Autism · Sensory Processing Disorder

Sometimes The Basics Are The Most Difficult

My son showed me exactly how he planned to install a CPU into his computer yesterday. (If you don’t know what that is, don’t worry. You are in good company. I listen to my son tell me all about computer parts for most of the day, every day, and I am still not 100% sure… Continue reading Sometimes The Basics Are The Most Difficult

Motherhood · Parenting · Survival Mode

Blaming Parents Of Children With Special Needs

Since the day my first baby was born, I have felt responsible for my children’s differences. Not responsible in the “I’m the momma so I need to help my child” kinda way (although I certainly feel that too). Responsible in the “Why do you let him sleep with you instead of in the crib, eat… Continue reading Blaming Parents Of Children With Special Needs

Sensory Processing Disorder

Parenting A Child With Sensory Processing Disorder

Sensory processing disorder affects my oldest son, all the time. It’s here every day, day in and day out, making my son uncomfortable in his own body, and unable to tolerate so many things that I just take for granted. Temple Grandin, speaks candidly about the sensory issues that accompany her autism diagnosis. She speaks candidly… Continue reading Parenting A Child With Sensory Processing Disorder

Dyslexia · Homeschooling · Learning Differences

Understanding My Children’s Learning Differences

My youngest son was in preschool for two and half years. He loved it. Except when they colored letters, wrote their names, and practiced reading basic sight words. He used to get in trouble for laughing when he was supposed to be serious, for being rambunctious when he was supposed to be still, and for… Continue reading Understanding My Children’s Learning Differences

pediatric mood disorders

When Your Child Has A Mental Illness

This is the post I never, ever thought I would have to write. My youngest son, my sweet, loving, cuddly, animal loving, energetic, fun-loving ten-year-old boy, is mentally ill. It shouldn’t feel so different. After an autism diagnosis, two anxiety disorder diagnosis, an ADHD diagnosis, an autoimmune disease diagnosis, and a panic disorder diagnosis, you… Continue reading When Your Child Has A Mental Illness

Family · Podcasts · Survival Mode

Sometimes, You Just Need To Hear It From Another Mom

She looked at me and said, “It will get easier. I know it’s hard right now. You are figuring it out and it will get easier.” My eyes welled up with tears. I just needed to hear it from another mom. Another mom who has been there. Another mom who has managed a meltdown. Another… Continue reading Sometimes, You Just Need To Hear It From Another Mom

Frugal Living · Homemaking · Survival Mode

When Life Gets Messy, So Does My Budget

I sat down today to finish out the month’s financial paperwork, both for my husband’s business and our household. Once again, one thing is clear – When my life gets out of control, my spending soon follows. There is a direct, proportional, undeniable link between the two (unfortunately!). We have had a stressful month… and… Continue reading When Life Gets Messy, So Does My Budget

Grace · Just For Fun

My Favorites and Yours – 2016

It’s the end of another year. A year filled with ups and downs, successes and failures, diagnoses and treatments, and more mothering than I ever thought possible. As much as I am looking forward to the new mercies I’m praying 2017 will bring, I wanted to end this year well, and with all of you.… Continue reading My Favorites and Yours – 2016

Dyslexia · Homeschooling · Special Education At Home

Hands-On Activities For The Struggling Reader (that really work!)

My youngest son is ten years old. He is 100% sure that he is a man now, except for the times that he is 100% sure that he would much rather be a little boy. He waffles between asserting his independence and crawling up on my lap to snuggle. And the older he gets, the… Continue reading Hands-On Activities For The Struggling Reader (that really work!)

Anxiety · Autism · Parenting · pediatric mood disorders

The Constant Vigilance Of Parenting A Child With Special Needs

“It feels like our lives are totally out of control. And there is nothing I can do about it,” my husband replied. I looked at my son’s doctor, wondering what she might say. She looked down at her paper and wrote something. I glanced at my husband, and gave him a weak smile. “He’s not… Continue reading The Constant Vigilance Of Parenting A Child With Special Needs

Autism · Dyslexia · Parenting

Just Because It’s Difficult, Doesn’t Mean You are Doing it Wrong

He threw the book and stomped off to his room. “Don’t you understand?” he yelled, clearly frustrated. “I have dys-A-lexia!” As he slammed the door, I tried to sort through all my reactions – smiling because of the way he pronounced dyslexia, bitter because he threw the book and we have been trying to help… Continue reading Just Because It’s Difficult, Doesn’t Mean You are Doing it Wrong

Homeschooling · Special Education At Home

How Virtual Field Trips Help Children With Learning Differences

My eleven year old son was asked by his occupational therapist last week, to draw a picture of his least favorite thing. “It’s crowds,” he said. “I hate them. I can’t think anymore when there’s a lot of people. It makes me really anxious.” As he drew several stick people, all with evil eyes and crazy… Continue reading How Virtual Field Trips Help Children With Learning Differences

Dyslexia · Parenting · Special Education At Home

Momma, Why Can’t I Read?

This post was originally published on Not The Former Things in 2014. After reading two books last week, my sweet son was thrilled. I was thrilled. We all were thrilled. But this week, basic words are a struggle again. He sees the words. He knows he used to know them. But his brain just can’t… Continue reading Momma, Why Can’t I Read?