I’m A School District Administrator: Online Distance Learning Isn’t Going To Be Easy, But...

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In these crazy times, we at Austin Moms got the call to pool together our resources and quickly come up with some new content to help our readers. I am in the unique position...

I Can’t Marie Kondo My Kids’ Books

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Even before my children have had head control, we have been reading with them. As babies, we read together before we put them down for a nap or for bed. Once they could crawl, they...

504 vs. Special Education: What You Need To Know

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When we got our son’s autism diagnosis, I was unsure of what to expect going into our first ARD meeting. ARD stands for admission, review and dismissal and determines your child’s eligibility for services...

How to Deal With Rude Behavior From Middle Schoolers

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I just returned from a family-friendly vacation resort.  I lost count of how many tweenagers I saw with their hands on their hips, rolling their eyes, and sighing exasperatedly at their parents while complaining...
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PANDAS: The Illness Behind My Son’s Thoughts Of Suicide

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My son is the clown of our family. He was born with the gift of a cheery, optimistic outlook and a funny sense of humor that’s wittier than most kids his age. He’s the...

Profound Impacts: 4 Ways To Show Love To Special Needs Friends And Their Families

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Love and friendship are the greatest gifts we can ever give someone. Little bits of our hearts, talent and care physically manifested into these acts.  When we found out that our son has autism, I wondered...

What to Know When Your Daughter Starts Her Period

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"Mom, I think my period just started." Here are some tips for when your daughter reaches this milestone. You’ll want to celebrate with her. However, refrain. She wants you to be calm and not...

No, I’m Not Sending My Kid To Pre-K, And That’s Okay

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My son is currently 3 ½ years old. Since he was about 2 ½ years old, people have asked me “when will he go to school?” I’ve always been very confused with this question....

How To Raise Kids In The Age Of The Internet

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I’m showing my age here, but I didn’t have internet access until college. I got my first cell phone towards the end of my senior year, and I had the ability to slowly learn...

When The 504 Meeting Doesn’t Go As Planned…

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As a special needs parent, I was not prepared for a LOT of things.  So many doctor appointments, battles with health insurance, the struggles of daily life both big and small, relatives who judged...