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It’s Hard Enough to Bond With Stepkids—Try Adding Learning Issues to the Mix

When I was 30, I met the woman who would later become my wife. After we’d been dating for a while, s...

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When Mean Girls Bullied My Daughter Because of Her Learning Issues

Like other parents, I’ve heard stories about mean kids. I’ve watched television interviews of parent...

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When Yelling, Like ADHD, Runs in the Family

I come from a large family that likes to talk loud and yell even louder. As a child, I never noticed...

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Why I Chose Extra Help for My Son Over Extracurricular Activities

When I sat down for my son’s IEP meeting in seventh grade, I expected to hear what I’d been hearing...

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My Kids’ Experience With Special Education at Catholic School

Both my kids were diagnosed with learning and attention issues at an early age. Both get special edu...

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