‘Twas the night before the first day of school, when all through the house, Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The backpacks were packed, the lunches and snacks prepared, In hopes that the day, would dawn without care. The children were nestled, all snug in their beds, While visions of recess, played in … Continue reading ‘Twas the Night Before the First Day of School
Rick Lavoie talks about the emotional journey of the special needs parent. Similar to the stages of grief, the special needs parent goes through the stages, in varying order and can slide back and forth across the scale. Even once the "Acceptance" stage is reached, it is not permanent. Various articles also exist on the … Continue reading The Price I Pay
The other day I wrote a post called Becoming which was about trying to teach my son about not letting others set his path for himself. That night, while I laid in bed trying to go to sleep, the word "becoming" took on a different reflection. You see, I've spent the majority of my life … Continue reading Waiting or Becoming?
When I think of who my son is, one predominant image comes to mind, and that's him as an infant smiling up at me. The joy that radiated off of him was tangible and it was a predominant part of who he was. For a brief moment in time I thought we had lost that … Continue reading Becoming
Like most parents with an unknown family history of dyslexia, and / or those who just have no idea dyslexia exists or anything about it, I spent a small fortune on every Scholastic book event my son's school held in Kindergarten and throughout most of 1st grade on 1st readers. I was trying to spark … Continue reading A Mother’s Shame
This is a hard one to write. It's hard to admit when one burns out. My burn outs are never permanent, and I probably shouldn't call it burn out but something more creative like "rest and regroup," or my more common aphorism, "my dyslexia vacation." The fact is the advocacy fight for my child takes … Continue reading On Fire
The night before ARD #3, I had a conversation with a friend of mine, the super amazing Neuhaus trained teacher warrior mom (#teammom), and she asked me a very hard question I am certain took a great deal of courage to bring up. "How far are you willing to go if you lose tomorrow?" While … Continue reading Preparing for Battle – The Conclusion