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A Conversation Between Mother Seal and Baby Seal

(1) Comments | Posted January 7, 2013 | 12:14 PM

"Mommy, I don't want you to go to your volleyball practice."

"Mommy, don't play the guitar with your friend. I want you to sit with me and watch TV. "

Here is the thing: your children -- gifted, challenged or just run-of-the-mill sweethearts -- have minds of their own. They...

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Guess What's on a Child's Mind

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2012 | 9:53 AM

It's one of those things that can drive you crazy, as a parent.

"Look mommy."

"What?"

"Here, I'm holding it in my hand, can't you see it?"

"Honey, I'm driving, I can't turn my head to look."

"Here, I'm holding it up high so you can see."

"But I don't...

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Financial Planning For the Future of Your Special Children

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 1:28 PM

Seven years before my son was born, I started working in a tech start up just outside of Tel Aviv. After a week, an insurance agent came to meet me to discuss my pension plan. After reviewing my file, he seemed puzzled.

"You're not married and you don't have children?"...

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So, You Think Your Child Is Normal?

(2) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 6:21 PM

My son has spent the last two and a half months in regular kindergarten after four years in special ed. The transition has been smooth and delightful: He's well-behaved though very active in the daily routine; he has made friends very quickly and has been to play dates at friends'...

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Pride and Prejudice: How to Get Your Child to Eat Lettuce

(4) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 12:39 PM

There are so many things that parents dread. In fact, a poll taken this month by the Israeli business publication I work for, TheMarker, recently asked, "What is more stressful: spending time with the kids, or attending a board meeting?" This question reveals a lot about the absurdity...

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The Best Football Game of My Life

(3) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 11:17 AM

Living with a child who has autism, as I wrote in my previous post, can sometimes be a source for immense happiness. Many other times, it's a source for big challenges. One of this challenges, and please feel free to comment whether this is familiar or not --...

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Happy Start to the School Year

(3) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 3:28 PM

As opposed to Chicago, Israel's school year started two weeks ago with no strikes or threats of strikes. My 5 1/2-year-old son has started his last year in kindergarten, and this time, he's integrated in regular education. This has been a long time in the making -- for four years,...

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If Life Gives You Lemons, Take Out Your Toolbox

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2012 | 6:52 PM

It occurred to me that many of my posts make me sound all too cheerful and positive, a grown-up Pollyanna, if you know the book about the little orphan girl who invented the "glad game," in which everything in life, including nasty predicaments, become a source of joy...

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Mothers Go to War

(3) Comments | Posted August 17, 2012 | 6:15 AM

There was a mother I met when Tal just started going to special ed when he was 2 years old. This mother was a feisty, clever woman with a fantastic, dark sense of humor. She was not the most optimistic woman in the world, but when she spoke for the...

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At 2, He Couldn't Speak, But He Could Read and Haggle

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2012 | 4:22 PM

My son is 5 years and eight months old now. He was diagnosed with autism when he was almost 2, and since then has grown into a clever, chatty, lovable child who loves people and is loyal to his friends. In three weeks time, he and I are going to...

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Mountain Battles: Music Can Save Your Life, Even for Just One Night

(1) Comments | Posted July 26, 2012 | 6:32 PM

The Breeders came to town in August 2008. It was a long, hot summer in which I have gone through a physical trauma. I recovered and felt better, both physically and emotionally, than I had in years.

The Breeders came to play in Tel Aviv that summer....

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A Letter to the Good People at the IRS

(2) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 7:05 PM

To the good people at the Israeli IRS:

I came into your office one winter afternoon pushing a stroller. My 2-year-old son was in it. He had been diagnosed with autism a couple of months earlier. I had to turn in his medical papers so I could get a tax...

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Coming Out of the (Disability) Closet

(1) Comments | Posted July 13, 2012 | 2:02 PM

When your child is diagnosed with a disability like autism, you face an obstacle course of many dilemmas. I've written quite a few posts about the difficulties of accepting the news and adapting. The challenges are hard, but I'd like to tell about one challenge that bore wonderful fruit and...

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Your Child's Autism Cures You From Trying to Please Everyone

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2012 | 1:35 PM

It was one of those things that anyone who works in the digital age comes across from time to time. Sometimes you send an email to the wrong person and then there is hell to pay. Oh, the shame. Sometimes, it's a Word document that gets deleted the second you...

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Step 1 in Solving Problems: Don't Go Looking for Them

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 12:44 PM

Parents of autistic children, even children who are considered high functioning and therefore have a better prognosis and sometimes need less intensive care, have a real problem. They have parenting challenges bigger than the average parent's. They live with a bigger uncertainty about their children's future in this world. They...

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How the European Debt Crisis Helped me Part From My Son for a Little

(1) Comments | Posted June 21, 2012 | 11:53 AM

I promised last week to write about the real and made up problems that people have. I have it all ready, but something happened in the past week that I wanted to share.

It was a Wednesday, late at night. I checked my email for the last time...

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What Parents Want for Their Children, Autistic or Otherwise

(4) Comments | Posted June 11, 2012 | 6:04 PM

My son is lying in bed in his room now, sleeping. When he sleeps, he looks different, both younger and older than he really is, like many children do when they sleep. His hair is damp; he had a fever today, and I had to change his shirt after he...

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When My Son Was Diagnosed with Autism, I Started my Life Over

(8) Comments | Posted June 6, 2012 | 7:25 PM

It is one of those things that no one can forget. The words, the actions, the daily routines -- they blur and fade out of memory in time. But the feeling of that very first week in your life after you had been told that your beautiful child, your baby,...

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