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When Normal Is the New Weird | Special Needs + Typical Parenting (Belonging Neither Here Nor There)

  “If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.” ― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity Many of us hold dual citizenship: Card-carrying creds from the world of Special Needs parenting, and membership in the “normal” world of typically developing children (“Sibs.”) We occupy both...

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Fatherhood, Hijacked | When Life Doesn’t Go According to Plan

    In the world of Special Needs parenting, moms usually get all the press (well, of the press we do get.)  Mom is usually the one to duke it out at IEP meetings.  Moms rule most of the blogosphere.  Moms march on Capitol Hill.  And all those da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael depictions of the Madonna? (The Virgin, not Like a Virgin)  Nary a father to be seen.  But what about Dad?...

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On Motherhood, Meals & Mayhem | Mother’s Day 2014

    Breakfast of Chumpions One winter morning in 1988, I ran out the door on my way to school.  I was late, per usual, so I skipped breakfast.  High school seniors are too cool for breakfast anyway. My mother wasn’t having it.  She chased me out to my car in her pajamas, and pressed a half-eaten SKOR bar and Coke into my hand. “Must eat something!” she insisted. A Coke and a candy...

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Special Teams (The Kicker) | A Post-Game Huddle

Confession: I’m not much of a football person.  I just can’t wrap my brain around all the rules.  I’m not a rules person.  As they say in the Pirates of the Caribbean, “Rules? They’re more like guidelines, anyways…” Most of the time, I’m like this,   But I can get into a Super Bowl party (who doesn’t love a snack buffet?)  One of my primitive questions was,  “Lemme get this straight: ...

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20 Ingredients to a Rock Star Special Needs Dad & Husband: Encomium of Eddie

January 13, 2014.  My husband turns 44 today.  He hates a fuss over him.  Well, too bad.  His wife happens to be a grateful special needs mom and writer.  Pardon me, as I hijack my own blog to celebrate my man on the world wide web.    20 Reasons Why Eddie Kim is a Rock Star Special Needs Dad & Husband 1.  When trauma struck, he didn’t fall apart.  We didn’t lose him to...

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Tiger Mom: Special Needs Edition

Author Amy Chua’s book created a firestorm in the parenting community and blogosphere, adding a new battle-chapter to the ongoing Mommy Wars. But as a parent to a child with autism, I know there are many of us who also drive our children through (and to) extreme or excessive therapies. Why? Because, “I know what’s best for my child.” OT, ABA, RDI, DIR, PRT, B12 shots,...

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