All children are unique and my ambition is to collect my own thoughts together with great content from all possible sources. My mission is to give everyone something that can make the everyday life as a parent a bit easier.

Happy Holidays From all of us at FASDTHINKTANK – Thank you for being a part of the life of a person with trauma and challenges before birth. Holidays are a tough time for our kids, teens and adults. We may place pressure on ourselves to try to make holidays perfect. What matters is family and […]

Children consider playground activities “circus performances” and they hunger for recognition. Children will typically flock to an adult who understands the nature of this situation and who encourages challenge and expressive fun. I am so excited to feature the world of Dr. “Fun” Lyelle Palmer. Use language to build your child’s strength of character. Words […]

Over the years I have found respite in the darnedest places… meaning my children or the people I care for will not venture there. Cleaning the dog kennel has always given me time alone, as does weeding my garden… folding the laundry.  And through the seasons I seemed to find other places for isolation like […]

As the economy has continued to challenge our family… we discovered fun and affordable giving ideas. Take our RealMindz unshopping challenge Support a cause – there are thousands to choose from – buy chickens and rabbits for farms in impoverished areas, help to purchase a well – here are a few charity ideas – Salvation […]

With holiday season fast approaching and the hustle and bustle of shopping – here’s an idea to redirect your kiddos and yourself. Stores can be overwhelming with colors and sounds and lights and smells. Children from trauma or sensory issues struggle during the holiday seasons. Here are a couple ideas to build single focus into […]

Do you have energizer bunnies in the middle of the night? First… YOU KNOW YOUR CHILD and his or her needs. For the child who needs to move wear them out – wear them out I repeat – fun and laughter and sunshine and water and dirt and play during the daylight hours. Running and […]

My father captured my energy by creating my “be still” spot and that began the harnessing of my delightfully chaotic energy. My preschool years landed me on an island with an armload of friends living in the rest home next door. They had happy face wrinkles and white hair. On the other side lived my […]

While writing the kids’ sleep tips, I felt that I can’t help sharing a few observations from my real life. I’d love to tell you about the estbalishment of sleep routine for a kid in my family. Hopefully, you’ll find it helpful enought to your in your every-night battles for piece. My 3-year-old son is a […]

How a wild dog taught me how to guide persons to learn new skills with experiential learning. Makone arrived as an 80 lb, 11 month old, kenneled standard poodle filled with boundless energy and brains that had waited months to be turned on. In a blitz he was out of sight, down the road, around […]