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I’d like to offer these 11 practices to moms who want to move from chaos to clarity and teach their autistic young adults how to craft a healthy, wealthy, wise life.

These are the high payoff habits that I’ve found really matter.

They keep my life uncluttered. I don’t feel overwhelmed any more. I know the next best thing to do and I do it.

These keystone habits started a chain effect that produced critical positive outcomes in my life. I’m convinced they’ll help you and your young adults with autism.

  1. GPS | Have a plan for your whole life. A life plan becomes the stable, wide platform upon which we build our dreams. It guides us, like a GPS, through life’s inevitable storms. It breaks down the complex problem of living well into smaller parts so we can wrap our heads around it. [read more]
  2. Finance | Keep and update one-page of Family Financial Facts. Thriving mompreneurs regularly assess their financial status because we know that money is the engine that propels life. Assessing where we are regularly makes it easy to know the next steps to take that continuously improve our family’s finances.
  3. Food |Prepare and eat from a predictable food plan. Arriving at and keeping our natural weight by eating according to plan energizes thriving Middle School Moms. Having a predictable meal plan makes shopping, preparing and cleaning up family meals more efficient and easy. [read more]
  4. Health: Mental | Self-coach to become more aware of and improve our thoughts, emotions and action and get the results we want. The root cause of any problem is in our thinking. When we become aware of our thoughts, compassionately question if they are true and decide whether they serve us, we can plan to shift them so we create emotions and actions that produce the results we seek. [read more]
  5. Health: Physical |Move every day. Studies show that regular physical activity helps shed body fat and build lean muscle, lower blood pressure, improves insulin sensitivity, improves mood, reduces appetite, boosts self-esteem, enhances short-term memory, lowers blood sugar, and helps control anxiety and stress. Health makes everything better.
  6. Home | Maintain a lean home using 5S principles. A neat, uncluttered, organized and safe home sparks joy and supports a thriving family, including us.
  7. Job | Schedule work blocks around personal priorities. Schedule personal time blocks first, then work blocks, to keep sane and healthy. Intentional but flexible time planning is so satisfying.
  8. Keeping | Plan and organize goals using a 12-Week Year. Break your year into four 12-week sprints with a week to evaluate and rest in between. Get focused on one thing you want and how you will act to get it. Then track how you do each week. Rinse, repeat. It’s simple and amazing.
  9. Learning | Never stop learning new concepts and applying them to improve life skills. Growth is the point of life and learning fuels growth. Thriving Middle School Moms learn from each person and every experience they encounter.
  10. Legacy: Relationships | Hold space for loved ones, friends and neighbors, before saying anything. Holding space is the conscious act of being present, open, and protective of what another person needs. Middle School Moms leave their egos at the door and suspend judgment when their loved ones share what’s important so they can give them their full attention and energy.
  11. Virtues | Practice the virtues that resonate with you on a deep level.  Thriving Middle School Moms know the key to their success is to constantly observe and evaluate their performance against their ideals.

Click on ‘read more” for details about each habit and how to imbed them into your life.

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