Inspiration From Dory and Nemo To Teach Us About Parenting

At first glance, it appeared that Finding Dory was just another fun movie about fish on an adventure. However, later as I thought more about the movie I realized it actually illustrated some interesting parenting issues. As I discuss this, some spoilers might slip out, so take note if you haven’t seen the movie.

In this latest adventure, Dory is still friends with Nemo and his dad Marlin. Early in the movie she realizes that she really wants to find her parents who she long-ago got separated from. You may remember from the first movie that Dory suffers from short-term memory loss. So most of the movie involves Dory trying to find her long-lost parents with the help of Nemo and Marlin. During the process, there are numerous flash-back scenes to the story of how Dory came to be friends with Nemo and Marlin.

Here’s where it gets interesting from a parenting perspective–Dory and Nemo, as you may remember, both have physical challenges. Nemo has one fin that is smaller than the other, while Dory has

Making Summer Camp Fires Up With Your Child

Sleepaway summer camp is packed with long, sunny days perfect for lively outdoor activities from swimming and boating to hiking, tennis and horseback riding. It’s also a great place for kids to let their creative spirits soar, whether it’s writing a script for a camp skit, daring to sing a solo at campfire time, creating a cool nature collage or whipping up a dazzling picture frame in wood shop. Kids at camp play instruments, sing, paint, experiment with the potter’s wheel and learn the basics of wood working. Whether your little camper is trying a new skill or perfecting an old one, summer camp provides a fun, supportive atmosphere for all sorts of creative endeavors.


Theatrical experiences are a huge hit with summer campers. From funny little campfire skits to exciting musical extravaganzas complete with singing and dancing, kids at camp have lots of opportunities to dabble in the performing arts. Whether acting the lead in a skit, figuring out choreography for a little dance number, writing a script or learning how to build and light the set, summer camp is a great place to try out new endeavors both on stage and behind the scenes. Many camps have a

Tips Back To School Planning

The back to school preparation is never easy. It is a welcome task since after two months of having the children at home parents are quite welling to rush them back off to school. The process of purchasing school uniforms and supplies can be tedious because of the crowds of parents in major department and grocery stories moving quickly up and down isles. With the eagerness to send children back to school parents overlook some important preparations that can help cement a good school year.

At the beginning of the school year parents, students, and teachers are settling in and the focus for most is getting all the applicable school supplies. Many nonprofit organizations work with big businesses and community members to provide the much needed and at times very expensive school supplies to many students.

Back to school the first week before and the month after school is all about having the appropriate tools for each grade level. Principals and staff organize and categorize text books based on grade levels and demands. Auxiliary teachers bring in supplies for the first few months of classroom projects and assignments. Classrooms contain wall displays outlining class expectations, and basic information reflective of the

Tips to Get Financial Help Living With Autism

The cost of bringing up a child with Autism can affect parents, carers and families emotionally. Not only do you need time to digest the diagnosis, but there are the endless calls and emails getting the right support, meetings with schools and so on. What fails to come to mind is the financial cost.

In 2014, paediatric study in the U.S printed by Time Money found that it costs the average U.S family in one lifetime, $1.4 million bucks. OK, so they don’t have the NHS to fall back on, but don’t think the U.K gets away with no cost to the family at all. In fact, in the U.K, the figure is around £220K. Now, don’t get me wrong, that’s an ordinary lifetime where the child is state educated, takes one holiday a year and where the Autism is not severe.

If we were to compare that figure to how much it costs to raise one non-autistic child in the U.K, to raise one autistic child, it’s three times as much.

According to the charity, Ambitious about Autism, having the means to put in place some relative care for your autistic child for his or her life time, costs homes, savings and

The Power of Letting Go Lessons For Parents

My first child graduated from high school and I entered a new stage of parenting. The graduation process was a true personal growth opportunity for me and I had to learn to “let go”, just a little bit more. Watching my child navigate through the graduation journey gave me greater insight into the meaning of “training a child.”

Like many parents, my mission is to rear responsible, independent, and socially conscious children. During the months, days, and minutes leading up to graduation, I wanted to step-in and “demand” that she does things my way. It was challenging for me to watch my child do things the “hard way” when I thought I know of an easier more efficient way to get things done.

I relied on my faith, while implementing effective parenting skills. It was during this time I found myself encouraging her to build problem solving skills; while I stood on the sidelines. In the process of standing on the sidelines cheering, I found myself “listening” more and trusting her judgment. Throughout this process, I found peace by staying in the “here and now” and keeping an open heart.

