The Picture That Prompted A Conversation

My friend took this photo of me a few weeks ago while at a work event. It was a rare occasion where I had my hair loose and wore shoes with a real heel. But I'm not one to take (or share) full length photos of myself - ever. I prefer the selfie. With a selfie I don't have to worry about my arms or love handles. (I'm working on my body issues...) So while I liked the little outfit I put together, I didn't feel the need to share it on social media because I was self-conscious about how I looked.

The other evening Norrin was scrolling through the pictures on my phone. He likes to do that. He especially likes to look at pictures of himself. And then he came across this picture of me. He stared at it for while as if trying to figure something out. (On the day the picture was taken, I left for work after Norrin was on the bus and by the time I returned home, he was asleep.)

He shoved the phone in my face. "Where were you?" 

Like many kids with autism, Norrin has no spacial awareness and when he wants to show me something he puts it so close in my eyes, the object becomes a blur. And then I gently push the object away and remind Norrin that he doesn't have to get so close. But I was so surprised by his question that I immediately responded. 

Me: I was at a restaurant.

Norrin: What restaurant?

Me: At Blue Water Grill.

Norrin: Where is Blue Water Grill?

Me: Blue Water Grill is in the City.

Norrin: What city

Me: Manhattan.

Norrin: Where is Manhattan?

I reminded Norrin that we go into Manhattan all the time and that momma works in Manhattan. And that was the end of our conversation. He handed me the phone and walked out of the room. I stared at the photo for a while, a stupid grin on my face savoring our mother son moment. 

It was a major moment. He asked me 5 very appropriate questions in a row! We had a real conversation. (Yes, I teared up a little.)

Norrin is verbal and he talks a lot. But we rarely have back and forth dialogue. Most of our conversations revolve around topics Norrin is interested in or scripted speech. When he speaks to us, it's almost always to tell us something that he wants or needs.

Norrin saw this picture and he didn't care how I looked. He probably didn't see any of the flaws that I see. He just saw me, somewhere unfamiliar without him and he wanted to know why.

He's been talking so much lately and it's taking me by surprise. The other evening, he even said he loved me at bedtime. He said it all on his own, without me saying it first.  

To have this little moment, a moment that so many parents of typical kids experience every day - is HUGE in our world. It's a reminder that he's making progress. Sometimes in the crazy of our day to day lives - progress is hard to see. Not seeing progress can be discouraging. Feeling discouraged makes me wonder if I am doing enough. Then mom guilt kicks in. And then I worry. Guilt and worry suck.    

Last week was a rough week. And I got not one, but two reminders that Norrin was making the precise moment that I needed it.

An Elf on The Shelf Birthday Celebration at Dylan's Candy Bar | #NicheParent14

Earlier this summer I announced that I am a Niche Parent Conference Ambassador and as ambassador I get to co-host a special blogger meet up in New York City! Elf on the Shelf is one of Niche Parent's sponsors and they are creating a special birthday celebration event for New York City (and surrounding area) Bloggers. 

We are big fans of Elf on the Shelf and in the past I've written how our "Elfie" has helped Norrin understand the magic of Christmas. And I am excited to learn more about the Elf birthday tradition. I cannot wait to see what birthday magic the Elf has in store for us. 

I really hope you can join us! 

To register for the event - click HERE. Spaces are limited.

The Niche Parent Network & Conference is the most diverse network and social media conference recognizing the buying power and consumer influence of multicultural and diverse digital parents. Powered by a network of 1200+ registered members it the Network connects with brands and agencies throughout the year to execute Total Market, General Market, or multicultural influencer campaigns. The core mission of the Niche Parent is to recognize the influence of this multi-influential niche of digital parents and empower its members through continued learning opportunities in a peer-to-peer environment at the annual conference being held October 16 to 18 at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort! 

Guardians of the Galaxy Opens on 8/1/14 {Movie Review}

Disclaimer: We were provided with movie passes to preview Guardians of the Galaxy. No other compensation was provided. All opinions are our own. 

Guardians of the Galaxy was reviewed & written by: Joseph Fontanez aka Atypical Dad. 

