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The Botox Boost: It’s Not Just for the Aging Anymore

I miss Dick Clark. I miss watching old re-runs of “American Bandstand” and ringing in each year with his New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. He was like a cordial but distant relation stopping by to wish me good cheer. He was always happy, or at least it seemed that way as the decades passed and that smile grew wider and brighter and tighter. Of course, that’s what plastic surgery and a steady regimen of Botox can

7 Ways You’re Getting Sunscreen All Wrong

When my brother was eleven he fell asleep in the sun. And the sun took him for all his money. When he woke, his arms were red sausages pulsing at the seams. A few days later, like a piece of fruit sweating in heat, he grew blisters from head to toe, including the bottoms of his feet. He dripped and oozed and peeled and winced his way through weeks of cold showers and no sheets.

Kiddie Pool Digest #3: Celebrate the Summer Solstice

Remember Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Eve” and all the crazy hijinks the sprites and fairies and humans got in to on that one crazy night? That’s the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. It’s a day to celebrate the rebirth of the sun and the end of our winter hibernation. So, on June 20th, the day before summer officially begins, get outside, loosen the reigns on bedtime, eat every meal al fresco, and

Things I’m Digging This Summer

I thought I’d take a minute to share what’s working for us this summer. All the kid stuff, the special needs stuff, and the me stuff (yippee, I count too!). I feel like summer is the season for randomness. At least it is in our house. Eat whatever. Do whatever. Sometimes we need a loosening of routines to know that there are other and maybe better ways for life to function (except bedtime, because you

Finding Normality in the Trinity (Sunday Thoughts Link Up #27)

JOHN 14:8-10 8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” 9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own

The Handy Dad He Didn’t Know He’d Need to Become

I bought this book, “The Handy Dad“, for my husband on his first Father’s Day: “25 awesome projects for dads and kids.” How could I go wrong? I didn’t know just yet the limitations we would face, despite the fact that our first Father’s Day was mere weeks after coming home from the NICU with a preemie son who had undergone a tracheotomy to breathe and would soon need a g-tube to eat. I couldn’t

My Hope for a Friend for My Special Needs Son

“Both my scientific and mothering mind would like to believe it’s an anomaly. A beautiful irregularity of nature’s laws. Somehow, along the line of its birth until now, nature decided to give it a pass — more than a pass, a gold star, for its genus. It’s landed in some specially designated zone of the hierarchy, like the fast-pass lane at the airport.” Click the picture below to read my hopes for my kid (and

Kiddie Pool Digest #2: Into the Deep End

Summer begins when the pools open and the sprinklers turn to life and the hoses shoot arcs over hot sidewalks. Summer and water go together like crackerjacks and baseball. They are compatriots, meant to mingle. The smell of sunscreen, hours in the water, falling asleep warm and tired in a beach towel—this is the stuff kids dream of when they stare out the window at school. And now’s the time. So, dig out the floaties

How to Talk With Your Spouse About Tragedy Before You Talk to the Kids

The world’s not what it used to be. This is the recurrent idiom of every generation since the beginning. However, this time it seems particularly apt. From terrorist attacks in London, Paris, and Brussels to the most recent bombing in Manchester, it’s hard to know how to function as a parent bringing up children in this current roiling political sea, which is why there are articles aplenty on how to talk to your kids about

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