What They Didn’t Teach You in School About Health Insurance

Sep 1, 2015 by

We’ve known for a while that we needed to get Gavin a new adaptive stander. While we have one on loan from the N.E.A.T. Market, the issue is that it’s a little too big and he doesn’t feel comfortable in it because there’s no back to it (the stander makes him lean forward). Problem is when he tones, he does so backwards, where there is very little support to make him feel safe.

Knowing the process to get the new stander would happen after my company changed health insurance companies; I started asking questions weeks prior to ensure we would have benefits for coverage. Without getting into all the details, I was assured that it WOULD be a covered benefit. I checked my benefits summary once enrolled to verify that the stander was INDEED a covered benefit under “Durable Medical Equipment” and was not listed with any “exclusions”.

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Boyfriend Jeans

Aug 6, 2015 by

I am a fraud.

A Facebook fraud.

If anyone were to look for me on Facebook, say a long lost friend or ex-boyfriend from college, they would find me, yes. But my profile picture is not truly representative of me. It’s me and my girls from two years ago. It’s me alright. But a slightly different, less is more, me. A 30 pound lighter me.

The girls are a little older now, and well, I think I look the same, well sort of. Enough for me to convince myself that it’s okay to keep this profile up for the world to see.

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10 Ways You Know Your Kids Are Getting Older

Jul 24, 2015 by

Last Sunday’s hazy, hot, and humid weather was the perfect excuse for us to enjoy a lazy day at the beach. As we sat in our chairs under our umbrella, we watched the families chasing their little tykes and reminding them not to throw sand, walk on the blanket with their sand-caked feet, and desperately trying to wipe the sand off their food after it had been dropped. It brought me right back to when my son was that age – the beach always seemed like a good idea, but it was definitely not the relaxing day that I anticipated – it was work. Of course, there were lots of fun times and happy memories, but I don’t think I actually sat on the beach in those days for more than 5 minutes at a time.

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transition isn’t just for kids

Jul 17, 2015 by

The journey of a transgender child isn’t a smooth one, even if that child is lucky enough to have an accepting family and community. There is a lot of anxiety. A LOT. And when you think about it, it makes sense. As a toddler and a young child, your parents are everything. They are the ultimate authority on how the world works. And when they call you a boy, well, they must be right. Right?

Add in every other authority figure in your life — siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles, teachers, doctors, librarians (hey, they’ve always been a big authority figure in my life!) — saying the same thing, and it can be so disorienting to feel that you are a girl when they’re all saying that you are a boy.

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You Can’t Carry It With You If You Want To Survive

Jul 14, 2015 by

{Trigger warning: sexual assault}

No parent looks forward to talking about sex. It’s awkward. Uncomfortable. Intrusive. Many just choose to gloss over it. “Don’t be one of those girls” or “Have fun but be safe” is too often the extent of it. So we sweep it under the rug. We focus on grades. College applications. Driving tests. Sports. Anything but sex.

Parents: talk about sex and relationships with your kids. Talk about it openly and honestly. Talk about it often. Get over yourselves and your hangups and have the conversations.

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