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January 2011 - Posts

From Inside the Puzzle: Raising a Child with Autism Blog

It's Not A Bribe
January 31, 2011 12:09 AM by Devon Alley
Every night, when I tuck my daughter into bed, I always ask her if she's had a good day. Occasionally, I'll even ask her what her favorite thing was about the day, especially if she seems to be having a difficult time finding something good about the Read More...
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Struggles and Compromises - Going Back to Daycare
January 27, 2011 9:54 PM by Devon Alley
Going back to school after the holidays wasn't nearly as traumatic an experience for A. as going back to daycare. There were several days before school started that A. had to actually spend the entire day in daycare, and she was none-to-happy about this Read More...
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Amendment: The Mother I Never Was
January 19, 2011 7:48 PM by Devon Alley
Sometimes, it takes something like reacting quite unprofessionally to an inflammatory blog post to help one put things into perspective. I often couch this blog that I write with a lot of disclaimers: "I'm not a professional," or "This is just my humble Read More...
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Open Response Letter
January 18, 2011 8:38 AM by Devon Alley
Joe Peacock is a writer and blogger I once met in Atlanta and had a great deal of respect for over the years. I even used his first book, Mentally Incontinent , as a textbook in one of my classes to help my students explore different modes of writing Read More...
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Sometimes Parents Need Time Off, Too
January 16, 2011 7:31 PM by Devon Alley
It really doesn't matter how much you enjoy spending time with your children, or how much you delight each and every day in the smallest victories and the simple pleasures -- every once in a while, you really need a break. Fortunately, my mother was good Read More...
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Christmas Excitement and Holiday Hangovers
January 11, 2011 11:41 PM by Devon Alley
It's a highly predictable pattern, but for some reason it throws me off every year. A. is always extremely excited about Christmas. Every year, about a week before Christmas -- about the time school lets out, actually -- she starts getting excited. Usually, Read More...
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Wikipedia, Twitter, and Neil Patrick Harris
January 5, 2011 8:22 PM by Devon Alley
I think I may be fighting some sort of impending illness. Several people (including my direct manager) are sick at work, and I'm feeling rather under-the-weather tonight. I have several things that I want to write about, including a Long And Intricate Read More...
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Take-My-Daughter-To-Work Day
January 3, 2011 11:12 PM by Devon Alley
A. and I don't really agree as far as our opinions of her day care center establishment are concerned. I see them as extremely organized, amazing individuals, willing to work on the hard issues that matter with A. on a daily basis -- in short, I love Read More...
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