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Generating Good Surprises

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Damon Runyon, author of the play, "Guys and Dolls" once said, "The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but that’s the way to bet."

Whatever races and battles you’re dealing with, life is full of surprises.

The Power of Apology

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When’s the last time you apologized to one of your kids? Of course, maybe you don’t ever do anything that requires an apology.

If so, you are a very rare person.

What's Wrong With Your Child?

My wife, Julie, and I were in church before the service recently and a woman came up and told Julie how nice it was that she’d brought our son Drew to their Sunday School class last week. “You really can’t tell that there’s anything…” She didn’t finish the sentence, probably realizing how something like “anything wrong with him,” would sound.

Writing Kids Off Is Not An Option

If you’re a parent or teacher or coach or youth leader, have you ever been tempted to write a child off? To expect little or nothing and put your efforts elsewhere? For an hour or a day or even permanently? Have you ever felt justified because a child was uncooperative or disinterested or disruptive?

Learning Self-Advocacy Skills

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A new school year will start in a few short months.  What's the most important skill your high school student can work on this summer? Run a list of candidate skills through your head.  It’s a good exercise.

Was self-advocacy on your short list?  I think I can make a good case that it should be.

Dad Version 2.0

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     I think a lot of dads are getting better.

     I see more and more who are taking a larger role in their children's lives, especially sons and daughters with special needs. Fewer dads who bury themselves in work and tell themselves that their contribution is to make a living for the family.  More dads who share helping with homework and school meetings and doctor visits with moms.

Cheerleading For Parents

     I’ve had a taste of acclaim a number of times in my life.

     The first time that stands out was riding on the bus to an “away” basketball game in junior high school. The cheerleaders were doing that “Bill, Bill, he’s our man, if he can’t do it, David can...” thing where they go through the names of everyone on the team.

Where’s the Manual?

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     If your child is diagnosed with a significant disability, disorder, or condition, it’s pretty common to start a frantic search for answers.  Is there a cure?  If there’s no cure, where’s the manual I can use to do exactly the right things to help my child make his life as good as it can possibly be?    

Screenwriter T. Rafael Cimino and Asperger Syndrome

     How'd you like to hear a pitch for a movie with a main character who has Asperger Syndrome?

     It's got everything: life and death situations, last minutes rescues, powerboat races, drug running, and glamorous parties. It's got a hero with loads of self doubt who overcomes all obstacles and gets the girl (a beautiful Bulgarian prima ballerina).

Becoming Bulletproof Parents

Ever been frustrated or embarrassed by something one of your kids said or did in public? The stares of strangers can feel like bullets.  

If your child has an Autism Spectrum Disorder, you may sometimes feel like you’ve been machine-gunned.Wouldn’t it be great to have a way to deal with these situations that made you bulletproof?

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