My very inquisitive six-year-old asked me why people dress up on Halloween. I was stumped. I am usually a reasonably informed mom with a quick story about all the cool things in history that have formed our current day celebrations. But not this time – I didn’t have any answers! Where Does Halloween Come From? My son’s question My son’s question got me thinking about the … [Read more...] about Where Does Halloween Come From?
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Autism and the In-Between Parenting What is the In-Between Parenting? It’s a term I made up for the following situation. I have an eighteen-year-old with autism. He’s about to graduate high school and attend a local community college in the fall. We do not have a conservatorship with him. What is a conservatorship? It is a legal proceeding where an adult is … [Read more...] about Autism and the In-Between Parenting
How do you know your child’s camp is SAFE? Have you asked the appropriate questions that would give you confidence in the camp? When we questioned friends and family members who were sending their kids to camp, most parents - with a slight blush and timid smile - reported that their main concerns were: Will my child have friends at the camp? Expense Location … [Read more...] about 12 Questions Parents Need to Ask Their Child’s Summer Camp
There is this kid – a normal everyday kid who loves Legos and reading Diary of A Wimpy Kid, and Star Wars. He likes to play basketball and walk his dogs, and he says his prayers every night. He loves Elvis and the Beatles and sings them both, loudly and a little bit off key. He is described by everyone who knows him as a nice kid. A happy kid. He comes from a nice family. He … [Read more...] about What Is Mean? This is. Bullied In The Fourth Grade
Accepting the Autism Diagnosis I was recently reminded of the early days and months of our child’s autism diagnosis. Did we accept the diagnosis right away? Well, our son was too young for an official diagnosis. In those “early days,” he was developmental delayed. We were given a provisional diagnosis from a California Regional Center which gave him … [Read more...] about Accepting the Autism Diagnosis