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“Yea, I’m dyslexic so it’s hard for me to read some things.” 

I overheard my 9-year-old daughter talking on a video chat with her friend. Casually throwing out the fact that she’s dyslexic. Moments later her friend mentioned her own anxiety. I smiled at how confident these girls were in owning who they are without shame or embarrassment. 

Each of my kids has strengths and weaknesses… all of us do. This time at home together is challenging because we were thrust into it without much of a warning. But a positive side is it’s giving me a chance to learn more about each of them, their learning styles, and how they learn best.

We learned Jayda was dyslexic a few years ago. I took some time to learn about what this meant and how I could help her with reading in a way that works for her. I used to push reading at all costs. But now, seeing how she has a different way of processing, I’m not worrying about how fast she’s progressing in that subject. Instead, we’re focusing on her strengths.

Why focus on your weaknesses when you have so many strengths? She’s extremely good at visual interpretations, and design. She’s very creative and has a great eye for photography and videography. She’s a good gymnast, and her comprehension skills are also impressive. So I do give her a regular workload with math and listening to stories, but I’m not pushing so hard on the phonetics right now.

School is officially out for the year in our district. But I haven’t informed my kids. Yea, we decided we’re just going to keep learning from home all summer. Mainly for the sake of keeping a routine going, and to help the kids continue to learn at their own pace. 

Thankfully one of her dyslexia teachers is offering tutoring this summer via Zoom, so she can keep working with her and we can focus on some of her other interests. Allowing her to do that has boosted her confidence. 

And I thought my son would do better in a classroom with a teacher instructing him. And while he does behave better outside of the home, he needs a little more one-on-one attention to grasp the lesson happening in the classroom. I’ve basically restarted teaching him first grade math, and we’re filling in the gaps where he didn’t feel confident. Same with reading.

But more than reading, writing and rhythmic I’m more concerned with building up their mindset during this period of learning at home. For both of my big kids. Understood.org has been a great resource for me for a long time. 

Whenever someone tells me they think their child has a learning difference and asks for resources the first link I send them is Understood.org. From learning how to navigate 504 meetings, to explaining dyslexia to my daughter, the site has helped me answer a lot of questions. 

Understood.org is shaping the world for difference.™ 1 in 5 people in the US have learning and thinking differences such as dyslexia and ADHD. Finding helpful resources and support can be hard to find. Understood is on a mission to change that by connecting people with these challenges to resources, expertise, and communities to boost confidence.

Now with so many of us learning from home, we’re using their helpful resources for that too. Some of my favorites are their growth mindset activities. When encouraging prompts that inspire them to think of ways to rephrase sayings like “I can’t” with something like “I’ll try it a different way.” 

It can feel isolating when you have a learning difference, or if you have a child who does. But with the right tools and support your child will have a greater ability to truly thrive. 

I can’t stress enough how important I think it is to let go of all of the preconceived ideas we had for raising these children into who we wanted them to be, and help them become who they’re meant to be. And we do that first by getting to understand who they truly are. 

One fun way we do this at home is by having a confidence battle. In our house my kids each take turns saying something nice about themselves as quickly as they can. They try not to repeat the compliment or take too long to answer.

If your child is still getting to know some of their talents, a fun way to discover some is by making a strengths chain. Stringing together their strengths. Understood.org has a free template for a strength chain here with a list of strengths to get you started. 

I can’t help but feel like when it really comes down to the important lessons to learn, personal growth is just as important (or more so) than multiplication facts. 

If you have a child with a learning difference, or if you suspect your child has one, know you aren’t alone, and as frustrating as it can be at times, remember it’s a part of who they are and what makes them so special. When I get frustrated I remind myself to take a step back and try to look at it through their lens and see if we can talk through where they’re stuck and see where we aren’t connecting. Or even try to approach the subject from a different angle. I can’t tell you how many times my son hasn’t understood a math problem but when I rephrased it to include snakes, it’s clicked for him.

If you’ve found yourself wondering why your child struggles with counting, if they’re “behind” on learning to read, or seem to have a hard time struggling to focus. Dive into a world of warm hugs of solidarity and understanding through articles on Understood.org. I promise it’ll help.

It’s not easy trying to balance a business, a home, two kids in elementary school and a very busy toddler. And I’m sure many of you are juggling the same. But I’m trying to make the most of it. Learn a little more about these young people of mine. And I’m thankful for resources to help us through.


Tomato from a backyard garden

I thought I online shopped a lot before we were all staying at home but now things have gone to a whole new level.

