Mothering children with special needs - autism, adhd, anxiety, meltdowns

The Long Obedience of Motherhood

My sweet son had a significant meltdown last night. Like for reals. It's the first we've had at this level in a long time. Eventually, he was able to calm down enough to lie down with his service dog, Sammy. He cried, ran his hands over Sammy's body and murmured to him for almost 30 minutes. Eventually, he was able to get up and...Read More

When A Mother’s Heart Is Breaking

It's been almost nine months since my son was in the hospital. He is doing so much better. He can function again. His health is returning, slowly but surely. He is joyful. I am so grateful my heart wants to burst. But as grateful as I am for all the progress, the truth is, my heart hurts all the time. My dreams are haunted...Read More

Podcasts with Shawna Wingert – Not The Former Things

I really like to write. But the truth is, I LOVE to talk. Fortunately, I have been able to gab with some of my favorites! For your convenience, here are all the podcasts I have had the privilege of being a part of - all in one place! Podcasts Featuring Shawna from Not The Former Things The Homeschool Sisters Podcast The Homeschool Snapshots Podcast SPD...Read More

What I Wish You Could See

I have a close friend who lives just down the street. She sees more of our day to day stuff than any other person outside my husband and me. She brings wine or food or both. She doesn't flinch when I have to leave her sitting on the couch for the 14th time to go help my son in the bathroom, or when the meltdown...Read More

Summer Break For The Child Who Needs Structure

I have been feeling it for a while now. The nagging worry. A tiny flicker of fear. The desire to head to Mexico and have a drink by the pool. Summer is coming. When you have a child who requires a consistent routine and struggles with change, summer break is not something you look forward to. Summer break is not really a break at...Read More