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A few years ago Time magazine ran a story about attachment parenting. On the cover of the magazine a slender blonde woman stood with one hand on her hip staring confidently into the camera. In front of her stood her four-year-old son on a chair, breastfeeding. The cover asked in bold red letters, “Are You […]

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Last night my husband was working late and I had just finished tucking the last little one into bed. I came downstairs and began to tidy up the dinner dishes, then walked into the living room where our dog was curled up in her bed dreaming about chasing squirrels or birds or deer. The house […]

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I was in tenth grade when I looked my High School guidance counselor right in the eye and said firmly, “I’m going to college.” She looked a bit surprised, fumbled for a moment, and said, “Well okay then…” as she shifted gears in the conversation. We were in a meeting with her and my parents […]

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We were out of our normal routine and in a location we’d never visited before. This Chic-fil-A was bustling and the play area was full of kids – most of them bigger than mine. We ordered food, chose a table right up against the glass of the play area so we could watch the kids, […]

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Last week I sat in the waiting room of the hospital with two antsy children – trying to keep one from dashing into the elevator and the other from twirling into nearby people. Our son sees a specialist whose office is in the local hospital. It’s not my favorite place, but he’s one of the […]

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If you’re fairly new here you might not know that my son, Mareto, is a four year old with an eye for beauty in his world. It started accidentally as I noticed him with my fancy DSLR camera 2 winters ago. When I stepped back to let him take pictures I was amazed at the […]

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If you read articles about autism on the internet sooner or later (likely sooner) you’re going to come across a common opinion in the comments section. It goes something like this… “Why don’t you just keep your child home?”  “Here’s an idea – your husband could stay home with the kids while you go grocery […]

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