Category Archives: Special Needs Children

Why Can’t My Ex-Husband Talk About Our Son’s Psychiatric Disorder?


The following is a piece I wrote for Good Men Project that ran yesterday. This essay was written for GMP’s Men and Mental Illness section. Isn’t it time to take the stigma out of mental illness? I did not want … Continue reading

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A Different Kind of Mommy Group


The main thing I noticed during the Parent Workshop at Luca’s boarding school last weekend was how respectable the parents appeared. For instance, Julia from Seattle, with her chic bob and hand-knit poncho, you just would not have expected her … Continue reading

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Mother Blame, and the Special Needs Child


One afternoon several years ago my normally happy-camper daughter had a meltdown of epic proportions at preschool. One minute she was fine, and the next minute she was possessed by the devil. Shrieking till she was red in the face … Continue reading

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If You Give an ADHD Kid a Horse, Would He Still Need Meds?


Below is the last installment of a three-part series about my visit to my son’s therapeutic boarding school, which previously appeared on Good Men Project. To read Part I, click here. To read Part II, click here. After breakfast, Luca … Continue reading

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Did My Son Inherit My Eating Disorder?


The following is the latest installment of my series, “My Son’s Walkabout,” that appears on Good Men Project. To read the first part of this story, click here. “I’m not too skinny. I like the way I look now. I was … Continue reading

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My Son Goes to Boarding School, and, No, I Don’t Mean Exeter


Below is the next installment of “My Son’s Walkabout,”the column I write for Good Men Project, and which appeared there yesterday. Considering their trespasses — substance abuse, school refusal, chronic havoc-wreaking — the boys were an exceedingly polite bunch. Luca … Continue reading

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Mother and Child Reunion, Part Three


To read Part One, click here. To read Part Two, click here. “I’m going to visit you, wherever you are. You’re not going to get rid of me.” I was trying to assure Luca that the terms of the custody … Continue reading

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Mother and Child Reunion, Part Two


Read Part One here… I sidestepped unruly tufts of sage, stopping several times to swing that damn bullroar over my head, wincing as the rope burned through layers of skin on my right forefinger. As I stopped, again, to listen … Continue reading

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Mother and Child Reunion, Part One


Last week I traveled to a fly-over state, a place where men still wear cowboy hats, where non-smoking hotel rooms reek of cigarette fumes, and people have three tow-headed children by the time they’re twenty-five. I sat in a conference … Continue reading

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