You’ve heard the stories. How raising a child from birth to 18 years of age will cost the average family $245,000. The expensive gear you absolutely need to keep your baby safe and comfortable. The childcare, the formula, and the zillions of ...more
I have always wondered what teachers *REALLY* want to say to parents, but can't. I get the impression they feel worried about telling parents the truth since these days some moms and dads are quick to blame the teacher for problems with their ...more
I realized that what she needed was to go to bed with happy, positive thoughts going through her head that would hopefully override the fearful ones. So we started Happy Bubbles. Every night after she was tucked in bed, we would "pop" happy bubbles ...more
"I'm sorry," the man said during a business meeting. For the first time I could remember, someone apologized to me for my son having Down syndrome. I've heard a lot of interesting comments as a parent, but this was the first time someone apologized ...more
Live animals don’t belong in Easter baskets. As adorable as baby bunnies, chicks, and ducks may be, they aren’t great gifts. They require an intense level of care and have life expectancies of up to around 20 years.
I have read several articles lately about the downsides of coming from a large family, and I must say that after reading the first one, I was ready to write THIS post to set the record straight. I realize that everyone’s family experience is different and I honor all families no matter what their size, but I have a totally different feeling about big families. Even if you didn’t have the best home life, you have blood relatives who understand you and your life experience and who can understand the things that have helped you to become the person you are today.
In the United States, the National Education Association estimates that three out of every four students with disabilities spend part or all of their school day in a general education classroom. For students with special needs like Autism, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Asperger syndrome, or Sotos Syndrome, it may be difficult if not impossible for them to learn in a general education classroom.
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) announces its support of the American Probation & Parole Association's Issue Paper Risk and Needs Assessment, recognizing the need to apply science to courtroom practice and procedure to improve outcomes for those we serve. ...more
When I went to High School, the expectations were pretty clear. There was a lot that I didn’t know, and I was there to learn it.But now that I’m in High School for the second time, as a parent of high school students, the rules have changed. Now I’m supposed to have all the answers.Back when my children were in elementary school and middle school, I felt confident in my ability to field any question that was thrown my way. But now I’m in the major leagues and the balls are faster, more unpredictable, and often come out of left field.Some I can answer....more
I’m doing my best to hang in there. Hubby is really stressing with work so he’s been speaking to me in caveman monosyllables at times. I’m really stressing with the CS modification and feeling powerless to “solve” the problem on my own, trying to let go of that and let God, so to speak. Let go, because I don’t have control. To hang in there and live and make the best of it.Some days, I’m really good at it, and I’ve been riding a pretty good run lately....more