Childswork-Childsplay Blog — Tagged "parenting" — Page 2 — Childs Work Childs Play

Childswork-Childsplay Blog

  • Autism and friendship
    February 20, 2013 Gary Yorke

    Autism and friendship

    I remember watching my daughter when she was young, sifting sand through her fingers and watching it fall, right beside a group of kids her age. They would be digging and pouring and building together and she would be cupping...

    Read now
  • Empathy Fail
    February 18, 2013 Gary Yorke

    Empathy Fail

    When I put myself in her shoes (oh my god, do these make my calves look fat?) I’m still just a guy wearing woman’s shoes (figuratively speaking).
    Read now
  • Valentine's Day Fit
    February 11, 2013 Gary Yorke

    Valentine's Day Fit

    There was a time when I didn't know what to do for my daughter, and so I did nothing. I had too many avenues to explore so I explored none. I had too many behaviors to address and I addressed none.
    Read now
  • Reminders
    February 6, 2013 Gary Yorke


    When she was young the reminders were right in front of me... children talking in full sentences, baby book pages I was unable to complete, the furrowed brow of our hundredth specialist. The weight of her diagnosis, the uncertainty of...

    Read now
  • Unconditional Love
    January 28, 2013 Gary Yorke

    Unconditional Love

    Unconditional love does not require a response. It is not withdrawn sheepishly in the potential lengthening measured metaphorical cricket chirp of the silence that follows its declaration.
    Read now
  • The List of Firsts
    January 14, 2013 Gary Yorke

    The List of Firsts

    But this list of firsts isn't about looking back, it's about looking ahead and picking firsts for Lily that we want to try with her, and then trying them...
    Read now
  • The Small Things That Make Us Smile
    January 11, 2013 Gary Yorke

    The Small Things That Make Us Smile

    Like last night, as I was making dinner, my kindergartener asked for "A turkey sandwich on that big bread." Big bread meaning the thick oatmeal bread I had bought at the bakery. I looked at him out of the corner...

    Read now
  • Accepting life as it is
    January 7, 2013 Gary Yorke

    Accepting life as it is

    We switched doctor's offices not long ago. The young pediatrician taking our information asked the typical questions... date of last eye exam, last dentist appointment, do we eat healthy, balanced meals at home? Then we reached the "developmental history" part...

    Read now
  • The Promises We Break
    January 4, 2013 Gary Yorke

    The Promises We Break

    Who can you trust if you can't trust yourself? How many promises have you easily and guiltlessly broken to yourself? How many negligible little social media list challenges have you participated in and failed to complete (a song a day, a picture a day, a blog a day)?
    Read now
  • Finding happy
    January 2, 2013 Gary Yorke

    Finding happy

    Just like all parents I want my daughter to be happy with who she is. In general she is a confident, loving teenager but when she is struggling, when her days are at their worst, I know she needs to...

    Read now
  • Changing Traditions:  Our Tradition
    December 28, 2012 Gary Yorke

    Changing Traditions: Our Tradition

    As we've learned to better understand her needs, we are proactively looking at ways to change existing traditions to better suit her. Where before we made grudging modifications with mildly dissatisfying results, now the entire family looks at these big important holiday events with an eye for "How can we make EVERYONE's holiday more fun?"
    Read now