit of structure. I welcome Carolyn’s advice on how to “organize” our summer. – Anisa
The start of a new year carries with it so many possibilities! I love the notion of a fresh start, or just creating a little more space in the New Year for things that are important to me and to my family.
In 2012, I want to create more space for connection to the people in my life—especially my children. I thought about the activities that we’ve enjoyed together this past year- painting, simple crafts, baking, playing games- and then I wondered “what would make it easier to connect in these ways?”
It always comes back to space.
“Oh yeah. This is going to make our friends jealous,” our friend laughs, checking out his family’s Christmas card.
“It’s a competition,” his wife adds. “Who has the cutest kids? Who took the best vacation? It’s not a Christmas card. It’s a competition.”
We’re among friends. The wine is flowing. The holiday card competition conversation is all in good fun, and yet in the days that follow I find myself reflecting on the increasingly extravagant cards we display in our house each year.
My December List was so handy last year (and the years before) that I now annually revise it and re-use it again. This summary of articles from the Kidoinfo archives includes craft projects, local events, and books to read, along with tips and ideas to make holidays a little easier, hopefully less stressful—and memorable for the kids. Some of you may be way ahead of me, so pick and choose what you need and please share your own helpful tips and ideas below with the Kidoinfo readers.
Today I welcome Allison Abramson as a new contributing write to Kidoinfo. A certified Simplicity Parenting© Group Leader, Allison is helping Rhode Island families slow down, and make space for the simple joys of childhood. In her monthly column, Allison will share ways we can reduce the chaos in our daily lives by making small, do-able changes at home that will strengthen family connections and create more time for fun! She lives in Providence with her husband and two little girls, where she blogs about their journey toward a Peaceful Life.
It was one of those days when abandoning the house seemed easier than cleaning.
We could just walk away with our shirts on our backs and start new. We could find an empty house without a carpet of Legos or a laundry pile that’s taller than me. I always thought the mess would get smaller as my kids got bigger. It’s not happening.