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G is for Girls

When I first became a mother, by marriage, to my beautiful blonde adolescent step-daughters, I took my new position seriously.  The girls, aged eight and nine, were at a critical period, I thought, where body image woes, wavering self esteem, … Continue reading

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F is for Feast Day

I love the internet. It makes learning about and sharing stuff with my kids incredibly easy.  And almost incomprehensibly fast.  With my smart phone,  I never even have to say, “we can look that up when we get home,” because … Continue reading

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D is for DiaperFree!

My parental learning curve took a sharp left when I first decided I might want to consider a natural birth during my first pregnancy.  And wow, what a world of wackos!  And also, amazing, smart, grounded women who knew things … Continue reading

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C is for CarWash

It’s the latest in a long string of “special”, “unusual”, or “narrow” interests, as they are called when in reference to children on the autism spectrum.   Others may even call them “obsessions”.  Whatever words you use to describe a focused … Continue reading

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B is for “BOO”

Will loves to make stuff. He also loves holidays.  We’ve had the most fantastically decorated house this year, thanks to his efforts.  I’m documenting a bit of the construction paper madness we’ve had around here the last month, along with … Continue reading

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A is for Autism

I’ve been inspired.  A friend just started a blog using the ‘ol ABC writing prompt trick.  Her posts are short and sweet.  And frequent.  Not too frequent, but way more regular than mine lately.  Like many things go, writing begets … Continue reading

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Our “Girlie”

It is not a name I would have chosen.  Ever. If I think about it too much, it has the smell of misogyny about it,  in that icky backhanded 1940’s  slang sort of way.    You know where “dame” and … Continue reading

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Birth of a Reader

It’s official.  Ben is a reader. The code has been cracked.  The letter shapes have meaning beyond their names.  Beyond their “sounds”.  The clumps of letters have significance.  They make words!  And the order of the letters in the words … Continue reading

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A “what if” piece that speaks my language

Go here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kim-stagliano/if-the-first-child-had-au_b_159610.html “If the First Child Had Autism”–Kim Stagliano

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Third Birthday!

He is absolutely, 100%, no doubt about it, in all ways THREE. But part of me can’t see it. As precocious as his babyhood was–walking at nine months, saying things like ‘bulldozer’ before he was 18 months–it is often hard … Continue reading

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