My daughter calmly informed me she was "pumped up." They weren't cocky, just self-confident, assured that they knew what to do in the ring, no matter the belt, size or gender of their opponent.
Somehow, while I have been watching my babies grow up into little people and now young adults, I wasn't paying as much attention to myself. I didn't have time to blow my hair dry, much less realize how all those days were adding up to so much of my life, so fast.
My dad told me to get a liberal arts degree. Instead, I suffered through a rigorous training in engineering and finance. I learned thermodynamics and financial mechanics but did little reading, no writing, and no contemplation of the past, the future, or the well being of my fellow man.
Pablo has plowed through many a social barrier not only for Erin, but for her brothers as well. When approached by this gentle giant sporting his bright blue service dog vest, people naturally let down their guard. Pablo puts people at ease and allows Erin to interact and communicate.
There are some universal experiences we as parents share -- whether our children have autism or not -- and then there are things that even the most empathetic person cannot understand without having a child with autism. Sometimes it's an amazing journey. Sometimes it's painfully challenging.
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Before kids: You think about spring break for weeks before, dreaming of an idyllic week with a wide-open schedule. Nothing is better than just being home. After kids: You panic when you realize spring break is only four days and have nightmares about being alone with toddlers.
With the upcoming return of MTV's popular reality show "Teen Mom," teenage pregnancy is at the forefront of not only parent minds, but also pop culture.
Those of us with jobs, careers, relationships and kids worried that we didn't have enough time to spend with our kids and families. We worried about hurting our chances of a raise or promotion when we left work to watch our kid play "Hot Cross Buns" badly on the recorder.
This isn't happening. This IS. NOT. HAPPENING. This is just a horrible dream. It is way too early for them to be awake.
Whenever I coach the parent of a child with behavioral problems, I ask them to take a few steps back and and look at the misbehavior as a message announcing that something in the child's life isn't working.
I watched your tiny body fight for every breath, hour after hour, day after day. I listened to your hoarse cry, and I cried with you. You couldn't sleep, and I rocked you through the night.
Let them make mistakes and be there to boost their spirits so they keep trying, even if they sometimes fail.
Most of those moments depart as swiftly as they arrive because we can't find a sock, or a school form needs to be signed while a reading level book gets sounded out.
By telling them that they were "OK," they were conveying the message that their feelings were incorrect and even inappropriate.
It's estimated that poor children, by the time they hit kindergarten, have heard 30 million fewer words than their more fortunate classmates. The Clinton Foundation's Too Small to Fail initiative is just one of the national efforts to increase the quantity of language that underprivileged preschoolers are exposed to. But is quantity enough?