My fancy school district is making headlines in a cringy way.

Our family moved to a rich neighborhood, in a wealthy city, for their school district. We needed a really good one. Our children are on the autism spectrum. They need an individualized education plan (IEP) that is heavy on expensive therapies and extra staff. A wealthy town should mean more money invested in the school.Continue reading “My fancy school district is making headlines in a cringy way.”

My Pandemic is Different than Yours

For nearly two years I have been physically and emotionally cloistered from the world. I have fibromyalgia and several other autoimmune diseases which result in chronic pain. I did not want COVID-19 on top of everything I’m already struggling to manage. My husband has underlying medical conditions and my three kids have autism, putting everyContinue reading “My Pandemic is Different than Yours”

Did I Make a Mistake in Putting Motherhood Above All Else?

I watched the film “The Lost Daughter”. Olivia Coleman, a middle-aged woman, is vacationing alone in Greece. She becomes consumed with the dramatic narrative of a fellow beach goer, a young mother and her daughter. Coleman is thrown back to her own youth when she struggled to parent small children and maintain a separate selfContinue reading “Did I Make a Mistake in Putting Motherhood Above All Else?”

My kids are all vaccinated and here’s what I know

I have 3 young sons. My husband and I (we’re both vaccinated and have our booster) decided that we wouldn’t wait to get any of them vaccinated. As they became eligible, we immediately made appointments for them. My 12 year old got his vaccine back in June. I brought him to Radys Children’s Hospital whereContinue reading “My kids are all vaccinated and here’s what I know”

Did you know that yelling is the new spanking?

The internet is filled to bursting with articles about “gentle parenting”. Described by one expert as “the sweet spot between authoritarian and permissive parenting”, gentle parenting is a partnership between you and your child. The parent should always interact with the child in a mindful and respectful manner. You should never, ever yell. Allow theContinue reading “Did you know that yelling is the new spanking?”

Orangutans at the table: Life with three wild boys.

In my pre-Mama days, I watched a nature program about scientists raising a few orphaned juvenile orangutans in the jungle. The mothers had been poached and they never had the benefit of socialization. The scientists were living with the animals in a camp. The scene that has stayed with me all of these years isContinue reading “Orangutans at the table: Life with three wild boys.”

I’m COVID, how are you? Relearning how to speak to people during a pandemic.

There’s a comedian, Brian Regan, who does this funny bit about not being able to properly speak English, his native language. “I know enough English to get by, like, I could order in a restaurant and stuff. ‘I want Ham! One ham please, to eating the ham! Bring ham to eating the ham, please!’ YouContinue reading “I’m COVID, how are you? Relearning how to speak to people during a pandemic.”

In case you’ve been Googling COVID-19 VACCINE SIDE EFFECTS: Yes, the vaccine is going to cause your immune related issues to flare (psoriasis, IC, fibromyalgia, neuropathy, etc.)

Your Googling has just been fruitful! If you are like me and suffer from psoriasis and a host of other autoimmune related ailments (fibromyalgia, Hashimotos, neuropathy, interstitial cystitis), you have probably spent the past year scouring the web for information about how COVID-19 will impact your health. And like me, you have probably read plentyContinue reading “In case you’ve been Googling COVID-19 VACCINE SIDE EFFECTS: Yes, the vaccine is going to cause your immune related issues to flare (psoriasis, IC, fibromyalgia, neuropathy, etc.)”

Thank Goodness We’re Back on Dinosaurs: Autistic Obsessions Affect the Whole Family

When an autistic child gets obsessed or passionate about a topic, you had better pray you’re interested in learning every minute detail about that subject. Because that special child is going to want to talk, and talk, and talk about it. It’s just how they’re hardwired. And it’s how autistic obsessions suck in the wholeContinue reading “Thank Goodness We’re Back on Dinosaurs: Autistic Obsessions Affect the Whole Family”

Savage Potty Training

I never imagined that I would be writing a potty training success story that involved carnivorous plants! I have offered literally everything to my child if only we could say goodbye to diapers. And this is a walking, talking, knows-how-to-use-a-tablet-better-than-me little person. It was well past time. In a family of thee autistic kids, IContinue reading “Savage Potty Training”