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Dec 30 2013

The Day of a Thousand Parenting Fails

By at 10:14 am

personal organizer "don't forget"

It’s not even 11 a.m. and already it has been the “Day of A Thousand F*ckups.”

I’m not a naturally organized person, as I’ve mentioned before. Being a mom to five kids, therefore, has been a true test of whether a person can change. And to a certain extent, I have. I now do crazy things like planning out the week’s dinner menus in advance. I make shopping lists before going to the store rather than just purchasing what seems interesting. I even bought a calendar to hang on the wall. I can’t always find a pen, but I’m getting there.

And yet, my disorganized, where-the-hell-is-my-other-sock self is not gone. It is only hidden. And when that self comes out, watch out.

Today is apparently that day. Read the rest of this entry →

Aug 29 2013

I Yelled At My Autistic Daughter

By at 10:05 am

woman yelling close upMy daughter had a colossal meltdown last night and I handled it badly.

My patience gave way after 40 minutes of defiance and my tone went from neutral to impatient, agitated and finally, about three-quarters of the way through, to angry.

There, I said it; I yelled at my autistic daughter.

I am a lousy mother, right? Who yells at their special needs kid?

Apparently, I do.  Read the rest of this entry →

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