This Momma’s Meandering Mondays 83!

Welcome one and all to This Momma’s Meandering Mondays 83 and I want to offer a great, big thank you in advance to all of you who link up with us! We are so thankful to have you with us!

Please join us for a year filled with amazing friends, tasty treats, fun crafts, and sharing in each other’s adventures!

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Now…let’s get the party started and come on in and join the fun by linking up your favorite posts! We had an absolutely awesome week last week! Share the fun and make some new friends, find a new yummy treat, or find a wonderful new craft idea to make. This is a great way to grow in your friendships! But before we start this party…Grab a badge!

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Now stop in and say howdy to my linky party partners in fun…

The wonderful Jessica from The Wondering Brain and Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures.

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Come one and come all…join in to be a co-host’s for February or March with This Momma’s Meandering Mondays? We have several awesome options to choose from! Drop me a line at ssgannett@gmail.com. I would love to have you along for this party! You can also check out my sponsor page for more info.

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Now it is time to introduce our favorite This Momma’s Meanderer’s from last week, and boy oh boy it was a difficult choice! Don’t forget to grab your “I Was Featured” badge of honor! Congratulations to you all!

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Natasha’s favorite post came from Living in Mommywood with the post “Modern Day Sex Talk…the Birds, the Bees, and All In Between!
Saying, “Great post! I have also started early talking about anatomy with my son, and one day I will surely have the talk about sex. I am not looking forward to the conversation, but I feel a bit more confident. Thanks for sharing, Mari!”

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Living in Mommywood – Modern Day Sex Talk…the Birds, the Bees, and All In Between

My favorite post came from Mrs. Tee Love Life Laughter with the post “Let’s Write!
“I have been struggling to get the words out, too. Sometimes I think that it is the day to day chaos and other I think that it is the chaos that is constantly rolling around in my head. My mind tends to go blank, when I sit down to write…maybe I should try to keep a notebook on hand to keep the chaos more organized. Thank you so much for sharing!”

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Let’s Write – Mrs. Tee Love Life Laughter!

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Thank you to all of you who joined us last week!

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Come one and come all and join in to be a co-host for This Momma’s Meandering Mondays in 2015? If interested, please drop me a line at ssgannett@gmail.com. I would love to welcome you along for the ride! You can also check out my sponsor page for more info.

Now let’s get this party started!

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Remember everyone enjoys a little comment love!

Feel free to “meander” by some fellow bloggers and find a new recipe to make for the family, a helpful blogging tip, a funny story to read, and best of all a new friend to make! There are really no rules to follow, only some suggestions to keep in mind…because we are all to enjoy the friendships that come along by doing these few simple and wonderful things…

1. Link up your favorite post…a story, a recipe, a photo, or a helpful tip…As many as you want, that’s right as many as you want!!!!

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Madness Over Math!

My mind is a flurry of madness over math! These past few weeks, I feel like I am beating my head against the wall, trying to get lil miss to accomplish her math school work! I talk, I cajole, I gripe, and I just start to lose my mind!

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We have been trying to work on basic math facts, this year, because she does not know the basics like she should. I really don’t want to advance her, because I know that it will be an even bigger struggle without the basics.

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Everyday, I watch her stare at her computer as it sits on the math program that we have been using. My frustrations mount to madness and I know that I frustrate her, too.

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We have tried print outs, which really seem to work the best, but I am getting low on printer ink. I have thought about flash cards, and maybe that will help. I have even been looking into math workbooks, hoping for the reassurance that the task is getting done. But I am afraid that whatever I try will continue to lead to the same frustrations, because she just does not like math.

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Sadly, I really can’t say that I blame her, because I hated math, too! At least when it came to adding letters into the problems or fractions. I felt the same way that she does…when am I ever really going to use math!?! Well at least anything beyond fractions…the only algebra that I have ever used was teaching lil man how to do it!

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I am hoping that her light bulb will go off with the realization that she just has to do it, no matter how much she doesn’t want to. While I, of course, will keep on trying to get the task of getting her to do it accomplished. No matter how much I am driven to madness over math!


Benefits to Learning the Arts! – Guest Post

Today, I am happy to share with you a wonderful guest post all about the benefits to learning the arts!

6 Ways Learning Art Will Serve Your Kids Later in Life

We’ve all heard those horror stories of pushy parents who force their children to pursue the hobbies they want them to have.

No one wants to be those parents…and certainly no child wants to have those parents.

