Meet Frodo: Future Service Dog

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Meet Frodo, Mordecai’s future service dog. Frodo is an eight-week old labradoodle puppy who we will be training ourselves. Why a service dog? Chuck and I have been discussing the idea of getting Mordecai a service dog for a year … Continued

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