On a Roll

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  For the past four years, I’ve been playing a dice game called Bunco. In its purest form, twelve women form a team and gather monthly to escape the realities of child rearing for the night. Each player takes a turn hosting. This requires the hostess to: clean obsessively for 36 hours straight (then a good 48, post-game), set up […]

Bad Autism Mom

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If you haven’t seen Bad Moms, please stop reading this and RUN to your nearest theater.  If you have to arrange a sitter (adding a side of guilt), great! You’ll relate to the characters’ plight even more. This story of three stressed out moms produces one belly laugh after another, so much that I’ll need to see the movie […]

Louse-y Parenting

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  Last weekend was supposed to be mine.  Every drop of it.  My charity was honored at a wonderful women’s event on Friday night, and I knew how spent I’d feel afterward: a chick like me needs to work hard at presenting her best self, believe me! For this reason, I packed the rest of my […]

This Is How We Do It

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I am constantly asked this question:  Kristi, just how do you do it? My gut reaction is to snap back with something like Do what? You following me? I swear that wasn’t me who let her shopping cart roll off and dent the side of that Range Rover.  Second, I fear the is person quizzing me […]

B Day

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I constantly find myself wanting to write about the concept of friendship.  Maybe it’s because I am the most social loner I know, and that the true meaning of friendship has never ceased to intrigue me.  Maybe it’s because I marvel that I have any friends at all.   I mean, with all of the responsibilities […]

The 4 Types Of Friends An Autism Mom (Like Me) Needs

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As I helped my younger son prepare Valentine cards for what his public school calls “Friendship Day” (seriously?), I surprisingly zoned out and reflected upon what some of my own friendships meant to me.  You see, I had myself convinced for years that forming any type of meaningful relationship with a “typical” mom was not […]

Inner Makeup

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The other day a friend of mine and I got to talking.  She also has a child with autism, which means there is rarely a time we run out of (mostly gross) things to discuss.  Completely in character considering all the fucked up stuff we talk about, she asks “So, let’s say you and I […]

Short (But Willing to) Change

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The other day we celebrated my “typical” son’s birthday by taking him to see a Cars 2 exhibit with some friends.   We pulled J.R. out of school so he could come along too.  I figured he’d enjoy the event for about four seconds, but having him home from school meant not having to rush back by 2:30 p.m. […]

Well (And Aware)

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Just how does a “seasoned” autism mom spend her Autism Awareness Month? Glad you asked! For the past few years one of my closest friends of mine and I had pretty much gone into hibernation for the entire month of April. She too has a son diagnosed with autism, but neither of us felt particularly […]

A Frank, Wordy Conversation

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It will be almost twenty-five years that I sat for the Advanced Placement Literature and Composition exam.  And cheated.  Now don’t go calling the College Board just yet to narc on me; the entire room cheated.  And unsuccessfully to boot. For those of you not familiar with this exam, it is the culminating activity of […]