How to be Famous: Go Get Shot

– Posted in: Complaining, Life is Dangerous, Mean People, Media, Nevada, Reno, School, Tammy Thinks, World Gone Crazy, Worst Mom Rants
How to be Famous: Go get Shot

I woke up to a Facebook message from my friend saying there was a shooting at Sparks Middle School and her husband was fine (incidentally, Sparks is right next to Reno, where I live). She wrote this in all caps at least four times and with about five exclamation points behind each "fine." I see [...]

Summer Days, Wish You weren’t Driftin’ Away

– Posted in: Chronic Pain, Crazy Tammy, Family, First World Problems, Me Time, Personal Insanity, School, Tammy Thinks, Vacation
Summer Days Wish You Weren't Driftin' Away

Confession time: Not only do I not want school to start and summer to end, I'm actually scared about it. Okay, maybe scared isn't the right word. "Scared" conjures up how I feel on those nights when I'm checking closets, armed with a baseball bat. And I can't say I'm that keyed up. But I [...]

Turns Out I Can Camp, Cook, and Not Get Eaten by a Bear

– Posted in: Bright Side of Life, Chronic Pain, Elfie, Parenting, Personal Insanity, School, The Great Outdoors, Vacation, Worst Mom Randomness
Back of Honda Pilot stuffed with camping gear

Last night, Elfie and I went camping at Lake Tahoe with her 3rd grade class. It's an end-of-the-year tradition, and even though I wasn't that jazzed about the idea of going up without my husband, I did because she really wanted to take me, not Dad. I don't mean to be a wimp, but honestly, [...]

Helping Your Kid Out of Autism — The Preschool Post

– Posted in: Autism -- The Handbook, Autism Recovery, Newt, Newt's Story, Parenting, Personal Insanity, School, Solicited Advice, Worrying
Newt, age 3, coming out of school.

More tales from the autism front. Today's questions come from the mother of "Tara," a 3-and-a-half year old who was just diagnosed. Keep in mind that I've never met these people, so I'm basically just relaying what we did in these same situations. Our son, Newt, was diagnosed with high-functioning autism at the same age and [...]

Kids Know Awards for Everyone are Stupid. Because They’re not Stupid.

– Posted in: Elfie, Mouths of Babes, Newt, Parenting, School
Do awards for everyone ever motivate kids

The kids turned in their science fair projects last week. Neither of them made it to "the big show," but that wasn't a huge surprise. Motivating kids in this department has been historically. . . frustrating. They basically procrastinate for two months, decide last minute that they want to do a "great job," and then [...]

Science Fair Projects Kids Can Do Themselves. Sort Of. Or Not.

– Posted in: Elfie, Green Living, Homework, Newt, School, Things To Do with Kids, Worst Mom Randomness
Last Minute Science Fair Projects

The science fair was this week, and I've never been so happy to finish "projects that I'm not involved in." While it's lovely in theory to allow your child to conduct and then create a presentation of an entire project on his/her own, the practical execution of said theory never shakes out the way you [...]