Holly Fields has worked with children with emotional and physical disabilities for more than 15 years in the home, at school, and in rehabilitation settings, as well as therapeutic riding programs. She was with Legacy Publishing Company as a 1-on-1 Coach for two years. Holly has a Masters Degree in Special Education. She has two adult children, two rescue dogs and one cat.
The shock of this latest school shooting is roaring through the media; we wanted to offer some ways to help your family cope with it in the coming days.
1. Get information, but limit exposure to extended news coverage or images of the events. We would recommend limiting media exposure over the weekend. It is important... Read more »
I was so shocked when I read about Christmas in the 1860’s when I was in 4th grade. They had so little but the way Laura Ingalls Wilder described it in Little House on the Prairie made it sound like the gifts were beyond her wildest dreams. A handmade doll and a stick of peppermint... Read more »
While grocery shopping in New Hampshire one day, my daughter started to throw a typical three-year-old tantrum. This was not something she did often. I gave her a few minutes to calm down and because she couldn’t, her dad took her to the car screaming while I finished shopping with her brother. I was very... Read more »
Duffle bags and anxiety are precursors to change. Some times it seems like they’re meant to go together. I survived moving my children to college, then back home, back to college and home numerous times. The suspension on my car survived the pot holes, weight of all their accumulated stuff and sudden turns. I was even publically... Read more »
When my son began to exhibit explosive behavior at the age of two, I tried using the skills I learned in college, as a volunteer, and as a professional. Guess what? It didn’t work! I found myself getting angry, frustrated, yelling, and basically doing exactly what I was taught not to do. But, here’s the... Read more »
The first day back to school has come and gone. The flurry of preparations has been costly, intense, with sporadic arguments about what your child can buy or wear. But what about you, the parent? Where do you fit in to all of this?
You've probably been experiencing an array of reactions and emotions. You might... Read more »
I went to St. Andrews College which was built for students with various disabilities. There were many students there that were paralyzed from the waist down from water skiing accidents or jumping trains. There were paraplegics, quadriplegics, and students with neuromuscular disorders. They were an amazing group of individuals who maintained their wild spirit while... Read more »
What are the warning signs that your child is about to explode? Do they wait until you’re in a compromising situation or a busy store? Does it only happen at home? What are some things you can do to prepare yourself?
My advice to parents is to think back to the times your child has lost... Read more »
Do your family vacations sometimes fall short of your vision of warm, laughter-filled, family moments? It’s the expectation that gets us every time. How do you picture your vacation? Is it the family talking enthusiastically around the campfire or hiking a mountain? Perhaps we dream about swimming and body surfing at the beach or going... Read more »
When my son was young, I got frustrated easily with my son's acting out behavior. I tended to react, yell, lose my temper and dole out ineffective (too harsh or too soft) consequences in the moment. We couldn't understand where his explosive temper, rages and tantrums were coming from, and it was extremely difficult as... Read more »