When my daughter was a baby, anyplace with a drive-thru became my best friend. I needed food and it was winter in Minnesota. With temperatures below zero, I refused to leave the comfort of my car and those amazing...
What is your communication with other parents, should you call them? I know it is definitely different from when my mom and dad were raising us. It is going to sound pretty funny but when I was a kid,...
  As you’re driving home from school with your kids, you overhear them talking about another child in their class. Your child calls this other student a bully. And says that “they are mean.” As a parent, you may find...
Kindergartener: “Mama, I have a boyfriend.” Me: “Who is it?” Kindergartener: “Bryce.” Me: “How do you know he is your boyfriend?” Kindergartener: “He kissed me on the cheek.” Me: (Raised eyebrows)“No more kisses at school. Got it?” Valentine’s Day card exchanges at school spark conversations...
My second grader is currently working on a math unit on counting money. This got me thinking about how we teach kids the value of money. The future will likely hold a time where physical coins and bills are...
I sure am. Between the mid-90’s mean girl persona and today’s VSCO girl, I am scared to raise a young girl. While only 5, it already feels like she’s 5 going on 15. Part of me wants to believe it’s...
There are many reasons that I became a doula. I loved my birth experiences and the magic of bringing my babies into the world. You could say I became a bit of a birth junkie after having them. It...
This Winter Break was monumental for my little family. I became “comfortable” with my two girls, ages 6 and 8, playing outside without me. I’ve always wanted them to be more active and this Winter Break… WHOA… They have been...
Today we bring you ways to get ready for Gasparilla! Gasparilla History Gasparilla Pirate Fest Info Pirate Books How to Talk Like a Pirate Getting Your Costume Ready The Big Day Gasparilla History Gasparilla, a Tampa celebration held every January, brings the city together with the lure...
Frankly, I have been dropping the ball when it comes to celebrating Martin Luther King Day with my kids. I've gotta do something to recognize the civil rights leader, because January 20 is more than just a day off...

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Yes, Autism Changed Me

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          April is Autism Awareness Month, but Autism Awareness is every day for us. My son Aiden was diagnosed with...