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel's “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy's fate in the balance.

James Gunn's quirky sense of humor and unique directorial style have worked well in his past films, but does his style translate well for a Comic Book movie? The short answer is yes.

In Guardians of the Galaxy, Gunn has found the perfect medium to break from his usual genre and display his talents in an entirely different arena. Walking into the theater for the premiere of Guardians I was a bit apprehensive not knowing what to expect. As a comic enthusiast (my son Norrin is named after a Marvel character) I was also curious how the plot line for Guardians was going to play out. Much to my surprise and delight, GOTG delivered a space opera on comedic steroids.

From the soundtrack to the out of this world visuals, GOTG is a movie that can truly be enjoyed by all. It was refreshing to see a movie skip the epic score route and just hit you with pop hits of the '70s and '80s. From the lows of "I'm not in Love" to the highs of "Cherry Bomb"every song seemed to just fit in its own unique way. I mean the "O-O-H Child" dance off scene is an immediate classic. The spaceship battle scenes are on par with anything that I have seen to date, and stand on their own in terms of ship design. GOTG used 3D filming correctly to immerse you in this world, and it made the visuals that more stunning. If you have the opportunity to see it in 3D I could not recommend it more highly. 

Each character is a misfit in his or her right and brings their unique personality traits to the table. Peter Quill aka Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) is the de facto man child leader of this rag tag bunch. His backstory endears you to him almost immediately, and makes it easy to root for him. Gamora (Zoe Saldana) is the love interest/femme fatale who you are not sure what her intentions are and always keeps you guessing. Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) is a complex character. The reason he is called "The Destroyer" is Herculean in its tragedy, but it's all the more reason to cheer for him. The CGI duo of Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Vin Diesel) play on the classic double act of straight man/funny man. However, I felt these roles changed over the course of the movie with great comedic results. They too come to the team with stories of not so enviable pasts and tales of tragedy. 

My personal favorite was Yondu played by Michael Rooker. As a fan of this character and of Rooker's, I never would have imagined Yondu portrayed with a southern drawl and attitude. However, Rooker makes the character his own and steals every scene he's in. 

The Guardians of the Galaxy was such a blast to experience. Its underlying theme of finding a place to belong and the importance of teamwork and family makes this the perfect family adventure to enjoy this summer. A sequel is hopefully a no brainer. Now excuse me while I geek this out.

Disclaimer: We were provided with movie passes to preview Guardians of the Galaxy. No other compensation was provided. All opinions are our own. 

The NEUTROGENA® Triple Repair Products That Are Making My Hair Look Fabulous!

Disclaimer: I was sent Neutrogena® Triple Repair products for review. I have not been compensated in any way. All opinions are my own.

My hair has been through many stages. Currently my hair is the longest it's been since high school. (That's 20 years you guys.) And I'm not one of those women who is into doing their hair in different styles. It's either up or down. In the warmer weather it's almost always up. Even if I leave the house with it down, I usually pull it up at some point during the day. Because humidity is not a curly girls friend. 

We've been doing a lot this summer and my hair is feeling it. Between the sun and the chlorine, my hair is sort of looking like crap. Dry, dull and damaged. It's hard to feel good when your hair looks like straw. My curls have definitely seen better days and I've been thinking about cutting it all off and starting over. (I'm not going too, it took too long to grow and I still want it a little bit longer.)
According to NEUTROGENA® Survey, more than 84% of women admit to wanting longer hair --- yet as hair grows, damage from regular styling and routine coloring can occur, causing it to become dull and brittle. In fact, more than 47% of women said that they blow-dry their hair on a daily basis, and 62% admit to coloring their tresses. It’s no wonder that these women describe their locks as damaged! It may seem like cutting it is the only way to make hair look healthy again.
When it comes to hair products, I am always willing to try different things and create new curly hair cocktails. So I was so excited about receiving Neutrogena's Triple Repair products - especially since it included a leave-in treatment conditioner. I stopped using gel in my hair years ago and opt for leave-in conditioner and/or styling oils. It's easier on my hair and doesn't leave it stiff or flaky.