Many of you may have experienced a range of emotions during graduation

Build Life Long Advocacy At Your Home

Parents of autistic children are entering a new phase along the continuum as the transition to adulthood is omnipresent. We have experienced the highs and lows of observing autism play out during the developmental years, only to be surpassed by the challenges of adolescence. Now comes adulthood and the myriad questions and uncertainties that accompany this stage of life. Maintaining the delicate balancing act of being supportive, yet providing enough space for a young adult to grow and thrive is tough. Things can really get complicated when matters of finances, living independently, and romantic feelings enter the picture. Despite the countless changes we go through as parents, our role as advocates remains active – growing stronger in some cases as the years go by.

Being the parent of an autistic adult has all the universal parameters as parenting a typical child. However, upon the arrival of adulthood, there is a stark difference in one area that marks a distinct contrast. Judgment and sound decision making, or lack thereof, makes adulthood such an unpredictable venture for adults on the spectrum. Subsequently, parents must advocate for appropriate housing options, educational accommodations, health care interventions, and money management issues. At the risk of

Why Parents Must Exercise Patience

“Patience is BITTER, but it’s fruit is SWEET” – Aristotle. Parenting requires you to persevere and have patience which is kind of bitter to do a SUCCESSFUL PARENTING JOB which will be sweetest at the end. Going through child rearing duties and responsibilities right from childbirth and training them through each development stage could be so hectic that most parent lose their patience and perseverance which are very necessary. As a parent, when you lose yours, your child looses his or hers too… then it becomes a war in this parenting field. This article lay more emphasis on these questions such as; What is Patience? What is Perseverance? In what ways do parent make this mistake often? How do we exercise and also help how to children to exercise them too?


Patience is the capacity or ability to endure something tedious such as provocation, annoyance, pains and misfortunes without complaint but with calm and strength.


Perseverance is that quality of continuing in something even if it is difficult. It is having this tenacious mindset of not giving up. Looking at this definition, I feel both words are interwoven a bit. But they are not the same, yet

Sides Of Leaving And Cleaving

Very early in the Bible we find the Creator’s plan for humanity includes children eventually separating from parents and bonding with a life mate. We are to leave our original family and create a new family. This involves work by two generations, and it can be difficult work for both.

My mother liked to tell about me running away from home when I was only three years old. Mom had a season of panic while everyone frantically looked for me. Finally they found me several blocks away, visiting some nice people. This was the late 1940’s in a small Indiana town, so not quite the kind of horror it would be in Tulsa today. Still, Mom was far from ready for me to leave home.

When I did leave home about 15 years later to begin a four-year tour in the Navy, Mom was still not ready for me to leave. As she held on to me and cried uncontrollably at the bus station, I thought, “Surely boot camp can’t be that bad.” I later learned two things: first, Mom wasn’t crying about boot camp, and second, boot camp was that bad. Mom was having a very typically hard time letting

Tips To Keeping Children Safe When Driving

Every parent loves their kid, and keeping their child safe falls under number one priority. What this mean reflects on the location and child’s personality. When a child sits in the car the safety measures will differ from when he is at home playing in the backyard. They say boys are daredevils and girls act prissy so keeping either one of them safe can be a challenge or can be a simple maneuver or coordination. Whatever the situation, keeping children safe when driving consist of following state laws of restraints and precautions.

When going from point “A” to point “B” with a child in a car the law requires that the minor 14 or under be in the back seat. Infant and toddlers, as per the law should be in a child’s car seat or a booster seat respectively. The infant’s car seat should be position where the back faces the passenger front seat, resulting in the infant facing the back seat cushion. Children six years or older use the booster seat and are secured by the car’s back seat belt. The restraint of the child in the car seat or the back seat has specifics layout to minimize injury

All About Parents Pride

You may have heard that your children are your pride and joy. Isn’t that interesting that pride is placed in front of joy? The arrival of a child will change the focus of a family. Love blooms as we welcome and accommodate the wee addition, and responsibility will accrue as the baby’s needs grow. As parents understand the dynamics of their growing child, they naturally begin to plan that child’s future. Is that all that happens? Or, do the parents also plan their unrealized dreams for that child to accomplish?

I read an article recently by Dr. James Dobson, in which he illustrated the journey of children from babies to young adulthood as the flight pattern of released helium-filled balloons. The balloons were all about the same size, generally had the same amount of helium, and they were all released at the same time. The only difference at the release was that the balloons were colored differently in order to symbolize the social, physical, and mental differences of children. Even though the balloons rode the same air current, some did not clear the branches of trees before they popped. Others spread out to reach an average height before they disappeared