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Angel Tree Gone Awry

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Last year, my husband, filled with the holiday spirit, sprinted to our church’s angel tree and rashly grabbed two paper Christmas balls with gifts indicated on the hidden side. He proudly thrust them at me and asked me to buy the gifts.

“WHAT? This one says a bike for a 12-18 year-old-girl WITH HELMET. That’s probably $150, plus I’ll have to haul that in and out of my Subaru. My wagon Subaru. The other one says a craft set for an 8-10 year-old-girl. You should have gotten another one like that.”… More

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Dealing With a Bully

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It is so hard to explain that feeling that overcomes you when you first learn that another child is being mean to your child. It’s a shock to the system, a dumbfounding moment of, “I’m sorry, MY baby is being picked on?!” Then that very specific gut reaction is triggered… That deep primitive protect-your-young instinct comes right on out from behind those manicured nails and mom jeans. Oh yes, I too know that “I-will-make-the-mother-bear-in-The-Revenant-look-like-WINNIE-THE-FLIPPING-POOH!” instinct very well. Once we have a moment to calm down, (and remember mauling other people’s children is frowned upon) we are left with the reality that we need to find appropriate and healthy alternative ways to solve these kinds of problems…. More

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The Worries of An Autism Parent: Different Not More

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Yesterday, a fellow special needs mother, whose son was recently diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, asked me a question. She asked me if there will ever be a day when she won’t worry. I attempted repeatedly to respond to this question, typing then erasing, typing then erasing. I didn’t know the answer. Who am I to say or know anything about anything? But I especially did not know this. This question has haunted me for the last 24 hours…. More

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Real Birth Stories: P’s Story

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It’s a GIRL!!!

I absolutely can’t believe it, but I have a tiny, almost-two-week-old daughter. I’m supposed to be 39 weeks today. I’m supposed to be protecting her and carrying her inside me for another seven days at least. But nope — our little babe was on her own schedule…. More

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