March 2012

Eating Birthday Cake with Your Bare Hands Doesn’t Make it Taste Better

Last night while everyone was deep in slumber I tiptoed down the hallway opened the fridge and ate leftover birthday cake with my bare hands.   This morning I woke up shaking from the sugar rush subdued by the shame and just like I used to do with the empty booze bottles I cleaned up [...]

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Special Education Teacher Apologizes! Big Girl Panties Strike Again!

Last week I was all kinds of fired up over an email I received from a special needs educator in response to an article I wrote for The Orange County Register. After the initial shock of the email wore off I knew I had to take action and I was prepared to go to a [...]

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Special Needs Ryan Gosling: Hey Girl, Week 6

So I got this nasty letter from a reader the other day who was stupid enough to: a. call herself a special education teacher b. give her full name c. divulge the school where she teaches, the program she teaches in, and all of her “credentials” d. ALL OF THE ABOVE Anyway, I have no [...]

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I wouldn’t let this special needs teacher near my child with a ten foot pole.

You know those rotten apples we talk about sometimes? This one found her way into my inbox yesterday afternoon. She wrote the email below in a response to an article I wrote this last Sunday for my column, This Modified Life. If you haven’t read the article yet, check it out FIRST so you have [...]

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The Special Needs Child and the Working Mom

An article published the other day on reuters.com revealed that moms who parent a child with autism are approximately 6% less likely to have a job, work an average of 7 hours less per week, and earn less than half of their counterparts: working moms without special needs children. It may be news to some, [...]

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Special Needs Ryan Gosling: Hey Girl, Week 5

Well, it finally happened. After two weeks of wiping snot, taking temperatures, giving head-to-toe Vicks rubdowns and spoon feeding homemade chicken noodle soup, I finally managed to nurse my husband back to health. Oh. And the kids too. But now I’ve got whatever these goobers were kind enough to pass down and I’ve been feeling [...]

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A Belated Birth Story

I’m looking through pictures of the day you were born Andrew, which happens to be ten years ago TODAY by the way!! – and I can’t help but think that I had no idea what the hell I was doing and what I had just gotten myself into. But on March 12th, 2002 at 11:35 [...]

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A Sweet Dose of Truth: Hey Girl (Special Needs Ryan Gosling) Week 5

It’s TGIF! How do I know this? Because Ryan Gosling stopped by the blog once again! Once you’re done laughing, consider joining the fun every Friday with Sunday Stilwell’s genius idea and bring new life to TGIF!  

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I Surrender

Something about this feels very familiar. The whole waking up with one kid totally congested and holy hell you didn’t know that a 50 pound human could produce so much snot and then the other child comes to you and curls up in your lap first thing in the morning (which he never does because [...]

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The Evolution of an Apology

First it was THIS. Then it was THIS. Then THIS. Then THIS. Finally though, I think I get it. I think. Maybe it’s because I’m just a few short days away from my period….I don’t freaking know but in any case I’m over here bawling my eyes out because oneĀ  week later I think I [...]

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