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BJ Blinston
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Just a geek who loves family, sports and science fiction
Just a geek who loves family, sports and science fiction

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Little Reminders I love to read science fiction. There are two series that I absolutely love: The Dresden Files, by Jim Butcher, and Dune by Frank Herbert. In these books, I find little reminders to help me as a parent. Sometimes as parents the world seems as big as the pancake Sam ordered. The little reminders help us to remember things that can get lost in the "big picture".
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How to Deal with Failure Failure. It is the big "F" word in parenting. Nothing hits you quite as hard as feeling you have failed as a parent. There are times in life when our children make decisions and those decisions lead to consequences. Those consequences can lead to parents questioning "where did I/we go wrong?".

There are many examples of me having failed as a parent.
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14 Award Winning Disability Picture Books I was excited to read the Schneider Family Award winners for children's disability picture books. The books were diverse and covered a variety of disabilities. A Splash of Red and Silent Days, Silent Dreams were beautiful books about artists. I loved looking at the amazing illustrations. The Pirate of Kindergarten was a darling book that made me laugh.
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5 Must Read Special Need Blogs When my first child was diagnosed with autism, I felt alone. It took me years to find a support group. And even after I found one, I wasn't always able to go because of the intense needs of my three children with special needs. I wish I had known special need blogs existed when my kids were first diagnosed.

Since then, I have found a few blogs I love to read.
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It isn't good to hold on too hard to the past. You can't spend your whole life looking back. Not even when you can't see what lies ahead. All you can do is keep on keeping on, and try to believe that tomorrow will be what it should be - even if it isn't what you expected. - Harry Dresden, Death Masks by Jim Butcher
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Schneider Family Book Award List Since I discovered the Schneider Family Book Award (given to books about the disability experience in children's and teen's literature), I've been hooked. I love reading literature that echoes my experience.

I remember reading this quote by Neil Postman and wanting to cheer out loud.
Human beings require stories to give meaning to the facts of their existence.
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Summer Fun Ideas



Today is the last day of school.

That sentence makes me happy:

goodbye to packing lunches
no homework
our crazy schedule slows down

and scared:

somedays have no schedule at all
it's 105 outside
I hear endless cries of "I'm bored"

In Arizona, I need to be on my A-game when it comes to summer planning.
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As another school shooting has happened, I'm reminded of the importance to teach my children problem solving and coping skills. It is up to us as parents to teach our children non-violent ways to handle life's situations. It is also important for us to know what they're going through and help them to see appropriate solutions.
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Never Just a Mom To all mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and mothers-to-be. You're never "Just a Mom". A message for all who mother on this Mothers Day. May your lives be filled with happiness and love and know that you are appreciated and special to all of us who have the privilege of addressing you by "Mom".
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4 Young Adult Special Needs Books with Engaging Characters I have 3 children with special needs. So it figures that I look for books with that portray special needs issues. And as my children have gotten older, I am specifically looking for young adult special needs books.

Over the years I have read plenty of books that explain autism (boring), or are preachy (no thanks) or have boring listless stories that interest me not at all.
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