Embracing Autistic Friends: A Teachable Moment at Disney World

Autism affects 1 in 110 children, 1 in 70 boys.*  Chances are that your children know at least one friend with autism, and you know another parent with an autistic child. While we were at Disney World last week, we shared a lunch table with a lovely mom and daughter, since the place was pretty crowded. The little girl was about 6.  She was very talkative, and friendly, and it soon…

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On Girl Bullies & Redeemed Friendships

I am so pleased to introduce guest blogger, Abby from Dear Abby Leigh.  If you haven’t met this woman- full of such grace and openness, you can follow her on Twitter at @dearabbyleigh.  I asked on Twitter the other day if anyone had experience with girl-bullying growing up.  If there is one thing that breaks my heart, it’s how cruel girls (and women) can be to each other. Abby blew…

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Notes from the Road Children

My children always have various notes, hand-made posters, and bulletins posted around the house.  An anticipated guest might expect to be welcomed with “Come This Way —->”  signs about. And then, there are the obligatory “Your Name Here‘s Room” signs.  But sometimes they give me such a laugh, I have to share!  Walking down the hallway last week, I spotted this benign-looking sign with mermaid stickers, and bright colors.  At…

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Stop the Childhood Obesity Madness!

Alright moms, I’m going to try not to get on an enormous soapbox here.  I’m just going to point out the MADNESS that is going on right now with our nation’s “Childhood Obesity” obsession, and we can discuss in the comments. Are there obese children? Sure. (mainly older children, after they learn bad habits) Does obesity have health risks? Of course. Do we need to talk to children about healthy…

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Parenting in the “Entertain Me” Age

“Will you play with me, Mom?” “”I’m bored.” “What is there to do today?” “Can we watch a movie?” “Can you go outside with us?” On one hand, I am really glad that my kids want to spend time with me.  And I really love spending time with them, as well.  But it seems they are constantly wanting to be entertained, for me to be leading an activity.  After a…

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A Lesson in Choices

They say, “Be careful what you wish for,” right?  What would you say if you had the choice to eat only candy all day, or eat only regular food for the day? Well, my high-spirited husband spontaneously decided to pose this dilemma to our three daughters last week.  I listened intently from the bedroom as the commotion ensued. “What would you rather have- only candy for the rest of the…

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My Premature Birth Story, and March For Babies

A little over eight years ago, I was teaching K-8 Music and Drama in three schools. (Yes- three schools. That’s a whole other story) I was pregnant with my first daughter. I loved my job, but I was looking forward to the time when I would be home with my baby. Little did I know it would happen six weeks too soon! I had gone in for a weekly check…

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