If You Read One Article About Special Needs Kids, Read This One

The other evening, I was out in the car with the kids and the baby on a food run and we came across the Teddy Bear ambulance, also known as CHEO’s neonatal transfer unit. I blinked and started to cough, which is what I do when I feel – pardon the word – triggered by… Continue reading If You Read One Article About Special Needs Kids, Read This One

Welcome To The Playborhood

I think I have now figured out the real reasons why parents don’t want their child(ren) to play outdoors unsupervised. In addition to being spared the rod when naughty, children must also be spared the deep, painful, impossible to scratch itch that manifests in the layers of skin separating a broken bone from the exterior… Continue reading Welcome To The Playborhood

Who Killed Hallowe’en?

I’ve got a wild hair today. I don’t know who or what originally decided that Hallowe’en shouldn’t be observed as anything other than Orange and Black Day, but now it has a new name: Character Day. What in the name of Jack Skellington is a Character Day, and why has it supplanted Hallowe’en in the… Continue reading Who Killed Hallowe’en?

Dear World, Please Stop Dressing My Teenage Daughter

Thanks to Brandi Kennedy, I now have a new phrase in my vocabulary:  Underbutt. I am so behind the times, it turns out this was a thing back in 2009. Thank you, Urban Dictionary. Not that I wasn’t ever even a little bit concerned, with my daughter starting high school tomorrow, what her taste in… Continue reading Dear World, Please Stop Dressing My Teenage Daughter

Brock Turner Was Released From Jail Today

Brock Turner was released from jail today. He served three months of a six-month sentence for raping an unconscious young woman at a college party. As most everyone in the galactic Milky Way knows, he was a swimmer. Not just any swimmer. A former potential Olympic athlete who says that he wasn’t looking for anything but a hook-up. Guess… Continue reading Brock Turner Was Released From Jail Today

My Open Letter To Jennifer Cramblett

Dear Jennifer Cramblett: Your daughter needs better parents. Suing the fertility clinic once for their mistake in shipping the wrong vial of sperm to help conceive your biracial child was unsurprising. Land of the free, home of the brave, designer kids for the mightily privileged. As the mother of a disabled boy, I find your… Continue reading My Open Letter To Jennifer Cramblett

What Parents And Kids Want Us To Know About Bullying

Don’t you know that the kids aren’t all, kids aren’t alright – Fall Out Boy, The Kids Aren’t Alright Last week, after a couple of sleepless nights following the news of 13-year-old Danny Fitzpatrick’s suicide, I tweeted a link to a Google form with the following question: “How Do Your Bullied Kids Feel About Going… Continue reading What Parents And Kids Want Us To Know About Bullying