Autism and the Game of Objectifying People My son was very excited for our month long vacation to the Mid-West and East Coast this past summer. He had several reasons: baseball games, train museums, visiting relatives and friends, going to his favorite place (Bromley Mountain in Vermont), and attending Super Smash Con in Virginia. My husband was with us for the … [Read more...] about Autism and the Game of Objectifying People
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Two of my closest girlfriends have, in the last 3 months, had their first babies. Both of them are surrounded by friends whose children are all a few years older or if they have infants, it is not their first. I listen to all of us talk to them about pregnancy, delivery, newborns and kids and watch as their eyes glaze over and their brains shut down and I think good lord, … [Read more...] about There’s Only One Wrong Way To Parent
My first child - the one who made me a mom - is a boy. I remember, among the mix of overwhelming, hormonally-charged emotions, feeling incredulous that my body had created not just a baby, but a boy. "I grew a penis!" I secretly exalted in my mind. Every step of the way since then, I’ve tried to nurture his essential boy-ness while not letting him shy away from his … [Read more...] about Explicitly Wrong: Fighting Sexism in My Own House
“Lainie’s mom said Kira’s shorts are too short and she shouldn’t wear makeup to school.” “Anil’s parents told him he’s lucky both his parents are Indian. His family feels sorry for Sarah because her dad is African American and her mom is White.” “Jill told me it is too bad you’re Christian and Dad is Jewish. That’s why I don’t get a bat mitzvah.” “Erin’s mom says … [Read more...] about The Parent Gossip Train: Do You Ever Talk About Other People’s Kids?
I've always worried a lot, panicked in some instances, about whether I'm doing things right. In a way that might bring approval. In a way that avoids descriptions like lazy, unfocused, undisciplined, stupid, mean. This is cowardly, I am sure. I don't want to see those scathing words attached to my name, so I toil against them. Not for something, but against something. … [Read more...] about I’m a People Pleaser- And It’s Affecting My Life…