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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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The ultimate road trip: Mario the Magician and family on OKC-bound tour

Wanderlust and summer daydreams: the Marchese family's traveling magic show takes them all over the country with two small kids. Hear Katie Marchese's road trip advice and enter to win tickets for their Oklahoma City show!

Oklahoma's own: three reasons to visit the Stafford Air and Space Museum in Weatherford

Every young Oklahoman who looks at our corner of the night sky should go see the Stafford Air and Space Museum.

Picture perfect: six tips for a fuss-free time at the movies with kids

If you're taking a small child to the movies this summer, here are six tried and true tips to make it a better experience for everyone.

Independence Day in Oklahoma City: plan for suburban fun with your family

Plan your family's July Fourth! This year might just be the one your kids remember most.

Art, kids and community: Kehinde Wiley in Oklahoma City

The art is beautiful for art's sake. I don't know, though, how a family could see the exhibition and not have some follow-up conversations about people of color, their role in art, history and society and why we don't see more portraits that feature people who look like the ones depicted.

Going boldly in OKC: science is for everyone

Tomorrow's scientists are already born. Is there one living at your house? Find local resources at Geekapalooza.
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Guest Post: Celebrating Breastfeeding Awareness Month

I woke up early and I stayed up late, carefully collecting, recording and storing extra ounces for donation. 1,733 to be exact.

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?
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Explaining Autism to Children

It did not take long before he started asking why he was going to special doctors and therapists while his sister was not. He wanted to know what was wrong. He asked, “Am I going to die?”

Who's Your Hulk?

Who is your Hulk? Is it your child with special needs? Is it a kiddo whose square peg learning will never fit in the round hole?

What's So Odd About Autism?

A sense of hopelessness sets in as one contemplates the social. What’s the point? Why try to be social when experience illuminates your social ineptitude?

Odd Dad's View on Fidget Spinners

Like any parent of a child on the Autism spectrum, searching for anything that will assist your efforts to calm, focus and soothe your child is an obsession.

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.