“Mom, are you my friend?” Those are the 5 words my son asked me. That small question made me think - how do I want to answer this? It had me pondering what other mothers thought about the idea of “being their child’s friend.” But before I share their thoughts, let me tell you my own: "No, I am not your friend, I am your mom,” is what I told my 10-year-old son. But the … [Read more...] about Be Your Kid’s Best Parent, Not Their Best Friend!
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I was at the gym the other day. I was about to get into the swimming pool when a lifeguard approached me and said, “There’s a young man who is going to share your lane with you. He has high functioning autism, but he knows how to share a pool lane.” What happened? Well, nothing really. I swam on my side and he swam on his side. I have some thoughts, however, on this … [Read more...] about A Community Autism Experience
Finally, a parenting topic my own kids will agree I know something about: kids and pets. I live with three children, four cats, and one dog. I’m a lifelong animal lover myself. But the real reason my household includes so many pets: they’re essential to good parenting. There are few moments more validating in the uncertain world of parenting than discovering research that … [Read more...] about Pets and Lowering Kids’ Stress
Change your relationship with exercise. You don’t need to do this alone. Whatever your fitness goal, consistency is the key to reaching it. When you join forces with your friends, you’ll find benefits that go beyond your expectations. Anything you do consistently over time will yield results… good or bad. So instead of meeting for happy hour or a food-fest, meet up for … [Read more...] about Why It’s Better To Work Out With Friends
I spent last week pondering these two ideas. Why? Well, here’s the set up: My son is currently obsessed with Pokemon. It started last spring when a buddy got him into it. They play it together now, and it’s pretty much all my son plays these days. Not only plays, but talks about. And, thinks about. Sometimes, he’ll compare a real life situation to one of the … [Read more...] about Distraction Verses Obsession in Children with Autism