Some Bones to Pick

Dear Delilah,For the most part, my letters to you are full of rainbows and sunshine, dripping with my special brand of sentimentality. This is not one of those letters.It goes without saying that you bring joy into my life each and every day, but there are some things that need addressing, young lady.1. Hands off Daddy's earrings. You stuck your little fingers in those shiny little hoops and tugged one too many times, and now he's taken them out. The thing is, Mama likes Daddy's earrings....more

Free online test to source your child's behavior

LearningRx hosts an online behavior test called the LSDS ( Learning Skills Discovery Survey). It's a 5-minute survey that "separates itself from other simple behavior tests by delivering more useful and detailed information about how a person learns and why they might struggle in a particular area."Produced by learning skill specialists at LearningRx, the survey helps uncover key learning behaviors that reveal the source—not just the symptoms—of a wide variety of learning problems....more

Ignorance and Self Control

I was in Walmart about a year ago with all four of my children. We had finished our shopping and were now waiting at checkout. My youngest was having a really hard time and was stimming, this is a repetitive behavior that he does to calm himself down. Well, he started spinning and was flapping his hands and I happened to be on the phone with a very supporting mom who also has a son on the Autistic Spectrum. We were talking about how aware we have to be with our children as they don't sense danger....more

Am I Crazy?

I have needed to vent about this for a few days, but every time I sit down at my computer to write I find myself having second thoughts about sharing. I think my fear is that if I come across as a normal mother who loses their patience sometimes, my super hero label will disappear....more

Mirror Moments: How Children Teach Us About Ourselves

Suddenly he burst into tears and cried, "It's not perfect!" He threw his head down onto his folded arms and continued to sob. I stood in silence with my mouth agape. Where did he learn that? Certainly, I had never said that word before. ...more

Tara,

So true. I bet your son is one happy kid. Sounds like he will have too many good ...more

Dating Etiquette for Women

I don't think of etiquette as stifling -- I think it's the hallmark of civilized living. Boil down all the rules you can think of and you will find one simple truth that unites them: etiquette is about being considerate of other people. That's what it comes down to -– and it goes for women as much as it does for men. ...more
Ladies and to everyone else who’s experiencing frustration in the dating world and with dating ...more

30 minutes

That's all it was. Thirty little minutes. Maybe not even quite. But however long it actually was, was too long.  And it was, and will remain for some time I imagine, the worst 30 minutes of my motherhood thus far....more

Tired Kids: What are we missing?

As predictably as the sun rises each morning, when mid-October rolls around, my office is inundated with panic stricken mothers. Their worry? Their kindergartners have turned into monsters.  The previously sweet, compliant children have turned sour, temperamental and belligerent. Many mothers tearfully admit that they are worried that something as traumatic as bullying or abuse has occurred and wonder if they should pull their child from the classroom....more

An On-Demand World

World Cup - Who are the real Hooligans?

As all of Europe (and parts of the U.S.) gears up for the World Cup games in South Africa, I came across a terrific editorial from the WSJ in which the writer bemoans the bad behaviour of footballers today....more