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It’s easier to be a parent in summer because the kids take care of each other. You know the saying: “It takes a village to raise a child.” There’s something to be said for having multiple children to pitch in with raising each other. I imagined I would have four kids. Four perfect children evenly spaced and matched, who knew how to accomplish chores with a single instruction. Children who stuck with lessons, completed what they started, cleared their dishes from the table, and existed without raging screen or sugar

After reading an article by another autism mama on whether she was spoiling her child versus accommodating his special needs, I sat down to cry. Here was a woman writing into my life, articulating her parallel parenting existence. And she was receiving positive feedback on her parenting! Imagine my surprise to discover we share not only the same struggles, but the same first name with the same spelling? When validation comes, it is unexpected. When it comes from a woman with my own name, it’s a sign. At least, I’m going to choose to interpret

These events are currently canceled and will be rescheduled ASAP. All registrants have received a full refund. Stay tuned for an update. For Mother’s Day, I announced that I am offering a gift for mothers and others in an update on our GoFundMe. Mothering, this year, has been my most difficult balancing act. I have Noah home full-time, I am working, I run my household and I have been juggling the needs of our other family members, learning to be a dog handler and organizing fundraisers to make certain Appa’s training

The Four Paws for Noah Writing Competitions were a labor of love by many. Hosts, judges and many others invested time and money into seeing this competition be a success. I am deeply grateful for the level of compassion offered to my family. Writing competitions are time-consuming to run, publicize and judge. The donations made in those areas are incalculable. However, you need a number and I have one I would love to share. The Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Contest and the Able in This Diverse Universe Essay Competition raised

I logged into Facebook the other morning to find my mother had written a few words for her friends after visiting our family for a day. The support feels wonderful. Truly, my mom has been an active help in making Appa’s service training a reality for us. I asked her if I could share her words. She said, “Of course!” Here they are, along with a reminder to please submit to the Four Paws for Noah writing competitions before March 31! “I had the opportunity to see first hand how

Appa is still in training but he is coming home for 3-6 months to bond with his boy. We couldn’t be more excited to connect with our furry companion, especially as Noah has a particularly dour outlook of late. He needs an intervention. Puppy love should do the trick. And we are picking him up TODAY! If you want to celebrate with us, join #LinkYourLife and #LinkYourCompassion on Twitter and Facebook today with the hashtag #DogParty. Because that’s what’s up. It’s a party, friends! You can even buy Appa a

I can’t think of a better post to help me announce that the Four Paws for Noah writing competitions have an extended deadline to give more writers the opportunity to submit. Two of our competitions also have a $10 optional submission fee. We want to read your work just as much as we want this fundraiser to succeed. Submit now through March 31, 2016! Here is a personal essay from my child Gabriel about what it’s like to have Noah as a big brother and why Appa is soooo! necessary

Have you flashed us yet? The first Four Paws for Noah writing competition is coming to a rapid close. Make sure you get your work in before the deadline. Need a refresher? Here are the details: flash fiction piece of 500 words, no more, no less on the theme of a boy and his dog submit as many times as you want all submissions fees benefit Noah and his service dog, Appa winner receives $250 and publication all participants are entered to win a grand prize with an estimated value

Friends, Some exciting news! The judges of (De)Caffeinated confessions and I put our heads together and thought up a few ways to make this competition more user friendly. I’m squeeing over what we came up with. This writing competition is now: open genre open longer (until Feb. 14, 2016 to be exact) open topic as long as it’s funny and 2,000 words or fewer and has a lower submission fee I have been reading submissions to one of the other competitions and crying my ever-loving eyeballs out. I NEED you

I’m extremely humbled by the hosts of the Four Paws for Noah writing competitions. Charli Mills and Shareen Mansfield each agreed to host her own benefit writing competition to help my son Noah gain the necessary dollars for his Autism service dog. I keep typing and deleting because I truly can’t express how amazing it feels to be the recipient of this type of support. But Charli and Shareen aren’t the only helpers. These competitions have volunteer judges and prize donors. I plan to profile these do-gooders throughout the course of

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