Category Archives: CHERISH

To build attitudes of gratitude in a positive view
– Find the abilities of your children and yourself.
– Recognize the good they and you do.
– When you cherish something you commit to it

Have you ever dared to listen to yourself when you’re talking and reflected of how many times you use the word no? How many times do you tell your kid what not to do instead of what you want them to do?

What is Joy? For me Joy is an attitude—it is not happiness though it may feel like it. Happiness is fleeting, like sadness or silliness or worry. Joy is a gladness inside you that exists regardless of the good or bad things that happen during your day. Like Love, it is a Verb. It can […]

When I was young I met an old woman who was working under a car with a wrench. She heard my steps and slid out on her dolly to greet. I was surprised by how she looked, she was a joyfully aged person in overalls and a bit of car grease. Her wrinkles shouted happy. […]

by Liz Kulp Liz is one of our beloved expert FASD Survival Strategy Teachers I have lived with a pile of labels for 30 years, and the labels don’t make me the person I am. Those labels, like the tags on Holiday Presents just indicate to another person how to direct the package so it […]

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 […]

I thought I left the issues of alcohol when I left home to start my adult life. I had no idea it would be those hard years as a child that would prepare me for the most extreme adventure of my life and provide my life mission. To discover tools and strategies to empower persons […]