Monthly Archives: July 2010

The Love Nest

Being new to 5MSN, I wanted to introduce myself to you, in a way that brought you close to my… bedroom? I have no shame! That’s right, we are going straight to the master suite…the place where the magic happens! (Hey, I made the bed for the picture! That’s an accomplishment in and of itself!)…

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Leveraging quirky talents

Psychotherapist Janet Lawson of Mill Valley, California worked with many teen and young adult clients with social/communication challenges and had an idea. Wouldn’t it be more effective to facilitate social interaction by showing instead of telling? “Rather than mandating social interactions or creating artificial social situations, I wanted to help my clients enjoy naturally occurring…

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Tiptoeing Around

You know how you know “something” is not quite right, call it your “mommy gut” kicking in. But all around you doctors and therapists purse their lips together and shake their heads. They have been shaking their heads about this one for about 2 years.

Finally this week his OT is admitting, well he “might” have a “slight” problem. To me thats like being “a little pregnant”…either you are or you are not. There is no room for middle ground.

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Here Stuff, There Stuff, Everywhere Stuff

My 17 year old son, Corey, has been gone the last two weeks working for the Youth Conservation Corps. He’s got one more week before he comes home, and as a surprise for him, I decided to clean his room from top to bottom. I admit that it was as much for me as for…

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Special Exposure Wednesday

Her home coming, on Monday was lovely. No one more happy to see her, than Noah. Of course, since then, there have been tears and fighting, while they get used to having each other around again. 12 days is a long time in a four year old’s world but that first hello, that first hug…

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We’re learning our letters

As a Fall birthday kid, Bear received the luxury of an extra year in preschool. I am so glad. This allowed us to kick back and focus on one aspect of her development each year. We did not have this planned out in her first IEP. It all fell into place as the years progressed….

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It’s Enough

I read an article recently in New York magazine about parenting and happiness. The article included the fact that while parents actually spend more time with their kids than they did thirty years ago, parents are more likely to feel guilty about  how little time they spend with their children. It’s my completely un-corroborated opinion that…

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“Oh, he’s so precious!”

That’s exactly how someone recently described Max. Who is 7 years old. I know she meant well, but it seemed really derogatory to me. It’s something you’d say about a baby, not a boy. Max may seem younger than his years—because he can’t quite talk, because he is actually small and because he still has…

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Magic Marker Monday — Colorful…

“It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.” ~Pablo Picasso Welcome to Magic Marker Monday! If you haven’t heard about Magic Marker Monday yet, click here and then hurry right back…   “Mom, I’m bored…” “Why don’t you go draw something with your crayons?” “Boring.” “Really?…

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Another Day, Another Diagnosis

Well, the day is almost here… I wish I was more excited, but it’s not THAT kind of day that we’ve been waiting for. For about a month now, we’ve been waiting for the July the 19th and Monday it will finally be here. This is the day we go to meet a new specialist….

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