The 3 A’s

Another memorable school year has come to a close. I’m still pinching myself when I see how much my children have grown this year, not only in inches but in character. Thanks to some amazing teachers who have really gotten to know and value who they are, they have excelled. Anna and Brody seem really…

Just beneath the surface

So much of what’s really going on with someone is hidden. Although some children and adults wear their emotions on their sleeve, there are many happy-looking, well-dressed kids who are masters of disguise. These high-functioning children are experts on being strong and holding it together, while their world is falling apart at home. No one ever…

Teaching empathy

Imagining how others feel or taking the time to recognize that something may be wrong is an action that doesn’t come naturally to all. Some souls are born more in tune with the world, just more aware, loving, and caring. It’s true that some kids are just more sensitive. Take Anna, for instance. When she…

Officer Tom

The best time of my whole week was at the very end of the day today, Friday, when everyone at school is tired and ready for the weekend including me! I offered to visit the ESL classroom and teach the new students some social skills. Some of our new students from the Congo have lived…

Pearls of Wisdom

It was last Sunday evening when we finally reminded Brody that he was having another follow-up MRI the following morning. As parents, we never forget but we wanted to wait until the last minute to talk about it with him knowing the anticipation is just as bad as the experience itself. We expected he wouldn’t be happy…