You seek to give your kids a wide variety of experiences and develop their interests, wherever they lie. But you can also point them in the direction of activities that are proven to have long-term benefits, like the arts.
Study after study confirms the positive effects of arts education, even after kids grow up. This doesn’t mean that your little ones have to be religious about practicing the piano every day or should be groomed to be the next Picasso.

The point is that they learn about and create art when they’re young, in whatever form they choose, be that dance, music, drama, creative writing or visual arts. Given the fact that arts are being taken out of many schools these days, it’s even more important for parents to take an active role in exposing their children to creative activities.
Even if they never become experts in the craft, the mere participation will benefit them. Here’s how…

1. Healthy Self Expression

A major component of success and happiness in life is being able to express oneself in healthy ways. If you have that skill set, you’re lucky because a lot of people don’t. It starts when you’re young though. Not only should you teach your children to express their thoughts and feelings verbally, but through other modes as well. Art provides that outlet for people of all ages.
They’re mad at their brother? Draw about it. They’re happy about an upcoming vacation? Dance about it. It may sound silly but, it’s important that children learn various ways to communicate outwardly what’s going on inside.

2. Motor Skills & Coordination

Almost all art forms require the use of fine motor skills and physical coordination, which children must develop from a very early age. Even just the use of scissors, paints or crayons help kids to learn to control their muscles and movements in a great variety of tasks they do every day from tying their shoes to using eating utensils. And in performing arts, they learn body control and coordination, which will aid them in sports, exercise and safe physical interaction with others.

3. Creative Thinking & Problem Solving

The world is very different now than it was when we were growing up, and it will be even more different by the time today’s children are working adults. The same inside the box definition of intelligence won’t cut it in 20 years. More and more we see that what’s most valuable is an individual’s ability to approach a problem in creative ways to arrive at an innovative solution.
The arts arena is a breeding ground for this sort of thinking. It encourages children to come up with new ideas and find their own ways of doing things. There’s rarely a “wrong” answer in art and the same is true in the most cutting edge industries and companies out there.

4. Commitment

Taking art classes is a great lesson in perseverance and commitment. No matter how bright your child is, she won’t be an immediate violin virtuoso – she’ll have to show up to her lesson each week, practice at home, deal with making mistakes, tackling hard pieces, etc. And she’ll only get better if she sticks with it.
One of the worst qualities in a person is entitlement, or expecting everything to come easy, a trait that often has roots in childhood. Children who consistently work on improving their artistic skills, however, learn from experience that success doesn’t immediately follow from participation – rather, it’s something you must earn.

5. Taking Criticism

Most parents love to shower their children with praise, and that’s perfectly fine. It’s important for little ones to hear that they’re doing a good job or that they’re wonderful at something; it builds confidence. But it’s also critical that kids hear constructive criticism, learn to accept it and use it to improve.
In the “real world” they will have to deal with negative feedback and turn it into an opportunity for growth, so it helps if they grow up practicing that. Art is the perfect means to delivering constructive feedback; it happens naturally with their teachers and peers as they learn and create.

6. Academic Improvements

This one was left for last because I don’t want to emphasize academic achievement as a reason for art. Even if art had no impact whatsoever on children’s academic achievement, there would still be a strong case for it. But it just so happens that involvement in the arts does increase academic skills and success. In fact, a recent study examined the brains of children and teens and determined that music lessons actually improve memory, organizational skills and attention control.

This should come as no surprise to those who are familiar with interdisciplinary education. Every single art medium is connected to other academic subject areas. Music is heavily steeped in math; the visual arts are all about proportion; photography utilizes physics and chemistry; and every product or new technology is designed, on some level, by an artist. These are just a few examples that show that it’s impossible to separate art from the core academic subjects as it’s truly a part of each one.

It really is never too early to start exposing your children to art. And as you do, pay attention to what they’re good at and enjoy doing most, and use that to guide you in choosing the types of lessons to try.
Just remember not to force anything too much – if they try something and stick with it for a little while but still don’t like it, consider trying something else that may be a better fit. The important thing is that they get joy out of the experience and learn new skills that will help them to become better people.

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About the Author: Alex Soare knows firsthand the benefits of an artistic childhood. He is a professional opera singer and the founder of ArtRise, an innovative social media network for artists of all media. His inspiration for the site was his own experience as a working artist looking for more opportunities to network and collaborate with other creative professionals all over the world. He’s also a frequent contributor to online art and lifestyle publications. To learn more, go to www.Artrise.com.


