Doctors · Motherhood · Survival Mode

For The Waiting Room Mom

A sweet friend texted me last week from a waiting room. Her son was in the room next door, undergoing additional neuropsychological evaluations. She said she knew I would understand. The waiting. The mounting fear. The worry. The silence. The beige decor. The straining to hear what was being said on the other side of the… Continue reading For The Waiting Room Mom

Motherhood · Prayer · Survival Mode

When You’re Not The Mom You Want To Be

I have not been the mom I want to be today…not at all. I am so tired. I am increasingly resentful of all the care my children require. I am overwhelmed by a week that seems like it Just. Won’t. End. It feels like there is not enough coffee in the world. The floors are… Continue reading When You’re Not The Mom You Want To Be

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

Motherhood · pediatric mood disorders

My Son Is A Child, Not A Bipolar Diagnosis

My son snuggled against me, on the beige leather couch, trying to get comfortable and forget the sensory sensation of his legs sticking to the fabric. “Sweet boy,” I murmured, and smoothed his unruly hair. The psychiatrist was instructing us in all the things. The medications we needed to try. The possible side effects. The… Continue reading My Son Is A Child, Not A Bipolar Diagnosis

Parenting · Reading

Love Letters and Children’s Literacy

I love hearing about other women’s passions and interests. There is something motivating and inspiring about another momma, trying to impact the world, doing the best she can to make a difference. Luckily, being a blogger means that I am often introduced to and impressed with some pretty amazing moms. It keeps me going. It… Continue reading Love Letters and Children’s Literacy

Friendships · Grief · Survival Mode

When Life Feels Unfamiliar

It was a matter of days, after my oldest son’s first diagnosis, that the emails and Facebook links began pouring in. Welcome to Holland, by Emily Pearl Kingsley, is like required reading for a mom with a newly diagnosed child. I read it. I liked it. I identified with it. I nodded my head a… Continue reading When Life Feels Unfamiliar

Family · Grace · Parenting

I Was In The Air On September 11, 2001

I was in the air when it happened. Working as a director of training and development for a large company meant frequent travel. Every Tuesday morning, I boarded a 6:00 AM flight for either San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston or New York, and flew to meet with and train various executives. September 11, 2001 was… Continue reading I Was In The Air On September 11, 2001

ADHD · Autism · Dyslexia · Homeschooling · Special Education At Home

A Different Approach To The New School Year

It’s the first week of September. Moms are taking pictures of their freshly combed children in the morning, holding up cute signs with their grade levels. School buses are buzzing around the neighborhood again. And homeschool bloggers everywhere, are sharing their curriculum picks for the new school year. I’m like an addict with these posts.… Continue reading A Different Approach To The New School Year

Grace · Motherhood · Parenting

When Motherhood Doesn’t Go As Planned

I was never a better mother than before I actually had children. I seriously thought I had it all figured out. I thought there were some basic things I could just count on. I assumed my children would sleep when I needed them to, eat when I needed them to, smile for the camera when… Continue reading When Motherhood Doesn’t Go As Planned

Autism · Depression · Parenting

Living In Fear Of The Next Bad Thing

Last night, just as the sun was setting, my son had an idea. “Let’s build a fire outside and just relax.” His enthusiasm was contagious. Although this is typically something I would not do until my husband was home (he is officially in charge of all things outdoorsy and fire-y), the sight of now both… Continue reading Living In Fear Of The Next Bad Thing