Can you remember that girl? Part 1

I had a specific flavor about me in the years before family life took hold of me. My zest for life was overwhelming. My dreams of the future, limitless. Creativity has always been just beside me in everything I did. It ranged from having a different routine every day to always making a birthday card,Continue reading “Can you remember that girl? Part 1”

What If… Your Special Parenting Journey is Your Highest Qualification for This Life?

Each one of us is traveling through this life with a certain mountaintop in mind. We have dreams which can come true and other dreams that most probably never will.  The important thing to remember about this journey is that the most significant parts are invisible.   In a world where achievement and success winContinue reading “What If… Your Special Parenting Journey is Your Highest Qualification for This Life?”

Dear Parent, Burnout Can Do More Harm Than Frequent Breaks Ever Will

I can remember so clearly the early years of parenthood, those times when I was on the brink of breaking down. I could very faintly feel the exhaustion setting in more and more, my patience very thin with the kids and emotions flying everywhere about the smallest issues. It was then when I knew thatContinue reading “Dear Parent, Burnout Can Do More Harm Than Frequent Breaks Ever Will”

How writing has always grounded me

On the best and worst of my days my head is almost always buzzing with a peculiar mixture of activity.  The activity entertains ideas, to-do lists, impressions, emotions, words, songs and strategies. Reading that explanation of my mind activities here, is a bit disturbing, but I have realized that much of what I, or anyContinue reading “How writing has always grounded me”

Special Needs Parent you have nothing to be ashamed of

This past week was a week of wrestling for me.  I wrestled with the big bad Wolf of Approval. This topic isn’t new, I have thought and wrestled with this many times before.  But, I realized that I was just a bit naive to think that this important element of my character has been dealtContinue reading “Special Needs Parent you have nothing to be ashamed of”

Non verbal…not stupid

How many times do we not subconsciously, or consciously, make the assumption that someone’s reply equals their thoughts? What if you just do not have the words to describe what you are thinking? We all have those frustrating moments where in mid conversation you would like to describe a thought, feeling or remember a name, butContinue reading “Non verbal…not stupid”

How you can support your Special Needs Parent friend

Have you ever wondered if there is a way how you can meaningfully support a Special Needs Parent friend or family member? There definitely is! And it’s much simpler than you thought. Since our Parent Reality meetings started in 2014 the biggest, most evident benefit our parents receive is understanding. To be a Special NeedsContinue reading “How you can support your Special Needs Parent friend”

Dear Special Needs Parent: Welcome to Holland …

Explaining your experience as a Special Needs Parent is gut wrenching on the best of days. The last couple of weeks I have been trying to figure out how I would explain my experience to someone who has never lived with a Special Needs Child or with any child, for that matter. Where do IContinue reading “Dear Special Needs Parent: Welcome to Holland …”