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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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How to Build Self-Confidence in Yourself and Your Children

self-confidence

 
Giving kindness and compassion to ourselves is crucial in building self-confidence. We need a gentle reminder that we deserve better than how we are treating ourselves.
The journey to building self-confidence is a long and difficult one. There will be easier days as well as days that are more challenging. Be mindful of the story you tell yourself and the example you are setting for your children. It is inevitable that we will fall down along the way, but like everything in life, we must pick ourselves up and try again. You are enough. We are enough just as we are.
 

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previous posts


five stages of the grieving process

The Importance of Understanding the Five Stages of the Grieving Process

We try our best to treat others with kindness, and we teach our children to treat others with kindness. However, how often do we treat ourselves that way? For many, we are our own worst critic rather than our greatest source of comfort and support.

On the blog I’m sharing 18 (yes, 18!) ways to treat yourself with kindness. Implement these suggestions and not only will you improve the quality of your life, you’ll be teaching your children how to treat themselves kindly as well!

Don’t forget to share this post with someone in your life who deserves to treat themselves with kindness! Also, let me know which strategies resonated most with you!

Let the self-kindness begin!

how to treat yourself with kindness

How to Treat Yourself With Kindness: 18 Tips and Strategies

We try our best to treat others with kindness, and we teach our children to treat others with kindness. However, how often do we treat ourselves that way? For many, we are our own worst critic rather than our greatest source of comfort and support.

On the blog I’m sharing 18 (yes, 18!) ways to treat yourself with kindness. Implement these suggestions and not only will you improve the quality of your life, you’ll be teaching your children how to treat themselves kindly as well!

Don’t forget to share this post with someone in your life who deserves to treat themselves with kindness! Also, let me know which strategies resonated most with you!

Let the self-kindness begin!

 

things i wish i knew before becoming a mother

15 Things i Wish I Knew Before Becoming A Mother

Was I the only one who thought I could study my way into preparing for motherhood? I read numerous parenting books, spoke to more pediatricians than I care to admit, and did tons of research. Unfortunately, all the research in the world couldn’t prepare me for the intricacies of being a mom. 

I would love to jump into a time machine and talk to the woman I was before I had a child. That woman (aka yours truly) didn’t have a clue! I think we can agree that motherhood cannot be fully grasped until you experience it.

Whether you are a parent, a mom-to-be, or plan to be a mother in the future, I hope that the things I learned along the way will resonate with you and/or guide you along your own motherhood journey. These are the things I wish I knew before becoming a mother:

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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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