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Kathy Radigan
Kathy Radigan is a writer, blogger, social media addict, mom to three, wife to one and owner of a possessed appliance. She posts a weekly essay each Sunday on her blog, My dishwasher's possessed! which she started in the fall of 2010. Kathy is a contributing author of two anthologies, Sunshine After the Storm: a survival guide for the grieving mother and The HerStories Project: Women Explore the Joy, Pain and Power of Female Friendship. She lives outside New York City with her family.You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Google +

Entries by Kathy Radigan

My Mother and the Touchstone She Gave Me

(7) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 6:20 PM

As a mom to three kids, I do a lot of going in and out of my house. Each time I meet a school bus or get into my mom-mobile, I revisit a piece of my childhood and one of my most treasured possessions... my quartz rock.

The rock sits...

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The Next Frontier for a Special Needs Princess and Her Mom

(2) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 2:00 PM

I don't know what I expected to find on Wednesday when I went to a open house at the school for special needs children my daughter will be attending next year. But I didn't expect to feel such profound sadness.

Will I ever completely accept my daughter's limitations?

As I...

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Working to Solve the Frustration Equation

(7) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 6:14 PM

The other day, I sent an email to my son's teacher with the subject line, "Re: Homework tears, mine, not Peter's."

I couldn't believe that once again, fourth grade was kicking my butt.

All of sudden, a lifetime of frustration came flooding back to me.

Memories of missed recess sitting...

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Down the Rabbit Hole Again in Search of a Diagnosis

(2) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 5:07 PM

Each year as April and Autism Awareness month rolls around, I find myself in a strange position of wanting to write something about my family's experience of dealing with a range of developmental and learning disorders. At the same time, I feel that I don't really have the right.


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Passing on the Gift of Shared Misery

(2) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 3:58 PM

When I look back at my childhood, it occurs to me that my best memories come from the shared misery my two sisters and I endured at the hands of my parents. Like sharing the back seat of the family Volvo for numerous trips to my uncle's dairy farm, often...

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The Wishes I Have for My Children

(2) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 3:51 PM

For the last few weeks, my 9-year-old has been wanting to use a remote control to either make the days go backward so he can relive Christmas or New Year's, or go forward to his birthday or to when he'll be 16 like his older brother.

Then there are the...

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My Daughter Isn't the Only One Who's Getting a Special Education

(17) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 4:28 PM

The other day I had my annual parent/teacher conference for my 13-year-old daughter. Each and every time I visit her school, I'm assaulted with a range of emotions, from gratitude and respect for the school's teachers and staff to dread and sadness as I get buzzed through the heavy doors...

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Ein Wort an die Mutter, die Ihr Kind ohne Socken in die Schule geschickt hat

(3) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 12:51 PM

Liebe Mutter, die ihr Kind heute ohne Socken in die Schule geschickt hat:


Mein Tag hatte damit begonnen, dass ich mir im Kopf krampfhaft die verschobenen Abfahrtszeiten für den jeweiligen Schulbus meiner Kinder auszurechnen versuchte. Durch den Schneesturm am Vortag sollte die Schule nämlich erst später anfangen.


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Two Words for the Mom Who Sent Her Kid to School With No Socks Today

(175) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 1:04 PM

Dear Mom who sent your kid to school with no socks today:

Thank you.

My morning started with me mentally counting ahead two hours to figure out what time everyone's bus had been rescheduled for, because the previous day's snowstorm had delayed the opening of school.

As I was packing...

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Why It's So Important To Keep My Mom Promise

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 1:46 PM

I made sure I looked a little extra pretty today. I took an extra minute with my hair and made sure my eye makeup looked nice, remembering to use a little eyeliner.

As I went to get to dressed, I passed on wearing my favorite, very well-worn...

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What I Do When I'm Having One of Those Days

(2) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 11:29 AM

Today has been one of those days where I question every decision I ever made.

It's been a day where I felt as if I had to answer one more question from any of the people who live with me, I'd snap.

Today being a mom to three and wife...

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I Found My Voice When I Became a Mom

(9) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 12:51 PM

Words have always come easy for me. Legend has it I was speaking full sentences by the time I was 18 months old. At 2, I corrected my grandmother's pronunciation of "Santa Claus."

Words came easy. But finding my voice didn't. And it wasn't something I fully found until I...

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The Time We Get

(1) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 2:54 PM

This past October, I turned 49. I'm now a year older than my father was when he had his heart attack.

It was 1988, and I still remember sitting on the Long Island Railroad not knowing what I would face when the train pulled into the station. Smart phones and...

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It Takes a Village to Raise a Mom

(9) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 1:27 PM

The last few days, my 9-year-old, Peter, has been doing such a good job of driving me crazy that I swore he was trying to actually bug me to death.

His barrage of questions and requests for everything from going to the beach in the snow to begging me for...

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My (Foolish) Quest to Be the Perfect Mom

(5) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 6:02 PM

When I left the paid workforce 16 years ago to stay home with our firstborn child, I was determined not to become the stereotypical stay-at-home-mom that I saw parodied on sitcoms and movies.

I wouldn't be trading my love of political shows for soap operas. I was going to...

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What I Wish I Knew Then

(11) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 9:44 AM

Thirteen years ago, a little baby girl with a head full of thick, black hair made her way into the world. She screamed so loud that when we told the doctor her name, he looked up and said, "Elizabeth is too demure a name for such a noisy little girl."

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Moms Don't Get Sick Days

(2) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 3:32 PM

Whenever I dare to get sick, I'm plagued with a recurring dream: I'm in bed with an extremely sore throat or a painful stomach bug. I can barely lift my head up, yet I keep trying to reach my office to let them know I won't be in today. But...

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This Mom Is Taking a 'Mom Exemption' From Making New Year's Resolutions

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 2:20 PM

The packages have been opened and the kids are playing with their toys. Now it's time for the Christmas letdown.

As much as I enjoy Christmas, I have to say that the days after the big event have always been some of my favorites. The week between Christmas and New...

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Growing Up and Out of Santa

(10) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 1:56 PM

I've always been a sucker for Christmas. The music, the cookies, the kids' excitement as they write letters to Santa Claus. There's a magic to the season that I find absolutely irresistible.

For the past 16 years, Christmas has been particularly special for me because of my three kids....

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My Special Needs Princess and the Dreaded Parent Intake Form

(12) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 1:06 PM

The clock said 2:30. I took a sip of tea and did my best to enjoy the remaining moments of calm before the kids started coming home from school.

Then the phone rang.

A sweet, young voice was on the other end. It was a psychologist from our daughter Lizzy's...

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