Families

Trick or Treat and a Halloween Candy Confession

Trick or Treat and a Halloween Candy Confession

There was a time when the neighborhood kids did not get Halloween candy from the Atwood family. Instead, we handed out granola bars because we thought it was a healthier choice. We weren't the favorite house in the neighborhood. Fran Evans down the road beat out everyone. She made cupcakes from scratch and put each child from the neighborhood's name on top. My daughters still remember those cupcakes with great fondness. Read more ...

When You Have Alzheimer's, Getting Your Hair Washed Can Take on a Whole New Meaning

When You Have Alzheimer's, Getting Your Hair Washed Can Take on a Whole New Meaning

As far back as I can remember, my mother always curled her hair. Way back, it was pin curls. Who remembers pin curls? Then she switched to rollers. Before she went anywhere, she had to "put her hair up." 

About 10 years ago, she decided she was tired of the hassle and proclaimed that she was no longer going to curl her hair. From then on, we'd have to get used to her with straight hair. We did, and she enjoyed all the extra time she suddenly had. Read more ...

Understanding Autism and the Importance of Early Intervention

Understanding Autism and the Importance of Early Intervention

Look at the picture of this beautiful little girl. Her name is Emerson Brown, Eme for short. She's five-years-old and just started kindergarten.

Eme and her oldesr sister Finley were born only 11 months apart. That's why their mother Kim was so tuned into Eme's development. It wasn't happening the same way it did with Finley. Now, every child is different, and Kim certainly knew that, but by the time Eme was about a year old, she knew something wasn't quite as it should be. Read more ...