We Need to Change the Conversation About Parents Murdering Disabled Children

Michigan parent Kelli Stapleton recently pled guilty to poisoning her autistic teen daughter Issy. According to police reports, Kelly lured Issy into a van, "drugged her, lit the grills and left the van to get more charcoal while her sleeping ...more

Get the Most Out of Parent-Teacher Conferences This Year

Even though school has just started for some, Parent-Teacher conferences are just around the corner. Here are some tips that you can use as a parent to have a more effective parent-teacher conference. As a teacher, I loved this time of the year. ...more

Does Your Life End When You Become a Mother?

Last week was quiet. Like freaky quiet. The house was calm. There were no slamming doors or elephant-like stampedes down the stairs or shouts of "Get out of my room NOW!" No one complained about someone else breathing their air or farting in their ...more

Our Teens Have a Drinking Problem...

My family is drowning. Specifically, my kids. I would like to save them, but I fear I am just making the situation worse. Anyway, they haven’t asked for my help but instead continue to want more. “Mom, can you buy more vitaminwater? I like the ...more

Where Is My Poop, Mommy?

Over the weekend, I was finishing up some dishes while my two-year-old daughter played quietly in her room. Without warning, she burst into the kitchen and asked me a question that would send any reasonable parent of a potty training toddler into a ...more

How Breastfeeding Ended My Body War

When I was 13-years-old, I saved my money to order TBRS from a catalog. TBRS. Total Body Reshaping System. At 13, I was already sure my body needed to be totally reshaped, starting with my boobs (because I had none). Over the next 10 years, I raged against my body. I hated it, wished it were different. I dieted, binged, overexercised. But, mostly I was just mean to it....more

Dear Parent of Typical Children: Teach Your Child About Disability

Your children watch and learn from you, every day, every moment. They listen to your words, imitate your actions, follow your cues on how to behave in new situations, and mimic your example on how to interact with people they meet. And they will learn, from you, how to understand disability. ...more
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Should Parents Get Sued for Their Kids' Crimes?

Last weekend, I caught my daughter and a friend in a tree house in someone else's yard when the tree house-owning family was not home. "You're trespassing!" I yelled at my girl. She told me the neighbor's second-grade son had given them permission to be in the tree house when he wasn't home, and her friend had persuaded her it would be okay. I don't approve of her playing the follower when it comes to screwing up. Just because she didn't think of it doesn't mean she didn't do it. My anger launched a longer talk about taking personal responsibility even when a fallback excuse exists. ...more

My Other Ex

The right time. The wrong person.The wrong time. The right person.A story of a woman and a friend, lost due to circumstances, whether intentional or not, will always be a story seeped in sorrow, strength, pain, conviction ....more

everlasting joy

I am so thankful to all of you who have reached out to ask me how Hasya is doing after her recent bone break....more

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The "Expand-a-day" Family

This phenomenon in daycare is a form of “Bait and Switch”. A parent calls and wants to ask about your childcare. They set up an interview and of course they want to know about cost. They assure you their hours are shorter than average. Mom goes to work at nine so she will drop off at 8:45 AM, and Dad gets off at 3:30 so they will pick up at 4:00 PM. They would like your rate for 8 hour days....more

Courtney Fire

People have been sending me messages all about the Courtney Fire in Madera County because it is burning at our beloved Bass Lake. I knew the fire was up in the hills between Bass Lake and Oakhurst. We have driven through that road a few times ....more

How I Teach Vocabulary – With Handouts

It’s been a while since I’ve done a “Teaching Tuesday” post, but I’ve gotten some emails lately asking how I teach vocabulary, so I thought I’d share a little bit about that today. Quick and easy. ...more

Rawr. And a little hope.

i am so angry....more

A Job Description for Parents

In order raise a respectable adult there is a saying that it takes a village. This is partially true. Many parents feel that it is the job of the childcare and school to educate their child. No-one is responsible for your child unless they volunteer for the job of raising them for you. If you don’t show an interest in your child’s education, chances are they won’t excel in school. If you don’t pay attention to how they are doing in school there will be no-one to catch on when they fall behind....more

How Breastfeeding Ended My Body War

When I was 13-years-old, I saved my money to order TBRS from a catalog. TBRS. Total Body Reshaping System. At 13, I was already sure my body needed to be totally reshaped, starting with my boobs (because I had none). Over the next 10 years, I raged against my body. I hated it, wished it were different. I dieted, binged, overexercised. But, mostly I was just mean to it....more

Homemade Gluten Free Play Dough

I love play dough. I know it’s messy, but I love it and always have. By itself or with cookie cutters, knives, toys… The problem for some with traditional homemade play dough is that it’s main ingredient is wheat flour ....more