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Why Do Some Kids Chew Everything?

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Some kids don;t oseem to outgrow their need to chew on anything they can get their hands on. It can be a means of dealing with anxiety.

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What is Neurodiversity?

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Neurodiversity is a concept that some brains work differently and don't require correction or 'treatment'.

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Celebrating Life and Learning about Triggers

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Every year on March 15th, my sister, Lilly, and I send birthday wishes to my Mom (Lilly’s Oma) in the stars. The first few years we did a balloon release. After a few years I had read about the dangers to wildlife and the environment caused by balloon releases. So, last year we switched to flowers. We went to the pier in downtown Burlington and threw flowers into the water. Mom loved flowers so this was a perfect alternative. Afterwards, we drop Lilly off at daycare or a playdate and head for lunch.  This year I changed our tradition a...

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Books and Bedtime

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Getting your child to bed is a challenge at the best of times, and I think most parents know that a routine helps. One of the bedtime routines I had growing up was my parents reading to me. In fact, I still have dozens of the books that were in my library at the time. Mom and Dad took turns reading to me when Dad was not travelling for work. Before the pandemic struck, Jesse, Lilly, and I would have Sunday dinner at my Dad’s house, and after dinner, Lilly always got to choose someone to read her a story....

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Anxiety and Parenting

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I never experienced anxiety until after becoming a parent. And even then my anxiety is not around Lilly. I realized over two years ago that something was off about me. I had a very short temper. I snapped a lot at both Lilly and Jesse. I had trouble sleeping. I was always tired or had little energy to do anything (I always said this was from my two jobs). I was not myself. I realized that I was worried about Jesse.  I had anxiety around him driving to work. He drove over an hour to work each way. Highway driving...

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