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30 Things I’d Rather Be Called than Pretty

by Jenny Hansen Everyone has that one word that sets them off, for reasons that elude others. For some it’s “nice,” for others it might be “tall.” None of those words are bad, but have you considered what you’d rather be [...]
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5 Ways Kindergarten Enrollment Is Like a Job Interview

by Jenny Hansen I’m warning you, today I’m gonna get my rant on. It feels like I’ve been preparing for my kid to go to kindergarten for at least 4 months now. Oh wait…I have! What happened to the days when you just took [...]
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Could Probiotics Be the Key to Unlocking Autism?

by Jenny Hansen After all the years and studies, it’s looking like the key to autism might be located in the gut. (Shut the front door!) Several new studies are pointing to inflammation, particularly in the gut, as a significant factor [...]

Giving Kids a Healthy Message About Their Bodies

by Jenny Hansen Since last summer, I’ve been gathering articles on this topic and, with bikini season upon us, I think it’s time to share them. So many people make resolutions about how they look. Hell, I used to make these resolutions. [...]
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5 Things No One Tells New Parents

by Jenny Hansen It’s really too bad that children don’t come with an owner’s manual attached. People give you TONS of advice, but every child and every pregnancy is different. I remember thinking: Why can’t people give [...]
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Autism Awareness Month — Will You Celebrate It?

by Jenny Hansen For 25 years, autism has been part of my life. Not just because my little brother is autistic, and not just because I used to teach autistic children back in a previous career. Autism has been part of my life because the lessons [...]
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What’s the Best Advice You’ve Ever Received About Success?

Advice from a Smart Mommy by Jenny Hansen   This snippet came to my inbox today from Harvey Mackay, and I can’t stop thinking about it. Make like a pencil and get the lead out… by Harvey Mackay A young boy asked his mother [...]
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5 Lessons I Learned Teaching Autistic Kids

5 Lessons Learned Teaching Autistic Children by Jenny Hansen My first job out of college was as an autism specialist for the Judevine Center for Autism, based in St. Louis. It was like learning a strange language in a strange land. An extremely [...]