Topic: childrearing

Speech Therapy Has Changed My Daughter’s Life For The Better

Speech Therapy Has Changed My Daughter's Life For The Better

My daughter Alicia’s talk was almost all self-directed. She would tell incredible stories – but only to herself, which meant there was never a need for her to clarify what she was saying. I kept wondering if her mispronunciations were the result of a lack of practice, or if there was something else going on. So I was pleased that a referral for a speech evaluation came out of her screening, even if I anticipated a lengthy wait before we’d get the phone call. More »

I Have A Favorite Child And I Bet You Do, Too

I Have A Favorite Child And I Bet You Do, Too

I still have a favorite. It can vary based on recent frequency of tantrums and who let me get more sleep last night, but in general I think of one as better behaved and sweeter than his brother. On days that aren’t total chaos I take a step back and realize that they are both cuddly and both bratty in pretty much equal measure. I am aware of my bias and trying to eliminate it, or at the very least, to not make it obvious. But still I find myself getting frustrated more quickly with one twin, placing him in time out after pulling him off of the chair his brother was jumping on so cutely only minutes ago. More »

How Not To Act On Public Transportation With Your Child

How Not To Act On Public Transportation With Your Child

Is there anyone out there who likes taking public transportation? I am not talking about hopping on the bus once in a while for a quick jaunt downtown, or taking the subway for a special event. I mean the everyday, rain or shine, squeezed in between the guy with the briefcase jamming into your back and the guy whose iPhone you are trying hard – but maybe not too hard – not to read. When you have toddlers to corral — the fun never stops. More »