Kim Stricker is a mom to two boys, an elementary school teacher, and freelance writer. She also writes a blog called lifeslikethis about the daily experiences of raising a child with Asperger’s and ADHD.
What words do you use when your child says or does something inappropriate?
When my son sprayed me in the face with water recently, apparently I said, “Do it again”-- and never added the time-honored parental follow-up, “ -- and you'll be in big trouble.” So guess what? My normally not-so-compliant son did “it” again. Eyes... Read more »
Our family has had a rough time as of late. I wish we knew why and I wish I knew what sets it off. I wish we knew how to better handle it. But what I really wish is that it never would happen. However, in our family, as in many of yours, we lead different types... Read more »
As many of us realize, sometimes it seems the main job of a parent is to say no. I remember as a child waiting for a “maybe.” At least a “maybe” meant my parents were thinking it over and there was the possibility of a yes. Well, that is until I learned and often voiced,... Read more »
How can you tell when your children’s friends are actually being friendly or more foe-like? Parents of all children know how hard the challenges of negotiating cliques, bullying, and manipulation of their kids by other kids can be. Parenting a child on the spectrum or a child who has difficulty making friends makes this situation... Read more »
Three weeks ago, I wrote an EP blog about what teachers wanted parents to know at the beginning of the school year. My message was to encourage parents to try to stay out of the way, as your child and teacher settles into the new school year together. I wrote the blog because I taught... Read more »
My children have been in school one week. This is the first year I have not met with my son’s teacher ahead of time, or written and called about my son’s special needs before school started. There are a couple of reasons I have restrained myself this year. He is at the same school as... Read more »
It is summer. I am finally on vacation. This means I do not have to teach my hardworking graduate students one night a week for 8 weeks, battle over my sons’ homework, attend numerous PTO or IEP meetings. However, I will still be in contact with my students as they continue their action research literature... Read more »
By the time this blog is posted, I will be 2000 miles away from my family. I bought a ticket to the West coast and off I am going. No more negotiating with my children, struggling with homework, or shuttling to and from activities and appointments. I am free. Free, for three and half whole days. ... Read more »
“What? I was kidding.”
I get this response when I ask my son to stop whatever inappropriate verbal or physical behavior he is doing at that moment. I pause, tilt my head, and think, “Really?” His behavior is anything but laughable. It's usually disrespectful, scary, and sometimes dangerous. And I'm getting tired of my kid "kidding... Read more »
My son is on the Autism spectrum and has ADHD. I always laugh and say he can intensely focus for short periods, then is easily distracted. He lives in the moment. Always. He questions statements regarding time and events. "In a minute" means in sixty seconds. He doesn't miss a... Read more »