Guest Post: Teaching XX Versus Teaching XY


Guest post from Maria Castro, the Tough Cookie Mommy. Maria is an 8th grade teacher in New York City. Click through for “Teaching XX Versus Teaching XY” for her tough, funny take on gender differences in middle school.

There once was a man from Nantucket.


Love limericks. Even worse than it sounds.

Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear.


Crude elephants, walking frogs, surly teenagers, and so-cute-you-wanna-pinch-them dogs. It’s all in here, and then some. Plus me, trying to keep the commentary to a dull roar.

Silent as a mouse, that’s me.


What have we been up to while the big cat’s away? Mum’s the word…

Poo Poo on You.


We asked Clark to do four chores. For three of them, he had excuses. The kicker was the dog poo.

It Takes All Kinds of Minds


Wow, what a great summer series running on All Kinds of Minds’ website.  The folks at AKOM are experts in teaching/education. This awesome summer series explores common learning challenges — how to identify if students are competent or struggling in key areas — and advises educators how they can help students with these issues.  If … Continue reading

How did Mike & Carol do it? Oh yeah, it was just a TV show…


Summer vacation spots, Thanksgiving dinner menus, birthday breakfasts, rabid devotion to Texas A&M football…culture…tradition…family…it’s great stuff. Family culture evolves slowly but becomes so ingrained in us, that, even though most of the time we take it for granted, we will go to battle over it in a heartbeat. It is who we are. What happens, though, when family structure changes? What remnants of culture survives, what dies, and what is reborn?

The Best Gifts Don’t Need Wrapping


The story of how Melissa’s family established a tradition of giving of themselves to others, in place of gifts-in-bulk and parties.

Someone Else’s Perfect Little Family


What is perfect to you may not work for me. Luckily, it doesn’t have to! What does your idea of the perfect family look like?

“I love you but I’ll have to kill you now,” she said.


That darn Clark. All he had to do was spend 20 short minutes mowing the grass and everything would have been fine. But my 14-year old ADHD son Clark navigates life with a faulty GPS. That doesn’t explain all his choices. In fact, some defy explanation altogether.

My New Motherhood


When you set out to have children, you wish for a healthy and happy baby. You may hope for a girl or hope for a boy, but you know either is great as long as it is healthy. While you may have fleeting fears of illness or disability during pregnancy, you plan for a “normal” child unless someone tells you otherwise. From Guest Blogger Penny Williams of http://adhdmomma.blogspot.com/.

Changing my blog name: “My kids are way worse than yours!”


My kids are way worse than yours. Just kidding. Sort of.

ADHD: Pesticides to Blame?


A recent study suggests a link between ADHD and pesticides. Whether this link is causal or not, I don’t know, but who can argue that it isn’t wise to know as much as you can about your food, what’s on it, and where it came from?

In Praise of Swim Teams and Step-Daughters


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Want to keep your kid on the straight and narrow path? With our Brady Bunch of 5 kids and endless activities, my husband and I have found no better method than hard core swim team. Think of it as our contribution to their eventual membership in the “outliers” club.

The Principal is Calling About Your Little Angel: Truth or Consequences Revisited


Last week I played the following voice mail from my phone: “This is the Assistant Principal of your daughter’s middle school.  I’m calling to talk to you about her excessive unexcused absences from home room.” ??? To my knowledge, my soon-to-be 13 year old daughter did not have a single unexcused absence from school.  Besides, … Continue reading

Clark-a-palooza!


What do you get when you combine my ADHD son Clark with 750 screaming teenagers, 65 robots and 10 pounds of face paint?

Gaming ADHD


This week on Road to Joy we celebrate the positive impact of a non-gaming yet game-like activity in my ADHD son’s life: becoming the driver of the robot for his high school robotics team. We will take a serious look at the issue today, and we will laugh together on Wednesday, when I post the … Continue reading

Clark-a-palooza: Next Week’s Topic on Road to Joy


Clark and friends at the Regional Robotics Competition, next week.  Yeah, you’re going to want to read this.  Oh yeah. Monday we’ll warm up with links and information on the pros and cons of gaming for ADHD kids and alternatives that have worked for us, then Wednesday will be the big day.  Face-painting.  Capes.  Spiked … Continue reading

Born with Heart


As I sit here thinking about my sore neck, back and tush from riding 175 miles in the MS 150 last weekend, Cody McCasland humbles me.  Now, I could be writing this same post about the many MS sufferers around the world, including the bicyclist I saw Saturday in Bellville, riding the same distance I … Continue reading

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