Broken Swing

As we get older we forgot what it is to go out and play. One of the things I have really enjoyed as a parent is the way my kids pull me back into their world. This has been a easy process with my youngest. Dad come play with us? I just have to remind myself when I am tired or on my phone that it’s worth it to take a moment and play with my kids. With my oldest this has been more of a challenge. With a kid on the spectrum you need to find out what interests … Continue reading Broken Swing

Deciding on discipline

One of the hardest challenges for any parent is deciding how to discipline your child. When you have a special needs child this gets more complicated. When you feel like you have things figured out you have another child and have to start over. For us this has been the biggest of challenges and the best of opportunities with our youngest son. Hezzy doesn’t test us like Mattox does this shot was taken after he had wrote something he wasn’t suppose to at school. All the normal things float through your head. Am I failing as a parent? Could I … Continue reading Deciding on discipline

A change of direction

Since we moved into this house this section always flooded due to the fact that this little rain gutter piece was facing the chimney. We have a flat roof on this part of the house and all of the water gets redirected here just changing this tiny piece completely fixed that problem as there is a drain right there. I feel like I have had a lot of conversations with people that are not happy with their life or something about their life and they haven’t changed anything. To which I always reply Nothing will change if you don’t change … Continue reading A change of direction

Black and White Takes Center Stage

My wife and I are always trying to learn how to parent better, every child is different and ours are night and day. We are constantly being presented with new situations with both of the boys. Consistentency is something we know has played a huge role in our kids lives. We try to make things as black and white as we can and ask the boys often “yes or no” when faced with a decision. We don’t allow our boys to reply with let me think about it when we tell them to go to bed or do chores and … Continue reading Black and White Takes Center Stage

Building a bridge and getting over it

I have never liked the saying “build a bridge and get over it” our culture has increasingly become more self involved and it seems like this has become more acceptable. Sometimes its very negative and self absorbed and sometimes people just don’t know any better. We have lost the ability to be in the moment with people, not supply answers or ways of fixing the person but just being there for them. Here is a clip from a cartoon of all things that demonstrates how powerful this can be, its not joy but sadness that helps the character bing bong … Continue reading Building a bridge and getting over it