#AskAwayFriday with Cascia from Talbert Zoo!

Stay tuned for an amazing swap with Cascia from Talbert Zoo!

Thank goodness it’s Friday…#AskAwayFriday that is, the most amazing link up ever!

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What is #AskAwayFriday? Well…

#AskAwayFriday was created by the amazing Penny from Real Housewife of Caroline County and Amber from Bold Fit Mom, as a way to connect with other bloggers with a great Q & A session of 10 questions and 10 answers, between two bloggers! This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know others while allowing others to get to know you and of course there is also the added bonus of making great friends along the way which is one of the best parts of this online world!

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Now welcoming our wonderful #AskAwayFriday hosts…

Tamara from Tamara Like Camera,
Tiffany from Mrs. Tee Love Life Laughter,
Christy from Uplifting Families,
Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings
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Echo from The Mad Mommy

So…grab our new button, follow our amazing hosts and co-host, hop through the great link ups and make some amazing new friends!

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This week, I am super excited to be swapping with Cascia from Talbert Zoo! Sharing her journey as a wife and mother of five, through wonderful stories and photos. She is also a health and fitness enthusiast and founder of Healthy Moms Magazine! Be sure to stop by and read her answers to the questions that I asked of her and show her a little love!

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Cascia from Talbert Zoo!

About Blogging

1. You started blogging in 2012. Why did you decide to start a blog?

I started blogging really to share our daily adventures as a new SAHM, after coming off of a 18 year career outside of the home. This was a new journey for me. I also had some hope that I would be able to eventually make a few dollars to add to the family finances, since we would be a single income family.

2. Do you have any blogging goals for 2015?

My biggest goal is to get more consistent with content and focus on building on the amazing friendships that I have made over the last two years.

3. If you could share one tip about blogging to someone who just started a blog today, what would you tell that person?

Community is the most important part of success. I think of it as a giant circle of girlfriends who are there with support and friendship!

4. What do you blog about?

I will blog about most anything…day to day struggles, homeschooling, recipes, and whatever else might pop into my head and through my fingers.

About Your Family

5. How did you meet your husband?

LOL! Well this one is definitely a doozie!
I actually met my hubby, when my dad married his mom, when I was about eleven and he was nineteen. Yes, that means that he was my step-brother, for about two months, they married on Mother’s day…separated by Father’s day…and divorced by the fourth of July!

After they divorced, I remained friends with my step-mom and hubby and even baby sat for his sister on occasion. Then when my first hubby and I separated, I found out that hubby had separated from his first wife, during a visit with my ex-step-mom…and the rest is history.

6. What is one thing about each of your children that makes him or her special or unique?

Everything about them! LOL! But more specifically…
D-man, who is my oldest…is my rock. During the years that my mom lived with us, he was always beside me during her care.
Lil-man, who is the middle one…is my little love. He loves to help others and even at fifteen, so very generous and caring.
Lil-miss, who is the baby of the group…is indeed the little hippie princess. She is a ball of fire and full of creativity, with an imagination that runs wild.

7. Do you have pets?

We have three in our midst at the moment…an all black cat, a dapple Dachshund, and a German Shepherd.

8. Why did you choose to homeschool?

We started having problems, when my oldest went into Junior High and the Principal chose to speak to a roomful of parents using street slang and our superintendent had an agenda that did not have the kids’ best interest in mind. The final straw, however, came when lil man started getting bullied by a teacher and we knew that lil miss would have that teacher, too. We started researching and started homeschooling the next school year.

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9. Where did you grow up?

I have lived in Central Illinois, all of my life, just a few hours south of you. It is a little factory town, with a major University…but not much else. The grade school that I went to, was the same one that all three of my kids went to.

10. What is one thing about you that your readers may not know?

Hmm…I am not really sure, because I am pretty much an open book, but this might work…
I always thought that to either be a radio DJ or a librarian would be cool jobs…as a music junkie and a book addict!

Thank you so much Cascia for an amazing swap! Be sure to stop by and read the questions that I asked of her! Also, take a few minutes to stroll through all of the other amazing linkups!

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Turn It Up Tuesdays 70!

It is time to turn up the fun and turn up the party for Turn It Up Tuesdays 70!

Thank you so much for joining us for another week of Turn It Up Tuesday! Thanks for sharing those AMAZING posts for us all to enjoy!

