11 thoughts on “Sunday Linkage #18

  1. mom2fur says:

    Bunny Tales is a cute blog that I visit often!
    I love that apron tutorial. It’s very timely for me since I have a pair of jeans that are unrepairable…but the denim is nice. I’m definitely making this one. Can you ever have enough aprons?
    Thanks for the links today!

  2. TracyMichele says:

    What a FANTASTIC article on Kids Who Don’t Fit In! This is one of the (many) reason we have decided to home school. Our son is a talker. He will talk to anyone about anything at any time. I fear he will be judged harshly in school and be considered “trouble” or “disruptive”. I don’t want him to hate the education process before it truly begins. Thank you for sharing this!!

  3. Ann Kroeker says:

    I saw that Newsweek story about the quirky kids because a friend of mine was interviewed for it. Her son is Parker, the one who reads Consumer Reports from cover to cover. When the mom and I home educated our kids together, they were very young–preschool and kindergarteners. At that time, Parker had practically memorized every detail of an enormous book about geography, including every flag of every country. We thought about nominating him to be on the Jay Leno show or something.

  4. Marian says:

    On the one hand, that Newsweek article is welcome and refreshing to me: it really would be wonderful if our society became more accepting–even celebrative– of such differences among people, and, yes, parents in today’s environment do need to chill out, and stop obsessing over every difference. On the other hand, I know that many will see this as fuel to their own personal suspicions that none of those sporting labels are really any different than anybody else with a few quirks. There IS a huge difference between someone who truly has high functioning autism (and, likely, other related difficulties) and others who do not, even if, to your eyes, they look the same. They may look exactly the same to you, just sitting side by side and looking identical, but one of them is not only working 10 times harder to just sit there, but he also, at the end of a childhood filled with struggle and therapy, may never be able to live a fully independent life! Oh, I could go on and on…
    One of my four children has high-functioning autism, OCD, learning disabilities lying atop very high intelligence, problems with motor planning and coordination, and, hey, we “earn” the diagnosis of ADHD, too, but I asked them not to even write another acronym down. I am WAY too often being told (*in lieu of support*) by unthinking others, who do not know the whole picture about their own child’s little quirks, with the underlying message, “See? Everyone has little quirks and struggles! Nothing about your road is so different or more difficult. You just need to chill out and stop making excuses for your child…” etc. They have no idea. If they could walk just one mile in my shoes… I know that this article will be used badly in the mind of many, to the detriment of those who desperately need support on a difficult road.

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