For a child with autism, my son really doesn’t have a problem speaking in public. Why not? Good question. When he was younger and had to do an oral presentation at school, he did them. We didn’t go to the teacher and say, “Well, he has autism so…” Instead, we had him practice. We helped prepare him. I remember having him sit at a chair in the kitchen (as if he … [Read more...] about Autism and Public Speaking
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Surprise: You and your daughter aren’t speaking the same language! Actually, that's only a surprise if you believe that you and your daughter understand each other all the time. Quite simply, there are times when your daughter says something and you totally misinterpret her intent. Communication can be compromised when you don’t respond in the way she intended you … [Read more...] about Are You and Your Teen Speaking Different Languages?
I find myself in unfamiliar territory these days. Difficult unknown waters, and on some days I feel like I’m drowning. Why didn’t tweens come with a handbook? Why wasn’t psychology a prerequisite before becoming a mother? Why weren’t giving a magical dose of compassion and patience when it comes to dealing with child hormones and unexplainable attitudes? Hey, if the make-up … [Read more...] about Are We Speaking the Same Language?
Harvard University picked Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, (real name Joanne Murray) and mom to David, 5, and Mackenzie, 3 to give this year's graduation speech, saying her "stories have helped spawn a generation of enthusiastic readers." "Perhaps no one in our time has done more than J.K. Rowling to inspire young people to experience the excitement and sheer joy of reading," … [Read more...] about Modern Mom Spotlight: JK Rowling Speaking to Harvard's Class of 2008
Fifteen years ago, a single book I picked up in the Boston Airport helped me leave an abusive job, seek help for a spiraling eating disorder and pursue my passion for writing. There is no doubt, when I look back at the last decade plus, (during which I got healthy, married, had my first child and became a published author), that a book saved my life. Throughout my life, I’ve … [Read more...] about The Book That Saved My Life (and the books that are helping mom’s through the pandemic)