I Don’t Care What My Son Learns in Elementary School

I care a lot more about the environment than I do about the content For the record: I do value my son’s education. I appreciate teachers and the near-impossible task they are handed every single day: Please, educate these children. No, you may not have any more resources. No, you may not have better ventilation in yourContinue reading ” I Don’t Care What My Son Learns in Elementary School”

Convenience Shouldn’t Outweigh the Needs of Children

Anybody else’s school have rules about not letting the kids jump in puddles?   How ridiculous is that?   Send an email home asking parents to send extra clothes with their kids and let them PLAY.  This morning I happily dug out my son’s rubber boots so he could splash in puddles at recess. WhenContinue reading “Convenience Shouldn’t Outweigh the Needs of Children”

Executive Functions in the Classroom

How teachers and school staff can support students with executive functioning difficulties In my personal and professional experience, when we inform a teacher that a student in their class has ADHD, a learning disability — or any divergent neurotype — they often nod as though they understand and don’t ask specific questions about that student.Continue reading “Executive Functions in the Classroom”

Manitoba PCs Name New Minister Of Education

He certainly can’t any do worse than the last one Mr. Ewasko brings much more experience to this role, having worked as a teacher and guidance counsellor for 17 years. Unfortunately, he takes on this portfolio during public education’s most difficult time in recent memory. Students are returning to school as the omicron variant rages across Manitoba;Continue reading “Manitoba PCs Name New Minister Of Education”

Dysgraphia in Autism and ADHD

Why you or your child might hate handwriting and printing Weakness in fine motor skills is an extremely common difficulty amongst those of us who are Autistic and/or have ADHD. It is estimated that more than 60% of ADHD and Autistic people have dysgraphia, a disorder of written expression; and over 90% of us have weaknesses in our fine motorContinue reading “Dysgraphia in Autism and ADHD”

Why Gifted Kid Burnout Is A Thing

Twice Exceptionality (2e): Gifted is not the same as high-achieving Have you seen memes and videos on social media about “gifted kid burnout”? I was that kid, and so was my son at the ripe old age of 7 years old. It’s not what you think. My son was reading chapter books at age sixContinue reading “Why Gifted Kid Burnout Is A Thing”

When The School Keeps Calling

If your child’s school repeatedly calls you about behaviour problems, here’s what you can do about it. We frequently see posts in ADHD/parenting groups with caregivers desperately asking “The school keeps calling about my child, what can I do?!”   Given that children are at school 30+ hours per week, usually without their parent(s) present… Continue reading “When The School Keeps Calling”

I Survived Years of Relentless Bullying

If a child tells you they are being bullied: Believe the child and take them seriously. Listen and provide a safe space for the child to talk. Let them know it’s not their fault, you’re sorry this is happening, and that you will help them. Tell them you care about them, they do not deserveContinue reading “I Survived Years of Relentless Bullying”