Category Archives: Parenting

Like, Literally!

In my opinion, “literally” is literally one of the most over-used, incorrectly applied words in the English language. “I mean, I literally jumped 10 feet in the air!” Um, no, you literally did not.

But literal thinking and behavior takes on a whole new meaning when navigating life with children on the autism spectrum. These kids tend to be very literal, concrete thinkers and you must choose your words carefully. Continue reading Like, Literally!

The Day My GPS Broke

I think it’s pretty clear that there are some significant challenges involved in raising special needs children, and sometimes they can be heartbreaking and gut-wrenching. But, not always. There are some really unique, wonderful things about people on the autism spectrum. One of those things for my son, Gray, is his awesome memory. Continue reading The Day My GPS Broke

Bullying? Or, something else?

When you have a child who doesn’t behave typically, you can basically count on stares, comments and occasional questions. It’s just a part of life with special needs children, and since my children, in particular, have pretty much pulled off every appalling behavior you can think of in public, I’m now pretty much beyond embarrassment. Things happen, and life goes on. Continue reading Bullying? Or, something else?

Anything You Can Do…

Here are all 5 of us in our groovy 70s finest!

Remember that old song, “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better?” Growing up as the youngest of five children, that somehow became my unofficial motto. Competitiveness can be a great asset, but can also be a tremendous downfall. Ask me how I know!

Years ago, my parents fell in love, got married and started a family. First a girl, then 20 months later a boy. Three years later, another little girl and 20 months later along came another little boy. Isn’t it cool how they had such evenly matched sets? Continue reading Anything You Can Do…

Do You Hear a Dog, Mommy?

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Once upon a time, there was a toddler named Gray. Like his baby friends, Gray was growing, learning and beginning to develop language. At his well-baby doctor’s appointments, his proud mommy told the doctor things like, “Yes, he is starting to talk!” and “Oh yes, he definitely has at least 50 words. Probably more!” Continue reading Do You Hear a Dog, Mommy?