special needs parenting

Yep, that’s my screaming kid. (or, Autism for the rest of us)

  Something sad happened to us this week. Maybe not sad, per se, but something disappointing and discouraging. For those of you new to our program here, Celia is my 10-year old daughter who happens to be on the autism spectrum. And this week, Celia was on an adventure with my mother-in-law, and on that… Continue reading Yep, that’s my screaming kid. (or, Autism for the rest of us)

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Homeschool Wrap Up: Year 1

If you’re just tuning in, I’m finally winding down a series of posts covering our first year in homeschooling. It’s been such a wild and crazy year, and putting it to words only affirms my belief that this is absolutely the right thing for us. In the last week, I’ve talked about why we homeschool, the method we use,… Continue reading Homeschool Wrap Up: Year 1

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Our Homeschool Approach: Classical meets Unschooling

When I first started envisioning homeschool, I was in college, and I had a highly romanticized view of what it might be like. I’d taken a few education courses, and was working as a nanny for a sweet family with a son in elementary school. Celia was still a baby, and as I sat helping… Continue reading Our Homeschool Approach: Classical meets Unschooling

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Homeschool: The First Year

I realize that posting about homeschooling puts me at risk of being labeled a sanctimommy. Lord knows I’ve seen enough passive-aggressive Facebook mockery of organic eating, homeschooling, and home birthing to last me the rest of forever. But, since I’m not too terribly bothered by anyone else sharing their particular passions, I will happily post this hopefully non-judgy, yet… Continue reading Homeschool: The First Year

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Organizing the Everymom Part II: Cutting through the excess

If you’re anything like me, your attempt at momming looks like a bad economic equation: too much demand and not enough supply. We are our family’s most scarce and precious resource. Say it with me! I am a precious resource. No, there is not enough of you to go around making everyone happy all the time. No,… Continue reading Organizing the Everymom Part II: Cutting through the excess

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Organizing The Everymom, Part I: Getting Started

At long last friends, it’s here. The Type A, manic-mom in me is rejoicing a little louder than usual- I am SO excited to talk about organization. It’s borderline embarrassing. But I will happily go out on the limb of humiliation if it means helping other moms stress even a teeny-weeny bit less about household organization. Right… Continue reading Organizing The Everymom, Part I: Getting Started

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Shout-out to the neat freaks!

So…this picture annoys the crap out of me. I get it. The intended message here is something along the lines of “it’s okay, mama, stop freaking out about cleaning up and have fun with your kids.” Totally understandable. But like everything else on the freaking internet right now, it’s completely unfair to one side of… Continue reading Shout-out to the neat freaks!