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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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bad mama banana bread

Bad Mama Banana Bread

This isn’t the kind of mom I want to be. The realization hit me hard as I balanced uncomfortably on my hands and knees, scrubbing the last remnants of sticky goo from our tiled kitchen floor. My 4-year-old son had found me in the kitchen earlier that afternoon when he was supposed to be having […]

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Let Your Kids Be Little

Let Them Be Little – Give Your Kids the Gifts of Boredom and Free Play

“The curriculum at our preschool is very academic oriented.” “We teach them math, science, and we make sure they do these workbooks. You will be informed about their progress periodically. Before starting school, they will already be reading at a first-grade level,” the head of the learning center said. She seemed so convinced that she was […]

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Reading to Your Kids Gives Them an Unfair Advantage (1)

Reading to Your Kids Gives Them an Unfair Advantage

“I don’t think parents reading their children bedtime stories should constantly have in their minds the way that they are unfairly disadvantaging other people’s children, but I think they should have that thought occasionally. – Adam Swift, British political philosopher, May 2015 I had a predictably unpleasant reaction when I first read those words. I […]

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He’s not a babysitter, he’s a dad!

My husband always has the best experiences when grocery shopping with our two boys.    “People were so nice!” he’ll recall. “One lady held the door open, and another offered to entertain Theo while we were waiting in the checkout line.” Managers offer them free samples, and strangers return the grocery cart with a wink […]

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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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Story time with our children is more than the books we read and has it's own phases.

Story Time Then Vs. Now: Tell Me More Stories Mom!

The transition of story time has been pretty cool when I stop to think about it. It follows a circle of life pattern actually. The beginning… When my daughter was in the womb, I’d sit in the rocking chair in her freshly painted nursery (with elephant and monkey’s to complement the neutral theme), and I’d […]

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Saying “Goodbye” to the Pacifier

There are two moments that I look back on as the scariest moments so far of my motherhood. The first was almost two years ago when my husband and I drove away from the hospital with our newborn. The second was in late February when I stood in our daughter’s room with a pair of […]

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