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Never Say No by Mark and Jan Foreman {Review}

When I began reading Never Say No: Raising Big-Picture Kids, I was swamped with projects and deadlines and wondering why I had committed myself to reading this book. But by the time I finished the introduction (and had underlined at least a quarter of it), I knew that I needed to read this book. I have struggled with being intentional in parenting my children, and this book promised to help me raise kids who find God’s purpose for their lives and say a resounding “Yes!” to what He has for them.

That’s what I want—for my children to find the reason God made them and serve Him and others through the pursuit of that passion. The more I read, the more I realized that this being intentional, this parenting the way my heart longs to parent, is much easier than I thought. The Foremans encourage parents to really enjoy their children, to take delight in spending time with them and to watch how the relationship flourishes (and the discipline problems diminish) as the parent-child bond grows stronger.

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Want to be more intentional in your parenting but don't know where to begin? Read Never Say No by Mark and Jan Foreman for practical tips!
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What Special Needs Taught Me About Learning

My traditional learning and teaching methods were tested when my daughter's learning struggles forced me to look at alternatives for communicating academic concepts to her. And oh, how I've grown in the process!

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The presence of special needs in our family has taught me a lot about learning---both the kids' and my own.
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Some friendships last only for a season. +Jennifer Janes shares wisdom on how to walk our children through that truth when there is a sense of loss.
For everything there is a season . . . Ecclesiastes 3:1 NLT Many times over the past few months I have grieved over the fact that my daughter feels like she has lost the friends she grew up with. They're not mean to her,...
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Autism: The Blessing of Late Diagnosis

Don’t misunderstand me. I know that the earlier a child is diagnosed with autism, the better. Early intervention is important, but sometimes it just doesn’t happen. My daughter was six and a half before she was diagnosed with high-functioning autism. Chronic health issues, surgeries, and other problems masked the red flags that, in hindsight, were evident from birth. We finally got the diagnosis, began therapy, and have seen amazing progress in the three years since.

But I have beaten myself up more times than I can count that I didn’t see it sooner, didn’t ask questions earlier, didn’t get the early intervention that is so important. Until recently, I have seen this in a negative light, without looking deeper to see if there were hidden blessings waiting to be discovered. . . .

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My daughter received a late autism diagnosis, and I thought we had really messed up. Then I realized the hidden blessing.
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Join me at Not Alone for my reflections on a decade of special needs parenting!

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Reflections from Jennifer Janes on a decade of special needs parenting, with encouragement for parents and families.
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To: My "Invisible" Friends

I have not been ignoring you. I heard the cry of your heart when you said you felt invisible to all but your online community. I heard the anguish of needing that local connection, fellowship, and friends to walk this journey with you. I have heard this—this feeling of being invisible—from several of you over the last month. I love you so much and have felt so helpless . . .

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An open letter to my invisible friends, who feel abandoned in their own communities.
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Our Homeschool, The Beginning (Why We Homeschool)

Many people assume that we started homeschooling because we have a child who needs (and thrives in) the one-on-one, flexible, hands-on learning environment we can give her at home. That’s not true. Our homeschool journey began a few years before she was due to start school, and it took my husband and me by surprise. (It might surprise you too!)

I had it all planned. My older daughter would attend the elementary school just a few blocks from our house. When the weather was nice, my younger daughter and I would walk her to and from school. In the afternoons, we would chatter away about everything she had done that day, returning home to freshly baked cookies and glasses of milk I had prepared earlier. We would do her homework each night with no tears, I would tuck her into bed, and she would drift off to sleep. The next morning we would do it all over again.

Of course, I knew that our life wouldn’t be this idyllic, but I was allowed to dream, right?

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The true story behind why we homeschool (and it's not because we have a child with special needs).
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Christy Nockels Let It Be Jesus Review

Princess Roo's 10th birthday is tomorrow, so I'm doing a quick giveaway of the new Christy Nockels album (releases April 28). Giveaway ends April 28 at 9:00 pm CDT. (US residents only, please.)

Enter now: http://jenniferajanes.com/christy-nockels-let-it-be-jesus-review/

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My thoughts on the Christy Nockels Let It Be Jesus album. Associated giveaway ends Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at 9:00 pm CDT.
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Stress Relief for Special Needs Moms

This week was very stressful. There’s a lot going on here: my husband’s new job (and his office is now at home), an out-of-town specialist appointment for Princess Roo, and state-mandated standardized testing for both girls. That’s added to the usual crazy schedule I have, and the fact that Princess Roo did not sleep well this week. (And since she didn’t sleep well, I didn’t either!) By mid-week, I was exhausted and on the verge of tears all day.

Read what I learned and what helped: http://jenniferajanes.com/stress-relief-special-needs-moms/

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Stress relief tips for special needs moms - from a special needs mom.
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How many times have you gotten exactly what you asked for - and then found yourself complaining about it? Me too. Join me at +Raising Sticky Hands To Heaven to find out the cure!

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  Not long ago, our part of the country was experiencing exceptional drought conditions, and it was like that for year after year. It was incredibly hot and dry. The leaves on the trees died (as did many of the trees), it was so hot that I could almost feel my skin burning anytime I …
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My Real Schedule: A Day in the Life of a Special Needs Mom

An honest, behind-the-scenes look at the chaos that makes up the life of the mom of a child with special needs.

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Want to know what life is really like as a special needs mom? Walk through 24 hours with me.
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Creative Play for Fine Motor Skills

When my daughter began occupational therapy for fine motor skill delays (and some other issues), I had no experience with occupational therapy and expected specialized and technical exercises to help her catch up with her fine motor skill development. Imagine my surprise when she came out of therapy sessions excited about activities . . . that I could have done with her at home.  

I understand that therapists can accomplish things with children that I can’t because I don’t have their training or understanding. I was able to better understand the therapist’s request for “homework assignments” to do between sessions, and we faithfully worked at home every week.  

We played.

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