Dog treats for everyone!

Posted by theothersideofnormal on April 4, 2016 in autism |

I’m so happy to announce that Tony has joined the team at Finley’s Barkery!  He is proud to be working in the shipping department and aspires to someday feed every dog he sees a wonderful, healthy, homemade treat! When I first heard about this local startup, I immediately fell in love with the concept. Dave […]

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New Beginnings

Posted by theothersideofnormal on June 4, 2014 in autism, coping skills, family |

  Today is the first day of summer vacation for Tony… for the last time.  He’s 21 years old and has officially graduated out of the school district’s transition program. And as I sit here at the kitchen table wondering just what to do next, I can’t help but reflect.  Sitting in front of me are his […]

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Posted by theothersideofnormal on February 7, 2014 in autism |

    If you’ve read our book, you know that Tony is famous in our house for creating his own expressions and language. He’s been at the top of his game lately. He’s had a cough for a few days now and I’m pumping him with vitamins and minerals.  He’s not always thrilled with swallowing […]

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The Strange Reason Diet Soda Makes You Fat

Posted by theothersideofnormal on March 14, 2013 in autism, gluten free, Go Green |

    More on the Educational Series:       I have to admit, I’m a diet soda drinker… not a lot, but on occasion.  Just can’t handle all the sugar in real soda.  But it sounds like it’s more damaging than the actual sugar…     The Strange Reason Diet Soda Makes You Fat […]

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Nuke at your own risk

Posted by theothersideofnormal on February 26, 2013 in autism, gluten free, Go Green |

  This is a great article from Experience Life Magazine.  I learned early on in our gluten free journey not to microwave plastic, due to the possible chemical “spillage” into the food as it cooks.  I found this article’s humor worth sharing.  Although nothing’s been “proven”, I’m still going to avoid nuking plastic. And then […]

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Top 11 Scary Food Additives

Posted by theothersideofnormal on February 14, 2013 in autism, gluten free, Go Green |

    People need to know what they’re ingesting. I swear, I feel like our generation, and our kid’s generation are guinea pigs for these chemicals used in so many of our grocery store brand products.  Are we supposed to live in a bubble?  NO!  Do we eat some of these products, of course we […]

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Food that Trigger Behavioral Problems in Children

Posted by theothersideofnormal on February 13, 2013 in gluten free, Go Green |

  Real Reason Behind the Tantrums Jaime A. Heidel, Yahoo! Contributor Network Nov 9, 2010 “Share your voice on Yahoo! websites.   All children behave badly once in the while. It’s normal for children to act up when they can’t have their favorite toy or when they just need a nap. However, if behavioral problems […]

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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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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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