We all want life to be easy for our kids and sometimes, it's hard to see him standing out when he'd rather fit in. My son's limb difference isn't always the first thing people notice, but eventually, they notice.
Based on personal experience of how regularly my child practices responsible (unassisted) hygiene, it's a wonder we're not in the midst of a full-blown toddler zombie apocalypse.
It seems recently the picking up is less and less. My older daughter is so tall that the last time I tried to swing her like a flying helicopter, she skinned her knees on the ground because we couldn't gain enough altitude.
1. Set alarm clock for first time in two weeks. 2. Lie awake all night, panicking about everything you swore you'd accomplish over last two weeks.
I've learned that if one door closes and another opens and then slams shut, it means the kids are fighting.
No matter your age, sports are supposed to be fun. Certainly that should be especially true in childhood. Most kids know that, and that's how it should be.
My youngest daughter set off on her very first college audition for theater BFA programs this past weekend. As the trip was some 2,500 miles from our home, I accompanied her.
I am sorry we failed. I will forever feel guilty that we broke your home and world apart.
If our kids can be taught to be kind and compassionate to each other then why can't we as adults be taught to do the very same thing. Show tolerance in the weeks to come. Choose kindness when you see someone in need. And above all else respect those around you.
The best day ever was when I remarried last summer -- my two daughters and my husband's two sons were the entire wedding party. What followed was the anticipation of the best honeymoon ever to Bora Bora! I couldn't believe how euphoric I felt... until I hit "the glitch."
My dad was a seminary student at Yale Divinity School when the first of three Selma-to-Montgomery marches took place, in 1965. The marches led to the passage later that year of the Voting Rights Act. But a lot of blood was shed in the process.
While Roman and Nyro begin to navigate the tween express lane toward adulthood, I find myself connecting with and interpreting the many voices of being a man that I absorbed from my father.
All kids need exposure to media that's not sexualized, stereotypical or gendered. But apps that are specifically designed to avoid these messages are particularly good for girls because they open new doors that have often been out of reach.
If you're a parent, here are some guidelines on the two types of bullied students, the danger signs of a child in crisis, and how to avoid the most common mistake parents make and perform effective triage.
Parenting is not for the weak. Kids will tell it like it is and will challenge you in ways you never thought were possible. Buck up, and enjoy the ride!
"Made in China?" A. asks dubiously. She fingers a white tag on Shelf Elf's rump. "I thought he was from the North Pole.