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Oct01
Missing From The Family Calendar

Missing From The Family Calendar

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Sure, we have a color-coded family calendar hanging in our kitchen… but the events I most wish I could schedule remain maddeningly unpredictable.

Aug09
To Get A Second Dog, or Not to Get a Second Dog (A Real Family Drama, in Two Acts)

To Get A Second Dog, or Not to Get a Second Dog (A Real Family Drama, in Two Acts)

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To me it isn’t even a question.We aren’t getting another dog. It is not going to happen. Nope. Never. Not getting a second dog. No thank you.

Aug06
Special Needs, Yes Indeed: Find Your Family’s Tribe

Special Needs, Yes Indeed: Find Your Family’s Tribe

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When you’re parenting kids with special needs, finding another family who gets it is invaluable, for both kids and parents.

Jul02
It’s Never Too Late To Be A Good Sport

It’s Never Too Late To Be A Good Sport

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When your teen (who is on the autism spectrum) is still a poor sport, game time can be tricky. Sometimes there’s a pleasant surprise in store, though.

Jun04
Letter To My Son On His High School Graduation Day

Letter To My Son On His High School Graduation Day

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Tomorrow afternoon you are going stand in an auditorium with a thousand other kids your age. People will speak. Some parents will dab tears. Others will be elbowing their way to a prime position in order to take a photo with their zoom lens. I don’t need to tell you which group I will be in.

May15
When You’re Tangled in Your Safety Net

When You’re Tangled in Your Safety Net

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I’m 17 and pregnant. My family is wonderfully helpful…to the point that I’m afraid I won’t be allowed to raise my own baby! How can I ask them to back off without alienating my support system?

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