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Riina Makk October 6, 2013 at 10:15 pm

I heard your interview on Fresh Air about homework. One common reason for difficulty with homework and homework “taking over” is dyslexia. As an advocate for parents I urge you to educate yourself about dyslexia. This is such a common condition which makes learning difficult for many very bright and gifted children.

Please take time in your busy life to watch “Embracing Dyslexia” at . It is a movie that weaves together interviews with parents, researchers, educators.

My son was identified at the end of the fourth grade. No-one in the education system ever thought there was a problem that an otherwise bright and happy child struggled so much with language. I was told to lower my expectations…. we need labourers. He started first year Industrial Design degree program at Humber this September.


Samantha October 7, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Hi Riina,

Thanks so much for your comment and for sharing your experience with your son’s education. As well, thank-you for sharing the film about dyslexia. I have put aside some time later today to view the video.

You’re absolutely right – dyslexia is a topic that needs to be discussed more openly in school. It’s very likely that many children are suffering from not having the understanding of educators as well as the support of the educational system. How many kids have been misdiagnosed, or else otherwise hindered in their learning because of lack of knowledge and support. Congrats to you that your son is doing well and attending college this fall. It should be our collective hope as a society of parents that all kids are given the tools that they need to succeed.


Michael Jackson October 28, 2013 at 11:13 pm

I Sam,

This is you distance cousin in Atlanta. Saw you YouTube video on cooking with kids, Great.

Please drop me a line at the email above when you get a chance.



mark November 3, 2013 at 3:49 pm


Good Sunday morning to you and the family…

Q: Did you publish anything on planning a kids birthday party?

We want to plan to organize a 5th birthday party for our little guy, but many of the options either at home with some sort of entertainment OR at a off-site location are $300 to $500????
Seriously what happened to cake, pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey, pizza and few loot bags, $100 and your done. Q: Are their affordable options in 2013 for budget-minded parents who want to give their kids a great party and not take out a second mortgage to finance it.



Samantha November 3, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Hi Mark,

Thanks for your comment. Yes – I did write about planning a birthday party as well as expectations that are set about the party – here are the links:

Birthday Parties, Loot Bags and Great Expectations

Surviving Children’s Birthday Parties – Top 10 Tips For Parents

I agree – it’s a bit crazy in terms of what is done regarding kids’ parties these days. I say go back to the old school pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey, cake and presents. It doesn’t have to be expensive….


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