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I Accidentally Got My Five-Year-Old Into Debt

We all make mistakes. Some we have a bad gut feeling about from the very beginning; others just seem really adorable starting out.    August 28, 2013: I’m at the library with my adorable and highly opinionated 11-month-old. We come here often for toddler time and the opportunity to make messes outside of our own […]

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The Lucky Few: On March 21st, We Celebrate World Down Syndrome Day

Today, March 21st, we celebrate World Down Syndrome Day! All over the world, those with and without an extra chromosome rejoice the presence of those individuals with three copies of the 21st chromosome. There are parades in the streets and high fives a plenty. Pregnant women wait anxiously for their chromosomal blood test results, grasping […]

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Raising Readers

My children are pod people. Do I date myself when I use that reference? Body Snatchers was a really bad movie released in 1993. It’s the third remake based on a book called The Body Snatchers, written in 1955. Basically, it’s about an alien race that aims to take over our planet by creating exact replicas of us, except […]

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Top Seven Places in San Antonio for Children with Disabilities to Have a Blast

  First of all (stands up tall on kitchen chair), EVERY PLACE in San Antonio should be inclusive for families and children with special needs. In my experience, I have found that our city is an inclusive mecca: less stares, more holding the door open, and just an overall willingness to be accepting. We are […]

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It’s Not About the Cookies: My Girl Scout’s (Mis)Adventure Selling Door to Door

When my six-year-old daughter bounded into the kitchen one bright, crisp January morning and announced that she wanted to go door to door to sell her Girl Scout cookies “TODAY!!” my heart skipped a beat. OK—it skipped several. Fine—who am I kidding? The truth is that the sensation I experienced upon hearing this news was […]

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20+ Best Educational Apps for Kids

Say what you want about screen time, but sometimes it’s a real lifesaver. If you wanted my opinion, I’d vote that limited screen time, with the right apps, can be greatly beneficial. OK, I’ll be honest: my five-year-old has taught me things that I didn’t know that she learned from an app. #truthbomb I do […]

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All Forms of Love

Around the start of a new year, external forces tell, remind, inform, and educate us on how to transform into the best versions of ourselves. Advertisements for gym memberships don the billboards along the highways while radio commercials boast of the latest and greatest techniques that promise to erase those stretch marks for good (yeah, […]

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I Teach My Boys to Cry

This is a cruel world, no doubt about it. Arguably one of the more difficult times to raise children. Instead of sugar-coating, we tend to grab for the armor. Protect them. Shield them. Teach them how to defend themselves. The armor comes in various shades and sizes: confidence, karate lessons, lessons in an eye for […]

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