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On raising a child with a learning disability.

One of the ironies of my life is that my high-verbal spelling-bee-winning gold-stars-for-spelling-getting self birthed a child who is very likely dyslexic –and not in a light way.

(Note that we can't say she's dyslexic until she's been formally diagnosed, and at nine she's still a bit on the young side for that. Hence "learning disability.")

I noticed early on that there was something wrong with how Trollkin was processing written language. She was fast at memorizing specific words (like her name) and phrases, but new ones would completely befuddle her. She'd switch up words when reading and could absolutely not tell "b" and "d" apart (which is...still an issue).

Her preschool (in Paris) said it would likely fix itself, which sounded reasonable since she was so tiny. But the (Surrey) school she attended next wrote me off as a pushy heliparent when I raised my concerns. Or that's how I felt at least.

So Trollkin switched schools again f…

"Gen Z: Redefining Authority" – APG event recap.

So...instead of a long preamble: I attended APG's"Gen Z: Redefining Authority" event on September 19, 2018 – and here's a summary with some moderate editorialising from my side (and of course apologies in case I accidentally misquoted anyone...).
Gen Z in a nutshell...



Born after 1995 (according to Flamingo, the cultural consultancy which organised the event; definitions will differ though depending on whom you're asking)
Will represent 32% of the global population in 2019
Consists of true digital natives – unlike Millennials who are closer to being "digital emigrants"

Gen Z isn't overtly averse to authority – but they do have certain expectations of those who are in authoritative positions.
Hence, they expect authority to...

Be "enforced by the community" (so it needs to be legitimate and democratic)
"Come from those who open and show their vulnerability"
Be "grounded in lived experience" (essentially a different way of saying …