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Join me! Summer Reading Book Club at Heart Strides on Facebook Comments Off on Join me! Summer Reading Book Club at Heart Strides on Facebook

Join me! Summer Reading Book Club at Heart Strides on Facebook

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in #SomeNerve Challenge, Events, exercise, facing fears, Facing Forty Upside Down, fitness, parenting, running, Some Nerve, special needs, Women's empowerment

Dear Brave Ones – Oh how I’ve missed you! A spring of work, caregiving, and walking pneumonia kept me from writing and I’m just now finding my way back. I left The Nantucket Project at the end of our short-term agreement and will start freelancing again in the fall. In the meantime, I intend to catch up here on the blog – I’ve got stories to tell you and I hope you have stories to tell me! Tomorrow, Wednesday July 19 at 12 noon – 1 pm EST, I’ll be visiting the Heart Strides page on Facebook, answering questions about Some Nerve and facing fears. Heart Strides is a nonprofit organization that donates running shoes to moms of kids with disabilities, and their FB group provides a forum for much-needed encouragement and support. As a special needs mom who remembers when running errands and kids to doctors was the only running I did, I can see how Heart Strides shows caregivers that their physical and emotional well being matters, and how the can-do spirit that comes from running carries over into the hard work of parenting. I’m excited to get to know this group of brave moms and to answer questions about fears, goals, and (in my case) very...

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Dream Big…and Then Get to Work 2

Dream Big…and Then Get to Work

Posted by on Jun 21, 2012 in Facing Forty Upside Down, parenting, special needs

G and R, not just dreaming We all want our kids to dream big.  Mine talk about becoming vets, inventors, artists, teachers, hairdressers or amusement park designers, depending on the day.  But there’s a lot to learn before a dream can become a reality, and for kids with special needs, it can sometimes be hard to imagine getting from here to there. 11 yo G graduated from her special ed elementary school class today, where for the past 2 years her teachers and therapists have poured their expertise and efforts into building her foundation.  G is reading, writing, and doing math, problem solving and thinking creatively, learning to work both under pressure and simply for the pleasure of it, in a way we only dreamed of before.  She is enjoying using her new skills, whether in writing an email or making origami or pancakes, calculating the tip on a restaurant bill or shooting baskets.   She knows now by working hard she can achieve mastery over things she wants to do.  It is now no longer a leap to imagine her one day making a diagnosis or discovery, or teaching a child how to take on the world. To all the teachers, therapists, aides, and coaches who do this...

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Thoughts on the ‘Asian F,’ and "Battle Hymn of the Yoga Mother," My Audrey Magazine Story, now available online 3

Thoughts on the ‘Asian F,’ and "Battle Hymn of the Yoga Mother," My Audrey Magazine Story, now available online

Posted by on Oct 12, 2011 in Asian American, Facing Forty Upside Down, parenting, special needs, Tiger Mom, Yoga

On a recent episode of Glee, the high school gleek Mike Chang (played by the breathtaking dancer Harry Shum, Jr.)  disappointed his Tiger Father by getting an A- (an “Asian F”) on a test but then reignited his mother’s love of dance by admitting where his passion lies. It echoed my experiences growing up, the external pressure to succeed academically and the internal pressure to sing, dance and be free.  Minus Harry Shum, Jr’s talent! In parenting my own special needs kids, I needed something different than what I was raised with.  My story, published in Audrey Magazine, is now available online:  “Battle Hymn of the Yoga Mother” What kind of pressures and expectations did you grow up with?  What do you think of them now? Share: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin Google+...

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"8 Simple Stress Busters for Kids" – up on iVillage now! 5

"8 Simple Stress Busters for Kids" – up on iVillage now!

Posted by on Jun 16, 2011 in Facing Forty Upside Down, parenting, special needs, Yoga

My kids emote.  A lot.  And as a yoga teacher for kids with special needs, I see how hard it can be for kids to calm down when their engines are revved up.  I’m sharing 8 of my favorite activities that teach kids (and grownups too!) how to self regulate – check it out at iVillage right now: “8 Simple Stress Busters for Kids” And let me know what you think!  What helps your kids settle down when they’re amped up, upset, or nervous?  What helps YOU? Share: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin Google+...

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Walk, Run, Fly for Autism Speaks! 1

Walk, Run, Fly for Autism Speaks!

Posted by on Jun 6, 2011 in Facing Forty Upside Down, parenting, special needs

Such an uplifting day, walking to benefit Autism Speaks!   So many families touched by autism gathered, as well as the dedicated professionals who work to support them.  For parents of kids with developmental delays, the days are full of action: researching treatments, speaking for our kids and their needs, helping them navigate the world and networking with anyone and everyone who might be able to help.  The nights are often full of anxious questions like when and whether our kids will be able to advocate for themselves, and who would care for them if anything happened to us.  We just don’t want them to be alone. Today, no one was alone.  A dozen people wore “I Walk For Jorge” shirts, several more wore “Shane ’09” “Shane ’10,” “Shane ’11.”   Behind family banners and school banners, crowds gathered.  In twos and threes individual families held hands, guiding autistic children and adults to where they needed to go.  Our daughter walked with her teachers and therapists who work with special needs kids all week and chose to spend their weekend here with students and colleagues. My favorite T-shirt spotted along the route read:  “Will Work for Positive Reinforcement!”  Many kids sported superman capes or logos.  From where we stood, every person participating was a superhero today! Thank you to everyone who supported...

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Audrey Magazine’s Summer Issue is Here! 2

Audrey Magazine’s Summer Issue is Here!

Posted by on May 31, 2011 in Asian American, Blog news, Facing Forty Upside Down, parenting, special needs, Tiger Mom

And it’s hot, hot, hot! This is not me on the cover. But you can read “My Story” inside, about how my special-needs daughter tamed two Tiger Moms.  Also, Asian American women of all ages show off what makes them beautiful and strong, inside and out! Audrey Magazine’s Summer Issue I’m going to practice my catwalk.  Maybe I’ll make the cover by Fall… Share: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin Google+...

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