I'm sorry for the interruption of our normally scheduled program PT. 5 CAREGIVER SERIES "How We Got Here" so I can bring this nightmare into the light and maybe banish good. PT. 5 WILL RETURN ON WEDNESDAY OF THIS WEEK! MY ALZHEIMER'S NIGHTMARE ...more

Day Care Centers: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly - What You Need To Know.

If there's one thing I've learned since having a child, it’s that all day care centers are not created equal. You definitely have the good, the bad, and the ugly. Sometimes the very, very ugly. To be fair, we’ve also had the very, very good too and when it comes to our children, our most treasured possessions, they absolutely deserve nothing but the best.  ...more
I have used the same day care center for 6 years for both of my children.  It is a hospital ...more

Good Behavior for 100 please

There was something that my family, close friends and I observed about my sons' behavior over this recent visit that had us all questioning where it could be coming from. It's an observation I made months ago. However, as a mother I realize I can be a little sensitive and I definitely over analyze sometimes. Regarding my son, I watch him close and sometimes notice things no one else would otherwise notice. I continued to monitor him without raising the issue initially....more

Controversial Parenting – 5 Ways to NOT Raise an A**hole

I know, what a thing for a mother to say. Unfortunately is has become way to common and reality check, you’re not doing the world any favors....more

Because It's No One Else's Job to Put Me First

Since I have committed to blogging daily for the month of July (connecting with #NaBloPoMo and #BlogBoost), I see this as an opportunity to jot down some of the sticky notes that hang out on the walls of my mind. The notion of "Putting Myself First" used to be a scary "no no" of an idea, but it is gaining more and more traction....more
This is great! Nothing and nobody is going to make you happy, unless you are happy on the inside ...more

Fireside Chat With The Autism Mom: My Boy Is A Lightweight And I Am So Proud!

I just made Evan weigh himself. The last time he was officially weighed was at the doctor's office back in April. He weighed over 200 lbs then...I think 203. Today, with Scott's verification, he weighs in at a no-too-shabby 178!Now, I do recognize there's a difference in the weights of the doctor's scale and ours so I'll just crow that The Boy has lost approximately 20 lbs since our doctor's visit! That's pretty impressive if I do say so!...more

Does your solder have a TBI - or concussion? Read this.

If your husband (or wife) has experienced a traumatic brain injury (or even a concussion), you should read this. There's new evidence that the risk of dementia rises with a TBI.If you've followed football, this is no surprise. The retired NFL players are complaining of dementia-like symptoms, likely caused by all the hard hits they've taken over the years. It's called "CTE"  (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) and it's a progressive degenerative disease that can only be confirmed postmortem (sound familiar? Just like Alzheimer's)....more

Open Letter to Those Who Don't Believe in Publicly Funded and Regulated Daycare

In response to the commenters on this article in the Toronto Star—and every article ever—about the need for safe, affordable childcare for working families. ...more
laughingmom This is exactally my point. Perhaps those in the US think differently about the way ...more

It Could Be Worse

It could be worse.It could be worse.It could be worse.I repeated those words in my own mind for months leading up to the heartbreaking news that I had just received. My baby, my first born, my son was in desperate need of another open heart surgery.  Except this time, his fragile, tiny heart needed a titanium valve to save his life. It could be worse....more