Archive - 2012

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A Different R-Word Post
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Which Type Of Holiday Shopper Are You?
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The Mandarin — Our Special Place
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Mad Family Love
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Parenting: A Glory Story

A Different R-Word Post

  At a recent group speech therapy session with my daughter I had a run in with the R-Word. But not in the way you might think. Parents watch these classes via closed circuit television from a separate room. It’s usually mothers, but at this session there were two dads in the mix. As the other moms and I watched and listened intently to the class, the two dads chatted about golf and business and other random topics. Instead of hyper-focussing on their kids the entire hour, they were relaxed, enjoying some social time, talking about subjects other than their children. Imagine that.  Whenever I’m in the presence of other moms who also have a child with special needs, the go-to topic of conversation is always our children. “What’s your child’s diagnosis? When did they start walking? Who’s their OT? Seizures? Are they on the spectrum?” etc. etc. etc. Truthfully, it’s kind of exhausting. And then here are these two dads—chatty, laid back, unconcerned.   I eavesdropped as one of the dads relayed this story about his daughter to the other dad . “We’re at this indoor playground and I see Kira push another kid. The kid’s mother runs over and starts[…]

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Which Type Of Holiday Shopper Are You?

  According to numerous studies (all conducted in my head) there are three distinct types of holiday shoppers.  1) The Super Shopper: This queen of the list is fuelled by a passion for purchasing and is a true hunter/gatherer at heart. The Super Shopper begins buying gifts for any given holiday, months in advance.  2) The Slothy Shopper: Since this harried shopper leaves everything to the last minute, she is fuelled by panic and large volumes of caffeine.  3) The Delusional Shopper: This shopper believes they have purchased everything necessary for the holidays well in advance. However, upon inspection of the various trimmings and gifts mere hours before the malls close for the holidays, self-doubt sets in. “Did I balance the stocking stuffers fairly between the kids? Actually, WHERE ARE THE STOCKING STUFFERS?? And what about the dog? He deserves more than a rubber bone in his stocking. And, my girl was eye-balling that Fisher-Price Gymnastics Dora at the store yesterday. I’m grossly unprepared! I’ll just run out and get a few more things.” This internal monologue is soon followed by the sound of tires screeching toward the mall. Which one of these shoppers are YOU?    According to another very scientific study (also[…]

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The Mandarin — Our Special Place

    When I was asked if I was familiar with The Mandarin Chinese Buffet, I laughed and answered, “Of course, it’s the reason I own buffet pants!”   I kid, but my family has been going to the Mandarin for decades, so now I’m continuing the tradition with my own little family. When our son was younger, his birthday restaurant of choice was one that features over-priced, salty food and animatronic animals. Thankfully both he and his little sister have outgrown it and have moved on to “our place.” What makes The Maaaaan-dar-iiiin (Sorry! That tune will now be stuck in your brain for next 6-84 hours) our place? First and foremost—the food. There’s something for everyone in my family; including the pickiest eater on earth…my girl child. The buffet format (all joking aside about my buffet pants…I actually wore skinny jeans last time, albeit, unbuttoned…) suits our family perfectly. Our daughter’s attention issues make staying seated difficult, so the opportunity for her to get up and walk around makes a buffet style meal the easiest and most relaxing choice for us. Also, making her own selections gives my girl power over her meal; she is more apt to eat what[…]

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Mad Family Love

  We recently went out for a family brunch and a lovely time was had by all, or so we thought… After looking through the photos it seems one member of our merry band was somewhat dissatisfied. Could it be she was disgruntled after being told she was not allowed to stick her head directly under the chocolate fountain, despite the fact that her mother did that very thing several years before at a wedding? What? I was dared to do it. Or perhaps eating a spicy pepper, mistaken for a tomato was causing ill feelings? Or maybe being forced to sit still for more than ten minutes was more than she could bear? Whatever the reason, this is the photographic evidence that *somebody* in our party was a little on the grumpy side. Funny, because she’s usually the happiest of the bunch. *My father-in-law is absent from this pic because he was taking the photo…

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Parenting: A Glory Story

You ponder the sleepless nights, the childish outbursts (yours AND the kids’), the emotional and financial drain, and the myriad of adjustments you’ve had to make to your life, and you wonder, “Is parenting worth the sacrifice?” The day my daughter was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder is the day our lives changed forever. We were in the hospital at the time, our tiny girl hooked up to a feeding tube, when the doctor explained what we would be facing in the years to come. Appointments, hospital stays, and numerous therapies loomed. One parent would need to stay home to manage this hectic schedule. It was going to be me. My maternity leave was coming to an end, but I would not be returning to my job. More than a job, my chosen profession and passion. When this reality hit, I sat rocking my baby in my arms, grieving for my old life. A passing nurse peered in at a sobbing mother and soon a social worker arrived to talk to the woman in room 2C who was coming unraveled. It seems selfish looking back at how devastated I was to be losing my career. Was it really a loss[…]

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