Kathy Riojas-Crespo

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Kathy is a native Texan who has lived in Carrollton since she was four. She holds a master's degree in counseling from SMU. After 13 years in public education, Kathy traded middle-school hallways for a small office in a private practice. She and her husband, Juan, are raising three children whose ages span from 21 to four years old. Following an autism diagnosis of their youngest son, Kathy has prioritized mental and physical health. Nothing prepares you for this news as a parent. Kathy credits her friends, family, faith, Trader Joe's, Orangetheory, and the occasional weekend getaway for keeping her fulfilled and sane.
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My Graduate Isn’t College Bound. Did I Fail?

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More and more high school graduates are choosing other career paths that don't involve college, and that's okay.
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It’s Okay for Kids to Feel Angry :: Helping Parents Navigate Big Feelings

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It’s easy for parents to villainize anger -- and not just the anger our kids feel.
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5 Skills to Let Your High School Student Practice Before College

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But before your young adult sets off for college campus life, here are five skills that will make the transition from home much less stressful -- especially for moms!
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Book Club Dropout? Try Podcast Club Instead

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It's official, I am a book club dropout. It didn't happen on purpose. But no matter how strong my intentions, the reality is there is never enough time for reading books in this season...
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Motherless Mothering by Choice :: You’re Not Alone

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If a difficult relationship between you and your mother has you doubting your own mothering abilities, it doesn’t have to.
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Games to Grow Executive Functioning Skills in Children {VIDEO INCLUDED}

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Executive functioning skills are serious business, but it doesn’t mean you can’t have fun while practicing.
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Guide to Family-Friendly Saint Patrick’s Day Fun in Dallas

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Dust off the green gear and get ready to (sham)rock!
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5 Gifting Hacks for Birthdays, Baby Showers, and More

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Disclaimer :: This article contains affiliate links. Dallas Moms may receive a commission if you make a purchase using these links. Thanks for supporting Dallas Moms!  Some moms dream of closets they can fill with...
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What to Say If Your Child Says “I Hate School”

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I grew up loving school, though I might be raising a son who doesn't always share the same affinity for academics.
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3 Ways an Early Autism Diagnosis Helped Our Family (and How to Get One)

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An early autism diagnosis validated our concerns as parents, empowered us to become educated, and provided a roadmap of possibilities.

Dear Teacher: Here Is What I Want You To Know

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The beginning of a new school year means getting to know a new teacher. And every year, I send an email to our teacher to outline what I want him or her to know...

The Parenting Advice That Changed My Life

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I grew up believing that the metric of good parenting was how children behaved. If I was doing my job as mom right, then you could tell. You’d see children who accepted "no” with...