Splendid Spark Blog

Self care, sanity, and simple joys.

Embrace your quirks. Here’s why.

It's time for all of us to embrace our unique qualities. To play and enjoy. To design life through creating. As a parent of differently wired and unique children, you are in a prime spot to encourage this creative exploration. But a shift toward creativity and...

What does it mean to be Chasing 2e?

I don’t know how I feel about the phrase ‘chasing 2e’. I’ve heard it a number of times now, along with the recommendation to keep finding doctors or practitioners who will diagnose an issue. When we were seeking medical help to figure out what was going on with our...

Drowning in advice?

If you’re a parent, plenty of advice comes your way. Most from strangers, or mild acquaintances, this advice originates from their own experience. We all use our own experience to make sense of the world and how things work. Usually, the advice sesh a quick...

Do test scores matter?

When someone mentions the term ‘gifted’ regarding their child, one question pops up in everyone's mind: How do you know? Who has the magic wand to bestow the 'gifted' label or not? Even though that's what if feels like sometimes, there’s no magic answer. The most...

Surprise! An unexpected gift warms my heart.

My parents sent a mystery gift that arrived last night. A lamp shade gave away it's identity, but as I pulled it out of the box, I wondered if it would be a leg lamp, a la A Christmas Story. Nope! It’s still different though! It's made out of an airplane engine...

School: Are you doing the right thing?

I recently read an article about a 10 year old boy who was a sophomore in college, studying math and physics. In the article, they described how he developed early with words and numbers. His parents recounted him speaking in sentences just after his first birthday,...

‘Stick him in baseball!’ A different approach to sport.

I’m not against team sports, but our experience was excrutiatingly stressful for all involved: us, the coaches, and the kids. When the boys were young, we tried a few different team sports like soccer and hockey. It wasn’t great.   Our oldest is not, or at least...

Life lessons from an unlikely source.

In the last year, both of my boys have acquired cameras. One from a thrift store, and one for a birthday. Every once in awhile we go for a photo walk where all three of us take pictures.   Invariably, my kids take tons of pictures of weeds.   In their eyes,...

Leadership, love, and parenting.

Last week I had my first ride alone with my son. We’ve been mountain biking as a family for a long time, yet I’d never gone out on the trails with the kids without my husband. Maybe it was confidence or simple lack of opportunity since we’re always together, but it...

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