Category: General Parenting

Shopping for a winter jacket when your child has sensory processing issues

This is a post I started over a year ago about transitioning into the colder weather and getting our daughter who has sensory processing issues to wear a winter jacket.  Every time around this year when the weather starts cooling down rapidly, I start to get panic attacks about what my daughter is going to... Read more »

Life lessons from my four-year-old

Lately my four-year-old has decided to take it upon herself to express her opinions on a variety of topics including parenting, guilt, and whether or not we should have more kids, among other things. Here are a few unsolicited nuggets of wisdom from my youngest. On unnecessary guilt and realizing you told your child too much... Read more »

10 ways to cope when life falls apart

Without going into a whole lot of “woe is me” details, suffice it to say that these past few weeks have felt like a life falling apart kind of time. And you know you really have problems when even your dry cleaner starts giving you pep talks. The other night after not being able to... Read more »
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What a difference one year makes

What a difference one year makes
Just one year ago, we were celebrating the small victory that HJ had participated in an egg hunt without breaking down in tears. This year, I literally cried nonstop for five minutes (and saw my husband cry for the first time ever!) as we proudly watched HJ get up on a stage in front of... Read more »

My favorite childhood memories of my father

My father was good at raising two daughters. He’s used to being the only male. He grew up with three older sisters and with my grandmother being the matriarch of their household in Korea. She pretty much ran our house too when she was living with us in America. With my mom, grandmother, my younger... Read more »

Letting go of perfect

Before kids, describing a perfect day seemed so simple. And actually attainable. Maybe it involved a lazy weekend morning, sleeping in, cooking a leisurely brunch. Catching up on the news, going for a walk, or to the museum, meeting with friends. Whatever the specifics, the perfection of the day wasn’t so much in the details... Read more »
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When your child starts noticing differences in skin color

A couple weeks ago, my younger daughter, who is three years old, asked me about her skin color. Well, to be more precise, she actually asked if her skin was brown. It took me a little bit by surprise, but somehow being completely oblivious to how concerning this question was to her, I told her... Read more »

Succumbing to suburbia

I’m not sure when it started. When we bought our first house in a cul-de-sac in our very suburban neighborhood? Or when we caved in and bought a Honda Odyseey with a DVD player, which I admit I both love and hate? Or when my husband and I spend Friday nights debating about what kind... Read more »

Learning how to encourage my daughter's artistic talent

Learning how to encourage my daughter's artistic talent
There was one thing I learned when I was trying to schedule my older daughter’s activities and classes this past summer. My natural tendency is to write, think, worry, and generally obsess way too much about the areas in which HJ needs to catch up, versus focusing on her strengths. I’m sure there’s way too... Read more »
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Dear teachers at my daughter's school, maybe I was wrong

Dear teachers at my daughter's school, maybe I was wrong
This past April, I wrote a post about why I wanted my daughter to repeat kindergarten. It was a very emotional time in our household, where we were coming out of months of testing, private evaluations, hospital visits, appointments with a special education attorney, and several intense IEP meetings with our school district. Since the... Read more »