Mommyfail? [Guest Post]

Today I had a perfect example of "Mommyfail." I received an email from the school psychologist, reminding me that I was late completing and returning a parent-assessment form for an evaluation for my son.   Why? I yelled at myself. How could I forget to send it back?    Inside my head a Jack Nicholson-like voice let me have it. How could you be so stupid?! How could you not put your child ahead of your other eighty-million things you have going on every day?  This is his education for #&@)'s sake! You stayed up until midnight last night working on your resume, how … [Read more...]

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How to advocate for your child [Guest Post]

This post is a follow up to the  Fight for Education posts written by Heather. Her blog can be found at Cool and Hip, I Am Not.     ------- Acting as your child's advocate is part of your role as a parent. When you send them off to school, you have to trust that all their needs are being met. And while it is important be involved regardless of your child(ren)'s learning abilities, there is a right way to properly advocate for your child.   One step at a time Children, contrary to popular belief, do not act the same way at school as they do at home. There are … [Read more...]

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Fight For Education: Part 2 [Guest Post]

This is the second post in a series. Catch up with the first post, Fight For Education written by Heather of Cool and Hip, I Am Not.  -------   "He is fine. Everyone struggles at something." My son and I were fortunate to have the teacher we had in third grade. I already had a relationship with her; she was my mentor and I almost always taught her class in her absence. At the beginning of the year, I was able to sit down with her and address my concerns about his abilities. We spent the entire year working on differentiated instruction; ironically, in our school district and many … [Read more...]

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Fight for Education [Guest Post]

When it comes to special needs and education, I love Connie's passion. I believe it was the passion for this cause that ultimately linked us. My story is similar and one that I would like to share. My hope is that at least one parent can see that speaking up may make the difference in her or her child's education. My son was born too late to be considered premature, but yet still early. Weighing in at a very healthy 8 lbs. 11 oz., and passing all his tests, the doctor felt certain his decision for an early induction was a good one. He hit some milestones on time, but as time progressed, … [Read more...]

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My Brave Daughter {A Week of Thanksgiving}

Thanks to Andrea Updyke, I'm joining other bloggers to write about A Week of Thanksgiving. I've chosen one of Andrea's prompts: Someone who inspired me this year. My biggest inspiration is my brave daughter, Sammi. Almost exactly one year ago, she was diagnosed with sinus tachycardia. Any chronic medical condition is tough to handle, but for an 11 year old, it's even worse. Sammi was scared, especially since the diagnosis has to do with her heart. Then having her classmates and others in school know about it, made it embarrassing. This was her first year of middle school and she didn't … [Read more...]

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