My son starts 8th grade tomorrow. Last year at this time I was worried about the transition from a comfy elementary environment to a potentially overwhelming middle school experience. However, my son felt confident and 7th grade went well. He had no negative experiences (that I know of) and his grades were excellent. What about 8th grade? Well, my son already has … [Read more...] about Back to School for an 8th Grader with Autism – Part 1
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“You’re hungry all the time, even when you’re sleeping,” Rhonda Wile explained the first time we met. “It feels like constant starvation. You gradually understand that you are going to be starving - starving for a child -- for the rest of your life.” Rhonda and I were sipping iced tea in the Wile’s cactus-studded yard in the Arizona twilight. I’d come to interview Rhonda … [Read more...] about The Baby Chase: How Far Would You Go To Become a Parent?
Your house alarm system is triggered in the middle of the night, you're home alone with your kids. Quick. What do you do? 3…2…1…go.It's hard to know for sure until you find yourself in this situation, as I did last week. But first, a little background: In high school, I took a course (NLS) to become a lifeguard in order to earn extra money. The majority of the … [Read more...] about The Last Thing You Want To Hear At 1 AM
I am RIGHT in it people. Princesses, princesses everywhere. My newly-minted 3 year old is obsessed, and my 19-month old is following suit. (I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree... I literally thought I was Snow White when I was five. And Lord help you if you disputed me.) Fact about princesses: The feminist in me hates them. The mom in me thinks they're … [Read more...] about Piecing Together The Princess Problem
What I know about parenting is- children’s needs are intense. Sometimes I-N-T-E-N-S-E! Simply accepting that brings more peace and enjoyment in the parenting journey. The more you try to resist the intense needs of children, the harder parenting gets. Whenever possible I aim for a more go with the flow mentality. The more I try to get my children to conform, the more I … [Read more...] about Parenting: Power Struggles