Month: February 2012

Handle With Care

I have this problem. I can’t stop myself from getting rid of things. I am the queen of throwing things away. Or giving them away. I see an abundance of stuff as an invitation to sort it and get rid of anything that isn’t serving a vital purpose. I guess this can be a positive thing–like when I am inspired…

Based on Actual Events

I’m currently reading 127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place. I was completely fascinated by the movie which was based on the book, which was written by Aron Ralston about his now infamous experience in the Canyonlands area of southern Utah in April 2003. When I have shared my love for the Oscar-nominated film (for best actor AND…

Holiday Road

Every once in a blue moon, my family attempts to do something normal, like take a weekend trip to the family cabin. It never, ever works out very well. Despite our best efforts, the unique (and I daresay difficult) dynamics of our family manage to somehow torpedo the fun getaway that we always hope for. There just is no “getting…

I Heart Simplicity

Yesterday afternoon as Charlie and I sifted through the Valentines he brought home from preschool, it was plain to see that there are two schools of thought behind the organization and execution of mom-directed Valentine-giving among those in early childhood. There is the handcrafted, clever, and uniquely adorable variety–perhaps inspired by Pinterest or purchased on Etsy. And then there is…

Getting Schooled in Our Town

Today is Jack’s first day at a new school. After a few months of steadily worsening behavior problems, Jeff and I, along with the rest of Jack’s IEP team, decided to move him to a different placement. It’s a newly-created class with a newly-minted teacher at a newly-built school which is close to our house. Jack and I toured the…

Baby Steps

I met with the child psychiatrist last week. He had some good insights into Jack’s recent behavior slide, as well as Charlie’s overall meltdown response to becoming a big brother. I like the approaches we talked about for addressing Jack’s current stumbling blocks. They aren’t revolutionary, but they are reasonable and not impossible for this weary parent to attempt. Overall,…

Man About Town

Jack got lost at school yesterday. The principal called me around 12:30 and started the conversation with “everything is okay now,” which always makes me wonder. He proceeded to tell me that while Jack was outside on the playground with two aides and some other students, there were two simultaneous distractions, which resulted in one aide going back into the…