An Honest Assessment

I shared over on Instagram that it’s Laurel’s assessment day. Meaning, she has to complete a series of tests highlighting her abilities as well as her disabilities. It’s pretty stressful. It requires about four hours of sitting and doing.  For a homeschooled student who does not do standardized testing it’s a lot. A whole lot. I spend the time in the waiting room. It’s not bad, really. They have wifi, I’ve caught up on writing …

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Disaster Preparedness

My husband and I are completely different. I mean, I know that goes without saying. There’s the whole male/female thing. What I’m saying is that we operate in COMPLETELY different ways. He operates under the ‘everything is great’ premise, while I operate under the ‘at any minute we could face disaster’ premise. A couple of years ago we took the kids to the beach. It had been a long time since we’d been to the …

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Shame and Parenting

“I’m sorry I’m such a bad kid,” one of mine said to me a few years ago. I was perplexed, didn’t know where that was coming from. This wasn’t the ‘I’m trying to make you feel bad for not letting me do something’ ploy my kids are good at (they do know how to push my guilt button), this was a real apology. I dug around a little to get a look at what might …

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Raised by wolves

When my oldest three were little I held dance parties in the living room as way for them, and me,  to blow off steam. I would turn the music up loud and we’d dance and shout until we were panting for air. Sometimes we’d have freeze dance parties if we were bored with the regular kind. I would turn the volume down on the radio and the kids would have to hold whatever position for …

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