Now, with the advent of tablets, apps and digital games, children have fewer opportunities for guided play. American parents seem to believe that technology is a boon to their children: If it has a battery, a toy must be superior to one without.
There's nothing to see here. Just a nine-month pregnant woman making her way in the world so that her daughter one day has all the opportunities afforded to every male counterpart she encounters.
Autism, to me, is not a disease or a condition but a strategy to deal with the universal and endless challenge of being human, of getting along and having free.
If you are administration, make sure teachers know they are more than their test scores. If you are a parent, support schools as they experiment with different strategies of implementation as we seek a more rational place with testing.
These kids, man -- they take you on a wild ride. Maybe I thought I was getting on one ride, but they show me everyday, it is definitely some other ride. Even my child who currently gives a damn -- that ride with him is still challenging in its own ways.
I watched her play The Kardashian game on her phone for hours, amazed that something could keep her attention for so long. Longer than Pretty Little Liars. Longer than Supernatural. Way longer than she would talk to me.
When I'm with you I'm not as happy as I am when you're away. Being with you is like low-grade stress. The ordinary moments become painful and you s...
My mother died 12 months ago, so we've experienced a year of birthdays, holidays, and family gatherings without her. I knew the year anniversary was coming and naively anticipated that its passing would mysteriously make everything all better. I was wrong.
Elementary school has fallen and shattered over our ten-year-old's mind. It has suffocated his love for learning, piled over his kindness and trust, and eroded his childhood. Today, five years after he started kindergarten, my son, my husband and I crawl about, attempting to gather and paste the pieces of school together.
Although it is highly successful, adoption -- for many, maybe even for the vast majority -- can be an extremely painful intervention. I know, personally, that it can be soul-searing and often does cause its own problems and side effects that linger throughout life.
Your ability to wow the interviewer and land the job hinges on how well you answer these questions.
We all reach critical points in our lives where our mental toughness is tested. Whatever the challenge, you have to be strong, see things through a new lens, and take decisive action if you want to move through it successfully.
Friends, if you say any of the following things to me, know that I still love you and your child, but I'm also going to have a good chuckle at your expense later.
Recently, I was asked to address the realities of parents who are on opioid replacement therapies (ORT), particularly methadone and Suboxone, and the needs of their children. It is my considered opinion that the law may side too heavily with the rights of parents, while not adequately protecting the needs of children.
When we got our prenatal diagnosis that our daughter, Carly, would be born with Down syndrome I was worried that I'd lose myself. I was worried I wouldn't be able to be around as much for my other kids. Now, I wish I could go back in time and tell myself not to fret.
As mothers, some of the biggest obstacles we face are the imaginary voices inside our head telling us "this mom or that nanny is doing a better job than we are." It is easy to feel nervous since we are doing a job for which there is no formal training.