Samantha Kraus

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Samantha is a stay-at-home mom to Lily and Isaac. She is originally from San Antonio, Texas but moved to Iowa when she started attending the University of Northern Iowa. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English and Special Education, and loves the opportunity to mentor other parents in the special needs community. She enjoys knitting, reading, and baking in her free time.

Less is More When It Comes to Holiday Activities

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If your social media feeds look like mine, they’re probably filled with other families doing “Christmas” or “Holiday” themed activities. And if you’re anything like me, your reaction to these is double-fold. Yes, it’s so...

Four Tips To Help You Have a Great Friendsgiving

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Want to throw a great Friendsgiving? I have hosted ours for several years now and I’ve learned some wisdom along the way in my years of hosting. Here are some friendly tips I thought...

Mental Health: What It’s Like Living With Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, and SPD

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It's difficult to write about your own mental health. Writing this article is probably the most vulnerable I’ve been yet. I’m risking so much by writing this; people could think I’m downright crazy. I’m not...

My Journey Pursuing Occupational Therapy For My Kids

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All in the Family Both of my kids require occupational therapy as a part of their treatment plan. They both have a condition called sensory processing disorder (as do my husband and me) and we...

Sensory Processing Disorder: Finding Relief at Home

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Since learning that our entire family has Sensory Processing Disorder, I have been researching everywhere I possibly can online, through books, and finding personal stories from others online about how to treat our condition. ...

Sensory Processing Disorder: It’s A Family Thing

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  It feels like just yesterday I was writing about how my entire family has ADHD. I thought that was a tough challenge all on its own. I had no idea that just six months...

Choosing A Healthier Life For My Family

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I grew up in an environment that is so different from the life I have made now. Looking back on my childhood has shown me just how toxic some of the things I grew...

We Are An ADHD Family

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Every person in my family has ADHD or attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder. It feels so surreal to write that because I never imagined that my life would look the way it does now. Finding out...

Time for Timeouts: Finding My Footing During COVID-19

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I think every parent has an idea in their head of whether or not they’re a “good” parent. I definitely felt like I was a pretty good mom and that I was doing the...

Celebrating My Son’s Birthday During COVID-19

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If I’m completely honest, I wish I could have done more for my son’s birthday. Because of COVID-19, our financial security has not been the greatest, and I felt like it was irresponsible to...