Who I Was

Not only do things change, but people do. I did. You probably have too.

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The Perfect Kid For Me 

Having Autism or any special needs doesn’t mean the absence of personality or humor. All of his quirks - good and bad - are his and I love him.

Filling The Half-Empty Cup

Of course, if you asked, I would have told you I was a "realist". That's the term that someone uses to dance around the fact that they're really a self-hating pessimist.

Teaching Our Kids About Those Who Are Different

Teach them to fear Styrofoam and they will cower at packing peanuts forever unless someone shows them how you were wrong. Teach them to fear people and the same thing will happen.

When They’re Not Being Little Jerks

You don’t have to be expressly called a dipstick by an elementary school kid in order to feel like one.

How I Communicate With My Non-Verbal Son

Lucas and I had been talking this whole time and I, in all my hope for verbalized words, had missed it.

What He Does, Not What He Doesn’t

For many, my son having "special needs" means focusing on the things he can't do. It overshadows many of the powerful things he can.

We’re Supposed To Say “No” Sometimes

There are very few good parenting moments that allow us to put our feet up in another room, but this is one of them. It's like finding a vegetable that tastes like ice cream cake.

When My Little Angel Is Mean As Hell

I can still remember the first time that my sweet-faced, doting, little princess ripped my heart out. She was two.

Everything’s Age Appropriate

How can I allow my school-aged child with autism to still play with a toy designed for a toddler? Doesn't that go against the very nature of my job?