After using the Triple Repair products I've noticed a difference. My curls feel softer and my hair looks shinier and healthier. And I am obsessed with the leave-in treatment! Just makes hair styling easy.
The shampoo and conditioner contain: 
Proteins: target the weakest parts of hair, deposits where your hair needs it most

Rich Conditioners: Create a conditioning layer to protect damaged hair, smoothes the hair cuticle, sealing and helping to prevent more damage

Peptides: Contain a full range of essential amino acids for maximum nourishment 
The leave-in treatment is lightweight and protects hair up to 400 degrees. It also tames frizz and fly- aways.
You know how I know a product really works for my hair? I'm able to wear it down on a summer day - all day long! The right product makes the difference. And I feel lucky that I have 3 of the right products that work really well.

See I even took a bathroom selfie to prove it! 

I'm loving my new triple threat curly hair cocktail because I have no intention of cutting my locks any time soon.

Disclaimer: I was sent Neutrogena® Triple Repair products for review. I have not been compensated in any way. All opinions are my own.

Public Transportation & My 7 Pet Peeves When I'm With My Kid

I grew up in New York City. I've been taking public transportation my entire life (38 years, if you must know). I take the train every day to get to and from work. One would think I'd be used to it by now. One. Would. Think. But I'm not. Because people can be real jerks. And commuting via public transportation would be easier if people would be a tad more considerate of others.

I have a lot of pet peeves when it comes to the train. Joseph says I have "Train Rage." And when I'm with Norrin, my rage intensifies because I'm in Momma Bear mode.

I've been taking the train with Norrin since he was a baby. And during those early years of his autism diagnosis, commuting by train was not easy. But we worked through it. And now he's fine. He loves it actually. 

This week, I had to take the train with him. We traveled from The Bronx into Queens (to my mom), into Manhattan (met my mom in midtown and took Norrin to an appointment on 23rd Street) and then finally back home to The Bronx. Honestly, I'm used to this kind of running around with Norrin. The most frustrating part about train travel with my kid is dealing with other commuters. Because like I said, people are jerks.

Here are a few of my pet peeves that I encountered the other day while traveling with Norrin: 

1. People who lean on the pole. I'm used to traveling during rush hour when the trains are crowded. I'm okay standing and so is Norrin. But if someone is leaning on an entire pole, it makes it difficult for other people to hold on.

2. Men who sit with their legs wide open. Because really? *side-eye*

3. People who insist their bags need a seat on the train. 

4. People who stroll into the train - knowing there's a crowd behind them waiting to get on the train - and then stop right at the door, blocking the masses from getting in.

5. People who don't move out of the way  even after you say excuse me. If we make eye contact, and I'm standing and the train doors are open and I have to say excuse me a third time, I'm just pushing my way out.

6. People who push their way into the train before letting passengers off. There's a special place for people who push little kids.

7. Women - and I say women because it's usually women - who keep their legs crossed when the train is crowded. There was a woman who kept kicking my leg while I was standing, so I pretended not to care as Norrin stepped all over her other foot.

I have other pet peeves like people who litter or eat smelly food (my list can go on) but I'm keeping it to what annoys me most when I'm with Norrin.

But not everyone on the train is a jerk. There are some really nice people too. And they deserve a post of their own. (Next week.) 

Do you take the trains with your kids? What is your train travel experience like?
Check out a few Instagram photos of our Train Travels:  

The Kratt Brothers Amazon Adventures at The Bronx Zoo {July 26 & 27}

Disclosure: I am a member of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Zoo Crew. This post is part of a sponsored campaign. I received membership for my participation, but my review and opinions are my own.

Join the Kratt Brothers, Martin and Chris, from the hit television series Wild Kratts as they take to the stage and re-enact an adventure that happened to them out in the Amazon. This interactive performance is a rip-roaring, snorting, bellowing, screeching and flapping fun for the whole family! This presentation is followed by an open Q&A session.

When: July 26th & 27th
Where: Astor Court
Time: 12:00pm and 1:30pm

Know before you go: Early arrival for zoo and show are encouraged. Show space is limited and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Availability is not guaranteed.