At least most of my shopping has been for food (hello hungry kids!) or a home project. Most of our projects have involved being outside. The biggest one we’ve been working on is the backyard and garden area. We have a lot of space, and with the pools and things being closed out here, we wanted to beef up the area here so the kids could play, and while we were at it, I decided to take up gardening.


black people holding hands

Throughout the year I try to donate to organizations and causes close to us. Our church, the BYU Black Alumni Association, and Partnerships for Children are a few of our regulars. But this year I’ve wanted to branch out a little more and contribute to relevant causes that can help our current climate.

I think it’s really important to donate to organizations you truly believe in and that you feel will go to a good cause. Passionate about LGBTQ rights? Find a cause that fits the bill. Passionate about mental health? What nonprofits speak to that cause? Did a mentor program shape you while you were growing up? How could you get involved to pay it forward?


Biracial toddler wearing her DIY cricut shirt

I used to craft all the time. I sewed Jayda’s dresses when she was Lee Lee’s age. And outfitted Ty with some super cute bowties. Fast forward to Lee Lee’s toddler years. With three kids, a business and more on my plate than usual, I’m busier and out of crafting practice.

I was really excited to partner with Cricut and see if it was possible for me to dust off my dormant craft gene.

I’ve made an elaborate mobile for the nursery, laminated door magnets as cruise gifts, painted picture frames and made tutus. One craft I haven’t dabbled with is vinyl.


biracial sister love life during quarantine

I figured I might as well officially document some of my thoughts on this experience here on my blog. I mean, I did document the planning, conception and birth of my three children and this is probably one of the most significant events in our lifetimes thus far–Globally speaking.

We have been at home for 46 61 days now. Well, Ty has REALLY been home the longest. Sometimes his sisters will run with Daddy to pick up some chick-fil-a, or I’ll go do grocery pickup, he hasn’t even gone on a car ride. Mostly because playing with his toys or watching a movie sounds more fun than a food run.


An echo dot for kids playing disney games

“Alexa, play Disney music!”

You know that one right? But what else can she do? You got your first echo for Christmas, or on Prime Day and you’re still working out the kinks. Well I’ve got your back. Especially if you’re a Disney fan. Because today I’m diving into all of the skills you and your family will love to try with Alexa.

We use them for music in the bathrooms, as a clock in our bedroom, and we use the timers all the time in our kitchen. But they can do so much more. From trivia, stories, to fitness. There’s a lot to discover.


Pixar onward party dessert

Onward is Pixar’s latest movie to hit theaters, but sadly the run was cut short because of the pandemic. Good news is it’s already available on digital home video, and will be available to stream on Disney+. We got started on making a Pixar Onward Dessert that you can enjoy with your family while you watch Onward together. And don’t forget to download our free Pixar movie watchlist to check this movie off your list. And follow me on Instagram for more digital checklists.


It’s hard not to love a Disney Pixar movie. All have compelling stories that take us on emotional adventures, characters you learn to love, and teach us important lessons. Ranking our favorite Pixar movies hasn’t always been easy. Especially since the lineup has grown significantly longer over the last several years. But one fun way to do it is with a March Madness-style Pixar movie bracket.

With Onward coming to Disney Plus this week you should be able to watch and rank them all! If you haven’t signed up for Disney Plus yet, now’s a good time to try a week for free.


biracial girl on her laptop doing a homeschool lesson

I homeschooled for two years, and I had plans to begin homeschooling again starting this summer when word of schools around our country shutting down spread. Instilling a love of learning in my children is one of my passions, and I’m always looking for ways to do that.

But I know the idea of homeschooling or helping your kids learn from home can be intimidating. Especially if you’ve never done it before and find yourself in a situation where your kids are suddenly learning from home.

In this blog post I’m going to share some of my favorite resources for free homeschool lesson plans.


marvel movies in order disney plus checklist

If you’re looking for a Marvel movies in order PDF you’ve come to the right place. In case you missed it we’ve got all the Disney movie marathon checklists worked out for you. We’ve got the Disney animated classic movies, we’ve got all the Disney sequels, Pixar movies, live action remakes, and even Black History movies. Now we’re adding the Marvel Movie marathon checklist to our lineup. Whether you want to watch the Marvel films in release order or chronological order, we’ve got you covered with free PDFs of both. And if you want a small mobile version check my Instagram highlights for that!


Helping your child follow their passions. Parenting an all-star youth cheerleader level 1.

Thursday morning at 9am, I felt like a crazy person as I urged the parents in our cheer group chat that we should not go to the competition in Galveston this weekend. I’m normally a pretty confident person, but sticking your neck out with an unpopular opinion is uncomfortable.

“Seriously, it is like a flu. We aren’t going to die.” A mom replied after I voted “no” to attending.


Updated March 16th to include new animated movies like Frozen 2 added to Disney+ With the launch of Disney+ , just about every Disney Animated movie and sequel should is available. If you’re looking for a fun way to keep track of which Disney movies you’ve seen these Disney movie checklist will help. Because with… read the rest.


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