Monthly Archives: December 2016

Channeling General Leia Organa

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As wretched as 2016 was, I am not looking forward to 2017 and Trump’s rise to power.A lot of people are going to be hurt, and there is going to be a lot of suffering. And I’ve simply been overwhelmed by the smack down the feminist movement received and feelings of powerlessness that trying to fight seems insurmountable.

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Morality Outside of Carrots and Sticks

Facebook reminded me of something that happened a few years ago when a person going door to door to preach in my neighborhood knocked on my door. He asked me if I died today would I have amassed enough good deeds to earn a reward in Heaven. I sighed and said, “You shouldn’t do good things because you’ll be rewarded. You should do good things because they are the right things to do. Merry Christmas.” I then shut the door in his stunned face.

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The Ticking Time Bomb With ADHD Medication

“He couldn’t sit still. The teacher was always on him.” the parent will explain to me when I ask questions about the etiology of a diagnosis of ADHD, Attention Deficit Disorder.

“How old was he?” I will follow up.

“Five.”

“How realistic is it to expect a five year old to be able to sit for long periods of time?”

The parent will usually display a range of emotions at this point, depending on their feelings about the diagnosis, “Probably not.”

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An Unconventional Homeschooling Schedule

One of the more challenging aspects of homeschooling has been hammering out the schedule. Buddy is in therapy for twenty hours a week, four days a week. This is good because they do work on academic skills, but it still makes finding the time challenging. In the morning I’m so focused on getting everyone dressed and out of the door on time that it doesn’t happen. And after five hours of therapy, Buddy is tired and doesn’t want to do more table work. And then in the evening I see clients for my counseling practice.

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Lessons Learned

Apparently, author Sara Gruen has landed herself in deep trouble. Hatchimals are apparently this year’s hot toy, reportedly comparable to the Cabbage Patch Kids of my youth. Gruen reportedly is working on a documentary to free an unnamed innocent man serving life without parole for a crime he did not commit and has racked up $150,000 in legal fees. So when she heard about Hatchimals she decided to spend about $23,000 on Black Friday and then turn around to resell them at the uber upsold price on $189.00 (suggested retail price being 59.99).

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Christmas: A Time For Mourning?

Left to my own devices, I would ignore Christmas. But as the mother of two small children who are becoming more aware, and extremely excited, about the season, it is not possible. Being a mother around Christmas time means being dragged into the season, and I endure it like I do their love of Yo Gabba Gabba.

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