Melissa A. and her husband have 2 young sons, E and M, and a new baby daughter. Melissa's son E has hearing loss and wears a cochlear implant. Melissa works as an administrative assistant for a non-profit and also runs a bullying prevention group and a book-related fan group, in addition to blogging for Empowering Parents. You can check out Melissa’s personal blog here.
I should be thankful that E’s hearing is so good that he is able to pick up our grown-up conversations. However, we’ve reached a point where we have to almost whisper in each other’s ear or come up with code words. This is because E has become really nosy all of a sudden.
I’m not even... Read more »
Almost every night at around three a.m. we’re greeted by a little visitor. This visitor is a four-year-old boy who climbs into our bed and demands we share our blanket with him. We ask him how he got in our bed and he says, "I had a bad dream about monsters." This has become such... Read more »
How do you make friends as a mom? Has it been easy, or difficult?
When I was a kid, I met my first best friend because our parents became friends in Lamaze class. I later became friends with other kids because our parents had also become friends in some way or another. As an adult, I... Read more »
Recently, a girl was denied her high school diploma because she said the word “hell” in her Valedictorian speech at graduation. Like most other readers, I find this punishment to be a bit harsh. Sure, she’s the valedictorian, so she should set a good example. However, she used it in the context of a favorite... Read more »
When I read the article about the bullied girl who had plastic surgery on her ears, nose and chin because she was tired of being taunted and teased, it bothered me on many levels. I know what bullying is like, and I’ll agree that it’s awful. However, I felt that such changes were drastic and that there... Read more »
I recently read an article that said dozens of hospitals around the country are starting to forego free baby formula for moms, including an announcement that has met with controversy in New York City to put formula on lockdown in hospitals there. Their objective is to promote and encourage breastfeeding. But what if breastfeeding doesn't... Read more »
This past week, my son M pointed out that he noticed a child who stood out for an unusual difference. I quickly pointed out to him that everyone is made differently and that he should never make fun of that child if he sees him again. Thankfully, this sunk in because we saw the child... Read more »
With Father’s Day coming up, I tend to think a bit more about my husband’s role as a father to our kids. I’ve heard of some cases where the fathers have very little involvement with their kids, in comparison to the mothers. However, that is definitely not the case in our home. My husband is... Read more »
A while back, I wrote about preparing kids for surgery. However, the game changes quite a bit when you're talking about an infant or toddler! When that’s the case, it's more about preparing the parents. Just like our son E, our daughter has hearing loss. And just like E, she had to get a cochlear implant... Read more »
I was recently reading a novel which involved cyberbullying. The whole time, I was thinking that I was so glad the Internet wasn’t around when I was a kid. This is because I had many experiences with bullying and know just how emotionally harrowing it is. However, in my day, it wasn’t half as bad... Read more »