From Birthday Blues To Broadway

Check out my latest article on how James has struggled and learned to deal with his sensory issues surrounding music: http://www.nymetroparents.com/article/music-lessons-child-autism-sensory-processing-disorder

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How To Help Your Special Needs Child Fly Solo

Stressing out about getting onto the plane (click on the article for happier times).

Stressed about getting onto the plane (click on the article for happier times).

Please excuse the lack of writing lately, it’s back-from-vacation and back-to-school time! Which means, of course, that I have quite a bit to share with you if I could just find the time.

In the meantime, please check out my latest article on childmind.org, about how we prepared and sent James on a cross-country flight. Alone.

Monday Minute: James Has A Cell Phone And Knows How To Use It (Kind Of)

640px-LowesMeyerlandHoustonTXThis summer, we bought James his first cell phone in anticipation of him walking alone to high school (just across the street) this Fall. He seemed to get the hang of it fairly quickly, and has developed a strong preference for texting versus actually talking. And as you all know, it’s sometimes hard to gauge emotions through a text…

Today I pulled into the loading zone at Lowe’s to pick up an already-paid-for order, and noticed that Ian and Donovan had both fallen asleep. I made a snap decision. “James, stay with the boys for just a second,” I said, turning on my flashers. “I just need to wheel the cart out and load the van, but text me if either of them wake up or if there is any kind of emergency and I’ll be out in a split second.”

“Sure thing Mom,” replied James. He slipped his phone out of his pocket, starting up Minecraft.

“No Minecraft,” I said firmly. “Texting only, in case I need to get a hold of you.” And with that, I hustled inside.

About 30 steps later, as I was standing first in line at customer service, I got my first text. “Sorry,” I said to the cashier. “I just have to check this in case it’s the kids. I left the car running…” I looked down. Continue reading

Monday Minute: Are You Sure You Missed This?

wpid-wp-1433377357705.jpegDue to popular demand, I have decided not to throw the baby out with the bathwater.  Though The Foorce may be left behind in NYC, Mondays and Monday Minutes are definitely still happening here in Texas. And with more kids than ever before, I figure more kids = more Monday Minutes, because everything’s bigger in Texas, right?

And yes, I know it’s not a Monday – let’s not get picky here.

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Ian (runs in, pointing to his chest): Mooommmmm, Adam drew a spot on me!  Continue reading

I’ll Admit It, There’s Another Man In My Life

Ian and James like to listen to Bill Harley with their ears as close to the speaker as possible.

Ian and James like to listen to Bill with their ears as close to the speaker as possible.

He’s funny, kind, incredibly creative and best of all, helps me out with the children when my husband is working long hours. He’s come to the rescue so many times I’ve lost count, and even though we just became acquainted a few months ago our relationship has grown exponentially (those feelings might be a little one-sided). Bill – that’s his name – has stopped my kids with just one word in the middle of a wrestling match and has entertained them all while stuck in traffic, waiting in line, and during that icky before-bed-after-dinner period where everyone would otherwise be freaking out. He just starts with one of his silly stories or spooky songs and zoop-zoop,* everyone is quiet, hanging onto his every word. Continue reading