Summer Camp and Special Needs

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  Sunday we dropped our son with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder off for three weeks of summer camp. Three weeks of summer camp for typical kids. Long breaks from school are hard on my son. The security and sameness of routine … Continued

The Care and Keeping of Teens

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We’ve reached a new low in parenting. It’s called Pay Your Teen to Shower. Here’s how it works: Start with one oppositional teen who refuses to shower.  Set up a shower schedule, in our case: Wednesday and Saturday. Lay out clear … Continued

Extreme Parenting: Choose Your Battles

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You’ve heard of extreme sports, extreme couponing and extreme makeovers…Well Chuck and I are now practicing something we call Extreme Parenting: The Choose Your Battles Edition.  Now, as a parenting philosophy we believe in regular (and early bedtimes), teaching children to … Continued

Heart Warrior, Age Five

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This little guy has only six more weeks to be a five-year old…and less than that to be a kindergartener. I cannot believe how much he has grown in confidence since the beginning of the school year. This time last … Continued

Feeding Clinic, Seattle and Success

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Some people measure success in money. Some people in their creative endeavors. Some people in what others think of them. Measuring success in Apollo’s eating skills can be painfully slow. When he had the feeding tube placed at twenty-two months, … Continued

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