Tag Archives: parenting

Oh the Noise! Noise, Noise, Noise!

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Having a “functionally nonverbal” child does not mean I have a quiet child.  He is making noises all the time whether they be verbal stims, repeating movie scripts over and over again, trains crashing, doors slamming or running around in circles in the house. The oldest is a nonstop chatterbox and he’ll talk and talk […]

Don’t Stare

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We were in the process of checking out when I discovered that even though all the groceries had fit in the cart alongside Brian, they didn’t seem to fit anymore once they were bagged. I told Brian I needed him to come out and he immediately started whining.  I grabbed him under his arms and […]

The Tipping Point

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As Brian begins to enter the world of puberty we struggle with hormones and emotions and how to explain abstract concepts to a little boy who in some ways is no further along developmentally than a preschooler. In the mornings we’ve added in the step of using deodorant to help him not be the stinky […]

Top Five OTA Gems

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As an occupational therapy assistant (OTA), I find myself doing my best to help parents through tricky times in their lives.  You read my blog….I, obviously, don’t have all the answers all the time.  But I do find myself giving out these five tidbits over and over again.  No, they don’t have to do with […]

He Hit Me.

It was that terrible hour before bed.  The hour where I proclaim all electronics are off limits and my children must use their toys or their imagination or both, oh the horrors. Brian needed a shower and he begrudgingly entered the bathroom, still on the cusp of being angry over the no-electronics lock-down. We’ve been […]

In 2015, I Resolve To…

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I gave up making New Years Resolutions a few years ago because, well because I never stick to them.  But I’m gonna give it another go.  I’m not going to say that I’ll stop procrastinating or I’ll be more organized, because after 32 years of living like this, it’s not gonna change…. So this year, […]

You Never Get More Than You Can Handle, Ha.

Life truly isn't always this perfect-looking.

Life isn’t always the pretty posed family portrait in front of the red door with a wreath. Sometimes, it’s ugly and not fun. Thankfully those are just moments in the bigger picture of a pretty great life. Just in case, you thought I had it all together and you were wondering why you didn’t- never fear, I don’t. Here’s a glimpse of one of those very real afternoons/evenings where nothing goes right.