Our family has a Saturday night tradition. Super Sci-Fi Saturday night, on MeTV. And the best part is, it culminates at 9pm CST with The Son of Svengoolie! We love Svengoolie. His perfect blend of horror and comedy make watching these classic horror films a blast. I am so happy Isaiah is 10 now, it’s the […]

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  • Beth Teliho

    ohmyGOSH! This is awesome! I’ve never seen any of these and I’d LOVE to experience them with my kiddos (who are 8 and 11yo). This is right up their alley! Thanks, Jen!ReplyCancel

  • I’ve actually never seen any of those! When I was a kid, my parents pretended to monitor our TV watching but didn’t really follow through, so we got to see movies like “It,” “Halloween,” “Child’s Play” and “Nightmare On Elm Street” when we were about seven1 Plenty of nightmares for us! Your suggestions sound much more fun.ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Start your list! You will love these. I never saw them until I watched them with Isaiah. I got started on The Excorcist, The Omen and Chuckie. UGH!ReplyCancel

  It doesn’t matter how old your kid is when you find out he has food allergies, the first thing that goes through your head is; he’s never going to have a normal life. I know it sounds melodramatic – to you maybe, if your kid doesn’t have food allergies. But to me, when my […]

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  • Kristi Rieger Campbell

    So so so important and love the way you did this Jen! I pinned it 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Pam Moore

    I love this list so hard. I wish I’d had it when we first got our baby’s diagnosis.ReplyCancel

  A lot of parents get really freaked out when they find out their kid has some psychological neurological issues. Although I am not thrilled about the tantrums and the inability to modulate his volume, the OCD? It could be worse. 8 Reasons I am glad my son has OCD He brushes his teeth for 3 […]

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  • Yes, a lot of parents do get freaked out. For us, my son’s diagnosis was a relief because we finally knew why! I could definitely do without the tantrums, loud voice and messy eating, but I would miss his personality! I love that we can talk, at length, about semi-interesting topics like our shared infatuation for the Titanic!ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Well we must have the same kid!! Isaiah LOVES the Titanic! He has since he was probably 5 or so? Ships in general have become a passion since then. And you are right, they are really amazing, smart and interesting kids who can converse on so many levels!ReplyCancel

      • Well, we should get our kids together and they can talk about Titanic, Naval Ships and Submarines all day long! They truly are awesome and interesting kids!ReplyCancel

  • Love this! And it would seem that out of all of the issues my own kid has that maybe OCD isn’t so much one of them. I mean a tag in his shirt has to has to go but I think that’s more sensory because him putting away his toys neatly? Never. Ever. Love this! Pinned and tweeted!ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Well of course neither of us needs anymore “issues” and yes that sensory stuff still persists here. Apparently the lotion I use makes his hands feel funny now. I can use it on his body, but not his hands or he freaks out! And only Legos go away neatly, so don’t be too jealous!ReplyCancel

  • Vince Berryman

    Your kid sounds like a legend!ReplyCancel

  • I know that he struggles with this (and I can’t fathom the grand scale) — you both do — but the fact that you can find and embrace that there are positives within this monster of a diagnosis, is truly inspirational.
    You’re a great mom Jen. I can’t say it enough. I love that you allow him to brush his teeth for that amount of time…if Chase would OMG…and handwriting (sometimes it looks like it’s Egyptian hieroglyphics).
    You allow him to be him and to work the way he needs to — whether it takes him 50 pages of paper or one.
    All I’m saying is, you’re awesome. He’s awesome. And I’m glad that you’re trying to help other parents find positives in their situations too. XoxoReplyCancel

  • Great post! What a fun mom you are, finding humor in the life you both are living. That is the best approach to facing challenges. And I can tell through your writing how much you love and support him.ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Thank you! I do, and we have so much fun together because of it!ReplyCancel

  • “And don’t get me started on how nicely he rolls up his toothpaste tube.” Oh, my God, your kid is ME! I have OCD too & those are all the things I do – except the garbage can bit (I don’t like germs so I don’t touch the garbage). But I brush till I’m drooling b/c Idk if I got all the spots. I rearrange the dishwasher after my son loads it b/c he doesn’t do it right & it’s all messy. And I put things back neatly & precisely. And I ALWAYS have my Purell. I’ll tell you what, it is nice to have a kid w/ OCD b/c they are usually neat & orderly (unless they’re hoarders), but it can be really debilitating for the OCD-sufferer. FYI for now or in the future you may want to look into cognitive behavioral therapy. It helped me tremendously. It saved my life.ReplyCancel

  • Sounds like he’d make a great college roommate! Not like me. I’m messy.ReplyCancel

Isaiah doesn’t get to watch real TV. It’s not because I don’t want him to have screen time necessarily. Let’s face it, when you’re a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom who blogs and designs, a little screen time is like a vacation in the tropics with a fou-fou drink. He doesn’t watch TV because I don’t trust what’s […]

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  • Omg I thought it was only my kids. Seriously my girls make videos all the time around here, especially with their Legos. I think our kids would get along perfectly – seriously!!! 😉ReplyCancel

  • That’s excellent! Good job Isaiah!ReplyCancel

You may not know who Frank Zappa is, chances are if you’re under 40 you don’t. Maybe you do, but are wondering why you should care about this total freak show who created vulgar über wacko performance art concerts before that was cool? I can’t possibly tell you everything you should know about him. I can […]

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  • Kristi Rieger Campbell

    OMG I love love love your new site design. I’ve been thinking of doing something like having a home page too. Hm. Also ZAPPAAAAAAA! And TMTT!!ReplyCancel

  • I love me some Zappa. Was just talking about him the other day. Gonna go listen to Joe’s Garage now. 🙂ReplyCancel

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