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Autism, Parenting, and Chocolate: My Top 5 Posts from 2013

Thanks again to all my readers for visiting my corner of the world. I didn’t write as much in 2013, but I still had popular posts. Wondering which ones were read the most? Think you missed one? Here are my top 5: Continue reading

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The Downside of Efficiency

Yup. You read the title right—the downside of efficiency. How can there be a downside to efficiency? Let me enlighten you.

For those of you who are Type A personalities or recovering Type A personalities, or who have learned to be efficient by force of nature (like many special needs parents or folks facing huge challenges), you will face some problems. How do I know? I live it.

Is there a downside to efficiency? Click to discover! via manyhatsmommy.com

Here are four side effects of efficiency that should be labeled on the bottle or mentioned in the commercial voiceover: Continue reading


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To-Do Loaf

My superhero friend Shelley sent this guest post. She’s awesome, so make sure you pay attention!

Recipe for a Perfect To-Do Loaf
by Shelley MolitorIngredients:One heaping Tablespoon of VISION
2 cups of MISSION
1 cup of PRIORITIES
2 teaspoons of GOALS
7 cups of TASKS, divided
One pinch each of HOPE, GOOD ATTITUDE, ACCOUNTABILITY, FUN, and RESTMethod: Continue reading


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Teaching ASD Kids Organization

This article comes to us thanks to the July/August 2007 edition of Autism/Asperger’s Digest magazine. It is reprinted here with their permission. You may want to get pencil and paper ready (there is a copious amount of information here for all parents and teachers), and I’m sure you’ll find helpful tips for helping your child. The discussion is specifically about homework, but her guidance can be applied to many life skills all children have to learn.

Our daily lives are made up of an endless stream of thoughts,
decisions, actions and reactions to the people and environment
in which we live. The internal and external actions fit together, sometimes seamlessly sometimes not,largely dependent upon a set of invisible yet highly important skills we call Executive Functioning (EF). These skills, which involve planning, organizing, sequencing, prioritizing, shifting attention, and time management can be well-developed in some people(think traffic controllers, wedding planners, business CEOs, etc.) and less developed in others. They are vital in all parts of life, from making coffee to running a profitable business. The skills develop naturally, without specific, formal training, and we all have them to some degree – or at least, we all assume we all have them. Continue reading


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Get Real–A Gabby Mom Review

Let’s get real. Most of you reading this are women. Among that set, most of you are moms (and if you’re not, you can still read on). What’s life really like?

Real women face messes. Real women love the ones who make the messes. Real women yell raise their voices. Real women try to instill good character in their children. Real women have many roles. Real women often have too much to do. Real women face exhaustion.

This month’s Gabby Mom review for Eternal Encouragement magazine is Lorrie’s latest video product From Exhausted, Irritable, and Overwhelmed to An Energized and Fulfilled Woman of God. Continue reading


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Tips on Getting your Kids Organized and Self Dependent this School Year

Today I have a guest post for you from Katherine of Part Select. She is in charge of community relations and reached out to me, offering to share some ideas with my readers. Whether you have three children to get ready for a yellow bus in the morning, five children to get to the homeschool table every day, or one child going either place, you will benefit from Katherine’s tips! Most schools have already started, but there is still great information here.

Tips on Getting Your Kids Organized and
Self-Dependent This School Year

All parents struggle with this, so please do not feel as if you are alone! Getting your kids organized and self-dependent not only helps them mature, but also helps you get through your morning routine smoothly and stress free. Continue reading