Category Archives: Parenting

When You Need Rainbows and Unicorns

When You Need Rainbows and Unicorns

It has been a hard couple of months. My daughter got disappointing results on the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test, despite having been in occupational therapy for four years. According to her most recent scope, she probably has some other food allergies lurking, causing reactions in her GI tract. We’re having to go through medical review…Continue Reading

When Your Plans Change with Motherhood

When Your Plans Change with Motherhood

I had a plan, and at least in the foreseeable future it didn’t involve kids. Then I got a case of the flu that wouldn’t go away; 8 months later my beautiful daughter was born–quite literally during a crack of lightening. That crack was heard throughout the state, and frequently commented on because the sky…Continue Reading

Coping, Being a Special Needs Parent, and Taking Care of Yourself

Coping, Being a Special Needs Parent, and Taking Care of Yourself

cope, a verb 1. to struggle or deal, especially on fairly even terms or with some degree of success 2. to face and deal with responsibilities, problems, or difficulties, especially successfully or in a  calm or adequate manner When you have a child with special needs, you’re going to need to cope. Whether it be coping with a meltdown over a change in routine, an upcoming surgery, a meeting with your child’s school, or just another day in the life. It’s how we get through the hard times,…Continue Reading

The Calm in the Storm

The Calm in the Storm

Parenting a child with special needs is drama. Constant, never-ending drama. Occasionally, you’ll get what feels like a break. It’s not the calm after the storm. That indicates that the storm has ended. I guess it’s more like being in the eye of a hurricane, when everything is calm and still, but only briefly, before…Continue Reading

Talking with My Teen About His Autism

Talking with My Teen About His Autism

Today at supper, my son wanted to talk about his Autism.  He has always know that he has Autism. See, he was originally diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome.  With the new DSM, Aspergers has been moved under the Autism Spectrum of diagnoses.  It seems that there is a video on YouTube that references a cop and…Continue Reading

Mom Guilt Moment

Mom Guilt Moment

I experienced a huge “mom-guilt trip” the other day. Our 7yo (Sensory Processing Disorder and Autism Spectrum) (J) and 5yo(A) both had a field trip to a community theater production. At the same time. On the same day. Hubs couldn’t chaperone, but I could, so I did. And I went A’s Kindergarten class, instead of…Continue Reading

Employers and Special Needs Families

Employers and Special Needs Families

Every parent who works outside the home knows the challenges they face when their child wakes up sick on a scheduled work day.  A 2012 study by the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital found that 50% of parents with children under the age of 6 reported difficulty making arrangements other than missing work…Continue Reading