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Meet my cool family of three: Brittany, Jacques, and Joshua.  In the fall of 2003, I left for college which is where I met Jacques- at the University of Northern Iowa. We got married in 2007, and it was just...
They say that there is always that one kid who challenges you the most, the one who keeps you up at night. Our oldest is that child for us. Our daughter does not fit the mold of the stereotypical...
“God only gives special kids to special parents!” Nah. I promise that's not true. I'm a super regular mom, with a super regular set of mom-skills. And three really cool kids. One of them happens to have 'special needs'. And...
What it’s really like to parent a kid with ADHD is a challenge in and of itself to articulate. ADHD shows up in so many different ways in so many different kids, combined with their personalities and your varied...
I did a thing. A real-life, super adult, realizing a dream kind of a thing. I wrote and published a book. It’s on Amazon and everything. It was even on a book list on Amazon; it was the “New...
I was talking with a customer yesterday, explaining some of the technology in her new car. It was a relatively warm day, one of the few we’ve had since November, so I had broken out the three quarter length...
My family and I leave for DisneyWorld in 5 days, so a couple of months ago, we delved head first into potty training our autistic 11 year old. Again. We started down this road the first time 8 years...
Here I am sitting in the parking lot of Chipotle, and I glance over and notice a woman in her late 20s, early 30s standing in front of a minivan with the sliding door open. A young man is...
Dear Patrick, It’s late, and your father and I put you to bed long ago, but I still hear you cooing. You occasionally punctuate your sing song with a quick kick to the wall, as if to remind everyone that...

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Dear TSA Agent, I am sure that you screen hundreds of people every day, and you probably don’t remember me or my family, but I remember you.  I remember people who make me cry. It was my family’s first vacation together,...
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How to Talk to an Autism Mommy

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You’ve seen them. They are ahead of you in line at the grocery store, standing next to you in the school parking lot waiting for their child; they are at the doctor’s office, next to you at church, and...
I have never been athletic. I am not in great shape; I am not even in good shape. Let's be honest, the only shape I'm in is round. But two years ago, as part of my rehab from knee...

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