Author Archive | Michele

Not Adoptive Mom

Please Don’t Call Me an Adoptive Mom. I am Mom.

  I am a mom. When I am at the softball fields or swim lessons with my girls, I introduce myself as either Penelope’s or Pandora’s mom. The fellow parent introduces himself or herself as so-and-so’s father or mother, and then we have a conversation. When I attend Meet The Teacher, I introduce myself as […]

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Special Education Tips

Tips for Parents Entering the World of Special Education

October is Learning Disabilities Awareness month. While raising a child with these types of disabilities is challenging in all aspects of life, the challenges are certainly highlighted in the school setting… RTI, 504, IEP, SPED :: Are these just random letters and numbers strung together or do they mean something to you? If they are familiar, […]

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Words Matter

Words Matter

“Stick and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” This old adage could not be further from the truth. My mom told me this. I used to tell my children this. Then I stopped because it is not truthful. Not. One. Bit. Words do hurt. Words matter.  Our children are our […]

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For the Love of Softball

For The Love Of Softball

A year ago, Pandora was in occupational therapy, and one of the skills she needed to work on was crossing the mid line. To help her with this and other motor planning skills, we signed her up for softball, and it turned out to be one of the best ideas we have had. With three seasons […]

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