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Parental Maintenance – are YOU Taking Care of Yourself?

Parental Maintenance – are YOU Taking Care of Yourself?

What is parental maintenance? In a nutshell, t’s making sure that you’re taking care of your own needs. All parents have been there. Whether it’s sleepless babies, illness, high-maintenance kids, or kids with disabilities, we all end up sleep-deprived, exhausted, and overwhelmed at some point in our parenting lives. I’m sure you’ve all heard that you can’t take care of anyone else if you aren’t taking care of yourself. Let me give you a little background about my own experiences…

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Helping Your Autistic/Learning Disabled Child Get a Great Start in High School

Helping Your Autistic/Learning Disabled Child Get a Great Start in High School

Follow my blog with Bloglovin It’s been awhile since I posted anything about Asperger’s/Autism or Learning Disabilities, and since my Asperger’s/LD diagnosed son is just starting high school this year, I thought I’d share some tips with you to help you get started. Making the change from one school to another is difficult enough, but when your child has Asperger’s, Autism, Anxiety, or an LD (or all of the above) it can be terrifying for both the child and the…

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Form Letter to the Health Minister re: Epinephrine Injectors in Canada

Form Letter to the Health Minister re: Epinephrine Injectors in Canada

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Below, please find a form letter that can be sent to the Health Minister, Ginnette Petitpas Taylor, to address the ongoing shortages of Epipens in Canada, and to ask for a permanent solution that offers alternate Epinephrine auto injectors to Canadians. Change can only happen if everyone makes some noise about this issue, and it’s high time that Pfizer, King, and CEO Heather Bresch get put in their place. I urge you to take just…

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Response from Service Ontario re: Epipens and a CALL TO ACTION!

Response from Service Ontario re: Epipens and a CALL TO ACTION!

Follow my blog with Bloglovin As many of you are already aware, there has been a long-term shortage of Epipens because of the manufacturing shortfall at King, which is a subsidiary of Pfizer. Nobody has answered the question of how such a long-term shortage has come about, and nobody knows when they will be readily available again to Canadians. In the United States, there are alternative auto-injectors that have been approved by the FDA in response to the outcry at…

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Relationships, Kids, and Fluff 'n Stuff

Relationships, Kids, and Fluff 'n Stuff

Being a twice-divorced Catholic with four kids, I’ve had plenty of time to take pause and reflect on the world around me, and it’s left me wondering – does anyone truly think about anything or anyone anymore before they act? I’ve always believed that you could make a marriage work if only both parties are willing to WORK at it. The same goes for parenting. Yet we have higher divorce statistics than ever, and more parents fighting to the detriment…

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Asperger’s/ASD and Learning Disabilities Diagnoses – What Now?

Asperger’s/ASD and Learning Disabilities Diagnoses – What Now?

  Photo by Rawpixel Congratulations – you’ve made it through the maze of doctors, psychologists, psychometrists, and perhaps even psychiatrists to the testing phase, and have received feedback on the diagnosis/es stemming from the testing. You have a nice, big report to read through, recommendations to the school system for learning aids if a learning disability is involved, recommendations for therapies such as IBI or ABA for ASD/Asperger’s diagnoses, or anything else that turns up in the report. You may…

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To My First Son on his Birthday, Wherever he May Be

To My First Son on his Birthday, Wherever he May Be

  Photo by Roseanna Smith View it as published at The Good Men Project I hate that this marks the first article that I’ve written in a while. I’m writing this today for all the parents out there who have ‘lost’ beloved family members to life and its winding, sometimes dark, path. For my best friend, whose two sons walked away from their mother. For all the mothers and fathers whose children were lost to drugs or alcohol, and may still…

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The Catholic Church and Our Boys – How Do We Help Them Keep the Faith While Men of the Cloth Deceive and Abuse?

The Catholic Church and Our Boys – How Do We Help Them Keep the Faith While Men of the Cloth Deceive and Abuse?

  View it as published at The Good Men Project As a Catholic Mom of four boys, and in light of recent convictions of priests in the Catholic church of male child molestation, I’ve found myself questioning my own beliefs, the church, and indeed the people around me. I’m here to tell you that I now know five – count them, FIVE – convicted male sex offenders, and I’m sad to say that one of those was a priest. The priest…

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When it Comes to Sports, What's Good for the Goose isn't Even Offered to the Gander

When it Comes to Sports, What's Good for the Goose isn't Even Offered to the Gander

  Photo by Kevin Gant on Unsplash See it as published in The Good Men Project When boys are young, parents and others seem to be a little more lenient when it comes to the activities they choose to participate in; however, the majority of boys are registered in hockey, baseball, football, and other male-oriented sports. Some do register in dance or gymnastics, but they represent a much smaller group of boys. Something interesting seems to happen by the time those…

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Get Pink'd – Time to Toss the 'Pink is for Girls and Gays Only' Rule

Get Pink'd – Time to Toss the 'Pink is for Girls and Gays Only' Rule

  Get Pink’d as published in The Good Men Project Being the mom of four boys, I’ve been keenly aware of the stereotypes surrounding gender roles and norms for boys in their world. Starting from infancy, put a baby in pink, or purple, and it’s automatically assumed that it’s a girl. Put a baby in blue, green, or yellow, and the assumption is usually that it’s a boy. Lately, there has been a lot more pink and purple clothing out…

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