A Day in the Life

Some days my nails keep breaking, As I lose hair strand by strand; And the vitamins I’m taking Can’t be opened just by hand. Sometimes I sweep and mop the tile, Get dinner on the table, Then ruefully watch ev’ry child Drop as much as he is able. Somehow the same pants surface Ev’ry time … More A Day in the Life

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

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