Tiny Footprints

Posted by theothersideofnormal on January 31, 2013 in autism, family |

It’s Throwback Thursday – a time to reflect about the younger years.  Today’s post is a flashback to 1996. If you recall, we are making some big changes in our house this month.  The boys are changing rooms and it’s been quite an ordeal.  While my husband was ripping up some old carpeting in my office […]

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Breakthrough moments

Posted by theothersideofnormal on January 29, 2013 in autism, coping skills, family |

  Sharing something I wrote on an autism website that unites Moms all across the country.  We were discussing the financial stress and need to be at home with our kids who cannot be left alone for any amount of time. It got a lot of comments and I’d love to hear how all of […]

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More Tonyisms

Posted by theothersideofnormal on January 26, 2013 in autism |

  A couple of nights ago, Tony and I had a long discussion on healthy habits like eating well, cutting back on pizzas, and exercising to help maintain a healthy weight.  I mentioned a goal weight — not too hard — and gave him ideas to help lower the number on the scale — like certain exercises and sneaking […]

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Posted by theothersideofnormal on January 22, 2013 in autism, coping skills, family |

  It takes a complete computer crash and some time off the computer for me to sit down and read through some of my older blog posts.  I’m so very touched by your comments — especially those from complete strangers.  It inspires me to keep sharing our story.  Sometimes it’s very difficult to share things […]

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The Wonder of Para’s

Posted by theothersideofnormal on January 14, 2013 in autism |

    In honor of Para Professional Appreciation Week, I’m re-posting something I wrote a couple of years ago. In my day we called them teacher’s aides.  But even today’s definition doesn’t do them justice. The following post is dedicated to those who stand as the first line of defense — the ones in the trenches with […]


101 Ways to Praise a Child

Posted by theothersideofnormal on January 10, 2013 in autism, family |

  Happy 2013! This is going to be a big year of change, celebrations, and rewards.  And I’m so excited! With all the media coverage of bad news, here is something good.  Something promising.  Something we can all use as a tool to raise strong, confident kids in a world where we are constantly bombarded with negativity.  […]

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