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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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Gaylord-Pickens Museum: The five positive traits your child can learn through Oklahoma's own

What traits stand out in Oklahomans? Teach children about our state's history through some of its most renowned contributors.

Three reasons to visit Oklahoma City's National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum with kids

Find out about all that it offers for kids! History is hands-on with exhibit guides, touch-and-see experiences and spaces made especially for families.

February sunshine: choosing to find the fun

Sometimes, it's good to just admit that life isn't shiny happy Facebook-perfect. That's what is real and happening now. So you have to choose to be happy anyway, find the sunshine. Because your kids are watching.

The funny-not-funny Valentine's Day: planning a stay-at-home night

Planning for Valentine's Day? Our Weekend Warrior offers three ideas for a fun evening in with the family if you can't make it out as a couple.This week's post is all about loving your funny Valentine anyway.

Three ways to learn together: education beyond the classroom

Being involved in the community is an important aspect of every child's education I can recommend any day of the week. Other than that, it really depends on the child. Here are three ways you can try getting involved.

All about birthdays: fun and where to find it

Looking for a place to host a birthday party this year? Check out our Weekend Warrior's latest post.
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Remembering the 'Why'

The feeling of being overwhelmed was just below the surface threatening to squeeze out through my tear ducts.

Repurposing a Formal Dining Room

If you’ve been kicking around the idea of a Dining Room-Volution yourself, I highly recommend it. Turn that unused space into an office, a library/reading nook, or a second living space just for the kids!

A Shop with Heart: The Shidler-Wheeler Community Thrift Store

Faithworks of the Inner City built its community center building across from Shidler Elementary School in 2009 and it has quickly become a beloved gathering place, a home of sorts, for some 200-plus families in the Shidler-Wheeler neighborhood.

Tween Room on a Budget

We were on a very tight budget, so everything had to cost next to nothing, but that’s what makes a project EXCITING in my opinion!

2017: The Year of No Goals

The New Year is upon us already and the season of self-reflection is in full swing.

The Unexpected Wake-Up Call

I have a notoriously bad memory, and the pictures I take are like little lifelines to my own past.
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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.

Open Letter

So you were concerned that something was “not quite right” with your child, but hesitated to go forward with testing because you didn’t want your child to be “labeled.”

Everybody Has Something

Kids, especially teenagers, don’t want to stand out. They want to seamlessly float along, incognito among their peers. Like oatmeal. Or vanilla ice cream. Or tofu.

The Start of The Journey

It doesn’t matter when you notice, but when you do it cannot be ignored. When you find yourself at that crossroad of “Typical” and “Unique,” there are a few suggestions I’d like to offer up to make your journey a little easier.