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Meet Julia!

I wish this had been a thing when my little one was little herself. She was diagnosed with ASD twelve years ago at age 2.5. Julia, as most people have heard by now, is the newest member of the Sesame Street gang.

The role of Julia is played by Stacey Gordon … a Phoenix-based puppeteer who … has a [13-year-old] son with autism, and, before she started her family, was a therapist to youngsters on the spectrum.

It’s about time Sesame Street saw the introduction of an autistic muppet!

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Zoë’s Locks of Love

 

 

Last week, my daughter stunned me. She has been growing her hair out for quite some time, and it was starting to get pretty long. I have been telling her all along that she needs to take care of it if she wants it to look nice. She is growing up, and she can’t rely on me to always make sure it’s tangle-free and looking good. She has really risen to the challenge, and I’ve been pretty impressed.

IMG_5879Then, last week, she announced to me that she wanted to donate her hair to Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children Continue reading “Zoë’s Locks of Love”

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If you can’t say something nice: “parent-shaming” vs. “over-sharenting”

So a few months ago, I posted some things on facebook that I probably shouldn’t have. I had a couple of weak moments, and I am totally willing to accept that maybe cooler heads did not prevail. I became one of the many “over-sharers” of the Internets. My bad. Nobody’s perfect.

March 18

Screen shot 2015-07-24 at 7.06.55 PMOn the day in question, my twelve-year-old was acting more like a two-year-old. She was protesting my parenting decisions, but her derpy attempt at a tantrum was just as riveting as OJ Simpson’s slow-speed car chase.

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Mom Loses Her Shit over “Hilarious” Video

Several weeks ago, a terrible thing happened in our household. My daughter was watching YouTube through her account (which has Safety Mode enabled to the most extreme level possible.) She was in her bedroom with the door closed. Until this point, my peeks through her search history had uncovered nothing more interesting than Sailor Moon videos, let’s plays, video game cheats and walk-throughs. No biggie.

On the evening in question, my daughter exclaimed in a cheery voice from her bedroom door, “Mom, come look at this! It’s HILARIOUS!!!!” I bounced down the hall toward her room grinning ready for another cute dog video. I wasn’t expecting what happened next. Continue reading “Mom Loses Her Shit over “Hilarious” Video”

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● Ten Reasons I’m Glad My Kid is Autistic

April is Autism Awareness month. But as my friend Jessi always likes to say, it’s ALWAYS Autism Awareness month in our house. I feel ya, Jess! She’s got TWO boys on the spectrum, whereas I’ve got just my one girl. And believe me, having a girl with autism has its own set of challenges. But you know something? I wouldn’t change a damned thing.

Survivor@37

Just about twelve years ago, I delivered a beautiful, healthy baby girl. My dreams had come true. All I had ever wanted was a daughter I could spoil, dress up and watch grow into a little version of myself: the ultimate ego trip. I was 26 when I conceived. I was eager to be a mom; it was all I really wanted.

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The first year of my daughter’s life went as expected. She reached all of the appropriate milestones at the appropriate times. That is, until she reached her second birthday. It was at her birthday party that I could no longer ignore the truth. The other children her age were fascinated by the party games, the gifts Zoë was opening, and most importantly, each other. Zoë was only interested in the wrapping paper. It wasn’t easy hearing the diagnosis soon after, nor was it particularly easy coping with the new paradigm but I know…

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