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I’m Randi, a native New-Yorker, Stay-at-Home-Mom, homeschool teacher, freelance writer, and the creator of Surviving Mom Blog (try saying that quickly three times).

I currently live in Atlanta with my husband, rambunctious 8-year old daughter, 2 cats, and a very hyper dog. Our house is anything but boring, and I’m just trying to stay sane amidst the endless chaos.

When I’m not writing, you can find me chasing after my energizer bunny daughter, reading anything psychological thriller, and sneaking morsels (okay, globs) of chocolate.

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the 4 fs of fear and stress

 
 
Codependency is a huge buzzword nowadays. Everywhere you turn there are people preaching about how to break the cycle of codependency.
Fear and stress are emotions that shape our perception of the world. Whether we grew up often feeling afraid or felt only the occasional nervousness, we can all vividly recount a time in our childhood where we were truly frightened. Throughout our childhood, circumstances that caused us to feel fear or stress resulted in responses to that exposure.

EACH OF US ENCOUNTERED SITUATIONS THAT IMPACTED OUR WAY OF REACTING.

We learned to protect ourselves through our responses to those traumas (big or small). There are 4 fear and stress-based responses, known as the 4 Fs of Fear and Stress. These responses shape your reactions in adulthood.

I’m sharing all there is to know about the 4 Fs of Fear and Stress. Knowledge is power. I hope this brings you more knowledge and understanding, as well as more self-compassion and self-love.
 

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things you should not hide from your kids

The 14 Surprising Things You Should Not Hide From Your Kids

Each and every one of us hides things from our kids. We do this for a variety of reasons, and our intentions are usually good. We want to protect our kids, we may feel certain topics are inappropriate, and/or we ourselves are doing something that contradicts what we tell our kids.

Despite our hearts being in the right place, the very things we hide from our kids are often what would help them navigate through life. I think we can all agree that as parents, we want to put our kids in the best position to handle whatever obstacles are thrown their way. As a result, I’m sharing with you 14 things that you should not hide from your kids.

Warning- these may shock you!

living a sober life

Living a Sober Life is Not Just About Abstaining From Substance Abuse

My husband, Matt, is an addict. His addiction and his recovery are both an important part of his journey, and they are a part of our journey as a couple. Matt has been sober for five years. I am grateful that he is clean and has stayed clean, but there is so much more to sobriety than not using. I assumed that once he was sober it would be smooth sailing.

THAT IS SIMPLY NOT THE TRUTH

I asked my husband to share his struggle and perspective on living a sober life to provide insight for loved ones of addicts and to support others on their own sober journey.

the benefits of music

The Benefits of Music for Your Overall Mental and Emotional Health

Music is very powerful. It gets my heart racing when I watch a scary movie, and there’s no better outlet for heartbreak than listening to sappy love songs.

I have always loved music, but it wasn’t until I got the 411 from a music therapist that I fully understood its impact. This article discusses music therapy and provides various tips and techniques to reap the benefits of music from the comfort of your own home.

Music can be implemented to improve the mental and emotional well-being of adults and children. Learn simple and effective ways to enhance your quality of life!

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MY LOVE STORY

relationships
my love story – how i met my husband and our dating journey

“Our wedding was very symbolic of marriage. Whatever your dreams of marriage might be, life will inevitably get in the way. I learned that although our love story is beautiful, what makes our love memorable is that we navigate life’s roadblocks together. It still amazes me that somehow, against all odds, a guy I never would have met under any normal circumstances became the man I now call my husband.   That’s the beauty of life. It may throw curveballs (as well as mono and rainstorms) at you, but sometimes it also throws you a home run.”

6 strategies and tips for parenting a special needs child

 parenting
6 strategies to parent my special needs child

“My daughter was diagnosed by an Occupational Therapist with SPD, and two years later she was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), executive functioning issues, poor working memory, and auditory processing issues. I went from being in denial that there was anything wrong, to demanding an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) be made for my child. I learned some valuable lessons along the way, and my hope is that I can make the road less bumpy for others.”

mental health/wellness
my story of how i broke the cycle of codependency

Codependency is a huge buzzword.  Everywhere you turn there are people preaching about overcoming codependent relationships. I agree that codependency isn’t healthy; I also understand why it is so easy to fall into that cycle, and why it is so difficult to overcome. My value as a person was completely defined by the well-being of those I loved.  I thought it was my role as a wife and mother to completely devote myself and my happiness to them.”

trauma/hardships
A CAUTIONARY TALE ABOUT SURVIVING NARCISSISTIC EMOTIONAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL ABUSE

“Emotional and psychological abuse leave scars that only their victims can see. They are there nonetheless. I hope reading my story will encourage you to reach out and tell someone yours. With advocacy and awareness, we can give a voice to those invisible scars. We don’t get to rewrite our past, but we get to decide our present and future.”

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