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On the outside I’m a hippie freakshow, on the inside…About Jen Kehl

Living Outside the Box You may think I’m a contradiction. I listen to the Grateful Dead, I buy only organic when I can, I vote conservative. I don’t wear makeup, I buy expensive shampoo, I owned a Bugaboo and I buy most of my clothes at Target. I read my bible everyday, old and new […]

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My Kid Has A Tic And He Thinks it Makes Me Mad

I looked back at Isaiah from the front seat because a movement caught my eye. “What ya doing, Izze?” “It’s just my tic mom.” “What’s your tic telling you to do?” “It’s telling me to lock and unlock.” We’re at a stoplight so I look behind me and sure enough his hands are making a […]

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Ten Things of Thankful – Pippi Longstocking Edition

  This is going to be a teeny-weeny short small little short (oops said that) list. I have about 15 minutes left of freedom while Isaiah finishes watching Pippi Longstocking for the one millionth time. So let’s get this show on the road, 10 things of Thankful: -Pippi Longstocking. Duh. If it weren’t for her […]

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He Said What? 2013 Top 10 Funny Quotes by my Kid

  If it wasn’t for my son I wouldn’t have a blog. Really. Don’t get me wrong, I love to write, I’ve been working on a novel for 4 years now! I really love to write. But Isaiah is an amazing kid. Through all of his adversity; sensory processing disorder, life threatening food allergies, life […]

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I Didn’t Even Know My Kid Knew the Word Crack

Now we don’t like to be judgy judgers do we? Great. But if you do, you might want to head on over to some other blog right about now. If you’ve read my posts you know that my son has Sensory Processing Disorder, butt wiping is one of the last bastions. So I am basically […]

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Who Are You Calling Special?

So I’m sitting in my bed feeling fairly crabby, and really not interested in writing – although I had every intention of doing so. I am reading people’s work, I am considering watching some back episodes on my iPad. Then my son starts hacking. If you know me, then you know my son sleeps with […]

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Dear Babysitter, Special Needs is Not All Sweetness and Light

Dear babysitter who thinks because my son has special needs that means he’s sweet and easy. When I told you about my son’s issues during our interview, I don’t think you were listening to me. You were so perky and shiny and a tad bit condescending. “Oh yes, I worked with special needs kids in […]

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Music to Tame The Savage Beast

  Last night the little man was in prime form. It’s funny when you can connect behavior to things you have read – it a reminds me of how normal life really is.  Tonight, he was Max from Where the Wild Things Are; just when Max yelled at his mom “I’ll eat you up!”.  That was […]

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What You Don’t Know About Night Terrors Could Scare The Heck Out of You

He shoots up with panic in his eyes, and asks me desperately “Mama what?” My son has night terrors. He’s had night terrors ever since he was very little. My son has a lot of things that don’t fit into a nice little tiny box wrapped up with a bow. We began seeing a neurologist […]


Why Read A Parenting Book When You Can Just Watch The Brady’s?

I just got schooled. I guess I had to be here, in this place. This place of banging my head against the wall trying to parent a wacko/pyro 9 almost 10-year-old. I will start with this admission, I am a total hypocrite. I used to preach no TV until the Roosters Came Home and the Cows Went […]