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Managing Food Allergies Over the Holidays

3 Ways to Manage Your Child’s Food Allergies During the Holidays

Becoming a savvy food allergy parent didn’t happen overnight. Navigating my six-year-old son’s food and environmental allergies has been a continuous learning process. After his initial diagnosis five years ago, I felt challenged maneuvering his needs at family gatherings and outings. Now, I have a plan to support his health needs during the year-end holiday […]

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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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Trusting My Instincts

Trusting My Instincts and Learning to Ask for Help

  As an early childhood educator and preschool director for the last 10+ years, you can imagine I’ve seen it all.  I’ve seen kids of all types with all kinds of unique needs, personalities, learning styles, and coping techniques. I’ve coached teachers through all types of situations. And with my director hat and tool bag […]

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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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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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