We got a new minivan. Same minivan as the older minivan, so, still the perfect balance of convenience and whatever the feminine version of emasculation is. But this is a 2013 model, which means it comes with things like hands-free cell phone integration (whoa!) and a USB port that connects to Leo's iPad.The latter is rather mind-blowing, especially to Leo, because it turns the ENTIRE CAR into an iPad speaker ....more
Leo has been a fish for a long time, what with taking to swimming and body surfing without needing lessons, as fish do. And he's a social fish, an affectionate fish -- he doesn't like to swim by himself, and specifically he wants his parents to swim with him. His dad is the better sport about this, as you might suspect -- I'd not been in the pool once this summer, and my preferred pool participation position is from the sidelines, as this photo demonstrates.But, since Leo is nothing if not persistent,...more
I am officially the parent of not one but two adolescents. Of two young people hard-wired to vacillate between sweetness and raging defiance. To make matters even more interesting, my son Leo has an autism diagnosis, my daughter Iz doesn’t. The final complication: Though the Internet overflows with advice and perspectives for kids like Iz, I've had a hard time finding really good puberty resources for kids like my son -- kids who communicate and often behave atypically.
I suppose there should be more fanfare about one's ten year blogging anniversary (which I've missed by a couple of days), but Dude, it's summer, we're all in a relatively good space, and I'm focusing on appreciating what we've got in the IRL. I'll write something soon in this space about our trip to Ghana, and you can read my recent interview with Dr. Paul Offit, until then.For some serious contrast with how things are now, here is me heading off into the misguided autism/biomed wilds one decade ago ....more
Ideally, we recognize things that seem too good to be true, but when it comes to alternative medicine, many people put their faith in testimonials rather than science. Dr. Paul Offit's book Do You Believe in Magic? explains why alternative products and therapies are often neither better nor safer than traditional approaches....more
Before I had kids I always imagined that my brood would be a globe-trotting one, with summer breaks spent introducing my kids to the rest of the world and vice versa. Now that I actually have kids, I've realized those daydreams were a bit of a stretch -- my two youngest kids would rather stay home unless we're going to their grandparents' homes or Disneyland, and my husband's vacation time allotment, while generous, is not unlimited. But that doesn't mean I can't still wring out the occasional jaunt, which is how I ended up taking my fourteen-year-old daughter to Ghana.
I put Leo on the bus this morning, and Seymour and I drove Mali to school. Iz and I leave for Ghana in less than an hour. I think Mali will be fine -- she'll have Daddy, she'll have Grandma -- but I am worried about Leo, because we're tight, we two. So I've done as much as I can to guarantee I'll "be" there for him even while I'm away. ...more