Saturday, July 31, 2021

A Guide for Parents with Disabilities



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Prepare to Be the Perfect Parent: A Guide 

for Parents with Disabilities


Guest Post by Jenna Sherman


You’re going to be so proud and so thrilled watching your little baby grow up. It’s much more than just hearing their first words or capturing their first steps on video. There’s bonding, teaching and healing from their joy at the wonders of the world.


Of course, parenthood also comes with sleepless nights, round-the-clock diaper changes, and spit-up stains on your clothes. Parenting is hard, and you may be worried about how your disability could make it even more challenging.


The truth is, your physical limitations don’t have to be a huge problem. Twinkle Teaches outlines some ways you can prepare to become the perfect parent despite any impairment.

 

Master the Basics

Learn how to take care of a baby in a very practical sense. Tasks like bottle-feeding, burping and changing diapers can be more difficult than they seem. Moreover, your disability may affect how you go about them. Some mothers and fathers even recommend practicing with a doll before the big day arrives.

 

Make a Financial Plan

The experts at Charles Schwab recommend looking into life and disability insurance to secure your baby’s future. That goes along with enlarging your emergency fund while taking advantage of tax breaks. Those are particularly important for you, as there may be additional cash outlays due to your disability (see below).

 

Adapt Your Home

When you’re a parent, increased mobility becomes even more important, as you’ll often have a baby in your arms. Building a ramp at your entrance will improve matters greatly, along with widening doorways by installing expandable hinges. Don’t forget the safety benefits of skid-resistant flooring, especially in the kitchen and bathroom.

Also do what you can to remove negative energy -- which can lead to poor health -- from the home, which takes many forms. Clutter and windows or window coverings that are rarely opened can contribute to overall bad vibes in any space, and when you’re home with a new baby, it’s easier than ever for family members to tense up with one another. So declutter, open those windows, use essential oils and aromatherapy, and look into alternative, centuries-old solutions to welcome in positive energy.

 

Prepare for Long Nights

You may want to keep the baby in your own bedroom, especially if you have mobility issues. Doing so eliminates the need to navigate in the dark when the tyke wakes up and demands a midnight feeding. Redecorate, if necessary, to create a safe space for your new roommate and their crib.

 

Set Up a Bathing Space

Make sure your baby’s bathing area is easily accessible. Many mothers and fathers use the sink, but that may be too high if you’re in a wheelchair. A specially-designed baby bathtub could be a better option for you, notes The Bump, with other supplies arranged within arm’s reach nearby. That should help you keep the little one squeaky clean without too much stress and strain.

 

Fix the Transport Problem

There’s no reason being disabled should stop you from taking your little love for a walk on a sunny day. Romper recommends an attachment that connects their stroller to your wheelchair, if you use one. This will allow you to cruise around in comfort and style.

 

Build a Support Network

Every parent needs support. You’ll find family and friends who are willing to help out with some of the chores around the house. All you need to do is ask. If you’re looking for advice from someone in the same position as you, the Disabled Parenting Project has that covered.

 

Mind Your Own Health

You’ll find your new role as a parent to be very physically taxing, requiring immense stores of energy. Make time to eat nutritiously, and find ways to relax as often as you can. It’s possible, though you may have to get creative, such as with a warm bubble bath from time to time. Comfortable clothes are also a way to relax; your body’s going through enough without having to deal with scratchy or unforgiving (tight) materials, so invest in fabrics that stretch with you and designs that allow for easy nursing and serve multiple functions, like a nursing lounge dress from Kindred Bravely that can also be worn as a nightgown.

Our tips will help put you on the path to being a successful parent. And what does that mean? Raising a healthy child and having a wonderful time doing it.

 

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Saturday, July 24, 2021

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Back-to-school prepping

Another back-to-school year is coming soon! I am here to help you out! These ideas can always be utilized in a library setting, too. So tweak whatever you need to.

Cool craft! Back to school buses!
This would be a cute keepsake, too.





Country Hill Cottage has a school supply checklist for middle and high schoolers. Link is HERE.

And Mrs. Winter's Bliss has a procedure checklist for teachers HERE.

The most important thing for me to do the first few weeks of school is to create a bond with my new group of students. One tool I rely on is books and story telling. This even works for the upper grades. I fondly remember my teachers reading aloud from chapter books to us in grades 2nd-5th.

Here are a few books I highly recommend for back-to-school.

First Day Jitters
by Julie Danneberg


Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten
by Joseph Slate


The Kissing Hand
by Audrey Penn

If You Take a Mouse to School
by Laura Numeroff


Our Class is a Family
by Shannon Olsen



We Don't Eat Our Classmates
by Ryan T. Higgins



The Pigeon HAS to Go to School!
by Mo Willems


You're Finally Here!
by Melanie Watt
I made a video reading this one HERE!



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Sunday, July 18, 2021

Time in the sun.



I love many of these activities! Which are your favorite?



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Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Anchors aweigh!

Hey all! We have one month before our local schools start classes. I believe they will be in-person but they may end up going back to virtual at some point depending on pandemic numbers. Let's hope they stay low and everyone stays safe!


I love, love anchor charts. I have always used them for teaching, no matter which grade you work with. I did not really use them for children's library programming, but you absolutely could do a story re-tell or something interactive using chart paper!
So I wanted to share some anchor charts I have seen recently. You can also see more on this blog by going to this web page: Anchor Charts!


This one helps kids to understand the difference between letters, words and sentences. From Kindergarten Chaos. 

This is a great math one for early learners. It is a way to reinforce different ways of finding solutions to addition/subtraction math problems.
From Smore.



I really love this one for cause/effect. From Kids Konnect.

This is a good one to introduce parts of a book and beginning reading. From Mrs. Jones Class. 


