Lynell Smith

Turn your complaining into Gratitude and JOY today!

Turn your complaining into Gratitude and JOY today!

No complaining today: only gratitude. For every stay at home Mom who finds herself complaining… Sometimes I like to complain.   The house is a mess. The baby is sick. The bills are piling too high. I’m tired.  Not ANOTHER stinky mess in your pants!  The kids are grumpy when they get home from school.  My husband is working too many hours.    yada yada yada. But then, I talk to a friend whose ...[Read More]

Meet Andrew Maxim, Deaf Nurse

Meet Andrew Maxim, Deaf Nurse

Andrew Maxim became deaf at age 2. Andrew learned British Sign Language (BSL) at age 17. In school he used BSL with his peers, but did not have a teacher or interpreter that used BSL. He says, “However, at school, sign language was not encouraged and in classes we had to use phonic aids and communicate with speech, we also had to rely on our own lip reading skills to understand what was bein ...[Read More]

My Deaf Boy is Just Like Your Hearing Boy

My Deaf Boy is Just Like Your Hearing Boy

My son loves sports, all of them. He dives into whatever sport is offered each season with a determination and talent that is noticed and praised. Following one of the games, I learned that my son’s coach and the basketball ref weren’t calling a ‘double dribble’ on my son during the game when they maybe should have. After explaining exactly what it was that he was doing, guiding the ball with a qu ...[Read More]

Who was the Father of Gallaudet University?

Who was the Father of Gallaudet University?

 Meet Edward Miner Gallaudet   ·        Lived February 5, 1837 – September 26, 1917 ·        Son of Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and Sophia Fowler Gallaudet ·        Edward Miner married Jane Melissa Fessenden and had 3 children. ·        The first Principal of the Columbia Institution for the Deaf and Dumb and Blind. ·        In 1864, Gallaudet worked for college status of the Columbia Instituti ...[Read More]

Motivate Your Kids to Learn

Motivate Your Kids to Learn

Major parent complaint: “My kids just aren’t motivated to (insert any verb here related to education).”   Most often expressed teacher plea,  “If I could just motivate my students to (insert any verb here related to education).   What if there were a simple answer to create motivation for  reading, writing, researching and presenting? Could it really be? This year ...[Read More]

Get started with YOUR Sensory Kits!

Animal Kingdom Sensory World   Ok parents and educators!  You’ve all seen the incredibly fun, cute sensory kits on Pinterest and blogs and thought,  “That would be so fun to do for my kids (students)!”   Then the busy day gets in the way and you don’t take the time to run to 3 different stores, or get online, to get all the different parts that make up the sensory kit. Ocean Sensory Sand Worl ...[Read More]

“I’m grateful his day is over!”

“I’m grateful his day is over!”

Yesterday was one of those days, you know, the days that you just wish would get over.  One of those terrible horrible, no good very bad days. I pinned 5 new pins with parenting advice. I called my sister and cried. She reassured me she has days like this too. I wrote in my gratitude journal, “I’m grateful his day is over!”  I woke up in the morning to a new day. My favorite book ...[Read More]

Starting Our Experience Books!

After visiting with my Early Intervention (EI) Specialist, who had brought me handouts on starting an Experience Book with  my toddler, I vowed I would start the very next week. One week went by.... then another.......... and another..... Finally, I bought composition books and thought, "YES, We'll start next week." One week went by.... then another.......... and another..... I started saving broc ...[Read More]

The Problem with ‘Good Job!’

The Problem with ‘Good Job!’

Are you using the phrase “Good job!” as your main way to praise your children and students? That is a problem. “Good job!” “That picture looks good!” “Looking good sweetie!” “You are a good brother!” “You are a good boy!” Sounds ‘good,’ right? I thought so too… until the day when I told my son, “Remember – you are a good student! You are a good friend!” just before sending him off to s ...[Read More]

Beware of the “Parent Trap!”

Beware of the “Parent Trap!”

We all fall into what I call, ‘The Parent Trap.’ It sounds like this: “Because I’m the Mom!”  “Do it because I said so!”  “Don’t argue; just do it!”  We’ve all been there, right? We’ve all been ones to say these phrases. Well, not just say them, shout them from the top of our lungs. Usually the argument prior to any of these phrases has been intense, Mom is at her wits end, and the aut ...[Read More]