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Mothers With Attitude
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Parenting isn't pretty, but it's usually good for a laugh.
Parenting isn't pretty, but it's usually good for a laugh.

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Are Your Child's Needs Part of Your School's Emergency Planning?
Back when my son was in school, and after lockdown drills became a thing, I remember getting notes complaining that he was not behaving with appropriate quiet stillness and asking that I talk to him about the seriousness of the drill and the need for everyo...

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If Back-to-School Night Speeches Were More Like IEP Meetings
[This post originally appeared as an article on my About.com Parenting Special Needs site. About.com has since removed it from the Internet, but the recent Supreme Court case involving what constitutes a free and appropriate public education has brought it ...

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10 Things I’d Like to See Maya DiMeo Take On
So we’ve now got three weeks of ABC’s Speechless to judge from, and I’m still loving it pretty hard. It’s fulfilling my hopes that it would be both in-jokingly true to the experience of raising kids with special needs and flat-out funny by anyone’s sitcom s...

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Back-to-School Checklist for Parents of Kids With Special Needs
You may have barely made it through the transition from school into summer, and guess what? It’s time to start the long and traumatic transition from summer back to school. For y’all, anyway. I am gloriously free of kids going to school at the moment, and I...

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Learning to Say, "That Sucks"
A scene on an episode of Parks and Recreation I watched the other week as part of our Parenting Roundabout marathon has stuck in my head lately and got me thinking of the general unsatisfactoriness of trying to fix another person’s problems. On the show, th...

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Why You Really Don't Want Cameras in Your Kid's Classroom
There’s been a lot of talk lately about cameras in the classroom, and I know a lot of parents of kids with special needs think this is a great way to prevent and identify abuse by teachers of our kids who are unable come home and tell us what happened. I ge...

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Who Tells Your Story
I'm coming off a twelve-month period with my young adults with special needs that saw both the triumph of a college graduation and the trauma of job loss and mental-health crisis. I’d like to tell those of you with young kids that there’s a finish line and ...

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I wrote these Love Notes for my About.com Parenting Special Needs site in 2005. They're no longer on that site (and neither am I), so I'm giving them a home at http://motherswithattitude.com. Enjoy and share the love.

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Inclusion's Chris Traeger Problem
Chris Traeger, for those misguided souls who are not Parks and Recreation  fans, is a guy so hyperactively positive that he once broke up with a woman in such an upbeat way that she had no idea she'd been dumped. When the character was first introduced, his...
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