Archive for May 2012

When the Teacher is the Bully -- A Preschool Nightmare

This is a guest post by Melissa Alexander-Flanagan: “When we take our children to preschool, we want to believe they are safe.  Most of us have researched these places ahead of time.  We make visits, we talk to teachers, and most of all we try to stay involved.  These actions keep us in the loop... Read more »

How to Bring Friends and Family "In On It" When You Are Adopting

How to Bring Friends and Family "In On It" When You Are Adopting
Elizabeth O’Toole and her husband have adopted all three of their children, ages nine, seven and five.  During the adoption process, especially as they were preparing to adopt their first child, O’Toole spent a lot of time explaining things to her closest circle of family and friends. Explaining why they were adopting, explaining how they... Read more »

Don't Let the Illusion of the "Mommy Wars" Create the Mommy Cyberbullies. We Can Do Better.

The Mommy Wars would largely dissolve if we all remembered that we are on the same side.  We have kids that we love, and we want to raise them right. When did it stop being so simple? The media, the politicians and the corporate world all play a part in it.  But we, the mothers,... Read more »
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Can A Teen Bully Change?

Can a teen bully change? Yes, of this I have no doubt. But how do we know if the bully has changed?  How do we know if the words, “I’ve changed,” really hold meaning? When is a stupid teen no longer a stupid teen? In all the research I have done, through all the interviews... Read more »

Sensory Issues Suck, and Gapers Make Things Worse

Dear Tables of People Gaping at Us in the Restaurant, I know what you saw.  You saw one of my three daughters jump abruptly up from the table during lunch, knocking her chair to the ground.  You saw her rip at her clothes, trying to remove them from touching her skin.  You saw her lash... Read more »

Top Ten Mother's Day Wishes for an Insanity-Free Day

Top Ten Mother's Day Wishes for an Insanity-Free Day
1. To have the kids do something the first time I ask.  Correction: I’d settle with having them do something the third or fourth time I ask.  It’s usually when I get to the nineteenth time, coupled with bribes and threats, that they first look up and say, “What?  Did you ask me something?” 2.... Read more »
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