Parents scramble to find spots for children after Bangor day care announces closure

By Natalie Feulner on Aug. 27, 2014, at 4:56 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Brewer mother Kim Armell gripped a notebook full of lists of preschools and her eyes welled up with tears when she talked about finding a new place to care for her two young children. But it’s a reality she and more than 100 other local families are …

Bangor’s Grace Church to cease operations, including day care

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 26, 2014, at 9:42 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Leaders of Grace Church issued a statement Tuesday announcing plans to cease operations, including its day care, because of decreased membership that has in turn resulted in a loss of charitable income. “It is with great regret that the board of directors has resolved to close Grace …
Katie Bilodeau gives her 11-month-old son Carter a bottle before he takes an afternoon nap at their house in Gray on Friday. Bilodeau and her husband Chad follow napping routine advice from child sleep consultant Jessica Begley.

Gray mother turns sleepless nights into consulting business

By Natalie Feulner on Aug. 25, 2014, at 1:43 p.m.
Jessica Begley geeks out about sleep. At least she does when it comes to helping parents and children have more rest-filled nights. Begley, a mother of two, recently became Maine’s first certified infant and child sleep consultant after graduating from the Family Sleep Institute’s Certified Child Sleep Consultant certification program. …
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Day One: Epic RV Adventure

on Aug. 25, 2014, at 7:09 a.m.
Day One of our Adventures: From Maine to Massachusetts. Just a few tears, mostly smiles. Read on to figure out what our 1st Obvious Piece of Advice is for those travelling with Autism! AND help us name our RV!
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The Unknown

on Aug. 21, 2014, at 8:56 p.m.
When you're welcomed into the World of Autism, you are more or less being welcomed into the World of the Unknown. Unknown in what causes it even though there are plenty of theories floating around. Unknown in how to treat it- hundreds of different therapies that all have different results with each different child with autism. Doctors tell you there is no way to know what your child's functioning level will be as an adult. Every day is an unknown, as the thing that didn't set your child off yesterday just may set them off today.
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Guest Post: SPD & Anxiety

on Aug. 20, 2014, at 7:38 a.m.
Guest post from Fun and Function addressing sensory processing disorder and anxiety. Also, an exclusive code just for The A-Word readers to get 10 percent off their next order!
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The Protector

on Aug. 13, 2014, at 1:36 p.m.
Apparently Corbin was playing outside with his aunt, brother, and cousins yesterday afternoon when a neighborhood child asked, "What is wrong with him?". My sister and my niece quickly answered with the correct answer, "Nothing is wrong with him. He just has something called autism." The child replied, "What is that? Some kind of stupid disease?". Corbin has definitely had children ask him about his brother on many occasions and he usually does a wonderful job using it as a teaching experience. But we all have those days where our limits are already maxed.

5 minute edible fingerpaint

on Aug. 13, 2014, at 9:42 a.m.
My little one puts everything in her mouth these days. So paint I don’t have to worry about her eating? Perfect. What you’ll need:  2 cups of flour** 1/2 cup of sugar 1 teaspoon of salt 1 cup of hot water 1 cup of cold water Food coloring Directions: Mix …

On nursing in public

on Aug. 12, 2014, at 1:42 p.m.
NIP. Nursing. In. Public. Three little words making headline after headline thanks to a article in Glamour about Olivia Wilde’s recent photo shoot for the magazine’s September issue. The photo is notable only because she is nursing her son at what appears to be a restaurant table. I know a …

Parenting milestones nobody mentions Pt. 2

on Aug. 11, 2014, at 9:16 a.m.
And now, since babies grow and develop exponentially fast, here’s a second installment of parenting milestones not mentioned in the books: :: The first (or 15th) time you wake up on the floor of the nursery snuggled up with a baby-sized blanket and a stuffed animal under your head. :: …

Now that we are mobile

on Aug. 08, 2014, at 9:59 a.m.
The Bug isn’t quite crawling, but she’s not staying in one place anymore either. She’s perfected the “scroot” as we like to call it — the crawl/scoot, and it’s gets faster everyday. Movement forward started a few weeks ago and since then, very important lessons were learned rather quickly: 1. No …

Move Over Crayons, Hello IPhone

on Aug. 08, 2014, at 9:54 a.m.
While we might still teach our kids about right or wrong, grammar, and manners our children can teach us a thing or two about computers and smartphones. The Wall Street Journal reports six-year-olds knows more about technology than 45 year olds. Six year olds! And 14 and 15 year olds …
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Ten Birthday Wishes

on Aug. 08, 2014, at 8:56 a.m.
Yesterday was my birthday. It was a wonderful day being thoroughly surprised by my husband, cupcakes at work, and lots of hugs from my amazing boys. There are a few more birthday wishes I wouldn’t  have minded receiving for my birthday though: How about some sleep?  The night before my birthday was …
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Parents, it’s time to take back dinnertime!

on Aug. 08, 2014, at 8:03 a.m.
Join us as we teach our kids healthy eating habits #ONENEWFOOD at a time!

Breastfeeding is not sexy.

on Aug. 06, 2014, at 3:46 p.m.
There.  I have your attention.  I used the words “breast” and “sexy” in my title, which led you here. I am writing this piece in honor of World Breastfeeding Week. I’ve thought about sharing this before but I usually shy away from stirring things up on sensitive topics.  Well, nothing is …

Literacy: The first year

on Aug. 06, 2014, at 10:07 a.m.
We know now that literacy skills begin developing during the first years of life. Programs like “Raising Readers,” which many Maine hospitals and doctors offices participate in, gift books to children right from birth knowing it sets a good foundation. Now, we’re not talking ABC’s in the hospital room, but those …

A back-to-school list to live by.

on Aug. 05, 2014, at 1:05 p.m.
I started seeing them back in June.  School supplies officially hit the stores. I began to feel the uneasiness and anxiety that is back-to-school for a parent. School had literally just ended and our summer had yet to begin.  I hadn’t even bought bathing suits for the kids. My daughter didn’t skip …

Sesame Street Live returning to Bangor this fall

on Aug. 04, 2014, at 12:53 p.m.
Maine children can boogy and shake with Elmo and his friends once again this fall when Sesame Street Live’s “Let’s Dance!” performance returns to the Cross Insurance Center. This is the show’s second stop at the new auditorium in Bangor and shows are scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 14 and Wednesday, …
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What I Learned at AAC Camp

on Aug. 04, 2014, at 10:58 a.m.
Our top five takeaways from our weekend at AAC Camp. Check them out and see if they will help your pre-verbal or AAC-using child!

Weight Loss is Not Always “THE” Goal.

on Aug. 01, 2014, at 8:32 p.m.
Hello friends. It seems I have lost some weight. This is not something I tried to do. In fact, I really didn’t notice until some friends began to ask me about it. And then there was the scale at the doctor’s office that confirmed that indeed, I have shed some …
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