Tag: special needs parenting

No Child Left Untested

If you have a child like mine, who has anxiety disorder, the tortuous ISATs that all Illinois school children in grades 3 -8 are required to endure, are upon us.   Those of you without children may not know that every year our children are subjected to several hours of multiple choice achievement testing at the beginning of March. ... Read more »

That's the Ticket!

Trying to get my 11 year old son, E, to perform his daily ablutions is about as much fun as pulling out my own teeth.  He refuses to shower, hates brushing his teeth, hates getting up in the morning but avoids going to bed at night.  Left to his own devices, he would watch “screens”... Read more »

Chicago Park District: The Best Resource for Families in Town

We have been making use of Chicago Park District facilities since my son was a toddler.  Our first experience was at Peterson Park Gymnastics Center when E and I did Mom & Tot Gymnastics when he was 20 months old.   A bunch of toddlers with energy to burn would race through an obstacle course while... Read more »

Volunteering Strengthens the Parent-Child Bond

My 11 year old son, E, and I volunteered at St. Ben’s Church on Thanksgiving when our own plans fell through.  We had such a wonderful time that we are now in full-fledged volunteering mode.  We have signed up to volunteer at the same church on Christmas Day;  I’m Jewish and my husband’s family is... Read more »

Why I Hate Halloween

When I was a kid, which was when dinosaurs roamed the earth, when you went trick-or-treating, you got not only candy, but taffy apples, fruit and penny toys. That was in the days before sickos put pins or razor blades in fruit. So, now it’s candy, candy and more candy. It’s not just one piece of candy at... Read more »