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Gift Ideas For Kids & Teens With Disabilities

The holidays are such a magical time of year! Most people enjoy spending time with families, hearing the Christmas music playing in the stores and the general happiness and positive energy people are tossing around like confetti. For some parents the holidays can be a bit more of a challenge and not because of our grinch attitudes or dislike of the season. The holidays are different for some parents because the holidays are different for our kids. As a mother of three beautiful kids, a girl and two boys (both boys have disabilities) I know how unusual it can be to help your kids enjoy the season as much as others. Our oldest boy has ADHD and struggles to complete tasks or enjoy quiet, calm activities like others his age. Our youngest has Asperger’s which makes it a struggle for him to enjoy the wide range of emotions so many kids express this time of year. The holidays are not always easy for them simply because they experience things differently and don’t enjoy the same activities. Th

How to Improve Your Self Confidence

Contrary to popular belief, no one is born with boundless self-confidence. In most instances, how we feel about ourselves,typically stems from the world around us - our upbringing and experiences, and those we choose to surround ourselves with. You may be lacking confidence as a result of your appearance, abilities, or personal identity, but by putting strategies in place, you can gradually turn that negativity on its head. 

When you have good self-confidence, you feel a sense of contentment and pride in yourself. This mindset gives you more scope to branch out and embark on new experiences and make long-term goals. In this blog, we’re going to look at some of the key ways to improve your self-confidence:

Be kind to yourself


You’re never going to feel great in your own skin if you’re constantly feeding yourself negative self-talk. That little voice inside your head is extremely powerful and can instantly change your thoughts and feelings in a matter of seconds. Instead of constantly putting yourself down, challenge your thought process to be more positive! A good rule of thumb is to talk to yourself as though you were talking to your best friend. Give yourself a boost - after all, no one else can make you feel good if you don’t make the effort to do so yourself. 

Surround yourself with positive people


The people you choose to surround yourself with has a significant impact on your self-confidence. Take a moment to evaluate just how your friends make you feel. Do they lift you up when you’re down, or dampen your mood? If it’s the latter, you may want to think about whether they’re people you want to be spending your time with. As a last resort, it may be worth cutting ties if you come to realize that they’re detrimental to your mental health or self-confidence.

Change your appearance


No one should have to change their appearance for someone else, but if you believe that the way you look is making you feel on edge and lacking in confidence, there’s no reason why you can’t make some minor adjustments to make you feel good about yourself. This could be safely losing weight in the best interests of your physical health, or having dental work carried out at, to give you that Hollywood smile you have always dreamed of!

With that said, never allow yourself to get sucked into the pressures of social media. Posts are often highly edited to mask the truth, which leads many people to (unfairly) compare themselves with others.


Review past achievements


It’s very easy to focus on times where we have failed, but what about the times when you have made huge strides and great achievements?! Make a list of all of the things that you’re proud of and any past accomplishments that you worked hard for. These pointers will act as a reminder that you can do anything that you set your mind toand you’ll find that this list will be a powerful tool if any negative self-talk takes over.



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