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Challenging the Edmonds School District’s Challenge Program

Posted by David on April 17, 2015 in Parenting, Twins, Ty |

I admit it: I’m a proud father. But when you have a son who counted to 100 at the age of 2, studied and understood the US highway system at the age of 4, and explained weather patterns to teachers in 2nd grade, you know you have a pretty special kid on your hands. Every […]

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Carrying vs. Pushing (Parenting)

Posted by David on July 22, 2014 in Parenting, Stone, Twins, Ty |

One of the bigger challenges I feel I face as a parent is trying to balance between pushing the twins out of their comfort zones and encouraging independence – while also trying to be supportive and provide an emotional safety net for them. And I know that as they get older, this won’t get any […]

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Adventures with summer camps

Posted by David on July 17, 2014 in Hockey Dad, Life, Parenting, Stone, Twins, Ty |

This is the third year we’ve had to plan for summer activities for Ty and Stone between school years. The past two years we’ve enrolled Ty in a summer-long camp that is managed by the City of Edmonds and he’s really enjoyed it. They do a mixture of activities ranging from explorations along the waterfront […]

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Stone’s first Mariners game – another positive baby step

Posted by David on July 13, 2014 in Autism, Parenting, Stone, Twins, Ty |

One of the joys of being a parent is experiencing “first” experiences with your kids. You’re never quite sure what to expect in many cases and this is especially so when you have a child on the spectrum. Being the sports nut that I am, I was always excited to share a trip to a […]

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Losing My Hockey Virginity

Posted by David on April 20, 2014 in Hockey Dad, Life, Parenting, Twins, Ty |

I often get asked how or why I got Ty involved with junior hockey when I have no previous experience myself. The reason I usually give is that when the twins were toddlers, I met a Dad at a networking event who had sons now in college. We were talking about all of the organized […]

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Keeping It Real: When Autism Bites

Posted by David on November 2, 2013 in Autism, Autism, Parenting, Stone, Twins |

The majority of my posts and updates about Stone tend to be positive and optimistic – I love sharing the notes emailed to us from his teachers and therapists that showcase some of the progress he’s made in any given area – no matter how small. And the response I receive from this sharing is […]

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Stone’s Summer of Progress

Posted by David on September 3, 2013 in Autism, Parenting, Stone, Twins |

Wednesday marks the first day of school for the twins and its hard to believe they’re heading into 2nd grade already and the summer of 2013 has officially drawn to a close. It was a great summer for all of us – we were again blessed by amazing weather that allowed for lots of swimming […]

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What is ADHD? [Infographic]

Posted by David on August 22, 2013 in Autism, Parenting |

I usually blog about Autism-related issues so this Infographic caught my eye. Many children diagnosed on the Autism spectrum also receive ADHD diagnosis as well. Even though Stone doesn’t have the formal diagnosis, we do struggle with him maintaining his attention and focus. There are many assumptions when it comes to ADHD and I think […]

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Close to our hearts: Dinner with a former Au Pair

Posted by David on July 29, 2013 in Parenting, Stone, Twins, Ty |

Tonight we had the pleasure of having dinner with one of our first Au Pairs, Kookai. Now living in Connecticut and married, Kookai was actually Au Pair number 2 for us – yet in so many ways set our expectations super high for future Au Pairs. We’ve had 8 Au Pairs since the twins were […]

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A reason to smile: How a California surf dog is helping those with special needs

Posted by David on May 21, 2013 in Autism, Dogs, Pets, Uncategorized |

With so many sad and negative news events lately, I wanted to post something that will absolutely make you smile. This piece ran on ESPN SportsCenter throughout the day last Sunday and it is truly an amazing story about an amazing dog helping some amazing kids surf. It’s a few minutes long but well worth […]

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