Nathan: Full of Surprises


Way back in 2012, when Nathan was not-quite two and a half, his early intervention speech therapist was at the house. He was playing with one of his favorite toys at the time, a green-and-white Leapfrog My Own Leaptop. When he first got it, he loved it – probably because he thought he was getting […]

Let’s Chat About the 504 and the IEP


Ah, yes, it’s that time again. The start of the school year, you mean? Well, yes, but it’s also the dreaded season of IEP 1 and 504 2 meetings. Nathan has the first, and Sarah Kate has had both (she has a 504 plan at the moment), so I’ve done both in years past – and […]

The Words I Was Sure I’d Never Say

Another school year has come and gone. Come August, Sarah Kate will move up to the sixth grade, and Nathan will be in Pre-K. We’ve registered him for three days a week again at the same private preschool he’s attended the past two years, and of course, he’s also still eligible for the developmental preschool […]

First Day of School: Hit and Miss

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And all the angels sang, “Hallelujah!” when they heard the good news that school is back in session! I kid, I kid … sort of. I will miss the freedom of the summer days but I’m also happy that we’re getting back into a routine. I’d be lying if I said that I don’t relish […]

The Perils of the Petting Zoo


Nathan’s developmental preschool teacher is either a much more kind and generous soul than I am, or a madwoman. She brought in a petting zoo for the end of school party yesterday. Of course, she chose to be surrounded by preschoolers for years on end as her occupation, so I guess that first sentence could have […]

The Dreaded Preschool IEP

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I’ve known it was coming for awhile now.The dreaded IEP meeting. If you aren’t familiar with the abbreviation that strikes fear in the hearts of moms like me everywhere, it stands for Individualized Education Program. It’s the game plan for educating a child who doesn’t fit the norm. Nathan will age out of Early Intervention […]

The Heartache I Didn’t See Coming

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Here in Mayberry, the kids wear uniforms to school. Uniforms are a parent’s dream. No grousing over what to wear in the mornings, no arguing about what to buy in the store during back-to-school shopping, and it’s pretty easy to find inexpensive tops and bottoms that fit the dress code. Because we live in a […]