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Turn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic…and having fun! Link up your favorite posts (old or new) and meet some awesome bloggers in return! Link up your funny stories, DIY posts, recipes, mommy moments — anything at all, as long as it is family-friendly. We want to laugh, be entertained, be inspired, and have a good time!

Thanks so much to everyone that joins us each week and makes this blog hop the best that it could be!

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Ida is a mom of one, step-mom of two lifestyle blogger from Miami. She blogs about her second chance at life, love and family!

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Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!

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Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings | Jessica from The Wondering Brain | Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise | April from April Noelle | Ce Ce from A Chicago Mom | Yolanda from That’s Mashed Up | Kelly from Making-More | Tiffany from MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter | Cindy from Mom Maven | Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Rhonda from Mother 2 Mother | Mari from Living in Mommywood | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Jillian from Baby Doodah | Chelsea from Mommie and Wee | Tenns from New Mama Diaries

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for January!

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Brittney from His Wife. Their Mommy. | Chantale from Virtually A Teacher | Tianna from Love and Laughter | Zografia from Bisozozo | Stacy from Anastasia Vintage| Elaine from Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess | Nancy from The Family Bucket List | Rose from What Rose Knows | Tina from The Happy Creations

Interested in being a guest host for the month or becoming a permanent co-host?

Complete the form here! Monthly co-hosts will be chosen on a first come first-serve basis. We’re now accepting guest hosts for February and March.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Tiffany chose 5 Resolutions Every Mom Needs from Seven Graces. “I picked this post because Resolution No. 5 really struck a chord with me. I think it can be so hard to allow yourself a bit of grace – even more so than giving it to others at times. I am so guilty of being my own biggest critic and this was a great reminder that I deserve a bit of grace too.”

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Mari chose Before & After/ Loving Chalkboard Paint for Tween/Teen’s Bedroom from Chocolate and Sunshine. “This has to be the best kids room I have seen in a long time. I loved Dana’s use of chalk on a whole wall. Great way to inspire lots of imagination.”

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Stacey chose 9 Ways to Lose Weight Without Trying Too Hard from Simple Holistic Girl. “Losing a few pounds is something that I want to work towards this year, and all of these amazing tips are things that I really need to work on. Thank you so much for sharing!”

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Cathy chose Cookies & Cream Dessert Dip from Penney Lane. “This cookies and cream dessert dip looks like a wonderful party treat that both kids and adults will love! I’m planning on taking it to our Super Bowl party!”

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Jillian chose How I Monetized My Blog from Budget Girl. “I chose this post because I am currently in the process of figuring out how to better monetize my blog and there are some AMAZING tips in this post. If you’re a blogger, you need to check this out!”

Britney also chose this post. “I enjoyed this article because she’s logical. She gave great, practical advice and she was transparent in showing her own income from blogging. She also gave some great links for further reading. In blogging groups I notice that many of us are very curious about how to monetize our blogs and this post is very helpful and insightful.”

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Elaine chose How to Use Hootsuite Pro from Chaos & Kiddos. “I upgraded to Hootsuite Pro last week because I was spending 3+ hours a day scheduling tweets and Google+ page post for 4 websites with 6 twitter accounts. This is a great tutorial.”

Natasha also chose this post. “Although I have used Hootsuite for some time, I haven’t tried to make the effort to purchase Hootsuite Pro. Katy has definitely convinced me and has shared some great tips to use it most effectively! Great post!”

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Cindy chose 30 Days of Prayer Journaling Prompts: Day 1 from Life from My Laptop. “I don’t journal, I never have but I have always been interested in prayer journaling. Alyssa’s post gave me the tools I needed to get started.”

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Zografia chose Light & Bright Kitchen Table Makeover from Making It In the Mountains. “I love round tables. And this one is gorgeous. I think white paint was a great choice!”

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Tina chose Sweet Enough for Your Sweet Tooth | | Light Enough for Your Resolutions from Eat, Drink, and be Mary. “Looks great and delicious. I love the decoration and the fact that it is made from scratch. An irresistible valentine’s day dessert.”

Ce Ce also chose this post. “Perfect treat for Valentine’s Day!!”

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Nancy chose 10 Easy Health Changes to Make This Year from Mama’s Got It Together. “I am trying to eat better and focus on good health. In this post Sarah provides 10 easy changes that everyone can make towards a healthier lifestyle.”

