Have Yourself A Simpler Little Christmas

Are you prone to over-complicating things? A perfectionist who thinks everything needs to be just so? This Christmas give yourself the gift of keeping it simple – and remember the reason for season.  It’s not about crazy spending, cooking the consummate turkey dinner or finding the ultimate present for that oh-so-difficult person who has everything. Christmas is about spending time with people you love and celebrating another year passed. Sure, food needs to go on the table and there’ll be a few long faces if you don’t cough up some decent presents, but over the years I’ve learned to … [Continue reading...]

The Challenge of Holidays for Tweens, Teens with Special Needs

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With Special Needs, the Holidays Are Not the Most Wonderful time of the Year Whoever named December the most wonderful time of the year likely didn’t have children and if they did, I’m certain they didn’t have a kid on the autism spectrum. The holidays are a time of hustle and bustle full of things-to-do, presents to buy and wrap, treats to bake, decorations to put up, people to see, and special … [Continue reading...]

When Parents Are Full of $h*t

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Yes.. Sometimes Parents ARE Full of $h*t The two oldest of our three kids will be heading to NC State in a few weeks, our oldest for his sophomore year (transferring from UNC Charlotte) and our middle child for her freshman year. Our son has already changed his major from business to a biology-chemistry double major. Our daughter is in First Year College and as of right now is thinking of … [Continue reading...]

How to Create Last Minute Christmas Vouchers

Stuck for what to get your kids for Christmas this year? Do they already have the latest gadgets and ‘must have’s’? Or maybe money’s a bit tight and you need to find something great for not a lot of cash. Last Christmas I didn’t have a clue what to give my teen and tween boys. When they were younger it was so easy to buy lots of small stuff plus one big ‘star’ gift. It gave them the … [Continue reading...]

7 Things Teens Need to Know About ALL Relationships

Teens and Relationships Relationships get really interesting during the teen years. And I'm not just talking about boy-girl relationships (although, those get REALLY interesting) I'm talking about ALL relationships from friends to parents to siblings to teachers. But the one thing that is consistent about relationships is that they're typically between two people and rely heavily on communication … [Continue reading...]

IEP Meetings: The 8th Circle of Hell

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When Dante wrote the “Inferno,” he left out one of the circles of hell: the IEP meeting. IEPs for the uninitiated stand for Individual Education Plans and school districts hold them to decide a student’s need for extra assistance, such as speech therapy or extra time for tests. Schools also need to hold them to determine a student’s qualification for the help. After going through these meetings … [Continue reading...]