The Allergy Table

 I don't get it: A kid has an allergy. He/she has to sit at a separate table with other kids who have food allergies and eat allergy safe foods. The rest of the kids will sit wherever they darn well please and eat non allergy safe foods, (greasy, oily, hard to clean, poisonous foods like peanut butter.)...more

Autism growing up...

Today is my son's last day of Elementary school.  Not a big deal for most, but my son as Autism and enrolled in the PPCD program 8 years ago.  I have watched him grow from a very shy and scared little boy to a friendly and excited kid.  We formed friendships with his teachers.  He and I have been through many changes in these last 8 years.  Diagnoses, Divorce, ReMarriage, baby brother, step parents, step siblings, new home, death, struggles, and smiles.  Through it all, we have eachother.  I have always been one of t...more

6 Tips For Book Report Success & Beyond

When my son first entered middle school, one of the requirements in his language arts class was writing a monthly book report. While he enjoyed reading, inwardly I cringed at the thought of him struggling with this assignment - learning how to craft a book report can be a daunting task for any student, and if your child has an attention deficit as mine does, it can prove even more challenging....more

bus stop

I felt a twinge driving to work on my son's first day of kindergarten. I wanted to stay home to see him get on the school bus. It was irrational. Being there the first time wouldn’t help me control what happened after the yellow doors closed. Still, I thought how that would be the first of countless times I wouldn’t be there for pick-up or drop-off. It was one of those moments that made me hate working outside the home. But there would be no home without my job, so off to work I drove....more

Dear Teachers, Please Don’t Give Up On My Kid

I can hear it in the exasperation when we speak on the phone and you carefully craft your sentences, trying not to let on that you have no more solutions and have run out of patience. You’ll never say the words out loud, but I see them there behind everything you do say: You’re giving up on my kid. ...more
Can you ask the teacher to give your son two assigned seats?  That way he can legitimately get ...more

My 9 Year Old Hurt Himself Because of Homework

As a mom who has also been an educator for over a decade, I have endless respect for my kids’ teachers and their strapped public school system. Every year, I watch teachers and schools try to do more with less and I watch more and more friends give up on their public school and get a spot at a charter school or find the money for private....more

Pinpointing the Moment

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is once again upon us....more

The Curriculum Crutch

Lifelong Learning...more

Kindergarten Redshirting: Should We Hold Them Back?

As I limp toward the finish line of summer vacation, I start to cycle through thoughts of my kids being the youngest in their class.  And what, if anything, I should do about this.  I have three kids; boy, girl and boy.  I feel like I’ve been churning on this topic for years now, and I feel this way because I actually have been churning on this topic for years....more

Are you Advocating or Annoying?

One of the best pieces of advice I ever received was when my kids were very little: “No one will advocate on behalf of your child like you can. But don’t be a jerk about it.”Sage words of wisdom.I kept this in mind a lot as I went through two different state’s special services programs for my daughter ensuring she received the therapies she needed both at home and at school. It was easy to justify my assertiveness, questions and at times, demands (see How I Got my Momfidence)....more