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Chantale chose Sunday devotional: What love really means from It All Matters Mom. “This post is a beautiful reminder to show compassion to others because you never know what they are going through.”

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April chose 3 Strategies to Create Balance in My Life In 2015 from Tabler Party of Two. “Although I think balance itself on a daily basis is unattainable, I love how Andrea laid out how she will be working towards an imperfect balance this year.”

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Tenns chose Red Fruit Salad from Honey & Birch. “This fruit salad looks really delicious, and I love the red color. I’m a huge fan of pomegranates and raspberries, but never thought to create a fruit salad with them. I could totally see eating this salad with a drizzle of honey or dopple of whipped cream.”

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Silvie chose Cucidati – Italian Fig Cookies from Bakewell Junction. “I love these cookies ever since I tried them at a wedding. I’ve always wanted to make them and this recipe is easy to follow.”

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The post with the most clicks is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint – Tips for Beginners from Canary Street Crafts.

Stop by and show some love to our featured bloggers this week! I’m sure they’d all appreciate it!

If you were featured above, feel free to share the badge below with pride on your blog or website!

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And the Best of the Best is…

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How to Use Hootsuite Pro from Chaos & Kiddos

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Show some love to our Best of the Best bloggers this week!!!!

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Please send an e-mail to Natasha at 1EpicMommy@gmail.com and she will provide you with all the details for the free ad space!

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Our very own lovely and amazing Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise is hosting a great giveaway this month and some of us are co-hosting, so we’d love to feature it here for all of you! Enter to win cash in the Romantic Cash Giveaway – you could win up to $500! Three winners will be chosen!

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So now that you’ve met our Sponsor for the month, our hosts and guest hosts, our Featured and the Best of the Best, and the Romantic Cash giveaway,

let’s get started!

*Show some love to your hosts and co-hosts simply by following them on social media and leaving a comment so they can follow you back.

*Link up as many posts as you’d like! The more, the merrier!

*Check out some of the other posts and make some new friends!

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This Momma’s Meandering Mondays 82!

Welcome one and all to This Momma’s Meandering Mondays 82 and I want to offer a great, big thank you in advance to all of you who link up with us! We are so thankful to have you with us!

Please join us for a year filled with amazing friends, tasty treats, fun crafts, and sharing in each other’s adventures!

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Now…let’s get the party started and come on in and join the fun by linking up your favorite posts! We had an absolutely awesome week last week! Share the fun and make some new friends, find a new yummy treat, or find a wonderful new craft idea to make. This is a great way to grow in your friendships! But before we start this party…Grab a badge!

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Now stop in and say howdy to my linky party partners in fun…

The wonderful Jessica from The Wondering Brain and Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures.

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Come one and come all to join in to be a co-host’s for November or December’s This Momma’s Meandering Mondays? We have several awesome options to choose from! Drop me a line at ssgannett@gmail.com. I would love to have you along for this party! You can also check out my sponsor page for more info.

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Now it is time to introduce our favorite This Momma’s Meanderer’s from last week, and boy oh boy it was a difficult choice! Don’t forget to grab your “I Was Featured” badge of honor! Congratulations to you all!

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Jessica’s favorite post came from Dearest Progeny with the post “What Counts When Your Child Lays Dying!
Saying, “This post comes at the right time because I lost my mother and grandmother on January 3rd. It made me and the rest of the family realize the importance of relationships we have now. It also made me realize what kind of legacy I could leave behind when my time comes. Thanks for sharing!”

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“What Counts When Your Child Lays Dying!”

Natasha’s favorite post came from Our Cone Zone with the post “5 Tips for Traveling on an Airplane with Kids!
Saying, “Over the holidays, my son and I traveled to Florida. And I took advantage of every one of these tips!! Thanks for the great post!”

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“5 Tips for Traveling on an Airplane with Kids!”

My favorite post came from Jodie Fitz with the post “Blueberry Homemade Granola Bites!
“Oh these look absolutely divine! I have always loved granola of any kind, because it is so wonderful to add to all sorts of things or simply to eat alone. I definitely look forward to giving these a try! Thank you so much for sharing!”

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Homemade Blueberry Granola Bites

Congratulations!

Don’t forget to grab and display our “Featured” badge!

