Enough is Enough

Enough is Enough

From the minute you become a parent, the overwhelming fear and concern sets in.  You constantly question whether every choice or decision you make on your child’s behalf is the right one.  When your child has special-needs, the endless self-doubt triples. The options for schooling seldom are plentiful or a perfect fit, so when an…

The Impact of Childhood Experiences on Parenting

The Impact of Childhood Experiences on Parenting

A person’s upbringing can explain a lot about their views, values and perspectives regarding every situation or difficulty they encounter.  We each gather various life lessons and personality traits along the way which impacts every decision we make and how we choose to parent our children.  When I reflect back on my own childhood experiences,…

Piecing Together the Puzzle

Piecing Together the Puzzle

Have you ever purchased a very challenging jigsaw puzzle just for the sheer joy and feeling of accomplishment you’ll get once you’ve successfully assembled it?  The larger the quantity of pieces the better right? As I stare at those 5,000 pieces dumped onto my counter top and begin sorting and flipping them over, it becomes…

What is “normal” anyway?

What is “normal” anyway?

As an obsessive rule follower and box checker, I took great pride in following that life cycle and enjoying the anticipated rites of passage into adulthood – specifically motherhood. However, we are never truly prepared for the curve balls thrown directly at our heads the force us to figure out how to cope with an…

Cherish Every Moment

Cherish Every Moment

Whether currently, or at one time or another in our lives, I think most of us have experienced the feeling of not having control in a situation, or not knowing what to do, or what is the best decision to make.  Perhaps you’ve felt helpless, emotionally overwhelmed or as if you just couldn’t stand one…

How Autism Impacts Sibling Relationships

How Autism Impacts Sibling Relationships

In a world in which siblings are typically our first playmates and our best friends, siblings of special-needs children are destined for a different childhood from what most kids experience. During their toddler years, I remember watching my neurotypical daughter, Kendall, attempt to initiate playtime with her older brother, Skyler, who has severe autism.  It…

Because…Autism

Because…Autism

I must finally admit to myself and the world that I’m tired.  Physically and mentally exhausted. For the last 15 years of my 17-year-old son’s life, autism has dictated the mood, comfort, décor (or lack thereof) and decibel level of our home. Severe, non-verbal autism has robbed my son of the ability to communicate effectively…