Homework Hydra Striles Again

So once again the homework battle has reared its ugly head and is threatening to engulf the entire family like the hydra that never dies. I really don’t know what it is about homework that upsets Highschoolboy so much. It’s not like he doesn’t understand that he is supposed to do his work. That work does come before play and that play is part of life not life itself....more

Back to Normal in a House Full of Aspies

This blog is a continuations of our adventures in the snowicane of 2010. For part I   http://asd2mom.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!BF70F135A8FDB728!497.entry ...more

When I started this venture....

... my kids were 1, 2, 4 and 12. What a difference just over a year makes. I remember telling my husband, when we first embarked on this consecutive pregnancies and / or the care and feeding of many small children and a budding "tween" - a couple of years ago - that we would "hunker" down - never travel - eat mac n cheese and hot dogs every night - like really LIVE!!!...more

For Gina and Vanessa, Gone Too Soon

Maybe it is because my daily commute to work takes me through Delaware County, Pa., in close proximity to the train tracks where Vanessa Dorwart and Gina Gentile ended their lives on Thursday, an apparent suicide pact.Maybe it is because I remember being 16 and feeling like my life was over because of a breakup, that I would never feel whole and healed again.Maybe it is because I'm a parent and cannot imagine what these girls' families are going through.M...more

College?! Already?!

Yesterday, was our first College Fair. #1 was excited about going, and got a lot of good information. #2, reluctantly,went with us, though it was only in hopes of getting some food, because she clearly didn't want to be there, and made no effort to hide her feelings about it. The phrase of the day: "This is dumb, I'm hungry, can we go now?"   ...more


Clicking now to see how you blew out that spark... ;-)

~Denise ...more

Parents Just Don't Understand

The other day I got an email from the school district calling for an urgent meeting:11/07/09 Subject: VHS Dance Discussion All Welcome to Attend...more

Ahem****not to be trite***** but have they actually seen salsa??  Holy cow.....salsa ...more

Why Are People So D---ed Inconsiderate??!!!

I am blazing angry because this just happened to me.  I was 31 minutes into my 45 minute workout and thinking: "Wow, this is going to be the best (longest) workout I've been able to squeeze in to my day in over 3 months!"  All of a sudden, the channel of the TV I was intently viewing changed!  My reaction was immediate because I had no headphones and was struggling to keep up with the dialogue running across the bottom of the screen.  I looked over to my left and there he was, the jerk who changed my channel even before he ever got to the elyptical machine. ...more

Middle School Should (Still) Give You the Heebie Jeebies

A few years ago, a family member (I'll call her Wanda) was principal of a middle school. "Jane," a sixth-grader, asked her to mediate a conversation between her and her best friend, "Maria." Wanda thought this was a very mature suggestion, so she brought both girls into her office. "Maria," Wanda said, "Jane tells me she would like to discuss a recent misunderstanding." Jane nodded, then said, "I didn't really go down on your boyfriend." ...more

I loved your post about this topic....I am a school administrator and I deal with these ...more

Teenager Gift Idea!

Beth Lawrence Viva La Voice "Inspiring The Artist In Everyone!"  If you're wondering what to give your teenager for Christmas, try music lessons! Voice, piano....any instrument. It will give them a big self-esteem boost!...more