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When Do You Need a Patient Advocate? – Guest Post

Today, I am pleased to bring you a wonderful guest post, touching on a very difficult subject, the possible need for a patient advocate. One never knows what sort of difficult challenges that we may face as we become parents and possibly even elder caregivers. Some of those challenges may require a special sort of help, the kind of help that can only come from a professional.

When Do You Need a Patient Advocate?

Under the best of circumstances, hospital care can be stressful and emotionally trying. Even when you trust your doctor and have total confidence in the facility, it’s normal to experience worry or fear.

But what happens when you disagree with professional medical advice? Or when you feel like you don’t know enough to make a good decision? These can be especially difficult situations when the patient isn’t you, but your child. Enter patient advocates.

What is a Patient Advocate?

Patient advocates serve as a liaison between hospitals and patients. They help navigate hospital bills and find the right doctor based on your particular needs. Health insurance can be extremely confusing, so patient advocates help with insurance coverage and filing for claims as well. Some even attend hospital appointments to help patients understand and consider their treatment options.

Attorneys often serve as patient advocates, particularly in the areas of hospital bill review and insurance coverage review. They also specifically defend patients when their healthcare rights are in jeopardy. Some patients do not realize that they have additional options in their care and the care of their loved ones, so it helps to have an expert handy to speak up on a patient’s behalf if necessary.

Patient advocates may be particularly helpful when parents and doctors disagree about the right treatment to give a child – in some situations, there’s a fine line between the parents’ freedom to choose and the laws regarding child welfare. Because of the potential for state involvement, having an attorney involved when doctors and parents disagree may be a good idea.

Controlling Your Child’s Medical Treatment

It can be difficult to tell a doctor that you do not want the treatment that he or she recommends, but ultimately, patients have control over whether they receive recommended treatment or any treatment at all. That control becomes limited when it involves minor children, however. As a rule, parents must consent to any treatment that their child receives. But what happens when a parent doesn’t agree with the recommended treatment for their child?

Generally, parents have control over the health and safety of their child. But, this control only exists as long as the parent is not putting the child in real danger. If the doctor believes that the child’s life and safety is in danger if the child does not receive the recommended treatment, then the doctor may be required to report the situation to law enforcement.

In some situations, where the parents or guardians decline medical treatment, Child Protective Services (CPS) may step in. CPS gets involved when they suspect that child abuse or child neglect has occurred. Depending on the type of treatment, refusing medical treatment can be a form of child neglect.

This is especially true where the parent is not engaging in any other type of replacement treatment. Where declining the treatment is considered neglect, then the state can force the child to undergo treatment. If the lack of treatment causes the child’s death, the parents could even be charged for the homicide of their child.

What Should Parents Do When They Disagree with the Doctor?

Bring in your patient advocate to a doctor-patient meeting.
Patient advocates, regardless of whether they are attorneys, help ask the doctor the right questions when parents and doctors disagree. Be sure that your advocate asks the doctor for other treatment options that might be more agreeable.

Sometimes doctors are unwilling to explain other options that they do not support, but a patient advocate could help get that information out of them. Having an attorney at this point may be useful but is not absolutely necessary. If your patient advocate is not your attorney, however, be sure that your attorney speaks with your doctor as soon as the attorney becomes involved.

Consider your actual rationale for treatment.
Courts have a history of allowing parents to refuse treatment where their refusal is based on religious beliefs. However, it is much more difficult to allow parents to refuse medical treatment for other reasons. Be sure to tell your doctor and your lawyer the true reason for the refusal.

Check for other opinions.
If the family decides to decline doctor-recommended treatment, then you should try consulting another doctor. If another doctor recommends another type of treatment that is more agreeable, then the family can engage in that treatment without any significant fear of legal involvement.

Talk to your lawyer the second that CPS gets involved.
Do not fight CPS alone. Contact an attorney early so that CPS deals directly with your attorney instead of working with you. When cases involve children, they can get very emotional, very quickly. Don’t let your emotions cloud your judgment. Let your attorney be your rational voice in this dispute.

Dealing with parent and doctor disagreements can be very stressful. But you don’t have to be alone in this dispute. Consider talking to a patient advocate to work your behalf. Because the state may become involved in cases that involve minors, an attorney-patient advocate may be especially helpful.

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About the Author: Jay Deratany is a Chicago injury attorney and the founder of The Deratany Firm. He’s passionately committed to advocating for the rights of his clients, and enjoys educating readers about their rights by contributing to several online publications. Jay is also a human rights activist as well as the writer and producer of an independent film. Click here to learn more.




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