Boog

Boog

Monday, January 15, 2018

Stay at Home Momming - It Ain’t Easy



Most of the moms I meet sty at home with their kids. If possible, it’s usually very beneficial for a special needs child to have a parent with the time to handle about 10 million things.

School
Docotors
Specialists
Therapy
Working towards goals at home that foster independence
Speech
Activities that are both entertaining and beneficial
Dentist appointments
Hours of doing your own research so you’ll be well-versed enough to ask the right questions and make the right decisions
Preparing for every aspect of the future
Food (maybe even special diet a or restrictions)
Clothing
Taking care of them if they’re sick

And those are just the tasks I thought of in about 3 minutes.

I talk with many mothers who had no intention of staying at home. Moms like me with degrees and careers that had to suddenly stop. You go to school for years, get that job, know who you are and then BAM. None of that degree matters. Graduated with honors? No point. Made a great paycheck? It’s gone. Those positive performance evaluations? Nope. It all means nothing. You did all that - for nothing.

Why? Because you are a stay at home mother.

We are so busy trying to fight stereotypes for our children we don’t have time to fight the stereotype we have. People actually think we have it made. Days not having to do much, binge watching Netflix shows and more than enough time to cook and clean.

That. Is. Complete. BS.

I’ve never come across an article that explains this life changing situation as well as the following post by Karen Schravemade in her blog, A House Full of Sunshine:

VANISHING ACTS: FOR THE STAY-HOME MUM WHO FEELS INVISIBLE





Read it, bookmark it to read again later, and pass it along to the other moms you meet that feel the exact same way.

Remember
We are important
We work
We have value


Keep that damn chin up,
Boog’s Mommy












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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Artfully Beautiful




Boog never ceases to amaze me. I know that is a phrase used often, but I mean every word of it. Out of the blue he often does something that just about knocks me back. He did such a thing two nights ago.

Boog does a lot of really fun/creative/beautiful artwork at school. The more his fine motor skills improve, the more detailed it is. I’m one of those moms that just can’t throw any of it away and I have a lot of it stored in a couple boxes.

Tip: Share your child’s artwork with family to have the following benefits:

1. That family member gets to enjoy the art
2. It allows others to see the progress being made by seeing the details increase over time
3. It cuts down of the ton of artwork you can’t bare to throw away
***4. Your child will see that other family members are proud of their work - a huge confidence builder

I put stars by number four because of what happened the other night. All of the prepping for the next day had been done and we were all on the couch relaxing before bedtime. I have probably more than ten of those relatively new coloring books for adults and none have been used. I finally got a set of some great markers and have been coloring a bit.

While coloring a really pretty and intricate picture of a cat, I saw Boog leaning over to see what I was doing. I showed him that I was coloring and he studied the page. I offered him a marker to see if maybe he wanted to color. That surprised me because prefers to do his artwork at school or with his Nana.

Instead of reaching for the marker, he reached for the picture. I handed it to him and he got up.


On the wall in the living room I made one of those popular “Look What I Did” things that allows you to showcase recent work and then switch it up whenever you want. I didn’t think Boog had ever paid much attention to it in honesty.

So he got up, my picture in hand, and walked over to where I display his artwork. He held the picture under it on the wall and looked at me. I could have cried! I quickly got some tape to hold it on the wall where he wanted it, right under his artwork. It may seem like a small gesture, but in our world it means so much like:

He knew I put his artwork on the wall
He knew I put it there because I liked it (confidence builder)
He knew what I was doing was also “art”
He wanted Mommy to know that her art was good too

God bless this sweet angel. Sometimes I can’t believe I created a child so amazing.

His Daddy and I gave him so many hugs and kisses and I probably thanked him 20 times.

This is one of those cherished moments I don’t want to forget, so I had to post about it.

Feeling very, very grateful,
Boog’s Mommy














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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Still More Oily Than Essential





Every time another mom tries to tell me that buying some damn essential oil will help my kid with Autism I want to shove a bottle of lemongrass up their @ss.

I also would like to shake them and ask them to find a dictionary and read the following definitions out loud for the whole class to hear:

1. “Pyramid Scheme”

2. “Placebo”


Never mind. It wouldn’t do any good 🙄




Before you try and “fix” your child with some liquid made God-knows-where, use your head. If it was that amazing don’t you think pediatricians would have been telling us this for years? If there were scientific proof any of this works I can promise you Pfizer would have been selling the pill form all day long.




Come on sheep, wake up. If you like your house to smell nice, by all means, use essential oils. I’ve used them for years for that reason, way before the hype. If you think rubbing it on your kids foot is magic, please email me ASAP. I have a really amazing deal on some gorgeous ocean-front property in Arizona.





Don’t believe me? No problem. Just read any of these:


FROM PARENTS MAGAZINE: Warning: Essential Oils Are Poisoning More and More Kids

FROM WOMAN’S DAY MAGAZINE: Experts Say Essential Oils Can Pose Dangerous Health Risks

New study finds essential oils could be bad for kids

When to NOT use essential oils (Essential oils can cause seizures in kids)

Warnings dōTERRA & Young Living Won’t Tell You


Essential Oil Claims – The Dangers Keep On Coming

Risks and Uses of Essential Oils

3 Reasons Essential Oils Could Hurt Your Family

Damning Evidence That Young Living and DoTERRA’s Essential Oils are Adulterated

Are DoTERRA Essential Oils a Scam?





As this is my blog, I can do what I want. I now choose to post essential oils memes because I like
them very much. This is also my opinion and I’m pretty sure I’m still allowed to have that.






































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