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Supersisters Weekend Roundup

Posted by Jen on October 11, 2008 at 7:00 AM in Jen
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This week the blogosphere is chock-full of stories to remind you you're far from alone in this journey we call parenthood. Check out these articles and posts from the best and brightest this week on the web. (Photo above: Celebrating a special birthday with Madeleine and Carter)

Writer and poet Kyran Pittman writes about helping her son work through his apprehension about being sent out of class for gifted and talented. This tender and honest account offers a way through for any parent looking to help a child embrace talent or otherness of all kinds.

If you're worried your son isn't embracing school the way you'd like, consider this helpful look at the academic landscape. Your boy will have a much easier time meeting the challenges when you understand the environment he's navigating.

Mother and labor rights activist Meg Casey writes about being real in fragile times--whether your worries are the financial markets or finding a place to rest your weary head. The friendship of her son Max and his grownup friend Jeff provide just the comfort in this gentle story.

Don't miss these five essential facts every mother should know when it comes to diagnosing behavior problems. And what if it's not a behavior problem at all? What if you're just dealing with a little person who is blissfully just a child? Elaine Gingery offers this tribute to the beauty and imperfections of being five.

Blogging sensation Heather Armstrong writes about learning how to be generous without judgment from the example of her best friend and brother Ranger. I love the way this story is a good conversation starter for parents wondering where to draw the line in chance encounters with people in need on the street.

Do you have a post you'd love to see highlighted this week from the web? Add your favorites in the comments below.


karen writes...

I love this post, especially the "five essential facts." I am the guardian of a young man who is mentally retarded (that's the label still used on evaluations - even his latest one in 2007) due to severe birth trauma, and he suffered tremendously because of his inability to communicate his confusion, hurt and anger over his parents' divorce, on top of nagivating countless relocations and other challenges that would be difficult for even a "normal" child. He spent most of his childhood in lockdown, psych wards, and juvenile detention centers instead of receiving the support and understanding he needed so desperately. I have great compassion for all he has endured as step-parents entered, knowing nothing of his history or emotional wounds. He is a loving young man, almost 20 now, still under my wing. At the age of 18, he tested at almost 9 years of age mentally and emotionally. I can't imagine life without him.

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