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Hurts and Scrapes: The Drama of a Sprained Ankle
August 30, 2011 7:38 AM by Devon Alley
Yesterday, A. gives me a call early in the morning from school. "Mom, I fell and twisted my ankle, and it really hurts," she said. Now, A. has historically used the slightest ache and pain to try to get a ticket home from school, especially when she was Read More...
Technological Classroom Communication Vehicles
August 29, 2011 6:32 AM by Devon Alley
I already briefly mentioned this in an earlier post, but I absolutely love the "Parent Portal" infrastructure that our local school system provides. Basically, it's a course management system that helps keep parents involved and informed about what is Read More...
Twelve Years
August 26, 2011 4:42 PM by Devon Alley
It's hard to believe that it's already been twelve years. Twelve years since I was a confused, overwhelmed single-mom-to-be, twisting my teenage friends into pretzels as the contractions hit, completely and utterly terrified at the pain and possibility Read More...
Family Visits to the Lake
August 25, 2011 5:51 PM by Devon Alley
A couple of weekends ago, we had a very nice visit with my extended family at the lake. Family visitations are not always easy events for A. They usually involve me placing her in a foreign environment with completely different rules and a sketchy schedule Read More...
Middle School Begins
August 24, 2011 8:34 PM by Devon Alley
A. has started Middle School, and so far everything has been going extremely well for her. I'm trying not to get too excited, to be perfectly honest. Whenever things change for A., there's always a "honeymoon period" where things go really well for a Read More...
I Hate To Brag, But...
August 16, 2011 6:35 AM by Devon Alley
One of the things that A. has been doing lately is starting out her sentences with, "I don't mean to brag, but..." or finishing up her statements with, "I'm sorry that I was bragging about that." I suppose that all of our hard work on the positive self-talk Read More...
Last Day of Daycare
August 14, 2011 8:51 PM by Devon Alley
On Wednesday, I took the day off of work to accompany A. on a field trip to Chuck-E-Cheese in celebration of her final days of daycare. Come next week, I'll be working a new schedule -- from 6am to 3pm -- so that I will be able to pick up my daughter Read More...
Sink or Swim: The Continuing Quest Towards Self-Reliance
August 7, 2011 8:21 PM by Devon Alley
Thomas and I have both been demanding a little more out of A. lately -- a few more chores, a little more help with shopping, and an overall increase in general responsibilities. She'll be starting middle school in less than a week, and we've been doing Read More...
Coaching Through Phone Conversations
August 5, 2011 4:08 PM by Devon Alley
I've been spending a lot of time lately discussing how proud I am of A., how far she's come, and how much progress she's made in this last year. Believe me, all of that remains very true, but it's also important to notice when I'm taken aback by an unexpected Read More...


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