Like a lot of families, our summer vacation plans were canceled due to COVID-19. We are looking forward to the days when we can travel again. When we are able, our next vacation will be a home exchange. We got started home exchanging three years ago, and now, it's our favorite way to vacation! So far, we have swapped homes with families in Copenhagen, Ottawa, and Barcelona. … [Read more...] about Why A Home Exchange Is a Great Family Vacation
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What provoked this “talking to strangers” conversation with my children? It was months ago when a high risk pedophile moved about a mile from our family. The man charged had kidnapped a child and harmed him. As a community we were scared and upset. We started petitions to help tighten Vermont laws that allowed these offenders into our state and neighborhoods. They faded. … [Read more...] about Learning About Strangers – Educating Our Children Without Scaring Them
After our latest vacation, I came up with some advice about how to take a long vacation with your child with autism. What advice can I give? First of all, I tried an experiment with my son—that almost backfired on me. My son still adores his comfort toy, a stuffed dog that he sleeps with. I had been talking to him for a while about how he really needs to put … [Read more...] about Long Vacations and Autism – Part Four
This is the improbable story of Danisha Danielle Hoston, and I’m so pleased to have her in our MOMMIES DO THE MOST AMAZING THINGS series! I’m not what you’d call a betting woman, but even I understand odds. Take a girl raised by a single dad. That girl’s biological mom struggles with addiction and is in and out of her life. That … [Read more...] about What Are The Odds?