ADHD Statistics

ADHD presents a plethora of difficulties in children that can feel like you’re wrangling kittens to get under control.
But it’s not about “controlling” the situation. Learning and understanding about what ADHD consists of and how we can helps those working through it.
We’ve been working on how to help my son work through his ADHD for over a year now. Getting the diagnosis was a start, and we know success won’t happen overnight.
But just hang in there and keep on keeping on. Check out this article by Merck Manuals for more information:

IT’S LAUNCH DAY!!!

I’ve spent a year staring, pondering, and finally making the decision to give these sisters an alternate ending that may help others in their situation. So I did it! I changed the ending, adjusted some segments here and there, conned my illustrator to give it a glow up cover, and got an ACTUAL editor to go through and edit it right!
And here it is. New and improved. Ready and waiting to be read. If you liked it before…you’ll love it now.
PLUS….it’s now available in hardcover. My hardcover copy arrived yesterday and I’m stoked how it looks!

The Great Edit Called Life

Life is like a grand novel. You probably won’t fully realize whether you enjoyed it or not until the conclusion. But like that novels’ journey before it landed in your hands, you’ve experienced a plethora of edits to get where you are today.
The edits of life are part of the process. Some chapters ideally sound great, but don’t pan out on paper. Last minute plot twists are added, character development can be a bitch, the chapter you thought sounded glorious ended up needing a re-write…but re-writes are OK. I’ll repeat that for the folks in the back…REWRITES ARE OK. Nobody has a clean first draft. They’re all messy as hell BUT they’re a great measure of the progress to look back and see how far you’ve come.
At times you’ll feel like you’ve lost your mojo, then you’ll get it back, then lose it again. You’ll have moments when you want to quit because what you have now isn’t close to what you started with. These may be followed by moments when your words sound like pure silk. And vice versa.
Your story won’t always go as planned. But if I can share one piece of advice it’s this…don’t be afraid to edit. Don’t be afraid to want to edit, start to edit, and be elbow deep in the mess of an edit. And if you want to scratch it and start a new story, then that’s fine too!
Your story may not end how you expect it will, but it damn well might have had the edits you needed to get there.
You are the author of your life. Write wherever it takes you….or you take it

The struggle (with anxiety) is real with our kids

The first week of online learning presented some interesting challenges. Although tech is not something new in life, learning through it can have struggles. Connection issues, delayed responses, and links not working can trigger some level of anxiety in our students which can essentially put them in a mental block to learn.
Truth be told…I had a few meltdowns as well.
I found this quote fitting to remind us how we can remind our children to reach down inside and know they are awesome and can overcome their anxiety. What they’re experiencing is tough, but we can help them get through it.
The Hey Sigmund site offers some great articles on children, anxiety, and struggles. Please visit them at Hey Sigmund

School Anxiety and the New School Year

The new school year is fast approaching. Given how the 19-20 school year ended, anxiety levels in children may be heightened heading into this unknown school year. Will is go smoothly? Will we abruptly have to stop and school from home again? As parents we stress. Can you imagine what a child goes through? Check out this article by Katie Hurley, LCSW on how to help an anxious child with the back to school transition. https://www.psycom.net/anxiety-children-back-to-school/

Dino Deegan Cover Reveal!!

It’s here! Dino Deegan and the Unpleasant CLass is set for release Fall 2020, so I want to share with you all this adorable cover design from the fabulous Zoe Mellors. I can’t wait for this book to come out. Follow Dino Deegan and Cass in this Paleolithic journey of friendship, inclusion, and taking down bullies one kind act at a time.

Group is going on sabbatical

The Juarez twins are officially on sabbatical. Why? Because I decided to give the ending a rewrite and alternate ending. They’ll be back in a bit with a fresh new cover, larger book size, and a hardcover option! If you purchased a copy of Group in the past, don’t worry because when Jade and Pearl return I will have some free kindle download days for you to get a copy and check out what is new!

Kickstarter success!

Thank you to everyone who jumped on my campaign and pledged this project. On day 30, our goal reached 106% funded! YAY! I’m so excited to get all the goodies made and ordered for this book so it can get in the hands of children, parents, and teachers.

Thank you!