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5 Ways Your Family Can Help Make Someone Else’s Holiday Special

Posted by on Dec 13, 2015 in Family, Giving Back, Parenting | 0 comments

One of the many things I am grateful for when it comes to my son, is the fact that he’s more of an “experience” kind of person as opposed to a “stuff” kind of person.  Meaning, he’d rather hang out with friends and family making memories, than opening gifts on Christmas morning or any occasion for that matter.   He’s always been like this. He hardly ever asks me for anything, and shopping is a rare form of torture for him. Even if it’s something that he needs. Like clothes. He’d rather wear the shirt or shorts that’s a size too small for him than break down and admit he needs new clothes.   He’s the same with just about everything else. A friend of his just said the other day, “When are you going to get new video games,...

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How to Keep Calm when Everything Seems Mad

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Family, Parenting | 0 comments

Just like you, there are times when I definitely do not feel or act calm. Whether you are a parent of an autistic child or not, as long as we walk this Earth, we will be periodically “blitzed” by life. However for me, one of the great rewards of being Chase’s Mom is that he inspires calm, and is a source of calm in my life. He seems hardwired to reject, and in his own ways, fight against the negativity and stress that life, at times, may conjures up. When disruption or disappointment strikes, Chase will often say, “Look at the bright side Mom.” He has an incredible knack for finding the good in everyone and every situation. Something I find easier said than done sometimes, but his perspective and coping strategy are indeed correct, and we all need...

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How I’m Using Cooking to Outwit Autism

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

Those of you who have seen the CHASE ‘N YUR FACE website, CHASE’S COOKING SHOW, and the food adventures that we’ve shared on Facebook and Twitter, will find it hard to believe that Chase struggled with food aversions for the first few years of his life. It’s extremely common for those diagnosed with Autism to have food aversions. What isn’t common, is for someone like Chase to go from eating a personal menu of only 5 foods (literally!), to being a genuine “foodie”. We’re now talking about a kid who lists braised rabbit as one of his favorite foods, and wants to go to New Orleans to try fried alligator! How, why, and when did this happen, you ask? Well, the nuances of how and why, we’ll probably never know for sure. Every parent who, like myself, has agonized...

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Five Tips To Help Cure Mid-Summer Boredom

Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 in Family, Featured, Holiday, Parenting, Summer | 0 comments

I’ve always found it interesting to hear children complain about school and long for the lazy days of summer, but when summer comes, the excitement of it all can last about a month before you start hearing I’M BORED! I once heard a saying that people who are bored are usually boring people. I don’t think that’s the case with our children, I just think they sometimes need permission, encouragement, and maybe a hint of an idea to jump start those creative juices so they can cure their own mid-summer boredom. Here are some fun ways to respond to summer time boredom that will help your child go from feeling limited to limitless.
 1) Can’t afford to send your child on an expensive week long summer camp? Encourage your child to create their own at home.  Help them...

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Six Things a Single Mom Can Teach a Child on Father’s Day

Posted by on Jun 14, 2015 in Family, Father's Day, Featured, Parenting | 0 comments

I have been a single mom since Chase was in the womb, but rather than ignore Father’s Day when it comes around each year, I encourage Chase to thank the role models that have been there for him throughout his life. Here’s how we celebrate and some other ideas that may help. Celebrate Your Male Role Models Fathers aren’t the only male role models a child can have. Chase is lucky enough to have a really close relationship with my father, his Papa as he calls him. But it could be an uncle, or an elder brother, a godfather or even a teacher – whoever it is, take the time to thank them for their help and support. Don’t Rely On Shop Bought Most shop bought cards and gifts for Father’s Day have the word Dad or Father emblazoned...

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Summer Activities That Keep Your Child Learning

Posted by on May 29, 2015 in Featured, Summer | 0 comments

Planning an entertaining and educational summer experience for one’s child can be stressful. Between our own expectations, certain messages we get from the media, and the peer pressure of keeping-up-with-the Joneses, I think that many parents put more pressure on themselves than is necessary when it comes to planning an affordable, fun, safe, and productive summer for their kids. Likewise, our kids are getting hit with those same messages and pressures – especially as they get older, there is a sense that more, bigger, newer, farther, longer, and faster are going to keep them well occupied and happy. But is that really true? Be honest….What are some of the most positive and meaningful moments from your childhood summers? What are some of the summer endeavors that as a kid you or your parents thought were going to be fantastic,...

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OC Mom Spotlight: Mary Bailey

Posted by on Apr 2, 2015 in Education, Family, Featured, OC Mom Spotlight | 0 comments

Mary Bailey is a single mom to Chase, her 13-year-old son who was diagnosed with autism when he was just a toddler. In her blog, she shares the life-changing decision she recently made to home school Chase. Together, they’ve also set up to share their journey and to encourage people to follow their dreams. Why I Chose to Home School My Son Growing up the seventh of my parent’s 14 children taught me so many things that prepared me to be Chase’s mom. Lots of simple things come to mind, but the two overarching lessons are first, that each person—no matter the gifts and imperfections—has a place and a purpose to fulfil in this world; and second, that life isn’t easy, fair, or painless, but with the right attitude, the willingness to work and learn, and the right...

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