Marriage and Family Life

Holiday Relationship Repair for Families

When holiday season rolls around, we all want to be able to sit around the dinner table and experience something reminiscent of a Norman Rockwell painting. Unfortunately, the holidays tend to bring out the worst in some families. Dr. Travis Bradberry, co-author of the bestselling Emotional Intelligence 2.0, shares some insight on how to repair relationships between family members by focusing on the manner in which conflict is handled.

Little Miss Adorable, Occupational Therapy, Speech, Language and MORE Swear Words

A while ago I posted about my daughter, Little Miss Adorable’s newest words and our struggles in Speech and Language Therapy.

Author Rebecca Woods an Inspiration to All Moms

It seems like so rarely do we see autism in fiction, and when it’s done as well as Living Through Charlie, one has to wonder at how much truth really lies behind the story.  While it might have started out more like a memoir, author Rebecca Woods says it really ended up as a novel, “because real life, for the most part, isn’t as interesting as fiction.”

"Clever Carter": A Story About Autism

Carter, my son, was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder when he was 3.5 years old. As devastating as it was, we weren’t completely blindsided by his diagnosis. The waitlist for his assessment was almost an entire year.  We received a call at the 10 month mark, due to a cancellation on the other end. That gave us plenty of time to do our own research and come to our own conclusions. The year following his diagnosis was a year of transition. Not so much for Carter, but for my husband and I.

Wilderness River -- Special Needs Parenting Style

I look at Special Needs Parenting like canoeing down a fast river -- full of rocks and raging rapids -- without a map! We don't know what is coming ahead, and honestly, we don’t know where we are going either. We zoom past rocks and through rough waves and get battered, scraped, and scarred. Crack! We’ve hit a rock, are shocked by the impact, and then are carried off down the river again before we fully realise what happened.

Are You Looking at Me?

Quoting Robert De Niro’s famous line from Taxi Driver is an apt one when one has Bipolar. The context suggests menace and persecution, both of which I can identify with.  And conveniently with the Bi in Bipolar, this aspect has typically two impacts -- the home and the workplace. And it’s been my experience that workplace causes the most suffering.

Finding Your Self-Esteem From Within

I grew up as a child actor and model, from ages two to eighteen.  I never did anything fame-worthy, but I did pose for Vogue Bambini and Rolling Stone Magazine, with Fleetwood Mac.  I also got to repeatedly stuff my face with cookies in a Pillsbury Cookie Dough commercial.   I loved being on set.  There was a sense of pride I felt, getting constant attention from directors, makeup artists, and cameramen, and it was addictive, because it gave me a sense of self-esteem.&n

Fifty Shades of Embarrassment

Compromise. Commitment. Patience. My 20 years of marriage have taught me many things. One of the most important was how to read. Sure, I knew how to read before I got married. For example, I was a voracious reader of the tabloids in the lines at the supermarket.