Dec 1, 2015
Vol 5, Issue 22
Tom and Julie
March Forth!
Note From Julie and Tom
Dear One,

"Thanksgiving meal done - check!
Next up...
Oh boy - I cannot imagine how to survive what is next up!"

We remember all those crazy Decembers. Life is busy for you already even without adding in:
gift brainstorming, purchasing, and wrapping, or
special meal or treats planning, shopping, and preparations, or
required prep for added school activities or holiday parties or performances.

This is where we encourage you to:
  • Sit down and ponder what is really important for your December.
  • Stop for a minute and think about what is realistic and doable.
It is okay during these intense years of raising children to cut back on some projects and to scale back some traditions. Simple is the BEST choice in this season of life.

Pick just a few things that you want your family to experience and keep a watch on health - physical, spiritual, emotional for everyone in your family. Don't get wrapped up in others' expectations. Sometimes those expectations are not doable for this time in your family's life. It's okay. We give you permission! Be sure to register for our December no-fee webinar "Rockin' the Holidaze" for more tips on how to help your child with challenges survive and even enjoy this time of year. You can register here:

You are not alone and you are loved!
Tom and Julie


New Blog Post below: "Help! Haircut Havoc and Nail Trimming Trials"

December's no-fee Webinar:
Rocking the Holidaze with Children with Challenges
December 16, 2015 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time (recording available after the class for those who register) Click here for more information and to register

This is the time of year where almost nothing is normal. There are sights and sounds and crowds at fever pitch. Your child is wondering "what the heck" if not consciously then certainly his or her system is feeling it. Some children handle this scenario very well, most do not.

What is a parent to do?
Register for the webinar and get tips to survive and enjoy the holidays.

Tell a friend!!

Barefoot on Hot Coals

Tom and Julie Meekins

Help! Haircut Havoc and Nail Trimming Trials

  • Does your child turn into a meltdown mess with haircuts or hair combing?

  • Would you rather walk barefoot on hot coals than to face trimming your child's nails?

  • Is your child's wardrobe limited to sweats or soft clothes with no seams or some other odd restriction?

Add these activities and exercises to your daily routine:

Activity: rub with scratchy glove, feather duster, and other textures

Materials needed
(1 or all):

  • Scratchy glove (bath glove)

  • Small clean feather duster

  • All kinds of different fabrics (for example, lamb's wool, silk, denim, polyester, cotton, something with seams, and anything else you can think of that clothes are made of)


Scratchy glove
: Put the glove on your hand and lightly (key word - lightly) rub all over child's arms, legs, front, back, neck, shoulders, feet).

Optimum time: two (2) times a day for two (2) minutes. However, some children are so sensitive that you have to work up to this time. If you have one of those children, set a timer for 30 seconds and tell the child as soon as the timer goes off, you can stop. Build up little by little from the 30 seconds over time until you reach the full 2 minutes.

Feather duster
: Lightly brush all over the skin and especially the trouble areas with the feather duster. Twice a day for one minute is good.

Various fabrics
: For a total of two minutes twice a day, rotate through several different types of fabrics, lightly glide the fabric over the skin.

: Have child watch you do all these activities on

  • loved ones,

  • dolls, and/or

  • stuffed animals.

You might also have the child rub the glove and/or textures on you.

Nail clipping

  • All of the above activities done on the fingers and toes will be helpful to open pathways in the child's brain to accept this as normal and okay and safe.

  • Practice nail clipping on other loved ones while child is watching.

  • Pretend practice nail clipping on dolls, stuffed animals, etc.

How long before you see a difference?

Click Here to Read More

Coming Events
December 4-6 - Virginia Christmas Spectacular - The Thomas Road Virginia Christmas 2015 Spectacular Production promises to be another great year of celebration! We are excited that our daughter, Amy, auditioned for and made the cast! Our coming weeks will be filled with play practice! If you are in the area, this is an annual event you won't want to miss! For more information, click here

December 16 - 1:00 PM EST - Rockin' the Holidaze -
This is the time of year where almost nothing is normal. There are sights and sounds and crowds at fever pitch. Your child is wondering "what the heck" if not consciously then certainly his or her system is feeling it. Some children handle this scenario very well, most do not. What is a parent to do? Join us for our December no-fee webinar for strategies to Rock the Holidaze! 

January 15 - February 15  
BRAIN GAMES: CHILD DEVELOPMENT CHECK: Empowering Parents to Take Their Children to the Next Level -
If you have been waiting for just the right time and just the right program to begin working with us, THIS IS IT! Our greatest desire is to empower YOU, Mom and Dad, to be the BEST parents for your children and to help you help them reach their unique brilliance. Early Early Bird pricing for this one month program goes through January 5th. This would make a WONDERFUL gift for parents you know!! 

About Us
We are devoted to providing hope, encouragement,  education, and empowerment to all parents especially to those who are raising a child who  has challenges or is complex.  We bring our training and experience in neurodevelopmental child development, integrative health coaching, and parenting skills.  And as presenters and the special needs specialists for the National Center for Biblical Parenting, we bring heart-based parenting strategies to ALL parents. 

We are parent mentors, authors, and 
motivational speakers. We speak to large and small groups. We would love to connect with you! Let's talk! Send us an email at

Schedule a Get Acquainted Call with us today to see what we have that can help you in your journey -- Find more information see our website at:
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Happy Moms Peaceful Homes

Our second eBook is available for no cost on our website. For our current readers of this newsletter, a link is provided HERE to get the PDF version of the book right now! Just click this link to get Happy Moms Peaceful Homes - 3 Tips to Survive Overactive Children. You may also want to save the book to your computer to access at anytime. And be sure to direct your friends to our website to sign up and get their copy! Contact us about receiving our third and forth eBook. We would love to share it with you!


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