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The End of the “Spin the Bottle” Kiss?

Vacationing with my sister and her family last week, my almost-teen nephew and I got to talking about camp. I asked him, as embarrassing aunts do, if kids still played Spin the Bottle. “Yes,” he replied, “but with hugging.” Hugging? Adorable. But, no. NO. I’m putting my foot down. Spin the Bottle is not about hugging. Full stop. End of […]

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“Does Your Baby Sleep Through the Night?” and Other Conversations I’d Rather Avoid

“Your baby is such a doll! Does he sleep through the night?” “Looks like a new baby! Is he a good eater?” So many times a day, complete strangers ask me these questions as a means of making small talk. Last week, I even had a woman I don’t know, interrupt me in conversation with […]

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The 5 Stages of Preparing for Back to School

As a teacher, August seems like a perpetual Sunday.  If you are like me and often face the “Sunday Scaries,” then you should know what I am talking about. August is like a countdown back to schedules, to packing lunches, fighting over getting homework done, running from activity to activity, and of course all of this […]

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The Importance of Routines and Structure for Children on the Spectrum

The last two years I have had a strict adherence to routines and structure. Since my son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), I have a singular focus as a mother to ensure that there are as few surprises or interruptions to his routine as possible. Simply because, that’s how it’s done. Routine and […]

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