ADHD. ODD. LD. Physically Disabled. Labels, acronyms, stereotypes, and physical differences affect us all. There is a great deal of negativity associated with these types of words -- and their meanings -- perhaps because they focus on only one aspect of the person.
James Lehman wrote that "Hypodermic Focus" puts too much attention on one detail or incident.... Read more »
My friend calls it “skinny dippin’ in the gene pool.” This is what we all do when we decide to have children with whomever we have chosen to be our child’s other parent. Some people get genetic testing when they know there is a possibility that they can be carriers of genetic disorders such as... Read more »
I have always held onto the belief that things happen for a reason. Many years ago, I went through a horrible time in my life that lasted six months. I had filed for divorce, was told by my landlord that I had 60 days to find a new home because he was selling all of... Read more »
When my son was 3, he had a friend in preschool who had diabetes. One day while at the pharmacy, he saw diabetes supplies displayed under the counter. He announced loudly, "When I get diabebes, I am going to buy those!" Everyone in line thought he was so cute. Over the last 10 years we... Read more »
Last week I was sitting in the auditorium of our town's high school, listening to my son play saxophone in the 5th and 6th grade All City Band Concert. As I was enjoying my "proud mother moment" two things stood out to me: one was how great they all sounded for eleven- and twelve-year-olds. The... Read more »
As my son comes into the home stretch as a senior, I am overcome with pride as this chapter of our lives comes to an end and a new one begins. He has become the young man we all knew was buried inside him somewhere. His past school experience had been nothing but negative. He... Read more »
No empty nesting for us! After twenty-six years of diapers, kindergarten, homework, first loves, heartbreaks, loud cars that were continually breaking down, college tuition, and weddings for our four children, my husband and I were ready for some down time, some alone time, and just plain fun time. That was not to be.
Instead, we are raising... Read more »
What parent hasn't considered the possibility of postponing or rejecting routine vaccinations out of fear of a link between vaccines and Autism
Over a year ago, and with little fanfare, Dr. Wakefield's 1998 study indicating a link between the Measels, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine and Autism was exposed as a fake. At that time, medical... Read more »
My child's behavior issues started at age two. Out in public, he would appear to strangers to be a spoiled, indulged kid. Strangers would glare at my ineffective parenting. I kept quiet and secretly thought about printing up business cards to explain our situation.
When preschool started, he did not have any labels or a diagnosis... Read more »
My husband Jerry and I sat down eagerly to listen to the first lesson in the audio portion of the Total Transformation program. We had already completed the introduction and couldn't wait to hear the good news: How to stop our son Thomas' obnoxious, abusive and disrespectful behavior!
Thomas is our 11 year old son (from... Read more »