I’ve been a preemie mom for over 6 years now. As with any aspect of motherhood, it’s something that lasts your whole life. Things don’t just go back to “normal” once your baby comes home from the hospital. You live a new normal that includes a lot of “extras” that I didn’t experience with my […]
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Free workshop. Hosted by The Parenting Network. Advanced RSVP required.
This seminar provides an introduction to the five key principles of positive parenting.
This event is for adults only.
Our lawn is covered in dandelions. Mostly because we are too cheap to spring for the lawn treatments that many of our neighbors use, but also because there is a part of me that sort of enjoys it every spring when suddenly these bright bursts of yellow pop up to wave good-bye to the winter […]
When my youngest son was diagnosed with Autism, our world became all about him. My husband and I threw ourselves into all the research we could read to get all the help my son needed. But, in our quest to be the best Autism parents we could be, we forgot about thing: Our other kid. […]
The first major disaster/tragedy that I remember in my adult life was 9/11. I was in a high rise in Chicago when it happened and was evacuated. Everyone was moving in one direction in the city — AWAY. It was surreal. Then came Hurricane Katrina and then the tornadoes in Alabama. All of these things […]
For 18 years, I was my son’s number one person. His mentor, his advocate, his comfort and his home. I interpreted him when his speech was unintelligible, I fought for him when he was wrongly judged, I stayed up with him when anxiety had crippled him, and I closely, but quietly followed him when he […]
6 years ago, my son was diagnosed with autism. We were blessed to have the advice of my parents, who went through many of the same things that my husband and I had with my younger brother. They recommended testing for Cristian which then lead to his diagnosis. Since writing about our family’s experiences, I’ve […]
The other day, a friend of mine said she was impressed by how “together” I was. Me? Together? Thank goodness this conversation was taking place over text because I laughed at the thought. I don’t have it together. Not at all. My house is a mess, most days I don’t shower, and the number of […]
Remember when you wanted to fast-forward a cassette tape and it made that screechy-scratchy sound? This season of my life is flying by that fast–so quickly that sometimes all I hear is the noise. The sounds blend together and if I don’t hit the “stop” button every now and then, I end up missing the […]
Since the new year, I’ve heard so many people talk about how this is their year of saying “no,” or their year of saying “yes!” I was so excited for these people to tackle these life-bettering tasks. It got me thinking about myself, though, and how this year is all about unpredictability and the unknown. […]