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.
Find out more about me HERE
- How Do I Stop Being Codependent
- Tips and Strategies for Parenting a Special Needs Child
- How Do You Learn To Love Yourself
- How To Build Self-Confidence In Yourself
- Ways To Implement Healthy Boundaries For Your Mental Health
- Understanding Your Love Language
- How To Cope When You Are Living With An Addict
- What Is The Importance of Self-Care
- How To Cope With Anxiety
- How To Have A Long And Lasting Marriage
- How To Give A Voice To Childhood Emotional Abuse Survivors
- How To Survive Going No Contact With A Family Member
- What Are The Keys To Happiness
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.
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!
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.
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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“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”