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Literary Review of Lisa Kusel’s RASH

Tidak apa apa. Say it with me. Tidak apa apa. “It is okay.” Please keep this Indonesian phrase in the forefront as you read Lisa Kusel’s memoir, Rash. You’ll need the reassurance, for her and you, that it’s all going to come out right in the end. You don’t move to Bali on a whim. Unless you’re a writer and a mother and in desperate need of a scene change, a soul change, a room with

The Night My Mom Didn’t Come for Me

“Now that I’m a mother, I look to my own kids and wonder, what do I do when you start to break away from me, peeling off like bark from a tree? Do I trust you to know your moment? Do I trust myself to know it?” I didn’t mean the first lie I ever told. I didn’t know what I was asking for. Click the picture to read the rest of the story on

Rest Period. (Sunday Thoughts Link Up #33)

MARK 9:2-4 2 After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. 3 His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. 4 And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus. MARK 9:30-32 30 They left that place and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where they were, 31 because he

When Your Kid with Special Needs Does Something a Thousand Times Better Than You

How long, I caught myself wondering in the shower, could I push this before it’s considered child neglect and someone calls social services? I was taking my twins, newly-minted three-year-olds, to their annual appointment with the pediatrician and I knew she’d ask the question she always asks – the one that earns me an eye roll and another note added to the appointment summary along with weight and height and current medications. Have they been to

Keep Talking to Yourself, It Means You’re Smarter

“You really need to stop looking in the mirror before 7 a.m.” “Why did I put the keys in the refrigerator door?” “Why do they always run out of my favorite wine at Costco? I mean, it’s Costco.” “Note to self: Don’t park next to the teenage driver in your neighborhood.” I’ve always been a self-talker. But it used to be subtler. In my college years, it came in the form of mumbling over a

Kiddie Pool Digest #8: Kid Concert

Who doesn’t love a good concert? There’s just something about live music thrumming in your chest until it reverberates through the rest of you. But sometimes, when the kids are very little or threenagers, the music has to come to you. So, I’m putting the music in their hands for the last Kiddie Pool Digest to round out the summer. You might have a musical prodigy on your hands. You never know until you try

I Need the Potty Whisperer

Poop. Doodoo. Dump. Turd. Peepee. Urine. Tinkle. Wee. Whatever you want to call it, I’m seriously over it. How many nicknames can we give it before my kids start to care? How long does it have to cling to their bodies before they’re ready for it to land elsewhere? How many low-riding diapers does it take for the bowels to move themselves on over to the toilet? My twins are three. Yes, three, and nowhere

Left-Brain Meet Right-Brain. Now Play Nice. (Sunday Thoughts Link Up #32)

I TIMOTHY 4:14-16 14 Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you. 15 Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. 16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers. I was aces in chemistry in high school. And biology. And calculus. And physics. And all the

5 Ways to Help Your Child with Special Needs Practice Communication at Home

I can no longer go into the therapy room with my kid. If I’m there, he’s done. Forget walking. Forget tasting new foods. And you can definitely forget using his communication skills. When he spots me, he thinks the work day is done. He can sit back and relax because I should instinctively know what he needs. And he’s right. I usually do know what he wants to say before he says it. But letting

4 Things That Matter on Family Vacation, and 4 Things That Totally Don’t

I was at the beach recently with my toes in the sand watching my three-year-old twins attack what they thought was a live crab. It was actually a carcass. They are savages. With the breeze and the birds and the reef in the background, I couldn’t make myself care. This was the first time I’d sat down on a vacation in five years. With three kids under five, sitting wasn’t an option. If I could

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