Guest Post by Rob Woods It's simple to create a safe, fun, sensory friendly backyard playspace for autistic kids. Here are a few tips to help you accomplish the task. {This post may contain affiliate links.} My son was 6 when we got his formal diagnosis ...
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How to Create an Awesome Backyard Playspace for Autistic Kids

Guest Post by Rob Woods

It's simple to create a safe, fun, sensory friendly backyard playspace for autistic kids. Here are a few tips to help you accomplish the task.

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My son was 6 when we got his formal diagnosis of autism, but I had been managing his autism since he was about a year old. The first time I held his bare feet above spring grass in the yard, he drew them up toward his torso and wailed; he didn’t like the feel of it on his feet. He...

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Chocolate Buttermilk Cake with Frosting

This Chocolate Buttermilk Cake is moist, rich, and easy to make. The frosting is EVERYTHING - it spreads itself, and tastes amazing! Perfect for any occasion, or just because you want chocolate cake!


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I love old fashioned cakes. I'll always opt for skipping the boxed mixes in favor of fresh ingredients, like this Old Fashioned Carrot Cake made with real carrots. I especially enjoy cakes that include buttermilk frostings like this Lemon Cake.

But the ULTIMATE is an old fashioned...

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Encourage Learning by Reading with Your Children

Guests Post by Yvie


Reading aloud with your children is an excellent way to educate them. Whether your homeschool or not, your children will greatly benefit from time spent reading together.
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When you were a kid, did you learn more from textbooks, or from reading books just for fun? I definitely learned a lot more from historical fiction than from any history textbook! When you use living books in your homeschool, your students are also apt to retain...

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Why Play Is Crucial For Shaping Young Minds

Playing is one of the most important ways children gain essential skills to succeed later in life. Here are four big ways play is crucial in shaping young minds.
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These days, we put a lot of emphasis on learning and education — often to the detriment of fun and play.

But playing is a huge part of a child’s development. Play is never “just” play, so don’t feel bad if your kids are having a break from homeschooling to play outside — or if you have a high level...

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Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

Homemade Chicken Pot Pie is classic comfort food. This pot pie is loaded with chicken and veggies, seasoned just right. Once you try this chicken pot pie recipe, you'll never go back to store-bought!


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There are certain dishes my kids associate with me, and this Homemade Chicken Pot Pie is one of them. In fact, it's in the top three most requested dishes in this family.

Recipe for a hearty Chicken Pot Pie

I like this chicken pot pie recipe because it's not a wimpy pie. Most restaurant...

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