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Life before my kids was always a race. I never took the time to look and appreciate the smallest of things. After having my daughter, she has taught me to slow down and enjoy each moment. When we walk, it is no longer a power walk but one where we notice the birds and the flowers and talk about what is going on in her life. We notice the beauty all around, from ants building a home to the smallest of clovers in the lawn.

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My daughter, who has autism, has taught me to celebrate the smallest victories in life and never take things for granted. I know that when you say you are going to do something, do it. If you say, “I’ll be there in five minutes,” do not make it 10! Laugh and laugh often. Take time to snuggle. When waking up in the morning and tucking in at night, as well as dropping off at school and picking up, take five minutes just to talk about the day.

Listen with both ears. Be positive and kind. Do not interrupt. Have courage to do the right thing, even if you are the only one. And be brave. Be comfortable in your skin. Be confident with who you are. Stand up for others. Always do what is right and obey the rules. Smile at everyone as it might be the only smile they get that day. Do for others. Be kind to the earth, recycle and reuse. Most of all, love one another and have compassion for those in need.