From Create Abilities. This would be good to make with kids after reading The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle. It is a great way to talk about feelings, tattling and bullying. 

Here is one for punctuation from We Are Teachers.

From The Kinder Hearted Classroom, is a chart about transportation.

Remember, anchor charts are best used when you actively make them with the class involved. I did this and we would hang the chart up, so they could refer to it during other activities like literacy centers. 
Have a great day! I hope you are enjoying summer!

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Saturday, July 3, 2021

Happy 4th of July, America!

Why hello there! This weekend we celebrate our independence. I have already eaten so much watermelon to get into the spirit of celebration and Summer. (I am a real fruit fanatic. Pennywise could probably lure me into the sewers with cherries!)

Today I wanted to share some cool learning and crafting/art websites for kids with you. These are ones I used a teacher, parent and librarian...just good stuff I found on the web. 

Bouncing Bubbles from Play at Home Mom

Homemade Sprinkler from Making Memories





Alphabet Songs from Fun-a-Day







Have yourself a Happy 4th of July!!

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Monday, June 28, 2021

Best.Day.Ever!


I am trying to spend optimal family time this summer so I have not written on here since June 1st. This summer has me spending so much time outside...swimming, hiking and I found some new passions! I now collect rocks, gems and fossils. 
Here's just a small amount of some of my finds:




We started off June by spending some days in Beaver's Bend. The most beautiful part of Oklahoma in my opinion. Even though some things were closed due to flooding and there were *SO* many tourists, we still spent time together and that is all that matters.
Today is a *very* special day! 18 years ago today we were married! My husband is an amazing man. He is someone I aspire to be more like--patient, loving and kind. One time I asked him if he would change anything and he said he wished he had only met me sooner. He is my sunshine! ❤

And I know I can be a handful, that's for darn sure. I regret not appreciating him as much in the past as I should have. But I must have done something right karma-wise to find someone who truly does love me. He does not just say it--his actions prove it! He has never been disrespectful to me. He does not allow other people to disrespect me. And I think that sets a great example for our son. 

In the past, I had dated people who were not that way at all. If you are single/dating/married I have a word of advice: If someone treats you bad, just remember that there is something wrong with them, not you. Normal people do not go around destroying others. Normal people do not find the "love of their life" three times a year.  And also, if someone tells you that you hurt them, you don't get to decide that you didn't. It's not difficult to take a few steps back and admit that your actions have caused them harm. It is called being a decent human being. Just a little life and love advice from this ol' gal. 

I feel spoiled by the anniversary gifts I received from him. I was not expecting a metal detector OR fossilized turtle poop!! But his gifts speak volumes about how well he knows me. Nope, we are not perfect at all, but when we get mad at each other or make mistakes, we forgive. 




Today we rocked the OKC Zoo. Harrison fed the giraffes! The zoo has a newborn baby giraffe. If you have not ever been to the OKC Zoo, it really is one of the best zoos in the country!


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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Creative Ways to Gift or Reward


I came across a neat article about 24 Creative Gift Ideas for Family and Friends on the Credit Repair  blog. Every year at Christmas we usually give cash or gift cards to family, but I always seem to struggle with a creative way to do this. I usually just put a bow on it lol. 


Photo from Credit Repair

So I adore the creative ideas for gifting in the article like, putting it in a balloon and having them pop it, or making it into a scavenger hunt! There are also lots of printables  such as: printable fortunes for dollar bill fortune cookies,  or math problem-solving cards to find a cash reward inside. 
Check it out!!

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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Summer FUN in the SUN!

I am absolutely so excited that summer is almost here. I can't wait to soak up the sun pool side. And go on our vacay...see how much I need some sunshine in my life?!?!
Don't mind the hair...got a haircut after this...

Look at my pretty flowers growing in my flower beds!



 
I have recently become very much a rock-hound. I have always, always loved shiny things so rocks/minerals/gems speak my language.

Here is a geode my son opened recently. We got it a few years back in Arkansas. Arkansas has such a wide variety of "good" rocks.



My most prized part of my collection is my little piece of Moldavite. Moldavite is rare because it is from a meteorite impact from 15 million years ago in South Germany. Mine is the size of a dime. I have a friend who has one in a natural heart shape and I am so jelly. 



The whole point of my post is to share some fun summer 
activities so let's get to it!!! 

Since I posted pics of one of our geodes, how about making your own geode art? Have your child draw wiggly oval lines. Use watercolor to fill it in. You can add glitter, glitter glue OR use aluminum foil
 pieces to make it shiny. It would be fun to tear the foil.
You can even mix salt into the watercolors! 




  If it is nice outside, how about painting with a squirt gun? 
Fill a squirt gun with washable paint mixed with water. Put
on some messy clothes and have fun!


 CHOMP!!! I love this. 
Use a clothespin, construction paper and an unsharpened
toothpick or dowel to make your shark eating a fish puppet.


  When I was little I would play with mud and dirt for hours.
My family would pretend to eat my mud pies. So this idea is cool. 
Fill an empty plastic tub (any size) with rocks, sand, beans and toys.
This one has construction machine toys but you could add anything really like little plastic figures or shovels.


You know I am a sucker for handprint keepsakes.
Your little ones only stay little for so long!!!! (Mine is 16 now!!!)
This cool campfire is made with painted hands, construction paper and cotton balls aka marshmallows.


Sunshine!! So easy. Use a paper plate *you can color or paint it yellow* and add construction paper strips and a face. 


Use an egg carton to go on a scavenger hunt!
You can do this in your own backyard or at a park or while out on 
a hike. You can add clip art or photos of local nature items to find or 
just let your kids fill up each egg carton component with what they find.


Enjoy yourself, no matter what you do this summer!
I am going to be making more YouTube story time videos at
Twinkle Teaches YouTube channel starting in mid-June!


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