• I Was Obsessed With My Son's Kindergarten Readiness

    1 month ago - By Scary Mommy

    My son Walker is almost five years old. He is one of the smartest kids I've ever met. He can read hundreds of words and simple books. Walker knows simple multiplication tables , and will proudly tell you how to spell his name. Under most circumstances, I'd take one look at this kid and think that he is wildly over-prepared for kindergarten.
    But there's just one little tiny thing.
    Walker is autistic. He doesn't require a lot of support, but he is quirky. He prefers exploring to sitting still. My son talks all day long, but not exactly like you might expect an almost five-year-old to talk...
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  • If Your Five Year Old Isn't Reading, They Are Not ‘Falling Behind'

    If Your Five Year Old Isn't Reading, They Are Not ‘Falling Behind'

    1 month ago - By Scary Mommy

    A mom friend of mine is freaking out. Her five-year-old isn't reading. “He's one of those slow readers,” she fretted. I wanted to reach through Messenger Video and hug her. “Girl,” I said. “I taught my middle son to read three times before it stuck.” Her eyes popped.
    “Does he have a learning disability?” I asked. “Does his teacher seem concerned?”
    She shook her head. “But he's near the bottom of his class!”
    I shrugged. “And the kids at the bottom of the class might learn to read later or need some extra help, but when they're ready, they eventually learn to read. Just support him where...
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