Children and Parents

5 Ways to Work with Your Child’s Teachers

Attending a school conference can be stressful for any parent, but if your child has dyslexia, the anxiety can be higher, especially when meeting with a new teacher or counselor. The following tips should help the meeting go smoothly and help you and the school work as a team in your child’s best interest.


Embrace the fact that you are your child’s biggest fan and advocate.

Holiday Relationship Repair for Families

When holiday season rolls around, we all want to be able to sit around the dinner table and experience something reminiscent of a Norman Rockwell painting. Unfortunately, the holidays tend to bring out the worst in some families. Dr. Travis Bradberry, co-author of the bestselling Emotional Intelligence 2.0, shares some insight on how to repair relationships between family members by focusing on the manner in which conflict is handled.

Wanted:  A Place of My Own

Living Innovations pioneers a new residential model:  Shared Living

Advocate for your Child in School

Although it’s not spring time and you have some time yet before your Annual Review, that doesn’t mean that you still aren’t coming in contact with your Case Manager or teacher.  Unfortunately, there is the idea that needing to have contact with your Case Manager is a ‘bad’ thing, when in reality, you are a team and should be maintaining regular communication throughout the school year.

With that said, I have prepared a list of information tidbits or tips to help you advocate for your child at any time of the school year.

We Bipolarians Are The Normal Ones

It’s the rest of the world who are out of sync!

Watching Obama -- Romney thrash it out to the finish line made me think how we with Bipolar are maybe more in sync with life than those who might think we are abnormal. As we know, Bipolar has two clear mood cycles. And not many shades in between!

But hey -- isn’t life rather like that. Consider the polarities evident all around us:

 Smart and Healthy Fall Lunches For Kids

Once kids are in school again, they can be challenged with learning, social pressers and a heavy homework load.  Most parents don't know that stress, anxiety and inability to focus in school are very common for many children.  As parents, you can help by taking advantage of this season's brain-boosting and mood-managing fall harvest foods and putting them in  your kids' lunch box.  Not only are they loaded with the nutrients needed for a kid's day in school, they also taste great to a kid's picky pallet.

Junk food in is junk mind out

International Family Film Festival

The International Family Film Festival will be held at the Raleigh Studios, Hollywood, CA March 27 - 31, 2013.

You are invited to submit your film features,  shorts, student shorts, IFF Youth Fest! (ages 8-18) as well as feature and short-lenght screenplays. The deadline for the International Family Film Festival is December 18, 2012.

The IFFF accepts film submitted in the 3D, 35 mm, Blu-ray and DVD formats. 

 An Inspiring Story: Leo Beuerman, A Legacy

Leo Beuerman is an inspirational story about a man who refused to succumb to self-pity and instead became a symbol for overcoming adversity.

Leo was 36 inches tall, deaf and unable to walk. When he was born, the doctors had little hope that he would survive. If it hadn't been for his loving mother, he would not have.

Special Needs Podcasts

Click below to listen to Bonnie Terry's interview with Dr. James Payne, talking about Leo Beuerman and the inspirational story of one man who overcame numerous obstacles despite his limitations.

You can listen to Bonnie Terry's Show Learning Made Easy Talk Radio live on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. cst at