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Monday, August 25, 2014

The first two weeks of school

The first two weeks of school was suppose to be an easy and smooth transition. However, it was not

this year for my two kids. My son who has autism came home with a scar on his arm and no one

knew how it got there. I was upset and angry because he can not explain to me what happened and

when I looked to school for an explanation they were loss. I even checked with the bus driver to see if

she knew anything but it was another dead end. Therefore, I told his teacher that from now on please

make sure that he does not come home with any scars and to check him daily.

Next, my little girl, has not adjusted to the demands of second grade. She can not tell me what she

learned or done in class. During the second week, when she started coming home

with homework, it was really difficult for her to understand. Which meant a lot

of hours at the homework table, and a lot of patience was required to help her get it done. Finally on

Thursday after my son's dental appointment, I spoke her sensei, and explained what was going on.

According to her sensei, she did notice that my daughter struggled with a math problem at the board

and has gotten off to a slow start. Lastly, my little girl's hair is also an issue for these couple of weeks.

Her mother did her hair but did not finish it. I had to do the best I could to manage it and literally cover

up the loose ends. I was upset because her mother did not come over and finish the work she

started. Therefore, over the weekend, I asked a family friend to finish the job her mother neglected.

I can not to see the finished product. I hope the next upcoming weeks are much better but I fear

that things will harder.

@2014 JSmithjr/The Couponhustla.

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Schick Hydro Groomer

Simplify your grooming routine with this 4-in-1 tool. 

I love using the Schick Hydro 5 Groomer because it gave me a nice clean shave. Plus, the Groomer comes with a built in trimmer which is a nice addition. The trimmer was used to shape my beard and eliminate nose hair. I also loved that the Groomer came with an AAA battery in the package so it was ready to use right away. I gave the Groomer a five star rating because it met all my grooming needs.

Disclaimer: I received this product in exchanged for a honest review from Schick.

@2014 JSmithjr/The Couponhustla.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Are individuals with autism capable of lying? If so, then how does that make you feel?

While watching the TV show, Good Doctor, I noticed the Autistic doctor started to tell lies. The Autistic doctor figured out something changed because he was not able to tell lies because of his diagnosis. However, the reason he started lying was because he liked another doctor, who worked at the hospital. The doctor did not understand his new emotions.

Ironically, I have also noticed my autistic child, has begun to lie. My child does not like because of love or least I hope not because he is 8 years old. The lies seem to fall under two categories:

  • To avoid punishment
  • To get something desired. 

Examples of my child lying

Example 1: At bedtime, my child claims he has to do a # 2. Sleeping is viewed as negative and must be avoided at any cost. I tell him to go to the restroom first and then go to bed. Problem solved. 

Example 2: Every time, my child hears a leaf blower, he tries to go look out the window. I will tell him not to look out the window. After his first request is denied, he tries to go to the restroom. Leaf blowing is something he finds interesting and he does not want to miss. 

I will never tell him not to use the restroom, so I make sure he does. Problem solved. 

Example 3: my child will tell me he ate all his food when he did not. He will say anything to get out of eating something, he does not want. 

I find myself more excited than angry about this development. How strange is that?

Please understand I do not want him to learn lying is good and acceptable, but he realized on his own lying serves a purpose. 

In other words, he is using lying, just like any child would. 

A few years ago, I would have never believed my Autistic child would be capable of lying at all. 

Even if I am wrong about his understanding of lying, he did lie to avoid eating foods, he did not like. He did lie to avoid sleep and he did lie to avoid punishment. 

Ultimately, this means he is one step closer to behaving as a typical 8-year-old child and not as a child with Autism. 

@2014 JSmithjr/The Coupon Hustla.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Hello Everyone

First I would like to thank you for checking out my Blog.
Who am I? I am an unemployed single father and special needs advocate raising two little ones and one of them have autism. I love sports, sports entertainment, anime, Korea, Japanese, Taiwanese & American tv dramas. I love music, couponing, reading and meeting new people. Unfortunately, things have not gone as I planned. For starters, I wanted to share my journey towards mastering couponing and posting my review awesome products I tried and possibly discuss my child's journey and battle with autism. My plans changed when my engine went out in my car. This has made it extremely difficult to coupon because I now have to depend on the mercy of others to go shopping. How can I continue to coupon with out having a job and a working vehicle?  While I still have not found a solution to this question, this blog has to continue to move forward. I will continue to post comments, concerns and as well as product reviews. Lastly, I would like to thank everyone who has visited my blog and supported my efforts in becoming a new blogger.


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