Autism One 2014

What are we to do in The Age of Autism?  What I found at Autism One 2014.   I went to Chicago last week to learn more about autism. I wanted to learn why 1 in 50 kids has autism (1). Why 1 in 6 has a neuro-developmental condition (2). Why 54% of kids in…

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Tricks to get kids to eat

  This is post number 2 about managing The Picky Eater. When my middle child was three he went through a very picky stage which allowed me to actually test out some of the recommendations I give other parents.  Guess what? They worked.  He’s four now and these techniques work to avoid a simple “phase”…

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Got picky eaters? Here’s how I manage mine (video post)

Tip #1 for Managing Picky Eaters I have three children.  My three year old, I used to  characterize as “one of those picky eaters”. This post is part 1 of a series in which I want to share some of the things I did in this situation.  He’s not nearly as picky any more.

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Simplicity Parenting

Simplicity Parenting.  Catchy title, isn’t it? It’s the name of the best parenting book I’ve come across.   My go-to resource. Sim-pli-fy – “to make something simpler or easier to do or understand”.    Simplify.  Just the sound of the word makes my shoulders drop and eyes close and my body breathe in… deeply.  It sets my…

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Can I handle this one?

Parental intuition is a valuable tool.   I wish parents were taught to nurture it.  As a new mother, when it came to my children’s health I was constantly faced with the same decision – can I deal with this myself? Or do I need the help of an expert? I still second guess and panic, but 3 children, 6…

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The Dinner Battle

This one’s for parents….Imagine this scenario: You come home from a busy day and you have 30 minutes to get dinner on the table before you can expect one of your kids to melt down.  You’re hungry and tired, but you get to work in the kitchen.  You marvel at your own creativity as you…

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Lessons From the Spiral

Yesterday my oldest child walked the spiral. See, my five year old is in kindergarten at a remarkable school.  At this time of year they celebrate.  It’s a time of light and joy and giving and receiving; they tell stories, sing songs, create art. And they hold a spiral walk ceremony.  I think this tradition…

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