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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...

dear tsa agent

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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,...

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...

different is good

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Jen Hartmann is the race director and founder of the Royal Ball Run for Autism. She is mom to Lyric, 11, who was diagnosed on the spectrum at the age of 3. She and her husband Pat have become...

i am not alone

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My name is Heather. My husband’s name is Jeremy and this will be our 13th year married. Our daughter Madison is 3 ½ years old. After 5 years of battling with PCOS related infertility issues, we sought out a...
I am a mom. I am a lot of other things; wife, daughter, sister, friend, writer, music lover, student, teacher, and that lady that works at the cell phone store. But my most important identity is that of mother....

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