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How I Arrived in Holland
October 3, 2018

Today is a big day at our office– our new furniture arrives (pictures to follow!). And in the meantime, while cleaning out my desk, I found this beautiful piece which I feel compelled to share. In 1987, Emily Perl Kingsley penned this essay, Welcome to Holland, which I also pasted below. I vividly remember reading this for…

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Quoted: Michelle in the Washington Post
January 28, 2018

Taking a special needs child abroad? Do you live abroad already with a child who has special needs? How have you made it work? Jackie Spinner takes us on her incredible journey to Morocco with her young adopted sons who are on the Autism Spectrum in her Washington Post Perspective special, “Special needs parenting in Morocco.” It was…

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Talking to Children and Teens About Being Different
February 3, 2015

I was 7 when we moved from Portugal back to Washington, D.C. On the first day of school, I immediately knew that I was different. Even though I was only in second grade, I recognized that most of the kids had known each other what seemed to be their whole lives. I don’t remember feeling…

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Back to School Shopping: Graduate Level Organization 101
August 6, 2014

Heading off to boarding school this fall? College? Even graduate school? I am sure you are in the thick of back to school shopping. There’s just something about it. A fresh start. New beginnings. And that’s just the shoes! I have written about my personal tips for surviving and thriving in a rigorous academic setting…

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Great Summer Reads that Build Character
July 2, 2014

I was just forwarded this list of books that build character from our colleague and friend, Dana Dean Doering. I love this list because there are dozens (hundreds?) of titles, with levels denoted along with what aspects of character they focus on. The list is based on the 6 Pillars of Character, as posited by…

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Michelle in Print: “When School is Hard…”
June 9, 2014

Hello all! Sorry for the silence here on the blog– it’s been a busy few weeks. I wanted to share that The Foreign Service Journal has published a piece I wrote about what it is like when school is hard for your struggling child or teen. I share what you can do and how to…

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