Parenting Autism – The Cold Hard Truth, as He Sees It #autism #parenthood

Raising my son who has high functioning autism brings on a lot of jaw dropping, “did he just say that”, type of experiences. Sometimes, Aj can come off hurtful but really he isn’t meaning to be that way. At times Aj’s comments can be hilarious, but do not giggle at him, because then he will either act out at you angry due to being hurt, or he will be telling you with tears in his eyes “that isn’t funny”. It’s hard to parent a child who sees the world more simple than the rest of us do, he is part […]

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Rough Play for Kids Teaches Respect, Ethics and Boundaries

My two sons love to rough play and when they first started out with rough play, let me tell you what, I cringed! I really had to get used to the idea that rough play was fun for these too rough n tumble boys, and figure out ways to supervise that allowed them the fun with rough play. Through watching my two sons play rough, I have seen what it is that rough play actually teaches these boys and I am now an avid promoter of rough playing. Many parents who come around, that are not parent to boys cringe […]

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Sibling Playtime: How to Combat the Inevitable Fights

Despite the blatant balking, once siblings are encouraged to play together, they will realise how much fun it can really be. The problem is trying to get them to play nicely without the inevitable squabbling, screaming and fighting. As soon as another child enters your family, it’s up to you to encourage their older sibling to get involved. From the off, if they are included as much as possible, they will automatically build a bond with the new baby which will stand them in good stead for when they’re old enough to play together. While little ones may not find […]

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Six Year old has Case of Sillies

My six year old son is usually the serious one of my three kids, he is the middle child and often is found simply being a bit more rigid and right to the point. This is the child that you better say yes and mean it or else you will pay for it. Aj remembers every single thing you say and will hold you accountable for taking bad your word. Mean what you say and do what you say with this child or else…. With that being said, there have been some funny moments with him lately where he just […]

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Teaching Kids to Use Words but not be Tattle Tale

I am finding that it’s really difficult to teach my children to tell me before hitting their sibling or lashing out at them loudly. I am teaching them to use their words instead of just screaming at each other or worse, hit each other. So far the theory of using your words seems to be working pretty well, the only huge issue is that they are so used to having Aj be violent that the poor kid never gets a chance. Aj is doing so great at speaking up for himself and telling his family whether he likes what is […]

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Siblings at their Best, Worst and Most Amusing Moments

Sometimes I sit back, watch and listen while my kids interact, more so with my two sons. My boys are 2 years and 6 days apart, both being born in August and they are extremely close. They are like partners in crime one moment, best friends the next and in another blink they may be smacking or punching each other saying how much they hate each other. It’s the most amusing time of my life watching as my sons continue along in their close brotherly bond. I never had a brother, just a sister who is four years younger than […]

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Sibling Differences on Back to School Conversations

Driving down the road, heading home from picking up my sweet daughter from her great Gram’s house, we engage in a conversation. Well the conversation was sort of a random blurb that I made into a conversation without the daughter wanting me to.  So is the norm around here. I don’t have any friends but one in my class this year and it just sucks. – says the daughter Well I get that you only have one long time friend in your class this year sweetie but maybe the girls you were not friends with last year changed over the […]

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How We Became Closer, A Sisterly Story

I talk to my sister at least once every day. I will do anything for my sister as long as I am able to do so. I am always there for my sister even if she feels she does not want me to be there for her. I love my sister even when she does not want to ever speak to me again. This is what we do, siblings and family, we are there for each other, to drive each other insane, to deal with the ups and downs, and to simply love each other for who each of us […]

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The Child Who Entertains Himself

As a parent of multiple children, I have been able to witness just how different siblings can truly be.  I only have one sibling, a sister who is four years younger than me, growing up we had to share a bedroom and oh my goodness who we both hated that. You see, I was the neat freak and she was the things everywhere but knows where stuff is sort of person.  Half our bedroom was normally extremely organized and the other half (her half) was rather unorganized and messy. Now, as a mom of three children, I have seen that […]

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