Category: Being a Parent

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We Graduated!!!

We did it! We graduated a kid and we survived. Actually, Garreth and I did more than survive; we glittered joy on the entire big week. Listen, graduating a kid is no small thing. But add to that the dynamics of differing expectations, varying levels of emotional bandwith, logistical chaos, and, well, it’s a recipe for a mini disaster. Garreth and I excel in crisis situations (the sweet spot of our marriage is the hospital)...

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As You Become

For my Bowdoin bound boy in honor of Bowdoin One Day. ***** I hope you stay curious that your brainiac wheels keep turning, wondering, asking questions about the world around you and the topics before you that you spend hours with your nose in a book stretching your mind, and hours in conversation stretching it more. I hope you remember when you tank a test that your work ethic is more important than the letter on...

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Boys will be awesome

This kid right here…   My heart. I thought I would be getting all weepy in this season of lasts. His last team dinner at our house, his last cross country meet, his last awards night. These events are scheduled to happen in the next few days but I’m not feeling that sense of grief I thought I would. Liam has been working hard on his college applications with little input from myself. He’s taking...

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Summer of Adventure

This was going to be the Summer of Adventure, of Making Memories, or at the very least, Getting Out of the House. Let me start by saying that my threshold for adventure is quite low. While I’m pretty sure my siblings have all jumped out of airplanes and such, I tend to think adventure is sneaking off to the beach alone in the dead of winter while the kids are at school and the toursits...

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The Making of a Man

I’m parenting in a different stage right now. Aidan will always require lots of hands on care and attention. But for the moment I’m focused on the making of a man. I won’t say that Liam has been set aside all these years as we’ve been so engrossed with Aidan’s care, because I don’t believe he has been. Suddenly, though, the time of Liam’s leaving feels too close. Sure, I’ve still got two years but...

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This Side of the Grass

There have been several articles written on what we, the parents of kids with special needs, wish you, the others, knew about our lives. These two articles cover a lot of ground that I firmly agree with. I want to add my own two cents, and I’m only speaking for myself. Please don’t say, “I don’t know how you do it” or “I just couldn’t do what you do.”  Here’s the truth, you would rise...