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Jamie Krug
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Jamie Krug is a writer, wife, and stay-at-home-mom with a full-time job as the CMO (Chief Medical Officer) of her family. She is mother to an inquisitive daughter named Parker and the mischievous-grinned Owen.

Her blog, found at www.JamieKrugAuthor.com, tells the story of her family’s day-to-day struggles and triumphs in the wake of the devastating and still largely misunderstood rare diagnosis her son received at birth.

She prides (and sometimes embarrasses?) herself on stating out loud what other mothers may feel but wouldn’t dare say…

You can follow Jamie on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Entries by Jamie Krug

I've Been Holding My Daughter Back For My Son's Sake. Not Anymore.

(21) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 2:45 PM

My daughter is almost six, though if she hears you say that, she will correct you immediately that she is "five and three quarters" because she is precise, and detail-oriented, and very much her father's daughter in that way.

But she is my daughter, too.

A daughter that I was...

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When the Image I See In the Mirror Isn't Just My Own

(6) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 2:41 PM

Sometimes, when I look in the mirror I see her. Her. It's not just my own reflection staring back at me anymore, but hers as well now. It turns my otherwise innocuous bathroom mirror into the equivalent of one you would find in a so-called funhouse. It warps, it bends,...

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When You Think He's Forgotten You

(6) Comments | Posted July 13, 2014 | 9:28 AM

I had been at my friend's house in the city for a fun evening with a dynamic group of women who had gathered there, and it was a beautiful night. The weather had been pretty miserable and rainy for the preceding days and the stillness of the air amidst the...

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I Thought We Had More Time

(7) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 11:30 AM

I sad because my legs no work so good. I no run fast like Parker. My legs no work.

It's the heavy silence that follows the bomb dropping, where all you can hear is the sound of your own heartbeat pounding out its instantly accelerated rhythm in your ears, followed...

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What I Learned From My Mother About Parenting

(5) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 6:39 PM

There are people who have those "WWJD?" bumper stickers on the backs of their cars asking people to consider "What would Jesus do?" as they make decisions both big and small in their everyday lives. Some have rebranded this to include "What would Oprah do?" and plenty of people stop...

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Making Sure Internet Explorer Doesn't Replace Actual Exploring

(1) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 4:09 PM

"Honey, you've had enough time on the iPad for now. Why don't you go play for a little while?" I recommended to my 5-year-old daughter.

"But there's nothing to do!" She responded/complained predictably. "And you're on your phone," she added.

She was right. For all of the times I am...

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The Paper Cuts That Don't Heal

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 12:43 PM

I don't call my daughter names, compare her to so and so, or tell her she's ruined my life. I don't send her to bed without dinner, or banish her to her to her room for hours behind a locked door. I don't threaten her by telling her that my...

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Are Parents Really Threatening Their Children's Futures By Posting Bath Time Photos?

(17) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 5:08 PM

There has been so much put out in the world lately about how the future will look for our children, now that they're growing up in the age of Instagram, Snapchat, YikYak, and Tinder.

These are all considered to be potentially dangerous apps, with concern weighing heavily on safety as...

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What You SHOULD Say to a Special Needs Parent

(6) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 3:20 PM

Despite all efforts to the contrary from both sides, there seems to be some sort of figurative invisible force field between special needs parents and parents of "typical" children. The differences between our experiences raising our children can sometimes have an unfortunate polarizing effect on us when we come in...

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How My Son Changed My Sense of Time

(2) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 4:40 PM

Every year, I write a birthday post for my special needs son on my blog. This year, I found the task a bit more difficult. I wasn't quite sure why until this morning.

Owen's fourth birthday was two days ago on Wednesday, a snow day for us here. I walked...

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What I Saw When I Finally Looked Up From My Phone

(2) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 10:50 AM

I only have a handful of pictures from our family vacation last week. We escaped the "Snowmageddon" that dumped more than 17 inches on the Northeast for what is now our annual trek to Florida in February. The weather was as close to perfect as we could have hoped for,...

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What Can Be Mended, and What Cannot

(3) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 11:42 AM

There is something to be said for those small moments, moments where there are things we can fix, band-aids to be applied, kisses to be given, scotch tape, and glue, and staples...

And there is something to be said about the needle and thread I hold now in my right...

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Is Tech Killing Our Favorite Children's Book Characters?

(5) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 12:45 PM

"I loved the Berenstain Bears when I was a kid, too." I told my 5-year-old daughter the other day as we sat watching it together.

"Was it your favorite show?" she asked me.

"Actually, there wasn't a show when I was little -- they were only books." I told her.

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The Deep End

(2) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 12:34 PM

I am currently working on a memoir. That means seeing a lifelong dream realized, but there are moments when I wonder what exactly this is doing to me. When I wonder what it is to my family, this writing I've been working on for almost two months now. Memories are...

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Screw You, Autism

(20) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 1:49 PM

Something else has changed. Again. Something else has shifted in our lives. Imperceptible to anyone but us. How a single word -- perhaps a word we were expecting, that we found unsurprising, even -- can make me crumple to the ground in a heap is something I should understand as...

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No Skirts or Dresses or Leggings or Tights

(10) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 3:47 PM

There are days when we all wake up and realize that something has changed with our children -- they look like they've grown a little bit taller overnight, their sneakers are suddenly too snug when they fit just fine yesterday, or their hair has seemingly gone from tame to unruly...

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If We Can't Have 'Face Time,' At Least We Have FaceTime

(4) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 3:55 PM

"Is Daddy coming home tonight?" my daughter often asks.

She usually chooses to ask this question loudly and at the worst possible time, like when we're in a crowded location like a mall or grocery store, the kind of place where she elicits stares as people wonder why a...

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I Don't Know My Son

(78) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 2:09 PM

I have a secret to share. I don't really know Owen. Not very well, at least.

He is my son. He is mine, and my heart knows him -- I could recognize his cry from across a football field full of screaming fans (and tell you if it is his...

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The Difference Between Difficult and Hard

(2) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 6:10 PM

Yesterday was an everyday kind of day, and yet a roller coaster of emotions. Which still makes it qualify as an everyday kind of day.

I posted a video on Instagram of Owen chatting to me about his day at school. He talked for the entirety of the...

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My Big Girl and Her (Like a) Baby Brother

(89) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 3:54 PM

7:47 p.m.

Me: "Parker, I just want to tell you how proud I am that you can do all of your nighttime stuff yourself... I'm proud that you go to the bathroom and brush your teeth and put away your step-stool all by yourself -- that's a really big-girl...

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