Woody’s Greatest Hits

Woody’s Greatest Hits

Aug 06

Salem is telling stories. The communication barrier is still pretty thick, but in the past 15 months, Salem has progressed from using echoed and scripted speech to answering simple “yes” and “no” questions to actual role-playing with his sister. Lately, he has been telling stories– nothing elaborate, but I will catch him narrating an original scene in limited...

Twenty Five Lessons I’ve Learned From My Three-Year-Old Daughter

Twenty Five Lessons I’ve Learned From My Three-Year-Old Daughter

Aug 05

1. Redheads really do have more fun. 2. What’s mine is yours and what’s mine usually ends up underneath the bed, the sofa, and the car seat. 3. Helium balloons are a form of cruel and unusual punishment. 4. The definition of prudence is sleeping with one’s purse. 5. A dad is a girl’s first love. 6. “Miss Daddy” is a term of endearment. 7. Skeletor has...

Back to School

Back to School

Aug 01

What did you study in school? I’ve been out of college for over a decade, but I still seem to think in semesters. Having loved all things academia, I couldn’t wait until August. ‘Tis the season for stacking books and school supplies and carefully timing class schedules around the social calendar. I changed my major more times than I care to admit before landing on Music...

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...

Embrace the Gray {part 2 }

Embrace the Gray {part 2 }

Jul 30

…a cheery corner in my new gray...

Monday Quote

Monday Quote

Jul 29

I’m trying, Ben. I’m trying.

The Beatles’ Success

The Beatles’ Success

Jul 25

This morning, I taught the kids how to pillow fight. It reminded me of this picture of the Beatles in Paris in 1964. They was their delirious response upon learning the news that the song, “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” had topped the charts in America. If all my kids learned this morning is who the Beatles were and how to pillow fight, I already call this day a success. What would make...

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...