Category Archives: CHALLENGE

To build self confidence
– Challenge your kids to always grow and dare to step outside their comfort zone in order to grow in their abilities
– Challenge yourself as a parent to allow your kids to be challenged
To encourage growth
– Coach for growth.
– Find ways and methods for the children to accomplish something different in every day life challenges
– Build resiliency skills

What is resilience? It’s the ability to stay adaptive and flexible when you face the difficult situations in your life. Do you want to feel the better sense of control over your life? Do you want to reduce fear and take amazing risks? Then these resilience tips are for you. Building stress resilience is easier […]

Tips from the trenches for parents living with the challenges of a child diagnosed with FASD –  PART ONE By Jodee Kulp After thirty years of living, loving and laughing with persons living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) the most sound advice I can give to foster, kinship and adoptive parents is “FIND TIME […]

Learning to Thrive by Overcoming Adversity is Resiliency! by Michael Ballard Resiliency is our ability to bounce back even in adversity. It is a set of key resources that help us have more successful experiences and outcomes even when life is hard and feels unfair. The good news is that researchers are proving that it […]

Change is how we grow – it is hard and anytime change is required it can be confusing, frustrating and overwhelming especially for individuals who live with multiple challenges. Consider how you feel when you have too much on your plate and are overwhelmed. Remember, be appreciative and grateful. It is impossible to be both […]

“Let’s change how people think. Let’s figure out why jobs are so hard to keep. Let’s figure out how to train employees. Let’s go for a grant,” he said. “Let’s make LiveAbilities, happen.” Five sentences later, I agreed. As with most grants they take time to write. I made sure the pilot would be a success […]

With emotional experience I give my sons the ability to dare going forward Johan Wiklander We all have a comfort zone where we feel safe, happy and satisfied. If we are about to step outside and see the risk of failing that’s when we feel uneasy. It may be something we find hard to understand, something […]

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 […]

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 […]