As part of a military family, moving was an inevitability during my childhood years. While I cherish the experiences I gained while moving around the world, at the time, it wasn’t always so pleasant. My children haven’t lived the military life. They’ve lived in the same city since they were born and are learning what … More Making a Move Easier. A Special Project for a Friend Who is Moving Away.
As the Mom of an 8 year old on the autism spectrum, I live and breathe routine. What I’m saying here is that once we’ve committed to any type of discipline system, we’re fully invested (my son will see to that). Lately, I’ve been experimenting with some of the positive discipline “hacks” that I’ve run … More Parenting Hack Modifications. Popsicle Stick Discipline.
No matter how amicable, divorce and separation just stinks. At first, I went into the grieving period and, like many stayed up many a night feeling sorry for myself. I still do that sometimes, but, lucky for me, this doesn’t happen too often anymore. … More You’ve Got to Start Somewhere
Though I’ve definitely been writing, I’ve found that the craziness of life has kept me from writing for pleasure, rather than for business. The good news is, I anticipate that some of the burden will be lifted next week. This being the case, I’m checking in on my poor, neglected blog and make an exciting … More Exciting Announcement!
As far as bullying goes, I’ve been pretty lucky. Sure, I remember a few incidents as a child, mostly pretty benign. In the 6th grade, two fellow students, for reasons unknown, teased me relentlessly for wearing my hair in a ponytail, and abruptly stopped when being called out by a teacher. In the 7th grade, … More Hey Moms! Stop Bullying People on the Internet!
Part of the reason for the recent decline in my blog postings has been a hectic schedule. This is partially due to a high level of focus on a special writing project (a good thing) but also because of the drama involved in the back-to-school process. I think that most parents can relate to the … More The Agony of Parental Guilt
In an attempt to provide our new family addition with some well-deserved fun in the sun, I’ve been setting aside some time each day to take her to the local dog park. A few days ago, I decided to take my son, so that he could benefit from the outdoor time and meet some new … More Dogs, Humans and our Social Rules
I’ve heard many suggest that parenting really should require some type of special licensure. Today, I’m glad it doesn’t. If I’d had to take a test that covered the parenting topics faced today, I’m pretty sure I would have failed. Funny statement from a gal who used to teach parenting classes, huh? Well, I’m good … More How to Survive a Pre-Teen Tantrum
Echolalia is a concept that I am very familiar with, even I haven’t always referred to it by name. For those of us living on, or caring for someone on the spectrum, echolalia is often just a part of life. Echolalia involves repeating something, like a word, phrase or noise, usually without context. Before my … More The Ups and Downs of Echolalia
I’m probably going to stir the pot a little bit with this post. If you follow many freelance writing blogs, which I do, you’ve probably discovered that I’ve committed a freelancing sin. I haven’t settled on a niche. Truth be told, I’ve actually dedicated my time to several focus areas, which I’m quite sure is … More I’ve Committed a Writing Sin