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App Happy

When my son was young, I often found myself wondering how anyone ever raised a child with special needs before…

Comic Relief

Everyone has something they just can’t live without. For my 11-year-old son Jay, who has Asperger’s syndrome, there are two…

Shooting Craps

After school one day while waiting for my kids, I happened to get into a discussion with another mom of…

Find a Penny

As a special treat I decided to take my kids to Dunkin Donuts after school.The truth is, after having a…

Big Love

Six-and-a-half is the magic number. It has been six-and-a half months since Kate was born and I can’t believe it. That’s…

Life in the Checkout Lane

It was one of those days. The hubby was watching our 3-month-old, while I towed the 2-year-old off to Target…

The Reluctant Olympian

Basketball season at our house has nothing to do with Kobe Bryant or the NBA. What gets our blood pumping…

The Last Picture Show

Autumn. Back to school. And, sure as No. 2 pencils and spiffy new backpacks, Picture Day is not too far…

Uh Oh, Here Comes Summer

As family vacations go, I’ve led a charmed life. Beach trips, lake respites, city explorations and recession stay-cations—you name it….

Just Say No (and No, and No)

There was a time when most words wouldn’t come to Cristina. Mild cerebral palsy had left her a little loose-lipped…

The Party's Over

My daughter turned 18 this summer, a huge celebration — and not just because it’s a rite of passage. No,…

Confessions of a Pool Pooper

I love summer. Watermelon, coconut sunscreen, bare feet on grass and even pool poop — which, as it turns out,…