As a member of The Bronx Zoo, I am excited about this event. We've spent the last several weeks playing baseball. As a busy working, the remainder of the weekend has been spent running errands and cleaning up around the house. Last weekend we celebrated Norrin's last game and his Trophy Day. It will be nice to spend a Saturday or Sunday at the Zoo. And I know parents part of the League would feel the same and so I want to host a special giveaway just for Bronx autism parents.

The winner of The Kratt Brothers Amazon Adventures 
at The Bronx Zoo giveaway will receive:     

- The new Wild Kratts book
- Wild Kratts T-Shirt
- Autographed picture
- Tickets to the Bronx Zoo
The Rules
 -- Open only to Bronx Parents Autism Support Group members (membership will be confirmed) 
 -- Winner will be selected via Rafflecopter among all eligible entries
 -- Winner to be announced on Facebook 
 -- Winner MUST respond immediately 
 -- If winner does not respond within set time, another winner will be selected  
 -- Must be 18 years of age or older at time of entry
 -- Winner is responsible for travel costs

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: I am a member of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Zoo Crew. This post is part of a sponsored campaign. I received membership for my participation, but my review and opinions are my own.

My Kid Got His 1st Trophy. He Wasn't The Best Player But He Deserved It Just The Same.

When Norrin was first diagnosed with autism there were so many things I couldn't see happening. I was stuck in this idea of this is where he is now, and it will always be like this. That was six years ago. Norrin and I have come a long way since then. And I know that where we are now, will not be where we are next year. Norrin may have autism but like every other kid - atypical or otherwise - he is maturing, evolving and learning. Norrin simply continues to amaze me. And when he achieves another milestone - regardless of how big or small - it is a moment worth celebrating.

This past weekend was a major milestone for Norrin. Saturday was his last game of baseball and Sunday was Trophy Day. And every kid got a trophy - including Norrin. It was his first. 

If you're on social media, I'm sure you've seen this meme. It's pure snark and aimed at parents raising a generation of entitled and unbearable brats who will one day grow up to be total assholes running the world. 

For those who have liked and shared the meme. Trust me - I get it (I've shared it too). I' m doing my best not to raise a jerk. 

But the "Every Kid Deserves a Trophy" is a subject of great debate. Especially among the typical parenting set. 
The helicopter parent is the parent who catches a child not when he crashes and burns, but when he merely scrapes his knee. It is the parent who needs to alleviate every ounce of her child's anxiety... I define "attaboy" or "attagirl" parenting to be giving constant praise to a child regardless of effort and outcome. This is the parent who preserves her child's spirit and confidence above all else... I think that we have way too many "attaboy" and helicopter parents today than "pick yourself up and dust yourself off" parents, and in my opinion, that's taking the easy way out of child rearing. Kelly Trotter King, Every Child Deserves a Trophy...Really? Huff Post Parents (2012) -- written in response to a NY Times article, Raising Successful Children by Madeline Levine.
I don't know what it's like to raise a typical child. But if I had one, I doubt I'd be a helicopter or an "attaboy" parent. I'm not one now though I suspect I must look like one when at the playground. I may hover, but a helicopter mom I am not. When I cheer my kid on, it's because I know he needs the encouragement to keep trying - not to boost his ego. And when Norrin starts to tantrum, I am totally okay with letting him cry it out until he calms down. 

When you have a kid with special needs, it's not easy watching them picking themselves up and dusting themselves off after getting knocked down. And there have been times, when I've had to look away because my initial instinct was to catch my kid before he crashed and burned. I know that I have to let Norrin fall a few times in order for him to succeed. I want him to be independent as possible. I'm fine with that. And in that aspect, I agree with that parenting philosophy. I don't think King or anyone else  in the great trophy debate had autism in mind but still... 

I'm going off topic. Back to the trophy and why Norrin (and everything other kid on the Bronxchester  Challenger League) deserved one.     

