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The Special Needs Time Zone

I’m an Adam Sandler fan. Is there a support group for that? I love the oldies like Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore and his ukulele-playing delivery boy in Mixed Nuts. I loved his slightly more sentimental renditions in The Wedding Singer and Spanglish. But one of my favorites is 50 First Dates. Have you seen it? The premise goes as follows: Adam loves Drew Barrymore and Drew loves Adam. But every night when she goes

Easter: On Living a Life Above Ground (Sunday Thoughts Link Up #18)

REVELATION 21:4-7 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. 5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the

How to Adapt Egg Hunts for a Child With Special Needs

The Easter egg hunt doesn’t have to feel like an episode of Survivor. The anxiety of the competition, the need for speed, the kids who are in it to win it while you help your child fight for just one egg. If you are the parent of a child with special needs you know what I mean. If you’ve ever had to watch your child come back with an empty basket, here are a few

31 Items to Add to Your “NOT-To-Do” List

We’re busy enough. We don’t need more in our lives…we need less. We need to de-clutter our brains and our task list until both become manageable. In the name of sanity for parents everywhere, here are 31 items for you NOT to worry about in my article on Her View From Home. Just thinking out loud. What’s one item you’d like to add to you NOT-to-do list? Save Save

The 5-Question Kindergarten Readiness Quiz

I’ve got a five-year old. And we’re not going to kindergarten next year. It’s a big statement. But for more reasons than I can list, we need to wait. If you’re a parent who’s on the fence about what to do come next fall…ask yourself these five questions in my article on and see where you land. Are you on the fence? How old were you when you started kindergarten? Save Save

Power in Motherhood: The Advocate

There is power in motherhood. Both the gain and its release. It will call you to give everything and fight for everything all at the same time. That’s why I wrote this piece for Tribe Magazine’s Power in Motherhood Short Story series. I am an advocate and that gives me a strength I could never summon on my own. When have you found strength in unexpected places? Save

The Chicken that Triggered the Baby Train (of Thought)

A chicken made me want to have another baby. It sounds like the opening to a joke. A large portion of my life does. You see, I tutor to help pay the bills and also because I will never quite leave my teacher self behind. I love to geek out to Ken Kesey and thesis statements. I love all my pens in various colors for various purposes. I love the knowledge I get to pass

On Reacting to Trauma (Sunday Thoughts Link Up #17)

MATTHEW 26:36-38, 40, 43 36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” 40 Then he returned

10 Places that Offer Special Days for Special Needs

I love the gopher game at Chuck E Cheese and I love children’s theater with their larger-than-life performances. I love Pixar movies on the big screen and I love trampoline parks if everyone knows to play nice and not double bounce me. But some places are just too loud, too crowded, or too much sensory overload for children with special needs. Luckily, these 10 places offer “special days” with a calmer and MUCH more enjoyable

This is the Song That Never Ends: Kids Aren’t the Only Ones Hitting Repeat

It turns out kids aren’t the only ones that play favorites. Before you roll your eyes at Paw Patrol or Moana, you need to check your playlist. We all do it. And you know what, it’s totally normal. And may even be psychologically beneficial. Now you can listen to all the Adele and watch all the reruns of Seinfeld you want and I’m thinking out loud and telling you why on What’s your favorite

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