parenting Category

Slowing Down

(Arizona visiting me in the hospital on Sunday) This past weekend, I was (unexpectedly) admitted to the hospital after a 2 day bout of excruciating stomach distress. I ignored the pain at first, and went about my business as a lot of Moms tend to do. But by Saturday morning as I was getting ready […]

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everything you ever wanted : a memoir

I recently finished Jillian Lauren’s latest book, everything you ever wanted, a riveting memoir about her journey into motherhood. Initially, I was interested in the book because of her story as it related to mine : she and her husband adopted an Ethiopian child with special needs. But, as I was reading through the pages, […]

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The Movies : A Sensory Guide

  (Zootopia date!) Arizona enjoys watching tv and movies at home, but has a hard time going to the theater. I’ve taken her to a few shows over the years but most of those outings have ended in disaster. It can be overwhelming for her : the extreme volume pumping through the speakers, 25 minutes […]

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My Friend Kerrie

(In honor of National Margarita Day… we must oblige!) I first met Kerrie when our kids (Jack and Arizona) were 2 years old. They were both enrolled in a center based, therapeutic preschool called Step by Step back then. As luck would have it, Jack and Arizona followed each other to two more academic settings, […]

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Having the Diagnosis Talk with your Child

    Arizona is 9 years old and doesn’t know she has autism. There’s no specific reasoning behind this, other than it hasn’t come up. Arizona DOES know she is different than other children. She knows she is the only one in her class who has a “helping teacher”. She knows certain things are hard […]

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Deconstructing Parenthood : The Conscious Way with Dr. Shefali

I am beyond excited and HONORED to be attending this upcoming weekend’s 3-Day Intensive Workshop with Dr. Shefali Tsabary at the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel. One of her books, The Conscious Parent, was a life changer for me. One of my biggest challenges in raising a child with special needs has been the relinquishing of control : […]

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SELF-CARE : Mothering The Mother Within You! (TeleClass)

(Suzi Lula!) My long time coach and mentor, Suzi Lula, is offering a 4 week TeleClass starting next Monday, 9/21 and running through 10/19 (10/12 is off for Columbus Day). I have received so much guidance and support from Suzi throughout the years, but it has been her wisdom and experience around SELF-CARE for Mothers […]

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Book Review : The Conscious Parent

Dr. Shefali Tsabary authors a groundbreaking book with The Conscious Parent : transforming ourselves / empowering our children.  I haven’t found a book that fits so well into my own consciousness around parenting and believe it has value for everyone who has involvement with a child : parents, care-givers, grandparents, etc. One of the things […]

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A is for Arizona

(Me and My Girl in Rhode Island, Summer 2012) I’m working on my first book. I actually came up with the title and premise of the book a few years ago, in the middle of an acupuncture session as I was trying to rid my body of stress and anxiety. The title, “A is for […]

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Student Of The Month

(A Proud Girl) Last Friday, Arizona was awarded Student of the Month. Everyone was excited for her, but Arizona doesn’t like when things are exciting. For one, people tend to get louder and clap and say things like, “WOW! Amazing job! I’m SO PROUD OF YOU.” And for my little peanut, this is overwhelming. Arizona’s […]

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