Tag Archive: parenting

Oct 27 2014

Confessions Of An Autism Dad: I’m Making This Stuff Up As I Go Along

The other day I gave Gabe some advice I’m conflicted about. Beth and I took different cars to church, as we were headed in different directions when it was over. Jake rode with Beth and Liv; Gabe came with me. Before we could pull out of the driveway fully (we had already begun), Jake jumped …

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Sep 21 2014

4 Things Parents of Kids With Special Needs Wish You Wouldn’t Say: A Reaction

I saw this post today while cruising on Facebook. It’s from the Washington Post. It’s entitled: “4 things parents of kids with special needs wish you wouldn’t say.” The author, Mari-Jane Williams, begins with a description of her son, how he’s like many 10-year olds in most ways, and then segues into that moment when …

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Aug 01 2014

Bad Day Update

So, it’s been a couple of days since Jake freaked and kicked a network of cracks into Beth’s minivan.  (That post can be found here.)  I had received such an outpouring, I thought I should offer an update. We’ve decided to keep the broken windshield for a while.  It’s not as big as the picture …

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Jul 13 2014

A Bigger Issue Than I Thought

Jake and I took a trip to Bangor on Saturday; just the two of us.  He had a dentist appointment.  More on that in the next post.  We went out to lunch afterwards, and grabbed some things at WalMart on the way home.  Simple trip.  Jake loves to drive the cart, but it was crowded …

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Jun 25 2014

The time Beth almost killed Jake

It was a 30 second exchange, but it made me smile when I heard about it, and I wanted to share. Beth said to Jake, “pick your coat up off the floor.” Jake replies, exasperated, “Oh, for Christ’s sake!” Beth looks at him in complete astonishment and remembers the middle part of Bare Naked Ladies’ …

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Jun 18 2014

You Can’t Tell Me What To Do!

So we’re at dinner tonight, in a restaurant, and Beth tells Jake to sit down.  A common request.  Probably not the first time he’d heard it tonight, either.  Instead of complying, he tries out a new phrase:  “You can’t tell me what to do.”  Without saying a word, Beth turns and stares at Jake.  She …

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Jun 03 2014

Licking Peanuts

Licking peanuts, you ask?  Let me explain. I can only imagine how different parenting would be in a world without the technology of today. For example, I’m not sure Beth or I have ever intoned, “just wait until your ___ gets home.” With texting, Face Time, cellular phones, and even Skype, the other parent is …

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Oct 17 2013

Thursday Recap

I had the best day today. It was one of those days where a marriage is a partnership in a bigger corporation – a divide and conquer sort of thing.  We met at the Scootic In for a birthday lunch.  It’s Jan’s (my PTA student) 40th birthday, and I got to treat her out. After …

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Oct 16 2013

Measured – And Found Wanting

Google “How to Raise Happy Kids” and you’ll get 28,500,000 search results. Everyone’s got an opinion on this one, but I’m not going to bore you with mine. Most lists are pretty consistent: affirm them, set structure and limits for them, allow them opportunities for mastery, pretend and play with them, yada – yada –yada. …

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Sep 30 2013

Can You Keep A Secret?

I’m not supposed to be writing this. I worked all day yesterday at the nursing home where I moonlight on weekends, then spent the next several hours on the computer writing a post, reviewing a book and putting together a Rafflecopter giveaway.  Oh, and I completed the Clinical Performance Instrument to grade my PTA student, …

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Aug 18 2013

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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