Laurie was born in Fort Worth but grew up in Portland, Oregon. Teaching and family brought her back to Texas after completing her graduate work at Oregon State. She has been married to her husband Darien for almost ten years, and they have three young kids; 7, 5, and 4. No longer a public school teacher, Laurie spends her time running her small business, embracing her role as "household manager," and advocating for children with neurodiverse needs. She writes most frequently about autism acceptance through her blog Living Divergent.

My Scheduled Cesarean Section

Right or wrong, or perhaps just a highly personal and individual decision, I have no emotional or moral attachment to how my babies are delivered.
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Laser Therapy :: Beat Melasma with This Beauty Tool

A 10-minute procedure at the end of each summer versus prescription cream for half the year definitely fits into my lazy girl beauty routine.
Moms love a good set of pajamas.

The Ultimate Guide to Stylish and Comfortable Pajamas for Women

I compiled a list of feedback from the women who responded, divided the options into categories by price point, and dug wholeheartedly into pajama research.
A resource guide for parents with kids on the autism spectrum.

Autism Resource Guide :: Diagnostics, Therapies, Programs, Schools, and Activities

To bring awareness year-round (don't forget to celebrate April as World Autism Month!), I've put together a resource guide for parents, children, and young adults that focuses specifically on Fort Worth.
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For the Mom of Kids Who Don’t Have Learning Disabilities

The big takeaway here is that learning disabilities do not affect a person's intellectual capacity. Instead, they affect the ways a person processes information. They create a gap between what a person is capable of and what they have actually achieved.

When Kids Ask the Hard Questions: How to Talk to Young Kids About Suicide

As adults, we tend to overcomplicate things or get too technical. If you plan your language out ahead of time, you can avoid doing that. Remember, all conversations are manageable if you keep age and maturity in mind.
Find the currency that matters most to your child when enforcing discipline.

Finding the Right Currency :: When Your Child Doesn’t Respond to Consequences

If I tried to take away a favorite item of my daughter's, she could care less! If I tried to get my son to clean his room by offering praise or positive incentives, he would be living in a trash pile. They have different motivators, but those motivators are pretty easy to spot.