I Am Not Fully Charged

Jun 2nd, 2017 Kid Stuff

Last week, I had a great opportunity to attend a presentation by Tom Rath, the author of such books as StrengthsFinder 2.0, Eat Move Sleep, and, most recently, Are You Fully Charged? And oh man, for that last one, I am absolutely not. Fully charged, that is. I’m more like the battery of an old phone where the promised 12+ battery life at purchase date has…

One and A Half Lawful Good Kids

Mar 9th, 2017 Kid Stuff

Even though I was a huge nerd growing up, the one thing I didn’t do was play Dungeons & Dragons. I’m pretty sure that’s because none of my friends were playing it at the time, but I’ll admit there’s a possibility that I just wasn’t invited. So now that I’m older with children, I’ve been given the opportunity to jump into the strange world of…

Hospitals and Perspectives on An Anniversary

Feb 9th, 2017 Kid Stuff

Sometimes, the best thing we can get in life is perspective. There’s no more well worn trope than to have a character realize what’s important in life due to a birth/death/disease/zombie apocalypse/extra five minutes of movie trailers/etc. It’s an easy-to-use fallback because, at least for most people I’ve met, there’s a lot of truth to be found in that lazy writing. These past few days,…

Finley With Scripting

Jan 3rd, 2017 Kid Stuff

When we were going through various diagnostic sessions with Finley, one question that came up again and again was if he was “scripting.” This is a term that is thrown around enough that if you search for “scripting autism” you’ll get helpful results on Google (though “scripting” by itself is apparently more associated with programming on the Goog). To sum up the term, scripting is…

SAMi Seizure Monitor Hates Cats

Oct 19th, 2016 Kid Stuff

We’ve had our share of seizure scares over the past few months. After a particularly frightening incident, we broke down and bought the SAMi-3 Sleep Activity Monitor, which is recommended by the Epilepsy Foundation to help worried parents get a decent night’s sleep. The camera itself is pretty great (except for the dumb limitation of having to be hooked up to a iOS device). The idea…

Minecraft Bridges Generational Gap

Sep 21st, 2016 Games, Kid Stuff

Back in my day, The Sims was a phenomenon. Everyone was playing the game, from Granny down the street to the teenage basement-dwelling punk. Finally, a game where you could make your avatar do exciting things like. . .go to work, and exercise, and cook dinner, and use the bathroom. Why would you want to run around like some super hero saving the world when you…

Bullying Really Does Start Young

Sep 15th, 2016 Kid Stuff

I once read an article about a man who had grown up oblivious to the emotions of others. I can’t recall the details of his situation, but much later in life he went through medical treatments that allowed him to gain the super power of emotion. He hated it. It totally ruined his comfy middle class life. It’s like the 30 Rock episode where Tracy Jordan…

The Best Big Brother

Sep 7th, 2016 Kid Stuff

A few weeks ago, I read “The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls” by Claire Legrand. I really enjoyed it, despite some disturbing parts–which were Finley’s favorite. For days after we finished, Finley asked me again and again to read the “Lobby” scene, which was one of the most frightening scenes in the book. Since this is the boy who thinks Rescue Bots is on…

What’s Up With This Shid

Aug 31st, 2016 Kid Stuff

Finley has a bit of a problem with cussing, with some of his earliest phrases being such decidedly not G rated language like “Dammit, it’s out of batteries.” His latest phrase is calling all persons, places, and things, a bunch of “bullshid.” Normally, I try to redirect his foul mouth down more appropriate avenues (“scalliway” and “horse hockey” are two of my temporary successes), but…

Every Bad Thing At Once

Jul 8th, 2016 Kid Stuff, Other

This is the time of year when I typically look out the window at the beautiful sunshine pouring down on my disastrous backyard and think, “Boy, that snow sure did a good job covering all the garbage.” I have a list sitting in the back of my mind of all the things that I should be doing to make my house HOA approved. It pulses…