The cause of your kid's concussion is partly due to where you live

Where I read the headline, "Research provides new insight into rural versus urban causes of childhood concussion," I thought for sure I knew what I'd be reading. I figured it was "kids in the country get sports concussions and kids in the city get it from abuse or accidents or something." WRONG.Researchers from Western University say that youth living in urban areas (cities) sugger concussions mostly from sports. And surprisingly, hockey accounts for 40% of those! (I would have guessed football.)...more

Dyslexia: Think Dyfferent.

Here is the public service announcement that runs in my head: My child does not write his letters backwards. My child excels in math. My child is the best speller out of my three children. My child is funny. My child works hard for his grades. My child can read. My child is kind. My child is a nationally ranked tennis player. My child is dyslexic. And, I love him. Dyslexia I love the apple slogan ( I wish I had thought of it): Think Different...more
While my son has ADHD, not dyslexia, this post is so timely! We just had a conversation today ...more

No, You Don't Need a North Face Jacket: Teaching My Kids Lessons About Brand Names

I posted something on Facebook about one of my twins saying "But all the kids in my school have one" in reference to wanting a North Face jacket the other day. The Sailor's exact response was, "I don't care if the other kids have Porsches, you're not getting one." We get the same line about all the other kids have iPhones... and here I questioned whether or not getting them basic cell phones was too obnoxious at this age. They can have an iPhone when they can pay their cell phone bill. ...more
I like what you did there, breaking down the price of the product into what I tend to call ...more

How Big is this Ship!

The way to Adanna room was filled with more turns than a mountainous highway. They had ridden several different elevators.“I hope you can get me out of here when the time is right.”  Adanna said trudging down the hallways. They reached room number 1423, on the fourteenth floor.The hallway was filled with people bustling around with trays and clothing. There were other girls her age walking from room to room giving her strange looks and whispering to one another....more

I can't do this

Adanna couldn’t see how her father could afford such a ship’s ticket.  For the ship was three times the size of any ship she had see when he would take her to the ocean shore and watch the cruise liners pass by.  She walked up the gangplank, stops and stood upon the ship.            For the first time in her life Adana was out of her element. It was fine when she was with her father or her friends.  She at least had someone to lean on, someone she could talk to, now she was alone....more

Minecraft Madness

Three computers, one laptop, three tablet and one ipod adds up to one messed up household of game addicts.  I love my boys and hate to deprive them of their favorite hobby.  Minecraft is a good spatial awareness game.  Why do they need to play non-stop?  I try to break up their day and do other things.  Lately, the stress is overwhelming.  I want to write my thoughts out, but my head is stuck.  Anyone know anything about Minecraft servers?  What is it?  Why do you need it?...more

Fear Not

“Where will I go? What will I do there?”  Adanna said with an insecure voice. She looked at her father for some kind of guidance.  “Where are these letters she mentioned?” She takes his still body by the shoulders and shakes him.With lowered head, he walks over to the cabinets.  Reaching up top, he pulls down an old shoebox and hands it to her....more

You Must Go

Reluctantly she hurried up the stairs.  Looking back down at him she wondered what could cause such fear on his face, what could be wrong?   He could usually tell who was pulling up into the driveway. She watched him reach for his cane and hobble to the kitchen door.  She reached her bedroom and heard him open the door to let them in.  The sound of people moving around downstairs made her worry more....more

Minecraft vs. Study Island

Today's writing prompt is: Who is your favorite charater?  Being a reluctant reader of fiction, I had to think hard.  I enjoyed reading books when I was younger and had nothing better to do.  I challenged myself to read the entire series of Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary. My husband is a super good reader and read at college level by 7th grade.  I am still struggling on my 5th Harry Potter novel.  I love the stories, but I get distracted by so many things in my mind when I read.  I prefer non-fiction, self-help to be more specific....more

What's wrong?

For some unknown reasons the snakes would never come into the house or pass the brook, but stay close to the murky waters that her mother loved and her father didn’t have the heart to cover up....more