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Feb11
The Middle School Snoop

The Middle School Snoop

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I didn’t have to snoop when he was in grade school. All of his classmates lived in our neighborhood, so I already knew most of the parents. I also regularly volunteered in the classroom. But now he’s in a big school that combines three different neighborhoods, and I only volunteer when under court order. That means I don’t know anything about the kids he now wants to hang out with, and since he’s no help at all, I have to dig.

Jan28
When Winter is Shorts Weather for Kids

When Winter is Shorts Weather for Kids

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Yes, I am the not-so-proud owner of an 11-year-old boy who refuses to wear pants in the winter. He (very strongly) insists on wearing shorts year-round, even when the temperature is only in the high 20’s.

Jan06
More Than Just A Birthday

More Than Just A Birthday

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Birthdays with teenagers can feel a lot like a timer ticking down, but sometimes they feel like victory, too. For my late bloomer, this birthday feels huge.

Aug13
Boys Don’t Cry. Except For All The Times They Do.

Boys Don’t Cry. Except For All The Times They Do.

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A mom needs help with her husband and his shaming of their sensitive toddler son for his recent and many crying bouts.

Jan13
It’s a Girl! Oh, Wait…It’s a Boy?

It’s a Girl! Oh, Wait…It’s a Boy?

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An expectant mom learns that her original ultrasound prediction was wrong. She’s having a boy, not a girl. She needs help mentally and emotionally shifting gears and expectations.

Jan07
Taking Flight in the Cold

Taking Flight in the Cold

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Schools are closed today due to “excessive cold,” and it’s all my fault. Sorry, I’m not sorry—because it hasn’t slowed down my autistic son one bit.

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