Outliers

Outliers

Jul 31

I just finished the book, Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell. Have you read it? Surprisingly, this socio-economical analysis debunking the myths of success as defined by 21st century Western Society spoke volumes to me about parenting. Gladwell unpacks the idea that hard-work combined with unmerited opportunity and cultural legacy are what actually drives success. Perhaps with this being the last...

Operation: Risk Management– Five Things to Consider Before Vaccinating

Operation: Risk Management– Five Things to Consider Before Vaccinating

Jul 24

When you have a child with Autism, one of the first questions on everyone’s mind is, “Are vaccinations the culprit?” Before I answer that… a few disclaimers: The following is by no means medically exhaustive. I am not a DIY expert on the subject, nor am I an anti-vaccine extremist. This is simply a slice of our journey. When Salem was born, I was paralyzed by the...

Brain Blender

Brain Blender

Jul 03

Recently, I was asked to write an article on the topic of parenting. It took me a week to agree to the project, a month to write the first draft, and I am limping along here with the final post six weeks from the actual deadline. The assignment has me reevaluating both my role as a writer and as a parent. I realize one is optional and the other is not, but I care passionately about both and yet...

Atta Boy {Brief Salem Update}

Atta Boy {Brief Salem Update}

Jun 07

This just in… My son, MY SON– the one who insisted on wearing noise blocker headphones in public while clinging to me shaking at the sound of a cheering crowd… That son– the one who earlier this year was tortured by ball games and birthday parties and Brad Paisley concerts… That son, MY BOY, just sat with me trail side of the Jr. Hoya 2-miler trail race at Lost...

The Great Outdoors

The Great Outdoors

Jun 03

It’s June– the most wonderful time of year for outdoor parties and weddings, picnics and grilling out!! I am so excited about it that I am dedicating this entire month to celebrating the great outdoors. I love a good party, so when I saw the pictures from this outdoor baby shower, it was almost enough to make me want to get pregnant again. Almost. And then I felt a deep pang of...

Children’s Summer Reading List

Children’s Summer Reading List

May 30

When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does. — Meg Ryan, You’ve Got Mail If you are at all like me, you walk into the children’s section of the library and stare at the 15 rows of hardcovers and wonder, “Where do I start?”  Well, I did a little homework and put together a kid-tested...