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Hellos and Goodbyes

It doesn’t take more than a glace at the local pool and an eye roll at the local weather forecast to know that summer is officially here. The days are hotter (seriously, though, why is it so hot?!), the neighborhood streets stay awake longer thanks to the patter of children’s feet and the friction of […]

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The D-word: Discipline

As parents, we strive to have good kids. However, we don’t just happen upon these so-called “good” kids. It is our job to teach them. We can’t expect to have obedient, well-behaved kids without good, solid discipline. And, let’s be honest: disciplining is hard work. What works for one child, may not work for another. […]

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It Happened to Me: What Makes a Negligent Parent?

Several years ago an educated middle class family made national headlines after someone reported their children had been spotted walking home alone from their neighborhood park, a mile from their house. CPS got involved, and they received a warning that their kids, ages ten and six, were too young to be allowed to walk unsupervised. […]

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Just Making This Parenting Thing Up As I Go

Not long ago I was in the car with my teenagers. I let them have control of the sound system sometimes. When that happens, they play mostly the same songs over and over again. Among all kinds of music, good and bad, they love Broadway soundtracks. Recently, they have been playing songs from How to […]

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Parents of Struggling Kids, I Believe You

A few months ago I wrote a blog post about my daughter’s struggle with Pediatric Autoimmune Disorder Associated with Strep (PANDAS) and PANS (Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Disorder). With PANDAS, the brain becomes inflamed by a misdirected autoimmune response to a strep infection. PANS includes a broader set of environmental and infectious triggers with the same […]

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Behavior Charts: When a Color Becomes Your Mood’s Compass

“Please be green, please be green, please be green,” I chant to myself on the way to school pickup. My heart beats quickly, I’m sweating a bit more than usual, and I grip the steering wheel tightly. Ever since the beginning of our public school journey, there has been one nemesis I still can’t seem […]

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I Accidentally Got My Five-Year-Old Into Debt

We all make mistakes. Some we have a bad gut feeling about from the very beginning; others just seem really adorable starting out.    August 28, 2013: I’m at the library with my adorable and highly opinionated 11-month-old. We come here often for toddler time and the opportunity to make messes outside of our own […]

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The Lucky Few: On March 21st, We Celebrate World Down Syndrome Day

Today, March 21st, we celebrate World Down Syndrome Day! All over the world, those with and without an extra chromosome rejoice the presence of those individuals with three copies of the 21st chromosome. There are parades in the streets and high fives a plenty. Pregnant women wait anxiously for their chromosomal blood test results, grasping […]

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Raising Readers

My children are pod people. Do I date myself when I use that reference? Body Snatchers was a really bad movie released in 1993. It’s the third remake based on a book called The Body Snatchers, written in 1955. Basically, it’s about an alien race that aims to take over our planet by creating exact replicas of us, except […]

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