July 22, 2014

By Dan Coulter

Damon Runyon, author of the play, "Guys and Dolls" once said, "The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but that’s the way to bet."

Whatever races and battles you’re dealing with, life is full of surprises.

If you’re raising one or...

July 17, 2014

By Dan Coulter

When’s the last time you apologized to one of your kids? Of course, maybe you don’t ever do anything that requires an apology.

If so, you are a very rare person. I believe most of us can recall times when we’ve assumed something about our kids that turn...

July 9, 2014

By Dan Coulter

My wife, Julie, and I were in church before the service recently and a woman came up and told Julie how nice it was that she’d brought our son Drew to their Sunday School class last week. “You really can’t tell that there’s anything…” She didn’t finish th...

July 2, 2014

By Dan Coulter

If you’re a parent or teacher or coach or youth leader, have you ever been tempted to write a child off? To expect little or nothing and put your efforts elsewhere? For an hour or a day or even permanently? Have you ever felt justified because a child...

June 14, 2014

By Dan Coulter

 I think a lot of dads are getting better.

     I see more and more who are taking a larger role in their children's lives, especially sons and daughters with special needs. Fewer dads who bury themselves in work and tell themselves that their contribution...

June 11, 2014

By Dan Coulter

I’ve had a taste of acclaim a number of times in my life.

     The first time that stands out was riding on the bus to an “away” basketball game in junior high school. The cheerleaders were doing that “Bill, Bill, he’s our man, if he can’t do it, David...

June 5, 2014

By Dan Coulter

If your child is diagnosed with a significant disability, disorder, or condition, it’s pretty common to start a frantic search for answers.  Is there a cure?  If there’s no cure, where’s the manual I can use to do exactly the right things to help my ch...

May 21, 2014

By Dan Coulter

Ever been frustrated or embarrassed by something one of your kids said or did in public? The stares of strangers can feel like bullets.  

If your child has an Autism Spectrum Disorder, you may sometimes feel like you’ve been machine-gunned.Wou...

May 6, 2014

By Dan Coulter

We all want to make a difference. We all crave feedback.

As Mothers’ Day gets closer, I’m thinking about moms of kids with Asperger Syndrome and other autism spectrum disorders who give a lot, but don’t always get a lot of feedback from their kids. The...

April 21, 2014

By Dan Coulter

A while back, I went through a box of papers I got from my mom when she moved into a retirement home. It was a Dan shrine. I found every issue of the high school newspaper I edited. And mementos of every accomplishment or award she could get her hands...

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