Rant alert. Last week, the new government confirmed, by a historic tie-breaking vice presidential vote, the nomination of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. Educators, teachers unions, parents, and especially the special needs community were fearful of this woman’s confirmation. Now, it has happened. In my opinion, this is yet another low for a new government that … [Read more...] about Autism and the Future of Education in the United States
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Not surprisingly, recent headlines about free birth control really caught America’s attention. A St. Louis research team tracked more than 9,000 women, many of them poor or uninsured, from 2008 to 2010. The women were given their choice of contraception at no cost - from birth control pills to foolproof, long-term options like the IUD or implants. The effect on teen … [Read more...] about Bowl of Condoms in My Bathroom?
Nothing beats childcare as a bore-everyone-to-tears parenting subject. Long wait-lists; caregiver-child ratios; the pros and cons of in-home versus institutional care; the prevalence of germs; late fees; how to certify employees.When that positive pregnancy test sent you over the moon, did you ever think your joy would be reduced to this?When it comes to childcare, the … [Read more...] about The Most Important Senate Bill You’ve Never Heard Of
When I was a teenager, our family used to make the eighteen hour drive from Pennsylvania to Florida ever year for winter break. We’d pile our suitcases in the trunk, we’d load up with books and snacks, and my brother and I would cram into the backseat of my dad’s car, arm rest down in the middle like our own, personal, Berlin wall. Mostly, what I … [Read more...] about My Family’s First Road Trip
“Madison got an iPad for her birthday. Why can’t I?????” The whining, nagging tone is back and it’s only 9 in the morning. “Because YOU are not Madison and I am DEFINITELY not Madison’s mother." Or as my mother used to tell me: “Because the sky is high.” This does not appease her. My fourth grader has taken nagging to a new skill set. She is an unabashed complainer, as … [Read more...] about Our Un-Entitled Summer