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I am a parent of a child with autism

Our family has lived in the world of autism since the early 1980’s when our son, Doug, was born. Of course, we didn’t know he was autistic from birth on April 1, 1984, but we grew, as a family, to understand what the world of autism is all about. Like any parent of a child with autism, I would give anything in my world to not have had a reason to learn about this syndrome. I have learned out of…

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Change is good; sometimes it just feels bad

What’s that, bunkie? You say you arrived at your office one morning and found it wasn’t there? You say that management “forgot” to pay your federal income tax withholding, and someone is on the hook for your taxes but your boss is in the Bahamas and you’re getting truculent letters from the IRS? You say the idea that would change the way America does business didn’t? You say all your contacts in the world of e-commerce have suddenly become contacts…

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Child with Autism – Tips for Parents

Though there is no single known cause or cure, autism is treatable. Children do not “outgrow” autism, but studies show that early diagnosis and intervention can lead to significantly improved outcomes. With the right services and supports, people with autism can live full, healthy and meaningful lives. Taking Medicine Use a quick-dissolve tablet or transdermal gel instead of a pill. Have a compounding pharmacist make your child’s medicine into a flavored troche; its texture is similar to a gummy bear.…

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How I´m teaching my 3-year old a second language

Coming from a bilingual family it’s easy for me to see how manageable and beneficial it is to speak two languages at home. My dad would always speak to us in Italian and my mother in Portuguese while we lived in Brazil. Much of our interpretation of the things around us come from our vocabulary and our understanding of the world is trapped by our language. If you speak more than one language, your perception of things actually grows wider. Anyone…

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One Couple’s Approach to Keeping Their Child Safe Online

Most parents these days worry about their children’s safety and their behavior while on the Internet. Some common sense, attention, and unbreakable rules can provide the structure a child needs, whether he or she knows it or not, and some peace of mind for every parent. Start Training Early We parents start talking with our kids about talking with strangers, inappropriate touching, drugs, drinking, looking both ways across the street and a whole list of safety issues when our kids…

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Are you giving the proper stimuli to your child?

Like anything in a child´s body, the brain keeps developing throughout the first years of life. It´s quite common sense to state that the first years of life are crucial to one´s development throughout life. The other day I learned some things with a National Geographic documentary. It´s called My Brilliant Brain and it went like this: “The main job of the brain in the first years of life is to make sure all brain cells are wired up correctly.…

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Our school can be awesome, but unschooling is still the next step

One aspect of a good school is the different people it can gather. Luckily, I find Luísa and myself immersed in an international environment again. There´s also some other good things that help a school be good, that I talked about in When schooling is good, it can be really awesome, and here I want to go deeper in the discussion I started back with To unschool or to not unschool? Back in our home in Brazil, her cool kindergarten…

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Do you ever ask for help?

I´ve written a few times about how a single mom have to be in good health, because we can´t afford the luxury of being sick. At the same time, being the only one under all the responsibility and stress of taking care of a child (and because we are simply human), we can only expect that we will be abated a few times. Not only physically, but also mentally. When that happens, it´s like hell on Earth. Do you know…

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What nobody tells you about being a stay at home mom

When staying at home with a kid you have two options: sink or swim. It´s that dramatic. Either you´ll learn to make a good use of your time and psyche or you´ll get depressed, I don´t think there is a middle way. There are significant changes in your life when staying at home with a child, I highlighted a few here: Isolation Even if you had lived alone (while child-free), you were not alone for too long. You either worked…

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5 ways to asking for help more often and stop feeling ¨mom-guilt¨

Moms feel guilty for a variety of silly reasons: for walking away when leaving their children with other people, for asking for help, for not being able to do it all, for interrupting the child´s self-absorbed play, for not spending enough hours playing on the floor and on and on. Here, I want to talk about the specific guilt we feel when we need someone to watch our children in order to WORK. I´m not talking about going surfing, having…

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