Children’s issues

A Birthday Message to Colin

February 13, 2014 Children's issues

A mom from Kalamazoo, Mich., created a Facebook page for her son called “Happy Birthday Colin.” She did so after he told her he had no friends to invite to his upcoming birthday celebration. Colin has issues that are similar to autism, though his specific diagnoses are not yet public. Given my youngest son’s challenges on that front […]

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Taking Lunch from Children Is Never OK

January 31, 2014 Children's issues

The headline was so outrageous I didn’t believe it at first. I see a lot of crazy stuff on the Internet that doesn’t hold up under scrutiny. Unfortunately, this one is true: Administrators  at Uintah Elementary School in Salt Lake City confiscated and trashed the lunches of up to 40 students because their parents were apparently […]

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When Teachers Get It

September 20, 2013 Children's issues

Last night I attended a parent information night at Sean and Duncan’s new school. It’s a great school, but the kids have been struggling to adjust, especially Duncan. That’s to be expected. But there is always that worry in the back of my brain that teachers will never truly understand Duncan, who has ADHD. We […]

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To Duncan on His 10th Birthday

September 14, 2013 Children's issues

An open letter to my second child on his 10th birthday… Mood Music: At 2 a.m. on Sept. 15, 2003, I was jolted awake by your mom shoving me in the shoulder. I had just gone to bed 45 minutes earlier, and I had had a lot of wine the night before. You weren’t expected […]

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Stuff My Kids (And Other People’s Kids) Say: Tween Edition

March 23, 2013 Children's issues

It’s been awhile since I did a “things kids say” post. It’s getting harder to write these because my children have passed the adorable stage and are now well on their way to manhood. In a lot of ways this makes them more amusing than ever. It just took me a few months to adjust […]

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Heartbroken and Praying

December 14, 2012 Children's issues

This is not a post about whether we need more guns or fewer. This is not a post about what makes a man sick enough to fire a weapon at innocent children. It’s just a post to say how heartbroken we are in the Brenner house. Mood music: We don’t know any of the victims […]

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For Parents With Kids Freaked About Winter Storms

October 26, 2012 Children's issues

This week being the 35th anniversary of the Blizzard of 1978, I thought this might be of use. Mood music:  Fight The Good FightTriumphAllied Forces The author takes a stab at offering a mom advice on childhood anxiety. He’s no doctor, but he’s lived it. I got a message awhile back from a mom who […]

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Welcome Back, Mrs. Silva

September 5, 2012 Children's issues

I rushed to the kids’ school this afternoon for a parent-teacher meeting and saw the most excellent sight: Eileen Silva, back in the mix, helping her fellow teachers sort through the usual chaos of afternoon dismissal. The first-grade teacher missed all last year due to illness, but she’s back, and it’s like she never left. Mood […]

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New Section: Resources for Readers

July 20, 2012 Children's issues

Today we launch a new section with links to resources specializing in mental health issues, including children’s issues, faith, eating and relationships. We’ll be building the section over time, adding new topics as we go. Today, we’re starting with resources for parents and children dealing with mental health issues. Check out the new section here. […]

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Teachers Who Ignore Kids With Food Allergies Should Be Fired

June 12, 2012 Children's issues

When school officials repeatedly fail to protect a child from something like a life-threatening nut allergy, the damage to that child’s mental health is as bad as to their physical health. When that happens, even if the child is physically unharmed, the reaction from us grown-ups should be nothing other than outrage. Mood music:  Drag […]

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