Life’s Lessons

Managing Expectations - Making the Most Out of My Child's Autism Therapies - Emily's Puzzle - My son's autism therapies were more to teach me how to teach my son. EmilysPuzzle.com

Managing Expectations

Making the Most out of my Child's Autism Therapies Welcoming my autistic son’s therapists into our lives was bittersweet. I didn’t want my son to need therapists to help him do things that other kids his age did automatically.  I was grateful for their help,…
What's Wrong With Him - Answering the Tough Questions about my Autistic Son - Emily's Puzzle - emilyspuzzle.com

What’s Wrong With Him?

Answering the tough questions about my autistic son. Sometimes I forget that my sons have autism, until other children their age come over to play.  Then I'm quickly and sometimes harshly reminded of their differences. Little by little over the years our fenced in backyard…
How Far We've Come: Two Autism Diagnoses in Three Years - Emily's Puzzle - www.emilyspuzzle.com

How Far We’ve Come

Two Autism Diagnoses in Three Years

On April 19th we took our youngest son, Eli to the same doctor that had diagnosed his older brother with autism three years ago. This time it was Eli’s turn to be observed, asked a couple of questions and put through a series of play tasks before diagnosing him with a lifetime disability of autism spectrum disorder.
I'm a Good Mom Not a Great One - Emily's Puzzle - One mom's realization that all of her mommy motivation was out of survival, plain and simple. www.emilyspuzzle.com

I’m a Good Mom Not a Great One

I had a realization the other night while having dinner with a friend. Although I’m a good mom, I’m not a great one, a simple yet profound realization for me. All this time I thought that all of my mommy efforts, the hundreds of activities that I’ve done with my children were selfless acts of mommy love and that’s simply not true.
A Politician's Wife - Emily's Puzzle - Behind-the-scenes wife, supportive and jealous. Marriage, Love, and Encouragement. www.emilyspuzzle.com

A Politician’s Wife

In November, my husband’s campaign for local office ended in victory on election night.  Almost a year of talking politics, strategies and campaigning was finally over.  The best part was that he won!  I should have been elated, right?  We should be basking in the afterglow of a long and tiresome campaign season coming to an end.  Instead I felt tired and a little sad.  We had worked so hard and had been focused on Election Day for so long that when it finally passed, even with a successful win, I didn’t feel much like celebrating.
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