Isaiah doesn’t get to watch real TV. It’s not because I don’t want him to have screen time necessarily. Let’s face it, when you’re a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom who blogs and designs, a little screen time is like a vacation in the tropics with a fou-fou drink. He doesn’t watch TV because I don’t trust what’s […]

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  • Omg I thought it was only my kids. Seriously my girls make videos all the time around here, especially with their Legos. I think our kids would get along perfectly – seriously!!! 😉ReplyCancel

  • That’s excellent! Good job Isaiah!ReplyCancel

You may not know who Frank Zappa is, chances are if you’re under 40 you don’t. Maybe you do, but are wondering why you should care about this total freak show who created vulgar über wacko performance art concerts before that was cool? I can’t possibly tell you everything you should know about him. I can […]

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  • Kristi Rieger Campbell

    OMG I love love love your new site design. I’ve been thinking of doing something like having a home page too. Hm. Also ZAPPAAAAAAA! And TMTT!!ReplyCancel

Tears. Last year was the year of tears. It was the year of me secretly wishing he would actually, really want to go to “real” school and actually really like it. It was also the year I knew he could not actually go to real school because I knew he could not read. Last year […]

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  • Kate Hall

    This is EXACTLY what I experienced with my son. I can still hear all those moms saying, “Oh, he’ll learn to read when he’s ready.” And I say, “SHUT UP!” :-)ReplyCancel

  • Cassandra Delusion

    We were so lucky to have our son at a Montessori school with a very observant teacher and an amazing reading specialist. They spotted the problem at age four and worked with him all the way through elementary school. He’s entering Middle School in the fall (our first non-Montessori experience), and I am terrified. But I know we will figure out a way to help him thrive.ReplyCancel

  • This really hits home for me tonight, Jen. Not for Dyslexia, although thank you for the great information and for sharing your heart with us. But I had a difficult evening with my boys–just the normal fighting with each other, etc., that everyone experiences with their kids, but some days you just feel like a damn failure. I know I’m a great mom; I know my boys love each other, but I wanted the day and evening to be hugs and love and not fighting over Magna-Tiles, you know? I am forever thanking God for my days with my boys and also begging Him for another chance to do it right the next day–and a million days more. Thanks again for this, friend. :)ReplyCancel

    • I meant that THEY were fighting with each other; not that we were ALL fighting with each other, lol. I was just sad that summer’s coming to and end and they didn’t get along better tonight. We won’t have many more of these carefree summer days and I don’t want them to waste them fighting.ReplyCancel

      • Jennifer Kehl

        I love you Shay. I am so glad we are still around stalking each other. And I DO know exactly what you mean. When Isaiah is just pushing me over the edge and I want it to be done, I remind myself he’s going to be 10 next week!!! And he’s not going to want to be my little boy, and it’s going to go so fast and I need to slow down, and not care and be okay.ReplyCancel

Sitting across the desk from my son’s neuro-psychologist, I finally understood. This is what people are talking about when they hear news, but can’t process it. I knew he was talking, but the words didn’t make any sense. “This took him so long.” “And this one, it took him much longer than it should have.” […]

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  • I love your honesty, seriously. I was nodding my head when you said you felt like you were in a fog when the doc was talking to you about Isiah. That he then restarted the conversation to make sure you were hearing him….awesome. I know you will make Isiah a reader, it just will be in the Isiah way.ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Thanks Kerri, I wasn’t sure how people would take this. But it’s honest, it’s how I felt. I know we’ll get there!ReplyCancel

  • Even if it’s an audiobook, it’s still reading. And there are programs and exercises that will help him read more easily. I have a dyslexic friend. Who’s a doctor. You got this.ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Thanks Chrissy, I know you’re right. We’ve been spending a decent amount of time talking about all of the famous people who are dyslexic. I think he’s going to be the next Steven Spielberg 😉ReplyCancel

  • Halfway through your post, I was thinking of my Dad. He’s in his 70’s now, but 15 years ago when my boys were small and first struggling with learning to read, we discovered Audio books. Man did it open up a whole new world to my Dad – who has struggled with reading his entire life. Now it’s not just me and my mom – both avid readers – who have our favorite authors, my Dad has his own favorites too. I love it that your Isiah gets so much pleasure from Audio books too.ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      That’s a great story Vanessa. Audio books are perfect, and I love them too! We listen in the car and sometimes I can’t wait to get back to it.ReplyCancel

  • Jen, this made me cry.

    My son, Little Dude, has his issues. For so long, I struggled to understand them. When doctors finally give you a diagnosis that helps you understand why your kid is different, it’s NOT a relief.

    Because our kids are our HEARTS. We want life to be smooth sailing for them. Without any extra challenges.

    You love him so much, and yes, you will redefine whatever you need to, to see him as the beautiful and perfect boy that he is. You will prevail.

