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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

  • 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

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!


    • 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

Last week, in search of something shiny, my son and I popped into the local resale shop. After a few laps around, some time in the toy section checking out a little fairy castle, he settled on a beautiful pair of clip earrings, circa 1984 old lady. I wasn’t sure what his plan was, but […]

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  • Shannon Maloney- Richie

    Perfect Jen!!ReplyCancel

  • You are a wonderful Mom Jen. You really are. No one should be afraid to be/wear/like what they want because of ridicule. And can I ask – do you think that he is oblivious to it 100%? Because I honestly think that he is just a fucking cool kid who is like his mom – doesn’t give a shit what others think.
    It’s up to us parents to raise our children to be accepting of everyone regardless of skin colour, religion, rainbows, piercings, illness, plays with dolls, chocolate eaters (I hate chocolate but I don’t hate the eater yo), wordswordswords – I wanted to write a post about my own experience with my son but I didn’t know how to approach it but we were watching Men In Black. Will Smith went back in time to 1950 (?) and a white man said “Be careful. We weren’t too good to your kind”…or something like that. And of course all the white people were terrified of him. My six year old didn’t understand it so I said back then white people treated black people differently. But before I could go on further, he said “What do you mean white people and black people. What does that even mean? What does white and black mean?” — he didn’t even know what that meant! And we live in a diverse community and he has friends of many backgrounds….he doesn’t see it.
    All through most of JK his good friend was named Jake. All I heard was Jake. I didn’t learn until later that Jake was autistic and non-verbal. I would have never have known.
    But we teach him that every single person on this planet has the same junk on the inside. We just look different and sometimes act different but it doesn’t mean that we aren’t just as awesome. Everyone is. As my son always semi quotes the Famous Lady Gaga “Momma told me I was born this way in the mirror” then he shakes his booty.ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      You know how awesome you are? I wish I could say he doesn’t care, but what prompted me to write this is that lately he has been starting to notice and wonder…And I don’t want him to ever think twice about going out in his orange fedora or his bow tie, you know!!
      I teach Isaiah the same that you do, which is why this whole thing is so freaking dumb. What’s up with those parents that are like, “Hey honey, go ahead and make fun of other kids, they deserve it for not being a Stepford child!”ReplyCancel

  • Kristi Rieger Campbell

    I love it! You rock, Jen. Truly. I can’t understand why parents don’t stay in class to watch their kids. Here’s to your little boy staying and becoming exactly who he is and wants to be. And to the “other” parents reading this and being more present for their own kids.ReplyCancel

I am so thrilled to have T.A. Woods guest posting on my site today. T.A. is amazing, she published a book of poetry called The Shaping of an “Angry” Black Woman and I am proud to know her.  She makes me want to write….But enough about that… When I write poetry, it helps me to […]

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  • And isn’t the world a better place with your book in it? So glad you found “your voice” and that you write these words and share them.

    Even if you weren’t my bbf- I’d still love your writing. Unless I hated your face, but I could never hate your face. I love you!

    Can’t wait to do this open mic night :)ReplyCancel

  • T.A. Woods

    Thank you so much Jen for having me on here today!ReplyCancel

  • Tamara, the Speakeasy thing is brilliant! Can’t wait. Haven’t finished your book yet, but I love what I’ve read so far. Love.ReplyCancel

  • Kristi Rieger Campbell

    I want to hear it!!!ReplyCancel

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