The Answer to Bullying

"Being bullied is not a harmless rite of passage or an inevitable part of growing up; it has serious long-term consequences," says Stephen Luntz in an article, "Study Finds Bullying Affects Mental Health More Than Child Abuse" [].Well, duh.But wait. Look at that title again. "Bullying Affects Mental Health <em>More Than Child Abuse</em>"?Yes. That's an accurate headline, not just clickbait....more

Take the long way home…….

(Excerpt) - Having a child with Autism, bullying has become even more of a concern for me. Bullying, as bad as it was when I was a kid, is so much worse now. There are so many more terrible ways of bullying these days. We read about it every day. I really feel for the children and teens growing up in this environment. I have been fortunate that my son has not experienced this to any great extent....more

Take the long way home……. #1000speak

 “FISH and the Bus Driver, FISH and the Bus Driver, CHICKEN and the Bus Driver” – The school bus was a torturous place....more

Bullies: Don't Let Them Win!


You're raising a bully

  If you follow our page or my blog, you know that where we live sucks. No bones about it. We are surrounded by children who bully our child, and parents who could care less.     Matter of fact, here's a great example. Last fall Liam was outside playing with his old bike. It's beat up, it's too small for him, and it needs to be junked. You know as well as I do, that our kiddos don't part easily with certain things.  Anyway, he was playing with his bike, his father was in the yard preparing it for winter. ...more

Teenage Memory #TBT post is from a 2011 post about a memory from my teen years....more

How NOT to Raise a Bystander

Bullying. Mean girls. Aggressive behavior.It’s the terms du jour right now, and everyone has an opinion on it. Some parents think it is just part of life, and others believe it is crushing our kids.I think it just sucks.Unfortunately, I do think bullying and mean behavior will never go away; but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t stop trying....more

Has a Comment Ever Made You Want to Quit the Internet?

A few days later, I received a comment that tore me to shreds. This person accused me of writing regurgitated garbage just for the sake of luring traffic from search engines. "I bet you're not even Jewish." His evidence was that I knew nothing of Jewish culture, because I used the word "menorot" and everyone knows it's menorah. ...more
People are more bold on line than in person..and maybe much more out of line.more

It is the end...

The end of the school year is approaching rather quickly and I am not sure I am ready for it. Last year around this time, I had to say goodbye to a couple coworkers that I truly cherish and it has been so very hard this year without them. It truly has. There are always changes as a teacher. Each year is different. However, when you work with people that make you laugh, make you think, and can be yourself is so hard to be without them. Every single day I miss them still and it  has been months and months. This year, I will say goodbye to even more coworkers....more