    And so will I. xoxoReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Samara, thank you for sharing with me. You are right, we are still working through it all over here, but we have love and we have each other….ReplyCancel

  • Valerie Bender-Werth

    I’m dyslexic, and I needed help- even in college. I took all my tests in a special office with headphones and an audio track of a volunteer reading out each question. None of my tests were timed. I graduated with a doctorate. There is an HBO documentary on dyslexia that you should totally watch. Dyslexics are awesome- we are neuro atypical very much like people with autism. We think different and learn different and different is good. I suck at reading. I suck at writing. I love stories. I love learning- I love discovering. Dyslexia nslowed me down but didn’t keep me back. Let your son be himself and he will do just fine.ReplyCancel

  • Kate Hall

    Loved this too, Jen!ReplyCancel

  • Cassandra Delusion

    Dyslexia was less of a shock for us, as my son’s father is dyslexic and is a very successful chemist. So we know that he can be whatever he wants to be. It will just take a little more help with the reading along the way. We were also lucky enough to learn that our son has 99th %ile intelligence along with his dyslexia, so he has the tools he needs to overcome the trouble spots.ReplyCancel

My very first love was music. Before there was Shaun Cassidy, before John Schneider, before Ralph Macchio. I have opined more than once about my love of Steely Dan, and really, if you think about it, my first love was Rikki (don’t lose that number.) I will assume you haven’t been around forever, and didn’t read […]

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  • I was in elementary school for most of the 80’s, and some of these, I had no idea what they were called or who sang them, but I totes recognize the music. Now I feel like I just walked into a Molly Ringwald film. It actually makes me want to wear pink lipstick.ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Michelle, do you remember L’Oreal Sea Lily? Did we have this conversation? I loved that lipstick!ReplyCancel

  • This made my entire Monday! I loved this walk, moon-walk and dance , white man’s overbite- walk down memory lane.

    Have a wonderful time at Blog U and thank you for writing this and helping me to smile this rainy Monday morning.

    “MY first love was music” You had me at the line because…YES!

    xoReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Aw Kir! I have missed these so much and wonder sometimes if I can’t just MAKE myself keep it up! I’m glad to spread some sunshine!ReplyCancel

  • Ok so I love all of these (remember how Abracadabra went from ear to ear in headphones? megacool) EXCEPT Toto. I always hated them. Love you though!ReplyCancel

I love Young Adult books. There is something about how quickly it gets in to the story, and how emotionally invested the characters are, that grabs me. Order of Seven by Beth Teliho is no exception. I cracked this book open (ok turned on my Kindle) about 9pm on a Tuesday night. At 2am I […]

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  • Beth Teliho

    *grinning* I LOVE that it kept you up at night and stayed with you for days! :) Thank you for this. So happy you enjoyed it. :)ReplyCancel

  • Lizzi Rogers

    Isn’t it great? And yeah – SO with you on how tough to review without spoilers.ReplyCancel

  • I love the review, and I adore both you and Beth, so I need to grab this book. Are hard copies available, too? I live in the Dark Ages and don’t have an e-reader. :)ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Of course it is! Paperback even so you don’t have to break the bank. It really is worth it, I just couldn’t give it away, because you want the whole book to unfold for you!ReplyCancel

Lessons I Learned On My Journey for Success   Thomas Edison said, “Many of life’s failures are people who didn’t realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”  I didn’t want Thomas Edison’s words to define me.   I wrote “Worth the Climb” so that others who have been blocked from reaching […]

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Can you believe the average person wastes 244 pounds of food each year? I joined the #NoFoodWasted campaign wagon because….. well, I know I’m easily throwing away that much food every year. When I go through my bi-weekly ritual of cleaning out the fridge to make room for new groceries, I can’t deny it…. *hangs her head in […]

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  • Noelle Kaushik Snow

    Great post! I’m happy to say that I’ve started doing several of these things i.e. planning a weekly menu (and I post it on a white board in the kitchen so EVERYONE knows what’s for dinner), shopping from that menu, planning at least two dinners from those leftovers (saves me time), freezing bread heels (used those a few times already for recipes that called for bread crumbs), the tops to my organic celery and freezing leftovers that don’t get eaten that week. Funny how when they reappear a month later everyone likes them again. Oh and we’ve been composting for over 5 yrs and it makes me so happy to have place for my egg shells, peels, rinds, tea bags and of course dried leaves. DF also has community composting at the Township building. One tip I’ll add is doing an regular pantry and freezer purge – I tried this last year and it was eye-opening. I didn’t buy anything other than fresh produce or milk and focused on instead creatively using up whatever I had on hand. I realized then I’m a bit of a grocery hoarder – I stock up when something is on sale and then forget it’s in the back of the freezer or pantry.ReplyCancel

  • Ah! This is something I know I have to work on as well. Great suggestions here!ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Thanks Louise! So many of them are things I definitely need to work harder at so I am going to give it a shot!ReplyCancel

  • Awesome tips! We sometimes cook a bunch more than we eat just to have dinner the next day without having to cook. I admit, sometimes single-servings of leftovers rot in my fridge, but more often than not we actually eat it. Or I simply freeze it for a quick dinner at some point.ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Stephanie, it is definitely those suggestions that I excel at. And also menu planning. But I think I would love to get better at freezing the left over veggies, and composting!ReplyCancel

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