Endings and Beginnings


Out of Control in Kindergarten: Letting My Son Draw Himself

The start of my first official school year as a parent has gone smoothly so far. JP wakes every morning excited about getting on the bus and going to a new school where learning is cleverly disguised as fun. He actually likes doing his homework with me every afternoon, and he is so tired by the end of the day that our normal hour-long bedtime ritual has been reduced to a few books that end long before my nighttime television begins. He has really adjusted beautifully to the changes that Kindergarten has brought to our household and I couldn’t be more proud. Me on the other hand? Not so much....more
@chinyaray Thanks Chinyaray. I agree. My control issues continue to pop up and I'm learning to ...more

Back to School in a Special Needs World

Lately it seems no matter how much I try I just can't keep up.  Every year at this time I go into September with great intentions.  I strive to get a head start on what I think the school might need.  I pre-think, pre-plan, pre-everything to save myself the grief at the start of the school year.  Sure it probably does help but no matter how much I do, I struggle to figure out how September went by so fast.  Dissecting September would look something like this:   Multi-tasking to have all materials for school ready. First week ch...more

Grapes and Brownies: Talking About My Child's Medical Condition with Schoolmates

I have to admit I was a little worried about how the talk at school would go. Even though I am well-trained in communicating with kids, I am still a mom first. And moms worry! It’s part of our DNA. My kids had just started a new school and the teachers requested that I talk to their classmates about their medical issues. Both of our children have cystic fibrosis. They need to take medication (pancreatic enzymes) to help their food digest properly. Of course their classmates have noticed Jacob and Kasey chucking down a handful of pills at lunchtime and have barraged my children -- and their teachers -- with questions....more
As a father of 2 children with medical issues I have an idea what you are going throughmore

I'm late, I'm late.....

We're in the second week of school, and my 11 year old still likes her teachers, so we're off to a good start. Or we were, until last week. "How was your day at school?" Shrug (omg is it time for the noncommittal shrug ALREADY? I was sure I had at least another 3 years). "Did you have fun? Did you spend time with your friends?...more

Back to School Days with Special Medical Needs: Tips for Good Communication with Teachers and School Staff

Communicating well is a critical skill that many of us simply weren't born with. The good news is that communication skills can be easily learned. When a child has special medical needs, effective communication skills are especially important. Here are some tips for starting the school year out right for your child and teachers alike. 1....more

Back to School Days with Special Medical Needs: Getting Your Child's Special Needs Met with IEP and 504 Plans

Getting Your Child's Educational Needs Met with IEP and 504 Plans This blog is the second in our "Back to SchoolDaze" series and is a continuation of our discussion about effective communication with teachers and school staff....more

Do schools take the thinking out of learning?

Imagine getting in your car to go on a trip to a new place and never making a plan such as looking at a map, writing down directions, or using GPS to plot the road trip for you. In very simple terms, that is what some schools encourage kids to do when they remove the activities that involve planning and organizing ideas and instead rely on highly regulated activities such as memorizing facts for a test. ...more

Back to School Days with Special Medical Needs: Start the School Year on Track with a Parent-Teacher Meeting

Communicate Upfront with Teachers and Staff   It's that time of year again- back to school. And with it comes an air of excitement, anticipation and, for parents, some stress and worry....more

The Return to School with Two: Do We Coddle the Youngest?

The breeze was cool as I walked my two little men to school. I was in disbelief that the summer was over and they were growing up before my very eyes. My oldest was going in grade four he ran ahead with excitement while my youngest entering grade two had straggled behind with trepidation.I balanced my stride in the middle between two the two attempting to look back and forward at the same time. I admired how tall they grown and how independent they had become over the summer. It was this morning my oldest helped cook the eggs and my youngest tied his sneakers with pride. ...more
@victorias_view Reminds me of "Love You Forever" the book by Robert Munsch. Now you both have ...more