There He Goes Again

Last December, we moved to town after several years in the countryside. Starting in the springtime, Olin would disappear from our yard, sometimes several times a day. He didn’t answer or return when we called, so I frequently found myself …

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If a child falls and nobody’s offended by it, do you still blame the mother?

So, somewhere in a zoo recently, a kid accidentally fell into a gorilla cage. The gorilla was shot before he could kill or save the child, so the chance for the hero animal angle was lost… but caretakers’ understanding of …

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Autism and Me (The Sibling)

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For approximately five years, there have been various support personnel in my sphere – from DHS home visitors to medical doctors – who have asked me if I had any questions or needed any information. The one thing that I …

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Parenting Now: Drowning!

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In winter, we frequent a ‘nearby’ (re:40 min drive one-way) indoor hotel ‘waterpark’ with a shallow baby pool that maxes out at 13 inches, one backyard-length slide in the shallow bit, and one ‘real’ water-slide that has a whole lot …

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Nicknames

When I was a kid, my parents called me “Kidlet”. As a child/young adult, the only nicknames I had were “Mol” (which I hated) and “Molly McButter” (which I hated even more). I had a friend whose name was Jennifer, …

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Parenting Now (Or at least trying to…): Introduction

I have been seriously wondering about my children’s sense of entitlement, lately. Specifically in what they will or will not do or accept without vigorous encouragement, and how much argument I get about Every. Little. Thing. “Go put your shoes …

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