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Mom’s Viral Post Nails What It’s Like to Parent a Child With ADHD.

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It’s a moment all parents know well, when that grocery meltdown (the tantrum to end all tantrums) hits, the stares, whispers and nasty comments from strangers who just don’t get it often follow. Taylor Myers, a single mom of two, isn’t a stranger to this moment, she experiences it virtually every time she walks into a store.

While standing in a Walmart checkout line with her four-year-old daughter, Sophie, and infant son, Sophie couldn’t sit still in her cart. She attempted headstands, whined over a bag of chips and ultimately called her mother something not so nice — symptoms Myers attributes to her daughter’s attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

“She’s relentless. I know this. I live with it,” she wrote in a summation of the experience on Facebook. “Her ADHD and obsessive little heart gets on these subjects of things she finds unjust and wrong and it doesn’t stop until she eventually falls asleep or something very dramatic happens to snatch the attention off the obsessed-about subject.”

Myers did her best to parent her child, even if she knew it would result in a tantrum. “We stood in line for several minutes, me ignoring her whining and refusing to give in. What’s giving in to bad behavior going to do but reinforce the bad behavior?” And then, a shopper behind them in the line expressed a rude, unnecessary opinion.

Myers snapped back (it’s hard not to!) and moved to a self-checkout line, ashamed of the judgement. “I’m doing my best, and had no choice but to wait it out for the groceries. Instead, I heard ‘she’s four years old and you need to mind your own business’ come out of my mouth,” she wrote. “I kept my composure [and] walked to self-checkout so I could avoid facing anyone else as ‘that person,'” she wrote. “The person with the misbehaving child.”

With tears pouring down her face, she was scanning her items when a woman came up to her cart and began talking with Sophie. “She asked her questions to distract her, but backs me up when Sophie begins to go on about wanting the chips. ‘No, you can’t have those today. You have to be good for your mommy,'” Myers recounted.

In thanking this kind stranger, she made a critical point about the “mommy-shaming” we hear about all to often today — we can’t judge a parent’s ability to parent simply because we don’t know the medical or behavioral struggles their children face. You don’t need any backstory to give support or kindness, though.

“You never know the problems a child has that causes them to misbehave and unless you know the struggle of being a parent to a child like mine, you cannot judge me,” she continued. “It only takes one comment to break someone down. But it also takes one small act of kindness to make a mama feel comfort and validation.”

Her post, which as been shared over 140,000 times since it went live six days ago, has resonated with parents (who parent children with and without behavioral disorders) who have experienced similar scenarios. “They aren’t ‘children like yours’ they are just children,” a parent wrote in support. “She is alive, she’s happy and like you said, she’s four. You are doing the best you can and you are doing well.”

Story: Goodhousekeeping.com

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Husband Plants 6000 Trees To Honor Late Wife – 15-Years-Later Photos Reveal True Motive

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Husband Plants 6000 Trees To Honor Late Wife – 15-Years-Later Photos Reveal True Motive

A loving husband spent years planting over 6000 trees to create this incredible heart-shaped meadow as a tribute to his late wife.

Winston Howes and his wife Janet got married in 1962. The couple were very much in love and simply inseparable.

After getting married, the couple, Winston and Janet, moved into a charming farmhouse on 112 acres in the English countryside.

Winston Howes and his beloved wife Janet

Winston Howes and his beloved wife Janet

Not long after, Janet gave birth to their son. The couple had it all, a beautiful family, a love like no other and a flourishing farm.

For thirty three years, they had the perfect life and a bond that most can only dream of. However, things changed. In 1995, at only 50 years old, Janet suddenly passed away from heart failure.

Howes was crushed to say the least. The love of his life was gone.

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To pay tribute to his late wife, Winston planted 6,000 oak saplings in a field near the home they had shared for decades.

Howes laid out the trees in a six-acre field but left a perfect heart shape in the middle – with the point facing in the direction of her childhood home.

To pay tribute to his late wife, Winston planted 6,000 trees to create a heart-shaped meadow

To pay tribute to his late wife, Winston planted 6,000 trees to create a heart-shaped meadow

“I came up with the idea of creating a heart in the clearing of the field after Janet died. I thought it was a great idea – it was a flash on inspiration – and I planted several thousand oak trees.” Howes said.

With time the trees blossomed into a mature meadow, a sacred and peaceful oasis where Winston and his son could visit on difficult days. Howes revealed, “Once it was completed we put seat in the field, overlooking the hill near where she used to live. I sometimes go down there, just to sit and think about things. It is a lovely and lasting tribute to her which will be here for years.”

The couple, Winston and Janet Howes

The couple, Winston and Janet Howes

“We planted large oak trees around the edge of the heart then decided to put a hedge around it too. The heart points towards Wotton Hill, where Janet is from. We plant daffodils in the middle that come up in the spring – it looks great. I go out there from time to time and sit in the seat I created.” He added.

