Tag Archives: school

The Issues: Bullying


Bully, Bullying, Teasing, depression, suicide, self-harm, it gets better

Note: I began writing this about a few weeks ago, after reading an article about a boy who was suspended for wearing a My Little Pony backpack on the grounds that it could cause him to get bullied. After reading that, Facebook’s “People You may Know” feature coincidentally listed a girl who used to bully me in middle school and high school, and that led me to her blog where a post she wrote gave me an insight I’d never had before. This is my experience, and should you ever stumble across her blog, please know that she and I are okay. I do not want, or need, any comments posted on her blog attacking her for what is long in the past. She was not the only one, and she was not by any stretch the worst of my antagonists.  Continue reading

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The Long Road…


 add, ADHD, adult ADHD, advocacy, children, family, learning disability, life, motherhood, parenthood, school, special needs, mental health, mental wellness

Yeah, that’s how I feel at this moment…

When I first started this blog, it was just to document the day-to-day of life and motherhood as I navigated the transition from working mom of two to stay-at-home-mom of two and pregnant with the third. There were a bunch of shifts in the purpose of me posting. I chronicled some pretty good times, and I wrote about the upheavals too. As time passed and seasons changed, so too did my blog, but it always stayed true to the broadest aim of all: to honestly chronicle life as I see it. Continue reading

Giveaway: Great Clips and The Great List


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Pervasive Parental Paranoia…


It must be alliteration day, that title is even making me roll my eyes, but for the life of me, I can’t figure out a better one. It fits like an Isotoner glove.

I’ve written over at Mom-Spot.com a couple of times, I am a contributing blogger there, though with everything we have been going through in Casa de Wench, with illnesses, and other issues, I only recently submitted another blog after an absence of a couple months.

I was going to write about my temper (towards poor Mister…not towards my kids, never towards them), and how sometimes I feel I need anger management, or at the very least, couples counseling with the Mister, and relationship issues, but that can wait. It seems *this* entry is pressing against the front of my head more urgently. Continue reading

Teaching Children Time-Management…


(Or: How SchoolGirl and ToddlerGirl always seem to wait to ask for something until I’m right in the middle of something)

It’s summer vacation time here at the Wench house, and that means a monkey wrench has been tossed into my fine-tuned routine. By fine tuned routine, I mean unending chaos. So it’s just more chaos today. Continue reading

Depression: How Bad Was It, Merry?


Now that I can look back on the worst of my depression from the other side of the tunnel, I am shocked that I didn’t realize it sooner. I carefully kept everything under lock and key, safe from view. But I have been challenged by my friend Melissa to tell you the truth. Please take my tale as a warning, learn from my fail, whatever you will. Keep in mind as you read that I love my children with all my heart, and that never went away.

So. How bad was it? The short answer is really bad. The long answer is…well, longer. Continue reading

Bent on Bento…


Here at Casa de Wench, I try to have my children make healthy eating choices, to fall into a lifelong love of a balanced diet including fruits and veggies. We’ve struggled with this, many a time…until I came across Bento Lunches. Bento lunches are based on the idea of healthier foods with appealing presentation.

Desperate to have something work, I began packing these lunches for SchoolGirl to take to school. Lo and behold, these little things work like a charm. Kids will eat almost anything if it is visually appealing. I am an amateur at making these, so it started out with, believe it or not, a fattening quiche. I am in love with quiche and will buy it on sale, because somehow, these easy to make pies of egg, bacon, cheese, and various other ingredients run $8. I had bought premade pie crusts, and after lining the pie pan for my big quiche, I had another pie crust left over. My eyes fell on my muffin tin, and a light bulb went off. I could make mini-quiches. Continue reading