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 You Want To Quit (and you will want to quit)

I am really struggling with everything right now. The constant meltdowns are just getting to be too much. I am not sure I can do this much longer. How do you do all this and not feel like you want to quit? A sweet mom emailed me this question last week. I receive a variation of this all the time. All. The. Time. I...Read More

The Best Thing You Can Do To Help An Explosive Child

"I am going to write a doctor's note for you stating that you have a serious medical condition. Perhaps this will help you get respite care from someone." After months of crippling headaches, a stabbing sensation behind my right eye and shooting pains down the right side of my body, I finally went to see a neurologist. Three MRI's and two blood tests later,...Read More

Homeschooling An Explosive Child

There were scratches up and down my arms and my mascara was smudged. I glanced in the rear view mirror and noted that my hair would also need to be fixed before I went into the office. I looked like I had been in a fight. The truth is, I had. As I drove away from my son's school, I fought back tears. "Just getting him...Read More

My Explosive Child Has Lost Control – What Do I do?

I heard the sound of glass breaking before I could get to his room. I ran in, and a book flew past my head and hit the wall behind me. My son, crying, out of breath, and full of rage, had completely lost control. He was swinging his arms wildly and pacing. He was muttering, "There's nothing to do. There's no way I can...Read More