The pain of feeling left out of the “mom” group and what I learned from it

The pain of feeling left out of the “mom” group and what I learned from it
Most of us have experienced feeling left out at one time or another. One would think that by the time we were moms we would not still feel hurt when it happens, but unfortunately it still stings. Years ago, I vividly remember approaching three other moms when dropping off my child for the first time at a new preschool. I smiled shyly and told them I was a first-timer at this school, hoping for a warm response. Instead I received blank stares. The moms t...

Is It Possible MY Child Is The Bully???

Is It Possible MY Child Is The Bully???
Learning that your child is picking on others or was labeled a bully can be shocking and upsetting. My son, John, was overweight in middle school and teased terribly by the other boys. He shared his deep feelings of sadness and rejection with us frequently. We talked often about tools which might help deal with the bullies. Imagine our surprise when we received a phone call from another parent who told us our child punched their son, Logan, in the stoma...

Teaching Children About Inclusion

Teaching Children About Inclusion
Starting a conversation with “Please don’t take this the wrong way” or “I hope this doesn’t upset you” doesn’t mean that you can then go on to be cruel, insensitive or intolerant. It just means that really you know you are about to make a wrong decision but haven’t bothered to find an alternative. Now it is likely that I am preaching to the choir. I am not writing this for the other parents of children with special needs who have seen their children be ...