Special Needs Motherhood - Accepting a New Normal #specialneeds #specialneedsparenting

Accepting A New Normal

My son's health, both physical and mental, has been declining for weeks. It culminated in a crisis last week that I am not sure I will ever really fully be able to put words to here. Suffice to say it was really, really hard - for him, of course, and for me. This week, he is beginning to recover a bit. He is asking...Read More
On The Worst Days - Support for the special needs mom #specialneeds #autism #adhd #specialneedsmom

On The Worst Days: Support For The Special Needs Mom

My son is sleeping right now. Even as he sleeps, he calls for me about every hour or so. "MommaMommaMommaMomma," he slurs in a haze of medicine and pain. By the time I get to him, he has usually settled and is sleeping soundly again. Like last year, he is experiencing severe side effects from medications that are essential for his well-being. Like last...Read More
When I Can't Control It All - #specialneeds #autism #mentalillness #bipolar #adhd

When I Can’t Control It All

When your child is first diagnosed, the doctors are always focused on the proposed treatment plan. Rightly so. It's what they do, post assessment. I recommend therapy a minimum of two times a week. The standard course of treatment is this prescription and that medicine. There will likely be a waiting list, but you need to get him in with Doctor so and so...Read More
When Dinner Together Seems Impossible

When Dinner Together Seems Impossible

Ten years ago, I left the house each morning by 6:30 with two children in tow. I arrived back home no earlier than 7:00 in the evening. I was a single mom, with two wonderfully unique little boys and I was overwhelmed every single second of the day. Every night was a mad dash to bedtime, just so we could get up and do...Read More

Special Needs Motherhood Is Messy

My son and I watch the show, Dirty Jobs, every night as a way to wind down before bedtime. He loves it. I love it. It works for us. Last night, he looked at me in the middle of the show and said, "You don't get paid, so Mike Rowe couldn't come here. But you have a really dirty job." I smiled and agreed....Read More