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Laura

Do you work outside the home?

I work part time for my sister-in-law's business, Artists Uncork'd.  Artists Uncork'd is a company that teaches people to paint while in a social setting. I am a background person who helps run the events smoothly.  I also help organize the art studio in Lakewood.

What do you do to relax?
Read, watch TV and exercise.  I try to swim half of a mile once or twice a week.
What else would you like to tell us about yourself? I am mostly a stay-at-home mom. I only work about 5 hours a week. My children are ages 5, 8 & 9. My husband and I have been married for almost 11 years. 

What benefits has Connecting for Kids brought to you and your family?
The biggest benefit is that they directed us to a Bible Study at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church. The friendships we have formed at this bible study have been priceless. We are so thankful for that. 

What I worry about the most...
I worry the most about my son making friends. It would make me so happy if he could have play dates the way my other children do.  He is in a social group through ABA Outreach Services. I know the skills he is learning there will help him now and in the future.

The area where I have grown the most...
I have learned to better handle my emotions. Before I use to worry and get upset about the tiniest detail. I think because I have had so much stuff thrown on my plate I have learned to not let the little things bother me so much.

I get embarrassed when...
I get embarrassed when my son (who is on the autism spectrum) throws a tantrum when we are out in public. I can just feel all the strangers staring at me and judging my parenting. It makes me frustrated because I feel like I am being scrutinized even though no else knows the circumstances of my family.

We'd love to know if you have any go-to resources such as blogs, websites, or books that we can share with other parents. 
I really liked the Book: "What Color is Monday?" by Carrie Cariello. It explains how a normal family deals with autism. I also love the Book, "Wonder." by R. J. Palacio. I think it should be in every house with a special needs individual. It is great book about accepting everyone just how they are.

Is there anything else about your journey that you would like to share with other parents?
Just to remind them that they are not alone. I know how lonely it can feel at times.  Just to remember that there is always someone who can relate to what they are going through.


Laura is the mother of three children.

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