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Asperger’s: Autism With A Twist

From “Look Me In The Eye,” John Elder Robison’s New York Times Best Seller, we learn:

“Asperger’s syndrome isn’t all bad. It can bestow rare gifts. Some Aspergerians have truly extraordinary natural insight into complex problems… It was a lonely and painful way to grow up… I hope readers-especially those who are struggling to grow up or live with Asperger’s- will see the twists and turns and unconventional choices I made led to a pretty good life…”

John Robison was not diagnosed with Asperger’s until he was in his late 30s. John is very successful today and provides valuable insight into what it was like growing up without a diagnosis.

Tragedy in Haiti a chance for children to give back

The world seemed to stop spinning the day a 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti, the country’s strongest in a century. Devastating images of toppled buildings, tetanus-stricken children in stretchers and dead bodies in the streets can be seen on nearly every television, newspaper, magazine, computer and mobile device. 

For more information on
how to give to Haiti, click here.
How do you talk to your kids
about tragedies? Sound off below!

Where's my job description?

When I was beating on the concrete wall in the waiting area of Beaufort Memorial Hospital, neither Curt nor I had any idea of how our lives would change 11 hours into the future. We had read all the books, attended all the classes we were instructed to attend, but that in no way prepared us what it took to be real parents. I will start this blog by saying I’m not here to tell you how to be a GOOD parent or the RIGHT things to do. I’m here to share my experiences of being a REAL mom. I’ve entitled this blog Dirty Diapers because this will be the place that I‘ll be airing my dirty diapers, instead of dirty laundry. I plan to share my experiences as a busy, working mom in hopes that I’m not the only one going through these things.

WAHMing It, Loving It

Before I became a mother, time rushed like a roaring river. After I became a mother, time dried up like the Sahara.

Saving for college in South Carolina

It’s difficult to think about saving for college when your child is still in diapers. But experts say the sooner you start saving, the better.

On average, college tuition increases about 8 percent per year. An 8 percent college inflation rate means that the cost of college doubles every nine years. For a baby born today, this means that college costs will be more than three times current rates when the child heads to college, according to The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid.

For more information on 529 plans
in South Carolina, click here.

Kids and Clutter

Keep your chaos controlled with these tips

Is controlled chaos of clutter or hours of arguing the best parents can hope for in their home? Even with just one child, organizing the mess may seem unmanageable, but area experts say it's not only feasible, it's fun.

Carol Hamilton, who calls herself “intuitive and non-traditional,” has been a feng shui consultant and teacher for 15 years. She has no set “rules” in her work, just guidelines that help people create their own space, matching her clients’ energy to that of their living space, so “your house is fabulous to come home to.”

Leila Nelson is a professional organizer, certified with the National Association for Professional Organizers. Her philosophy is to find a home for all of your things, especially toys.

Get back into shape but don't kill yourself

As a new mother, taking time to develop a workout routine might seem impossible. But building up an exercise regimen before and after baby will get you looking like your pre-pregnancy self and help you feel like the person you were before swollen ankles and lower back pain took over.

Always check with your doctor before working out, but most say it is safe to continue working out while you’re pregnant if it’s already part of your routine and to get back into a workout routine at least six weeks post-partum. Here are some tips to help you get started.

Dear dads-to-be, read this

Congratulations, you are about to embark on an amazing journey. It is a journey in which you will learn more things about the female body than you ever (likely) wanted to know.
I advise you to keep that to yourself.

Yes, be disgusted and silent. Be awe-stricken and steady. Be shocked and stoic. For as the partner of a pregnant woman your mission is clear: Shut up and thank God that you are man, and for the love of God don’t say that out loud.