The New “I Don’t Love You”

My child gets mad at me. My child gets mad at me a lot. At bedtime. When we turn off the X-box. When we have to go to school (aka therapy). Pretty much any time he doesn’t get his way. Let’s face it. The kid is effectively three and a half behaviorally. This age isn’t known for its fantastic coping skills. Last night, though, my child had a new response for me at bedtime. I had turned off the lights, tucked him in,...

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A Little Morning Sunshine

This morning child came to get me up with a cheerful, “Mommy, Mommy, sun come up.” I agreed that it had. “Mommy, you want come play x-box with me?” I had two edits, a couple of websites to update, and it sure would be nice if I could ever write again, but when faced with such a polite, articulate and optimistic question, how could I say no? Share this:Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on...

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Why My Autistic Child Will Still Get His 4 YO Vaccines
Aug28

Why My Autistic Child Will Still Get His 4 YO Vaccines

Sometimes I get asked if Castle’s autism was caused by his vaccines. In our particular case, the answer is a definite no. His primary issue, dyspraxia, was present on the day he was born. The child never could coordinate the muscles in his mouth enough to latch properly, and if bottles didn’t exist, he would have starved to death. (Incidentally, the same was true of me and my half-sister. We both have dyspraxic symptoms...

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Review: It’s OK Not to Share
Jun06

Review: It’s OK Not to Share

The copy of the book I reviewed was a free advanced reader copy that I obtained through the bookstore where I used to work. It’s OK Not to Share and Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids By Heather Shumaker Buy the Book Review: I was a little surprised when I read this title. As a child I was pushed (and as a result have been pushing my child) to share. It’s something we all have to learn to do...

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What a book selling/blogging conference can teach us about parenting

I’m at the huge Book Expo America this week for various reasons, none of them child or parent related. Still, as I sat through the keynote deliver by Will Schwalbe, author of The End of Your Life Book Club, this morning at the blogging portion of BEA, I was struck by how his 6 tips for bloggers would work for parents as well. Here they are in as close to Will’s words as possible. 1. When a book wins, we all win. Admittedly...

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Passive Agressive Playground Politics
May19

Passive Agressive Playground Politics

Kids live in this weird state these days. They are encouraged to speak exactly how they feel about someone while at the same time being told that they can never be “mean” to another child. I suspect this is very confusing. After all, many of us don’t like some of the people we meet. How would we know how to express this dislike if we’d never been taught? The result of this conflicting message seems to be manifesting itself as some...

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