How it All Began
Hello! As the owner of Peaceful Product, LLC, wife, and mother of two amazingly talented and gifted young ladies (along with two wonderful step-children), I have also had the fortunate experience of working with many different children over the past 21 years at my in-home daycare.
My oldest daughter was my inspiration for making weighted blankets. Since she was 4 months old, I can remember her having times of inconsolable screaming fits for hours at a time ~ yet she was not colicky. Most times it was due to being overwhelmed. This went on for years without a true understanding of why it was happening. As she got older and started elementary school, she would come home most days and throw herself on the floor and have a meltdown for a couple of hours. During those years, I found the only thing that would calm her was having me hold her tightly and hugging her. For the most part, this would calm her down. However, as she grew older, we discovered that she didn’t want to be touched. Therefore, hugging was no longer an option. As a mother, I felt lost. I knew hugging her would calm her ~ but she was no longer allowing this to happen.
My daughter has been ahead developmentally and academically since she was a baby. For example, she was tying her shoes at 2 1/2 years old and could tell me her state capitals at the age of 3. In elementary school, she was in the program for gifted children and in advanced classes as well.
The summer that my daughter was 9 was a huge turning point for all of us. She started regressing and isolating herself in order to control her environment. On very muggy 90 degree days, she would cover herself completely with long pants, shirts, and sweatshirts all while “hot dog” wrapping herself in a blanket. In the meantime, she would cry that she was too hot. I would ask her take off some of her warm clothes, but she said she simply couldn’t. At this time, she was also experiencing major anxiety throughout the night time. These nights were sleepless for all of us. I wanted to help my daughter and knew that something needed to be done sooner rather than later. Examinations and evaluations only led to more frustrations. The main response was to medicate her. I disagreed. Therefore, I took matters into my own hands and began countless hours of research in order to best help my daughter.