Jun 242014
 
Mushy Gushy Love

The other day I came across a post touting the virtues of complaining about our children. Bonding, commiserating, empathic connection with other parents over the trials and tribulations of parenthood. It doesn’t really matter what post it was: there are a number, probably countless posts, blogs, memes and status updates, suggesting that this is in [...]

Oct 152013
 
The Joy Of Food

  The other day as we sat down to have snack I mentioned to my kids that our new friend would be coming over the next day. I told them that we would need  prepare food thoughtfully for him because he has a peanut allergy.   My five-year-old put his hands over his head and [...]

Sep 162013
 
My Child Just Is.

My child is…. Early. Late. Tall. Short. Energetic. Tired. Hyper. Aggressive. Withdrawn. Active. Behind. Ahead. Loud. Shy. Social. Bright. Whiney. Emotional. The labels that we use have a powerful influence over how we feel about our child. My child is… Transitioning. Challenging. Developing. Delayed. Not developing. Growing too fast. Developing too slowly. Oppositional. Compliant. Defiant. [...]

Aug 032013
 
Rock the Mom Jeans

It is my belief that one of the biggest challenges in parenting is remembering that our child is an individual, separate and unique from us. They are on their own path and developing their own self that is outside of their relationship with us, their parent.  When we hold this truth, our interactions with our [...]

May 272013
 
Family Is Change

If there is one thing that is true about families, it is that families, all families, are constantly in transition. They are changing all the time. And family is always family. No matter what it looks like. Some families have two parents, a mom and a dad, and everyone lives together in one house. Some [...]

May 202013
 
Learning Versus Thinking

Last night I watched a Ted talk by Jacob Barnett, a 13-year-old genius with Asperger’s. His message? “Forget what you know.” “Stop learning and start thinking.” And, while Jacob’s story begins with how the educational and diagnostic systems that we have in our society were not able to meet his needs because he was working [...]