The Day I Understood the True Price of Success

I well remember the sound of the crunching of gravel as two young men steadied the heavy gurney between them. I stood in the doorway with my mother and siblings, all of us holding hands, witnessing this last journey my father would make — down the walkway he’d poured, away from the home he had built. ItContinue reading “The Day I Understood the True Price of Success”

Tilting at IEP Windmills

“The IEP allows assignments to be emailed. This wasn’t an assignment but a classroom expectation.” This, according to my son, was the actual explanation provided to him as the reason his teacher refused to accept an assignment by email. This, in spite of his IEP which clearly stipulates that he is allowed to turn inContinue reading “Tilting at IEP Windmills”

Why I Don’t Feel Guilty for Being a Working Mom

I recall the exact moment I decided that something had to change. I’d taken on a part-time position with a local museum which I’d taken specifically for the hours when my husband would be home with our three kids. And while I actually enjoyed the work, I also missed out on a lot – myContinue reading “Why I Don’t Feel Guilty for Being a Working Mom”

The Power of What If

I have a challenge for you. Go dig around in your kid’s school backpack (you might want to wear gloves for your own protection if your child forgets half-eaten sandwiches like mine does). Pull out a few tests and assignments, and see how many questions are similar to the following: List three ways that … Name fourContinue reading “The Power of What If”

Learning How to Just Shut Up and Love

When my kids were little, I thought I pretty much rocked the whole parenting thing. My kids sat still in the pediatrician’s office – at least for the first hour. They obediently held my hand all the way across the parking lot. And when one of them tried on the whole defiance attitude, I movedContinue reading “Learning How to Just Shut Up and Love”