What Kinds of Therapies Actually Help Autistic Kids?

At two-and-a-half, my autistic son spoke more often than several other kids in his regional center-funded speech and language class. Two years later, several of those kids talked non-stop, whereas my son continued to speak only occasionally, and ...more

I Just Need 21 Days For This to Stick (Beyoncé Told Me So)

It was our great philosopher in a bowler hat, Boy George, who said it best when he sang: Time won't give me time. It's one of those hard truths working mothers (hell, all mothers!) know too well.And for us WAHMs ... listen. The juggle is real.  ...more

In Adoption, Love Means Never Having to Say You're Grateful

“Thank you for being my mother.” “Yeah, thanks.” “Thank you.”  ...more

The Day I Met My Son

Yes, you read that title correctly: I now have a son ... This story started a long time ago. Decades. It begins with my sister. She and I never really got along. As a child I idolised her. She found me annoying. She was popular, gorgeous and ...more

One Mom's Honest Reaction to Her Son Coming Out as Gay

Originally written on October 7, 2015. I had no answer to the question. I didn't think I'd need one. So let's backtrack a little bit: A little over 15 years ago, our first, beautiful baby boy was born. We couldn't wait for him to talk. Then ...more

Do You Really Need to Know Why They're Crying? (Spoiler: Nope.)

New parents have it rough sometimes. Babies cry -- a lot. I've often found myself thinking it'd be so much easier if my little one could just tell me why she's upset. Then I could fix the problem and everything would be wonderful, right? Wrong. ...more
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5 Ways 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Got Me Thinking About Cross-Cultural Thanksgivings

Recently, I watched the new CW show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which features Rebecca, a Jewish American woman visiting her ex-boyfriend Josh’s extended Filipino American family for Thanksgiving. While it’s completely over-the-top (the hip-hop video segment!), it was hilarious....more
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What Kinds of Therapies Actually Help Autistic Kids?

At two-and-a-half, my autistic son spoke more often than several other kids in his regional center-funded speech and language class. Two years later, several of those kids talked non-stop, whereas my son continued to speak only occasionally, and mostly kept his own counsel. We parents of those kids constantly compared notes, as parents of autistic kids often do, about the differences in our kids' speaking abilities. Which different therapies and interventions were our kids receiving? How did they make a difference, and why? ...more
The three paragraphs about ABA are very wrong. We sometimes focus on compliance because that's ...more

a quick and thoughtful holiday gift with walmart photo

Oh, hi Christmas! You're one month away. I guess that means it's finally time to get my act together and get organized on our gifting this year.Usually I keep a running list in the notes section in my phone throughout the year and when I come across an idea I like - jot that down! ...more

Disney World: Day 2 (Epcot) and 3 (Hollywood Studios)

Day 2: Epcot Day 2 of our Disney trip was Epcot. ...more

Five On Friday

It's time for another edition of Five on Friday and I do hope you'll join along!Remember, all you have to do is post about five things on your mind, add our logo (found at the bottom of this post), and join the party using the linky tools below. Easy, and a great way to find new blogs and be found. :)Now that Thanksgiving has passed ....more

The Power of a Simple Thank You

Sheila’s Marriage Moment: The Power of a Simple Thank You Every Friday I like to post a quick 400 word “Marriage Moment”–mostly to give you something bit sized you can grab a hold of to make up for how LONG all my other posts are! Here you go! My husband picked up my empty glass and stuck it in the dishwasher before getting himself a snack ....more

Black Friday Deals and Christmas Letters

I have a love/hate relationship with Black Friday and shopping in general. That being said, I love shopping online and avoiding the stores. There are some great deals on Amazon this morning! ...more

It's Hard To Be Merry In A Mall: 6 Things Everyone In Retail Wishes You'd Do

The holiday season is upon us once again, and as I watch the commercials on TV, wade through the decorations at the Mall, and watch store owners prepping to open earlier than ever on Thanksgiving Day, I think the same thing I do every year:Thank God I'm not in retail anymore.I spent entirely too many years after college (thanks to that ever-employable Theatre degree) doing time in retail. I worked in clothing, shoes, lingerie, books and jewelry. I worked as a part-timer,...more

Green Kid Crafts: Honest review of a STEM/Arts & Crafts subscription box

Awhile back, our family decided to try out Green Kid Crafts, which is a cool subscription box for kids. You get a science & craft kit in the mail every month! Green Kid Crafts sends your family a box focused on STEM and arts and crafts, full of multiple projects for fun with learning, experimenting, and crafting.Here I'm giving my unbiased review of the service and showing you what's in a typical box ....more

five on friday || black friday...ready, set, go

I'm sure you'll be SHOCKED to know that this week's Five on Friday is dedicated to all things shopping... am I right!?!?!?! We all know it's the biggest shopping day of the year so come one and come all and let's talk about some sales worth shopping:...more

Holiday Teacher Gifts Featuring Walmart Photo

With December on the horizon, it's time to start thinking about Christmas gifts and teachers are always pretty high on our list. If you're anything like me, you scour Pinterest for clever ideas, only to fall back on the tried-and-true gift certificate days before the class party. This year I am taking all of the guesswork out of the equation for you and I'm so excited to share these Holiday Teacher Gifts Featuring Walmart Photo products ....more

Photo Magnet Gift & Magnet Board Roundup

The holidays are officially just around the corner. That means that it is time for gift giving. Meaningful and personal gifts are my favorite gifts to give to family members, especially grandmas and grandpas ....more