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I have a recurring fantasy. It consists entirely of me going about my daily business for a single hour alone. No, “Watch this/can you get me/help me/I need/Mom/Mommy/MOM!”  Motherhood is many wonderful things. It can also be smothering, especially when...
We participate in Amazon's Affiliate Program. One of my family's favorite ways to connect is through games—board games, made up games that my husband and I think of on the spot, and even adult games. (We once figured out how...
One of my favorite times of year is in the quiet and peace after the hustle and bustle of the holidays. For me, those first few days of the year are filled with optimism, hope and excitement for the...
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Would you believe me if I told you that I don’t say No to my kid? I don’t practice permissive parenting. I set limits, I’m consistent, and I don’t say No. Here’s why I don’t say No, and what...
A brain. An athlete. A basket case. A princess. A criminal. For those of us alive in the ’80s, that list is an unmistakable reference to the iconic film The Breakfast Club, and you’re likely imagining Judd Nelson’s trench coat...
Considerations for providing meaningful, compassionate, and connection-driven therapy to neurodivergent children. by Angela DiBernardo, M.A., CCC-SLP  You may be asking, what is neurodiversity? Neurodiversity is recognizing the expectation that there will be variations within the human population, including brain differences. One way an individual...
“Do NOT hit your brother!” “Sweetie, you’re supposed to hit the ball and then run.” Are those two statements connected? They are if you’re in preschool! Preschoolers are concrete learners who use developmentally appropriate resources and observations to learn about life....
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My Child with Autism

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April is World Autism Awareness Month and with autism affecting 1 in 59 children in America, I feel like everyone knows a family dealing  with the disorder. My good friend Jessica let me ask her some questions about her...
Last week, I posted conversations with a few co-op families about their co-op experiences to give you a full lay of the land about what it means to be involved in a parent-cooperative model.  Now, I want to share...

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