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We Don't Do Halloween

Why We Don’t Celebrate Halloween

I love cinnamon-scented pinecones, mums, changing leaves, hayrides, and little fun-size chocolates. My middle child sings the best rendition of “Five Little Pumpkins” ever. My family loves fall. But behind the crisp morning air, football, and pumpkin spice lattes, my family hides a dark secret… We HATE Halloween. There, I said it. Ten years ago, […]

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3 Tips for a Successful Parent-Teacher Conference

3 Tips for a Successful Parent-Teacher Conference

    As public schools finish the first marking period, most of us face the same upcoming event on the calendar: Parent-Teacher Conference Day. I have a confession… This teacher hates Conference Day. Don’t get me wrong, I like meeting with parents. We schedule conferences all year and welcome collaborating with parents and providing consistency […]

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Every Kid in a Park

Every Kid in a Park

How many of you are always on the lookout for FREE family activities? Let’s be real. Our weekends revolve around three questions: When will we eat? How will we exhaust our children? and… What’s the minimum amount of money we can spend doing it? Between now and August 31, 2018, millions of acres of parks, […]

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Understanding PANS

Understanding PANS

  Our brains are fascinating. On my journey as a special needs parent, I learn much about how the brain works through neurologists, behavior analysts, and the power of Google. My fellow parents with medically complex children live in a constant state of brain overload. However, the Richmond network of special needs mothers use this […]

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Make a Date with the Richmond Beer Trail

Make a Date with the Richmond Beer Trail

My husband wears a t-shirt that reads, “Beer is proof God loves us and wants us to be happy.” If that’s true, Richmond is a blessed city. Richmond was the first city to sell canned beer back in 1935. Today, there are over 20 craft breweries in the RVA and surrounding counties, and even Governor […]

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Keep Education Alive This Summer

Keep Education Alive This Summer

What is summer brain drain? It’s when time off school leads to children losing knowledge and skills they spent the previous school year gaining. While we all need respite and relaxation, it is important for kids to have meaningful learning opportunities during the 10-week summer break. These opportunities do not need to be forced or […]

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Inclusive Play in the RVA

Inclusive Play in the RVA

We all need playtime. Whether a “mental health day” or making time for our passions, playtime is important for refueling our tanks. For our kids, play enables them to learn, explore, and connect to others. Raising three boys with autism, we invest a lot of time and money in speech therapy, occupational therapy, and applied […]

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AUTISMAWARENESSANDACTION-2

Autism Awareness, Acceptance, and Action

Our family doesn’t need a month to be aware of autism. We live autism 24/7/365 because all three of my sons are autistic. When I let people know that (because sometimes I need to explain their behavior), I usually get the same responses: “Wow.” (Tell me about it.) “But they’re high functioning, right?” (Nope.) “I don’t […]

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Women's History Month

She Believed She Could, So She Did

I grew up with two sisters, no brothers, and tons of Barbies. My heroes were Jem and She-Ra. My mother and grandmothers are best described as fierce, loyal, and extremely patient, and they are my daily inspirations.  In the pictures above, that’s me throwing a fit and my mother, grandmother, and one of my sisters above. During […]

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