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Shannon Medisky is a teacher turned mom turned writer, offering practical ideas and concrete ways to invite more peace into daily life. Her articles have been featured in Exceptional Parents, Adoptive Families and Focus on the Family’s Thriving Family. To learn more, visit her blog at GraceToGrowOn.com.

  • They looked at me like I had French fries sticking out of my ears. All I'd asked my group of fourth graders to do was to set up their binders. But you'd think I'd asked them to do the impossible because—frankly, in retrospect—that's exactly what I'd asked them to do: the impossible.
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  • Mark bounced up and down on my knee. It was mutually beneficial. He enjoyed the horsey ride and I appreciated the outlet for my nerves. I was about to hear the words I'd heard so many times before. I just didn't expect the doctor to actually throw his arms up in the air with them. He had no answers. He couldn't help. He literally gave up on Mark right then and there. And, I was instantly happy that Mark was facing the doctor and not me. This way he couldn’t see the tears of frustration welling up in my eyes as I fought them back.
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  • As moms, our to-do lists are usually more full than they are crossed off. So multi-tasking often becomes as much about sanity prevention as it is getting stuff done. And ask any kid. Most will tell you that it’s better—way better—to get a lot of homework done than it is to really take your time and do it well.
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  • To error is human. We all do it. Sometimes it’s good to remind ourselves that good can come from our slip-ups, too.
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  • Has the novelty of summer vacation worn off (even if it’s just started)? Are your kids (and very possibly you) looking for some new stuff to do? Keep reading to find new ways to construct some sure-fire summer fun - without spending a dime!
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  • All moms know the feeling. We get sick, we keep going. We’re tired, we keep moving. We’ve got things to do. We make a list and plow through. And through all of these, we teach our kids perseverance and diligence. All very important traits to be sure, but I’d have to ‘fess up and share that my youngest son has taught me two very important skills, too: how to be silent and still.
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  • You’re never going to believe what I said to both my boys the other day. But then again, you’re a mom too, so maybe it won’t be that much of a stretch. “You’re going to break my brain!” I blurted out in a moment of absolutely-gonna-lose-it-soon exhaustion. It must have adequately got my point across because both of them immediately stopped and became uncharacteristically silent. Don’t worry, though. Things quickly resumed to normal. They were soon making just as much noise as before, only this time it was fits of laughter over the absurdity of mom’s comment.
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  • My son, Mark, has a multitude of special needs, but today he acted much like most typically-developing children do from time to time. He lashed out at me, yelling and screaming that I didn’t love him and that I, in fact, even hated him. There was sobbing, hyperventilating and arms crossed indignantly. And all this happened before 8am, right before he was to leave for school.
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