Cause and Effect

    One concept that I REALLY want my kids to understand is — Consequences.  They are young, my daughter just turned 9 and my son is about to turn 13, so now it the time.  I really don’t want them learning this concept for the first time as they drive the family car on their […]

Time Management for Third Graders

Teaching our kids about time management is a life skill that will enable and empower them no matter what they do.  As you look at the upcoming school year, finding opportunities to focus on this can make a big difference over the course of the school year. Last year, I got lucky in this department […]

Are You Ready For Some Football?!

Adding a calendar from your favorite sports team is really easy to do. You just need to get an “ics file” with their schedule.  Some teams make it easy.  For example, on the Seattle Seahawks website, you just click “Download Now” from their schedule page while Outlook 2013 is open.  The calendar magically appears in Outlook.  You can rename […]

Meet The Neighbors

National Night Out got me thinking about how important it is that parents of Autistic children get out and meet their neighbors.  But it also reminded me of how difficult this can be. We are so busy with therapy appointments, IEP meetings, all kinds of things.  We aren’t exactly on the “play date circuit” either […]

YouTube Reminders

As parents, it’s our job to creatively solve problems.  My problem: I’m not convinced my 13 year old son with Autism is washing his face well enough.  And puberty is becoming less forgiving by the day.  I’m not sure if this is a problem that all mom’s face.  But it’s one I’m facing now. We’ve […]

Managing the Family Calendar

With so many appointments, how do you keep everything straight – AND keep everyone informed?  The answer:  SHARE the calendar. In our family, we’ve got a lot going on.  The list of people who need to know what’s happening each week is pretty long: my husband, the babysitter, the program manager for my son’s Autism […]