Edmonds Kind of Dad

Edmonds Kind of Dad: Remembering George and saying good-bye

Edmonds Kind of Dad: Remembering George and saying good-bye

It wasn’t a bad dream. There was no nightmare to wake up from. It is all real. So very real. Saturday was an opportunity for friends and family of my brother George to gather and celebrate his life, and all that he brought to those he touched. I can’t say enough how incredible the outpouring of love has been for George. I have no doubt in my mind that he felt this love – although I seriously... »

Edmonds Kind of Dad: Remembering my brother: George Kaufer, Jr.

Edmonds Kind of Dad: Remembering my brother: George Kaufer, Jr.

Last night, I lost one of only four people in the world who have been in my life since the day I was born. Tragically, my brother George passed away in our hometown of Walnut Creek, Calif. after being struck by a car while riding his bicycle on his way to a dentist appointment in Danville. He was only 55. I’m in a state of shock and I’m sure I will be for some time. This type of unexpected death h... »

Edmonds Kind of Dad: Challenging the Edmonds School District’s Challenge Program

Edmonds Kind of Dad: Challenging the Edmonds School District’s Challenge Program

I admit it: I’m a proud father. But when you have a son who counted to 100 at the age of 2, studied and understood the U.S. highway system at the age of 4, and explained weather patterns to teachers in 2nd grade, you know you have a pretty special kid on your hands. Every teacher, coach, and adult who knows Ty say the same thing: “He thinks differently – unlike any other child I’ve ever met.” &nbs... »

An Edmonds Kind of Dad: Autism and siblings — a generation that will change the world

An Edmonds Kind of Dad: Autism and siblings — a generation that will change the world

With more than 1 in 88 kids in the U.S. now being diagnosed on the autism spectrum, it’s impossible to find anyone who hasn’t been touched by it in some way – either through neighbors, friends or relatives. And as challenging and difficult as it may be for us parents to cope with all that comes with raising children on the spectrum, its sometimes easy to forget those who are equally (if not more s... »

Edmonds Kind of Dad: Honoring Mikaela and Owen

Edmonds Kind of Dad: Honoring Mikaela and Owen

By David Kaufer In my last post, I wrote about the bittersweet moments that come with parenting a child with Autism. And as I usually try to do, I focused on an positive aspect – the great joy that comes from a developmental step – even a minor one. Mikaela Tragically, today there are two families who will be unable to celebrate these milestones with their autistic children because those precious ... »

Edmonds Kind of Dad: Bittersweet and Autism

Edmonds Kind of Dad: Bittersweet and Autism

By David Kaufer A few weeks ago Ty asked me what “bittersweet” meant. He had been taken in by “Bittersweet Symphony” by The Verve after hearing it a few times and wanted to know the definition of the word. I tried to explain that it’s when you experience something that could be both good and not-so-good at the same time. I can tell you that being a parent of twin boys – especially when one is on t... »