Don't Make This Horrible Parenting Mistake

When I was eight years old, I wanted to be a singer. When I was nine years old, I wanted to be an actress. And when I was ten years old, I wanted to be a writer. As I entered my teen years, my ideas of what I wanted to be varied each year, but ...more

Where's the Eject Button?

Some days I wish motherhood came equipped with a big red EJECT button for when things get really hairy. On those days I’d just mash that sucker and watch the flaming wreckage of my crappy day plummet back to Earth while I drift ever so gently down ...more

You Are Welcome Here

To the girl who will one day date my son: You are interested in someone very precious to me. My world turned right side up the day he came into my life and has never been the same since. When I look at him, all I see is a flashback reel full of baby ...more

Your Kid Came Out... Now What?

Step 1: Take a deep breath. OMG, right? Big news. Or maybe it wasn't. Maybe you suspected this was coming. But you should still breathe anyway because you need do that to keep being alive. So this step applies no matter what. Get some oxygen into ...more

Why Volunteering for the PTA Is Like Donating a Kidney

I have just returned home from our school’s first “PTA” meeting. I am feeling a bit mortified, really, at the way I behaved. I may have offended some people, and this was my first time meeting all the “middle school” parents. It's just that, having ...more

The Real Reasons Parents Love Internet Lists

When I say I love a list, I'm definitely not talking Grocery or To-Do. (Those are illegibly scrawled on scrap paper you inevitably throw out so you feel less guilty about forgetting everything on them.) I'm talking the new wave of Internet information provided in beautiful bite-sized segments that all parents can jump in and out of lickety-split. Because we all know the days of being curled up in a window seat under a fresh stack of fragrant new books, as sunbeams dance across pages of essays and 1400+ wild word musings arelong gone. ...more

Parenting Kids With Disabilities: How to Get Through Tough Times

When parents like me talk about our kids with disabilities and intense support needs, we have to be thoughtful. We need to make it quite clear that our kids are much-loved and very awesome human beings. We should never, ever state or imply that any challenges we face as a parent are our children's fault. We need to handle their privacy with delicacy. And we shouldn't accidentally enable disrespect towards children who are already too-frequent magnets for morbid fascination, and pity....more
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How Did You Handle It When Your Son Told You He Had a Girlfriend?

My 12-year-old started his second year of middle school — his first year alone without his big brother, who has moved on to high school. I listened to him share stories about his classes, his friends, the clubs he joined. One day to my surprise he called me with some news. Image: damo1977...more
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5 Outdoor activities our Highly Sensitive Child loves

A few years ago, when my 5 year old was just an infant, I didn't know many things. I knew some, but not many. One of the things I was sure of from the very beginning was the fact that my baby loved being outside. Whenever he got restless and cranky after I had tried everything to comfort him, taking him outside for some fresh air always did the trick.Another thing I was certain of was that my son didn't like to be around too many people at once, and he became inconsolable if there was too much noise where we were....more

Muddy Puddles

Blame Peppa Pig, but my boy loves muddy puddles.I spotted the puddle the minute we walked onto the field. Linus’ eyes lit up, but he didn’t let on that he noticed it. Playing with his siblings, I saw his eyes dart over a few times. I imagine he was concocting a way to maneuver closer....more

Old School Memes. Represent.

It is always fun to learn a downfall of another person, so I’ll admit something for you guys: I didn’t actually know what “meme” meant. Maybe I did know at some point, but when I thought about it…I realized I couldn’t describe exactly what it was.  I think I have always used the term to describe an icon or an avatar, honestly.  Like a kind of visual metaphor: it describes something....more

The Reluctant Night Owl: A Special Needs Poem

I can't sleepI desperately want to be able to sleepI am not a night owlI can't get comfyIf I lie on my right side I get a kink like a charlie horse in my right hipIf I lie on my left side my left shoulder hurts...more

If Babies Could Speak

Time for a laugh with humourous quips added to baby photos....more

The Real Reasons Parents Love Internet Lists

When I say I love a list, I'm definitely not talking Grocery or To-Do. (Those are illegibly scrawled on scrap paper you inevitably throw out so you feel less guilty about forgetting everything on them.) I'm talking the new wave of Internet information provided in beautiful bite-sized segments that all parents can jump in and out of lickety-split. Because we all know the days of being curled up in a window seat under a fresh stack of fragrant new books, as sunbeams dance across pages of essays and 1400+ wild word musings arelong gone. ...more

Of all the gifts we can give, this is the most important

If there is one thing I could wrap up in a tiny box and give my daughter, it wouldn’t be a blank check or keys to a mansion. It would simply be happiness. Every little girl starts her journey in life with hopes and dreams and messy morning hair. She wears mismatched clothes because she can’t wear her Dora shirt without her Princess pants and glittery opened toed shoes with one Olaf sock and one My Little Pony sock. Because she loves. She loves all things deeply and without reservation. She hasn’t learned shame or what it feels like to not fit in....more

52 Weeks of Sisterhood (and Brotherhood): Roots

This photo? My cup runneth over.Each time I look at this photo I smile. And then I pause. And I have a moment. And then I smile again....more

Our Trip To The Astronomy Dept. For The Solar Eclipse

Yesterday was a partial solar eclipse.We have done the pinprick in paper before, which worked out amazingly well, but I thought we’d amp up the intensity: find an astronomer and get them to let us play with their telescopes!  How hard can that be?You’d be surprised how easy that was :)...more