Picky Eater or Selective Eating Disorder? How to tell the difference in children and what to do to help.

Most children go through a period of picky eating once they start to become more mobile. This stage of selective eating is thought to have evolved as a mechanism to keep children safe as they explore their surroundings and gain more distance from caretakers who previously handpicked all food. Many children naturally outgrow this stage […]

Skill-Building Toys For Preschoolers

Pin for later here. While I’ve always been interested in toys that were educational as well as fun, having a developmentally delayed autistic child has spurred my interest in finding toys that help both of my children build necessary skills. Unfortunately, a lot of the general toy lists I’ve seen online suggest items which can […]

Tie-Dye, Sensory-Friendly Christmas Ornaments

With my birthday December 26th, I like to imagine Christmas season as a nearly month long celebration of friends and family. It’s by far my favorite holiday and there’s so many crafts to do! Despite absolutely failing at most crafts I try with my boys, I do manage to have a few successes. This tie-dye […]

25 Books For Christmas – The Thrifty and Environmentally-friendly way to do it!

  As a huge book lover, I adored the idea of 25 books for Christmas as a way to make the season magical and increase interest in books. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, you can use it for other holiday celebrations or just do it for the month of December (31 books). At the same […]

Skill-Building Toys For Toddlers

Pin for later here. While I’ve always been interested in toys that were educational as well as fun, having a developmentally delayed autistic child has spurred my interest in finding toys that help my both of children build necessary skills. Unfortunately, a lot of the general toy lists I’ve seen online suggest items which can […]

Teaching Toddlers How To Play Nicely With Pets

  I thought I had a good grasp on parenting before we adopted our cat, Tardis. The boys love Tardis   and Tardis loves the boys in return.   Which turned out to be a bit of a problem because Tardis always wanted to be around the boys and play with them and would keep […]

Teaching Toddlers Patience With Timers And Countdowns

Patience is an incredible skill to have, yet also really difficult to teach to toddlers. Thankfully, I’ve discovered some great tips and tools that helped me teach my boys how to wait patiently.     Teaching Toddlers Patience With Countdowns and Timers A timer or a countdown is a great tool in teaching patience, but […]

Protip: If you have a toddler who happily requests and eats "leaves" (spinach, romaine, iceberg), don't offer them arugula. — Chimerical Capuchin (@chmercalcapuchn) May 27, 2015

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Speaking to Children About Death

Yesterday, we held the funeral service for my Uncle Joe, who died at age 49 to Glioblastoma multiforme. Having lost his first wife, and the mother of his 3 boys, Becky to cancer years earlier, Joe was no stranger to death or dying. I’ve written about what he taught me about accepting emotions¬†and diving into […]

Diving Into Doing. Dealing with Difficult Emotions.

Last week I talked about my amazing uncle, Joe, and how much he has taught me about accepting emotions. Having experienced the loss of his first wife and now, as he lives with a fast-moving, terminal cancer, he is no stranger to ‘difficult’ emotions. It is not the emotions themselves that are difficult. Joe has […]