YouTube isn't Just Cat Videos and Porn

YouTube isn’t Just Cat Videos and Porn

The thing about having a learning disability is that you have trouble being taught the way the rest of the world learns. As we’ve been on our journey with Puck (and it looks like potentially we’ll be going down a different path with Bae too), I’ve started to work on finding ways to make the Read More

What Happens When A Writer's Son Can't Read?

What Happens When A Writer’s Son Can’t Read?

As they pulled my son from the fresh slice in my abdomen, he had a bluish tinge.  He was not crying.  Up to that point, I hadn’t spoken his name aloud: it was a secret that only he and I knew. “Why isn’t Puck crying?” I croaked, touching the nurse’s hand to get her attention Read More

A Guide to Working with the Teacher for Parents of Learning Disabled Kids

A Guide to Working with the Teacher for Parents of Learning Disabled Kids

It’s been just over two years since Puck was diagnosed with Dysgraphia.  It’s been a huge learning curve for me – I’ve had to figure out neuropsychological exams, IEP meetings and resource teachers.  But what I needed the most was someone to tell me that it’s OK.  It’s OK to feel bewildered by the whole Read More

Co-Parenting Communication Issues: Listen to Understand - Not to Respond

Co-Parenting Communication Issues: Listen to Understand – Not to Respond

So…more fun with my exchange e-mail from the Goblin King today. Puck, as you all know by now, has a learning disability.  Recently, he convinced his dad that he was sick so that he didn’t have to do a math test.  (I discovered the problem and he did do the math test).  When I discussed Read More

Not all wounds are visible: Insights into marriage with a narcissist 1

The Dreaded IEP Review

The long awaited IEP review for Puck happened yesterday.  For those of you who need some review: Diagnosis: Dysgraphia – Struggling Against my Ex AND the System Nature vs. Nurture: How to combat a predisposition to mental illness when co-parenting with a narcissist Now that you’re caught up, the school called about a week ago Read More

How Do You Make Report Card Day Positive for a Child with Learning Disabilities? 1

Learning Disabilities: Making Report Card Day Positive

Living with a learning disability means that report card day has been very difficult in the past. I think my son dreaded the report card almost as much as I did. Because the school insists that you go over the report card with your child. Which I totally understand. But when most of the feedback Read More

Developing a Love of Reading for a Child with Learning Disabilities 2

Developing a Love of Reading for a Child with Learning Disabilities

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. My son has been diagnosed dysgraphic. He struggles even with the basic concepts of reading. He gets so very frustrated at the words on the page, because they are absorbed by his eyes, translated in his head, and often come out garbled. But he loves books. He’s lucky for Read More

Diagnosis: Dysgraphia - Struggling Against my Ex AND the System

Diagnosis: Dysgraphia – Struggling Against my Ex AND the System

My son was experiencing some difficulties learning to read.  He had been in the same day care since age one.  When I left my ex he was two and a half.  My ex worked 12 hours shifts, and to avoid conflict during our divorce, I gave in to his request to take my son out Read More