For 17 years, Howes’s beautiful declaration of love remained hidden from the outside world until on day in 2012, a hot air balloonist Andy Collett spotted the incredible creation and took a photograph from the air.

With time the trees blossomed into a mature heart-shaped meadow, a sacred and peaceful oasis where Winston and his son could visit on difficult days.

With time the trees blossomed into a mature heart-shaped meadow, a sacred and peaceful oasis where Winston and his son could visit on difficult days.

Collett was so stunned when he discovered the symbol of love hidden among the trees. He said, “I have my own balloon and am quite a regular flyer – but this was the most amazing sight I have ever seen from the sky. It was a perfect heart hidden away from view – you would not know it was there. You can just imagine the love story.”

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86-Year-Old Willie Nelson Saves 70 Horses From The Slaughterhouse To Roam Free On His Ranch In Texas

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86-Year-Old Willie Nelson Saves 70 Horses From The Slaughterhouse To Roam Free On His Ranch In Texas

Country music legend 86-year-old Willie Nelson, is not only incredibly talented, he also has the kindest of hearts. This was proven yet again when he recently saved 70 horses from the slaughterhouse without second a thought.

The singer is usually on the road, but when he isn’t on tour, you can find him on his ranch, where his beloved horses reside, in the Texas Hill Country.

Recently, Willie Nelson rescued 70 horses just as they were about to be sent to the slaughterhouse and then to a glue factory. It’s a terrible fate for these beautiful and majestic animals, but luckily, Willie couldn’t see that happen, so he jumped in and saved the day.

Willie Nelson recently saved 70 horses from the slaughterhouse without second a thought.

Willie Nelson recently saved 70 horses from the slaughterhouse without second a thought.

The horses’ new home is Willie Nelson’s 700-acre property, known as “Luck Ranch”, located in Spicewood, 30 miles from Austin, in Texas hill country.

According to Willie Nelson, who will soon be turning eighty seven, the ranch represents his love of country music as well as his love for horses.

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With a ranch that big, the horses have tons of open space to wander and are treated like royalty.

According to The Epoch Times, Willie said, “My horses are probably the luckiest horses in the world. They get hand-fed twice a day, and they were just ready to go to slaughter is probably the last thing they remembered, so they’re happy horses.”

Willie’s love for the animals is well documented in many of his songs. A recent song by Willie Nelson, “Ride Me Back Home,” attests to his love for horses.

Additionally, in 2015, a video by Willie Nelson called “The Love of Horses” won the People’s Silver Telly Award. In the video, Nelson meets members of Habitat for Horses who were working to end the slaughter of horses by trying to get legislation passed.

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Young Girl With Autoimmune Disease Creates Adorable Medi Teddy To Hide Scary IV Bags

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Young Girl With Autoimmune Disease Creates Adorable Medi Teddy To Hide Scary IV Bags

Generally speaking, many kids find hospitals a scary place to be in, and even worse having to look at the equipment lining the hospital rooms. But thanks to 12-year-old Ella Casano’s medi teddy, hospital runs are about to be a little less intimidating.

Ella was only seven years old when she was diagnosed with Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP), an autoimmune disease.  ITP occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks platelets which results in bruising and easy bleeding. According to the Mayo Clinic, children typically develop ITP after a viral infection and recover shortly after, but Ella never did.

To combat a low platelet count, Ella has to be in hospital every 8 weeks to receive an IVIG infusion.

12-year-old Ella Casano created medi teddy to make hospital runs a little less intimidating.

12-year-old Ella Casano created medi teddy to make hospital runs a little less intimidating.

However, she just never got used to seeing all the hospital equipment. During one of her hospital visits, she got an idea. The tubes, needles and IV bags look a little scary, so she decided to design something to cover them up and make hospital runs less intimidating.

Ella’s invention, Medi Teddy, is an IV cover shaped like a teddy bear that features a mesh pouch on the back to carry medications and IVs. She used mesh material on the back so doctors can easily monitor medication administration.

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“When I had my first infusion, I was surprised and a little bit intimidated by the look of the amount of tubing and medical equipment on my IV pole. As I saw more and more children experiencing the same feelings, I became more interested in creating a friendlier experience for young IV patients, so I created Medi Teddy.” she wrote on her website.

Ella currently has a patent for the Medi Teddy and is already in the process of manufacturing the first 500 Medi Teddies.

Ella’s invention, Medi Teddy, is an IV cover shaped like a teddy bear that features a mesh pouch on the back to carry medications and IVs.

Ella’s invention, Medi Teddy, is an IV cover shaped like a teddy bear that features a mesh pouch on the back to carry medications and IVs.

Ella’s mom, Meg, revealed that her daughter was adamant Medi Teddy be a not-for-profit organization, so she could help other kids going through similar experiences.

If you would like to help Ella reach her goal, you can visit Ella’s GoFundMe.

We think Ella’s idea is genius and the fact that she is doing it to help other kids without profit is very inspirational!

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