Body safety for children encompasses many things, but let’s discuss how we can effectively have conversations with our children about “safe” and “unsafe” touch/behavior. As I sit here and begin to write this article about body safety, I am filled...
Motherhood is all about seasons, but potty training season is my least favorite. I have successfully toilet-trained one child and we're in the thick of it with the second. When friends ask for my potty training advice, I look...
We recognize that there is discussion within the autism community regarding person-first versus identify-first language. It's important to note that there is no consensus on this topic. Some people in the autism community prefer identity-first language while others prefer...
"Mom, I seriously don't know how to do any of the problems on this test." The day Levi said this, I began asking, "Does my child have a learning disability?" It was late in the fall of 2021, and we'd...
Last school year my son started pre-k. And boy was I super excited that he was going to learn new things everyday. Little did I know, I would be the one learning something new. As a mother, you see your...
We talk a lot about the comparison in motherhood. We’re constantly told not to compare ourselves to other moms. But what about comparing our kids to other kids? No two children develop at the same rate, but we still...
Autism reminds me of a rainbow. No two colors are the exact same shade. It would be difficult to find a person on the planet who doesn't find beauty in a rainbow. No two people who have autism or...
As our children get older, the challenges of parenting shift from lack of sleep and potty training to friend feuds and struggles in school. There are thousands of online resources filled with tips and tricks for the baby and...
I don't take it for granted that we got very, very lucky. The night after our son David was born, he slept six hours in one stretch. In fact, the nurse had to come in and wake me up...
My niece made homemade gifts for everyone for the holidays. They were sweet, adorable, and she had clearly thought about each one of us during their selection. They brought both a grin to my face and tears to my...
As young kids grow they are naturally curious and creative. It's a great time to get them thinking about the world around them. There are many exploration and science activities that help toddlers, preschoolers, and beyond learn to explain their...
One of the most bittersweet aspects of motherhood is when your sweet little babies start to become independent toddlers and preschoolers. Everything becomes "I can do it" or "by myself," which is a nice load off your shoulders, but...
Toddlers are notorious for tantrums and meltdowns. They are skillful ninjas that have mastered the dodge-and-run tactic. They are professionals at saying, "NO." They are choosey with whom they share their love and affection. Loving a toddler is not all...
We were driving north on I-25 on this particular day, headed to some appointment or another after a full day of work/school. I had given the kids snacks: a drink and a bag of something crunchy. Everyone was happy until...

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