Family homeWhen navigating the process of BUYING YOUR FIRST FAMILY HOME, it is all about the crew!

It is time to buy your first home. You and your spouse have been dreaming about this moment since you realized he was the one.  Most likely you have been saving money, pouring over every listing on your favorite real estate website, and obsessing over HOUZZ and Pinterest pictures. Then it hits you: wait a second! This is going to be our single largest purchase ever made.   The steps entailing signing a contract, filling out loan applications, deciding on insurance, scheduling a home inspection, and so on, might induce panic.  However, there is no need to, because following a few simple steps will make the process of purchasing a home easier and more exciting for the whole family.

Self careThe kids are back to school in full swing, and so is your daily routine. Like clockwork, you are packing lunches, giving baths, washing laundry, helping with homework- the list goes on and on. By the end of the night, you’re exhausted, Mom! 

Like most mothers, you embrace “the suck” and keep it moving, because after all, who else is going to look after your sweet, beautiful babes? While it’s only natural to put your children’s needs before yourself, you should consider catering to your own needs occasionally. You know, actually finding the time to focus on you.

parent aniextyWe all struggle. It doesn’t matter who you are, how much money you have, or how good you look to the outside world. Life is hard—even painful sometimes.

As a clinical psychologist in private practice, much of my work is helping people address internal struggles: anxiety, chronic worrying, depressed moods, and destructive patterns of behavior. Out of this clinical work, I’ve observed a powerful agent of change that is often overlooked and underutilized. That is, the pathway to freedom is accelerated when you learn how to act with meaning and purpose in the midst of your struggle. You can’t necessarily control the anxiety or unhealthy craving from showing up but you do have a choice in how to respond. You can tap into the human spirit and use the nervous energy or problematic feeling as a reminder and catalyst to express the best parts of who you are.

special needs supportThe life of a special needs parent can be lonely. People don’t understand what you or your child are going through. They don’t know what to say or do.

Some people pity you. They judge you. They blame you for your child’s condition. They question your treatment choices. They get frustrated when you don’t respond to texts or have to cancel plans. They eventually stop inviting you.

“In terms of friends, over the years, there have been a very select few people who try to facilitate a friendship,” Bluffton mom Jaime Charles said.

Charles has two sons with autism. James, 14, is severely affected, and Christian, 7, is on the milder end of the spectrum. They spend most of their time at home because going out is just too difficult.

shutterstock 1319345771Today is a NEW day and you have this beautiful world right in front of you to inspire, challenge and change you...Remember! You are full of gifts and wisdom and were chosen to care for and raise up little humans who will hopefully make the world an even brighter place. Just in case you need some reminders and positive affirmations, here are ten (easy to print and attach to your fridge or desk at work)!