Parenting Advice

  Wow.  Pretty smug, huh?  I find myself at home, after a long and interesting weekend, with a head full of thoughts.  Who am I to offer parenting advice?  Nobody, really.  I just had some thoughts about the way I’ve chosen to raise my own kids and thought maybe I’d write them down.  Follow them? …

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Dads are different than Moms

Is this brand new information to anyone?? [ssba] I saw an old friend today.  His name is Tony.  We go way back.  Reminded me of when we met.  One day when we were very little, for reasons long forgotten, Tony punched me in the face.  Hard.  Blackened my eye. I, being a grade A wuss, …

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Evening stroll

The plan was for a quiet, four mile walk where Beth and I got to hold hands, let the dogs get some exercises at the ends of their leashes, and the kids would follow along on their bicycles.  We’d catch up on the events of the day, decide on what to get for dinner, and …

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I should have known…

  Can you keep a secret? My wife is almost always right.  I’ll leave the modifier “almost” in there because, after all, she’s not perfect.  That’s a secret too.   We’ve talked about Jake’s need for familiarity and routine, correct?  He’s not the only one.  In our family of five, we have five different toothpastes.

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Ryan and Beth, the early years

So much of who I am is grounded in my wife and three kids.  They’re truly my foundation.  I have the courage to go out and face the world each day because I know that they are always going to be there to love me when I get home and catch me when I fall. …

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A tale of two dogs

Once upon a time there was a boy named Jacob.  When he came into our lives, we had such a plan for him and for us.  By the time he was three, he had been diagnosed with autism, and all of our carefully laid plans had changed. Don’t worry, this isn’t a sad tale.  Turns …

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In Demand … again!

Wow! What a day. When we embarked on this journey called Autism almost 9 years ago, we had no idea where it would take us. In fact, that’s the scary part of having a child with a developmental disorder – none of the books you read when planning for your firstborn mention that he won’t …

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Monday Movie Madness, Aug 5th, 2013

The bible tells us in Proverbs 22:6 that if we “raise up a child in the way that he should go, when he is old he will not depart from it.” True story. We live in the sticks. Not a lot of outside influence to be found. I’ve always thought that Beth and I were …

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Yeah, we’re THAT family.

You know that family that always seem to take everything a little further than is necessary? That’s us. We don’t go for a hike, we climb a mountain. We don’t just camp out in a tent in the backyard, we bivouac the kids into a lean-to for the week. So when it came time to …

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Haircut time!

 Jake always gets a crew cut.  This has little to do with style, and lots to do with necessity.  His autism doesn’t let him comfortably sit still and allow others to cut his hair with scissors.  It’s never gone well.  Crew cut haircuts aren’t much easier (electric clippers are kind of nightmarish as well), but …

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I love taking pictures!

A bunch of years ago, I bought a Nikon D3000 DSLR camera for a number of reasons: I had three of perhaps the most beautiful children ever conceived They were growing up waaaay too fast I was missing it If I was going to capture it, I should at least do it with style. I …

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Catch of the day

One of the many challenges of having three kids is getting a chance for each to feel special. Liv’s old enough to get invited to sleepovers, and more importantly, old enough to make it through the night at someone else’s house. Jake gets lots of one-on-one time as a simple function of his autism and …

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