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Callie Collins lives and writes in north Oklahoma City. She and her husband have three sons, Sam (9), Isaac (4) and their youngest son Gabriel was born in January 2015. When Callie isn't working, you'll find her reading, exercising or out with her children at a local event.

About Thinking Differently

Thinking Differently: Family Life with Autism is a blog compiled by Oklahoma City parents of children with autism. Check back every other week for a new post to encourage you in your parenting journey.

About Thrive & Dime

Emery Clark is a musical stay-at-home mother to three boys aged 11, 7, and 5. When she's not leading or writing worship music with my husband of 13 years, she's trying to find creative ways to live a beautiful, budgeted life in Oklahoma. She enjoys local thrifting, design and fashion on a budget and writing honest, real snapshots of the day-to-day beauty & struggles of motherhood and beyond.
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This is how we summer: camps and the free-time balance in OKC

Summer is supposed to be carefree. How many summer camps are too many summer camps? How much free time is too much free time? Screen time?

iFLY and the spark of science: every parent's challenge

How are you teaching your kids about STEAM?

Thank you: three ways to support Oklahoma's teachers before the school year ends

When teachers feel supported, the community wins. Our kids especially, in turn. A job isn't just what you do but how you do it. Thank you to every teacher who works with children to help them learn all that they must.

Mother's Day in Oklahoma City and the #selfcare you need

Take care of yourself and go do what you want to do with MetroFamily's Mother's Day Fun Guide! Model for your kids the kind of life you want them to have, because that's what's already happening. They see so much. Nourishment and hydration and sleep have to be there. Joy too.

Run to remember: teaching your kids about the Oklahoma City bombing

The Murrah Building bombing is difficult to explain to children. It's a huge part of our community's background and the spirit that shapes the Oklahoma Standard. Teach your kids about it at the Oklahoma City Memorial Kids Marathon this Sunday.

Family night: three tips to get one started at your house this week

Pizza, movies, board games: what's your idea of family night? Tell us and we just might share your tips too!
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Raising a Reader

All three of my boys have a voracious appetite for reading, and although I can’t claim to have some magic, fail-proof formula for you, I’d love to share some of my tips and techniques on raising kids who love to read!

My Mother

All of the hard work and tears she'd poured into raising me well was now to be poured out into the next generation.

Family Fun: A Foam Dart DIY

My oldest son and his friends have become quite obsessed with foam dart guns lately.

The Well-Tailored Gown of Motherhood

It took me a good long while to reach a place where I could confidently say that having kids was one of the best things that had ever happened to me.

Better Than A Day Spa

What if I told you I got to go somewhere in town and kick my feet up for two hours in a comfy reclining chair while reading, watching TV, being offered blankets, free wi-fi, and movies to watch, while also being brought whatever snack foods or drinks my heart desired?

Preparing for Tornado Season

​It’s storm season here in Oklahoma, and it’s time to have everything prepared for your tornado safety plan!
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Matthieu’s First Concert

I loved seeing him swept up in the music. I wish I could have bottled the moment to keep forever.

The Force Within

Believe it or not, each of us has a little bit of the force in us. You may want to deny it, but it’s there.

Marching to the Beat

Just think of what the autism world would like if we put our number focus on the strengths of an individual, instead of focusing mostly on the challenges?

Asperger's? What?

She said, “He’s smart, and the smart ones are hard.”

Thinking Differently: A Holiday Edition

It was hard for me to give up trying to re-create the memories from my own childhood. But as I learned, I realized our best chance for success was to give my son a say in our plans.

I Should Have Seen It Coming

You know those stories you start hearing as you get older? The ones that made your cheeks turn a shade of crimson red that only a parent or significant other could truly appreciate.