Behavioral Issues? I’ll Take One for Now, Please

My boys are all …fun in their own ways. Torn between delusion and reality; I often decide that, despite reassurances of similar children, other families do not enjoy quite the smattering of personality challenges I do in raising mine. Only my second son has been officially diagnosed with anything. That was a result of his … More Behavioral Issues? I’ll Take One for Now, Please

Silver Bullet

My second son has behavioral issues. Sometimes teachers or other adults ask me ‘what works’ with him. Don’t you think, if I knew, I’d be spraying that magic solution all over the place?!

What IS That?!

There are a few phrases a parent says that can only mean a bad thing. Mine include: “Don’t worry; it couldn’t get any worse,” “I’m sure it’s washable,” and “What is that?”

The Difficult Child

According to commiserating folk, every child is difficult. If I’m going off their actual, real-life, sighing, eye-rolling, judgy-face reactions, however, my child is the only difficult one. Those reactions, and what their kids are doing. At a park full of happy faces, sand castle builds, a brother pushing a sister on a swing, and a group of giggling … More The Difficult Child

Dear Son / Dear Mom

Dear Son, I try to love you, but you make it difficult. I see love as soft affection, listening considerately to my advice, and respecting my intelligence. I get calls and e-mails home from school about concerns parents have for their children who play with you. When I ask you about what happened; you respond … More Dear Son / Dear Mom