When Norrin was first diagnosed, Joseph and I watched as he struggled with so many things 'typically developing' boys were doing. I remember Joseph asking every therapist who ever worked with Norrin to focus on things like throwing, catching, jumping and kicking. Joseph - a natural and enthusiastic athlete and like most dads, he wanted to be able to share his love of sports with his son.

It has taken years of therapy to get Norrin to throw and catch a ball and to jump up and down. And he still struggles with his movement and coordination. 

We tried baseball last year but Norrin wasn't especially interested. He had a hard time focusing and didn't understand the overall concept. And while the kids played baseball, it was a little unorganized and just wasn't for us. 

I was hesitant to try again but I knew the Bronxchester Challenger League would be a different experience. It was exciting to see Norrin in his baseball uniform on his first day. I didn't mind waking up early Saturday mornings to get him to the field. I sat on the sidelines with the other moms, cheering our kids on.

That first time out on the field, Norrin had a tough time. He wanted to sit in the grass and run around the field. He had difficulty holding up the bat and aiming for the ball - he needed a baseball tee and a lot of guidance. But week after week, he got a little bit better. Week after week, he tried a little bit harder. He was looking forward to playing baseball. He wanted to play catch with Joseph. And by that very last day on the field, Norrin no longer needed the tee. Norrin still had difficulty but he kept trying until he got it (the coaches were patient with him).

Norrin wasn't the best player on his team, nor the most improved but man did that kid try! Week after week, he tried his best. And week after week, I saw improvement. The trophy he received, wasn't handed to him because he just showed up. Norrin earned it.      

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester Sweepstakes | #IWantToBuild

Disclaimer: I have received complimentary passes to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester in the past. I have not been compensated to host this giveaway, all opinions are my own. 

The LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Westchester's Ridge Hill is one of our favorite places to go. It's a great indoor play space for kids.  The LEGOLAND Discovery Center is interactive and tactile, it burns energy (the Fire Academy jungle gym) and builds imagination. One of our favorite attractions is the 4D movie theater. When we visit, we try to go first thing on a weekend morning or mid week, around 5pm when it's not as busy.
The LEGOLAND® Discovery Center is a world of entertainment, color and creativity for families with children aged 3-10. We offer a wealth of attractions, 2 rides, 4D cinema and more! The average visit takes 2-3 hours, but you are welcome to stay and play as long as you like.
We drive up to Ridge Hill at least once every two weeks - there are so many good family friendly restaurants and stores. And whenever we go, we cannot leave without stopping in The LEGO Store.

Norrin loves LEGO and building is something Joseph and Norrin do together often. I always love watching Norrin sitting at the table, brows furrowed and building a LEGO set. I can see how hard he is concentrating to follow the steps and he's so proud when he's completed something independently.

As LEGOLAND Discovery Center is one of our favorite places, I'm excited to share some LDC news and host a giveaway!

Annual Pass SALE! Save on individual and family 4-packs of annual passes to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester. Sale is valid from July 7 – 31. Individual passes will be $55 and family 4-packs are $190. As you might know, annual pass holders receive the following perks:

     -- Unlimited entry to the LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester for 12 months.
     -- 10% off purchases in the LEGO® Shop
     -- 20% discount on food and beverages in the caf├ę
     -- 10% discount on birthday parties
     -- Subscription to the LEGO® Club magazine
     -- Invitation to sneak preview event days

It all starts with a single brick! LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester is offering fans to build their dream creation with new Master Model Builder Veronica Watson. Create a sign that says “I want to build ______” and include what object you want to create in the blank space and pose next to it in your picture. Upload to social media using #IWantToBuild and #LDCWestchester. Entry deadline is August 29 and you can enter as many times as you want!

And now for the GIVEAWAY...

          The Rules          

 -- Winner will receive four (4) single day passes to LEGOLAND Westchester.
Adults must be accompanied by a child with the exception of Adult Nights.
 -- Winner will be selected via Rafflecopter among all eligible entries
 -- Winner to be announced on Facebook & Twitter
 -- Winner MUST respond immediately (within 24 hours) 
 -- If winner does not respond within 24 hours, another winner will be selected  
 -- Open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and District of Columbia 
 -- Must be 18 years of age or older at time of entry
 -- Winner is responsible for travel costs

Disclaimer: I have received complimentary passes to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester in the past. I have not been compensated to host this giveaway, all opinions are my own. 

Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue {Sensory Friendly Screening 7/26 & FREE Printable}

Sensory Friendly Screening 
Saturday, July 26, 2014 - PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE - 10 AM

"Planes: Fire & Rescue features a quirky crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from a raging wildfire. When world famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of wildfire air attack. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger (voice of Ed Harris) and his courageous air attack team, including spirited super scooper Lil' Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter (voice of Wes Studi), ex-military transport Cabbie (voice of Dale Dye) and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers (voices of Regina King, Corri English, Bryan Callen, Danny Pardo and Matt Jones). Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire, and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero." (source: Disney Wikia)

AMC Sensory Friendly Films to Families Affected by Autism 
on a Monthly Basis to Select Communities.
The program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing!
Saturday, July 26, 2014 - Planes: Fire & Rescue
All shows are at 10:00 am local time. (Dates and films are subject to change.)

New York/New Jersey Theaters
  • 84th Street 6
  • Bay Plaza 13 
  • Bay Terrace 6
  • Brick Plaza 10
  • Clifton Commons 16
  • Danbury 16
  • Freehold Metroplex 14
  • Galleria Metroplex 16
  • Jersey Gardens 20
  • Magic Johnson Harlem 9
  • Mountainside 10
  • Nassau Metroplex 10
  • New Brunswick 18
  • Palisades Center 21
  • Rockaway 16
  • Shore 8
  • Stony Brook 17
  • Wayne 14
For a complete listing of participating theaters - click HERE  

Download Race To The Rescue Activities

For Tips on Taking Your Child To the Movies click - HERE  (my post on Babble - 12/13)

Most Days I'm Just Average

This morning I took a parenting survey. Not like a fun Facebook survey that will tell me all about my parenting style or what state I should raise my kid(s), but more of a medical research autism parenting survey. 

Some of the questions made me sad - like the ones about Norrin's friendships. Other questions just seemed odd like, "Think carefully and count the number of things which your child does that bothers you. (choices: 1 - 3, 4 - 5, 6 - 7, 8 - 9 or 10+)" For the most part, I flew through the survey, checking off my answers with ease but a few questions made me stop and think about our day to day life. Like this question -- How do you rate yourself as a parent?

The survey was confidential but I still felt the weight of what I would answer. 

Yes I've had my moments where I've done things I never thought I was capable of doing. Like the time when I filed for impartial hearing (twice) without a lawyer. But I don't think that makes me an "excellent" parent. Those were singular moments, that's not my norm. 

I have my above average parenting moments when I read a bedtime story and make reading a part of our daily routine - even on days when our schedule is full. (I like to think that I set the example as well. Norrin always sees me reading and we make books easily accessible to him.) Or days when I've had little to no sleep but I wake early enough to make lunch and get him to the bus on time. 

And I'm certain I have below average days but I'll never share any of those moments. (Because a mom blogger has to leave a little bit of mystery...)

Most days, I think I'm just average. I let my kid drink soda and watch too much TV. I'd rather order take-out than cook dinner. I don't think I've ever sent Norrin to school with a hot breakfast. Nope, we're all about cereal with milk on the side. And sometimes I forget about brushing teeth before bed. I don't always remember to wash his hands after we come in from the playground. I don't always carry band-aids with me and I usually forget to pack snacks when we go out. I've sent him to school without his schoolbag. I've been late for the school bus. And I've missed more than my fair share of PTA meetings. I don't create Pinterest-worthy lunches, go crazy decorating for holidays or plan big birthday parties. I don't always stop what I'm doing when Norrin calls. And I yell probably more than I should. 

But no matter what I do or don't do, Norrin always knows he is loved. 

I don't think about being an excellent mom or an average mom. I'm just a sleep deprived mom trying to get through the day.

All that being said, for the sake of the survey - I answered b because e wasn't one of the options.  

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