My New Label: ADD Mom

 Tomorrow my son begins first grade. I am of course filled with a myriad of emotions watching my first born take yet another step away from me being my baby, but on top of the normal jitters and excitement that surrounds the start of a new school year, this year I find myself battling emotions and fears that are a little more complex. Over the summer my son was diagnosed with ADD. ...more

Choosing to Parent a Child With Special Needs

My son Leo is at his first-ever week-long camp for kids with special needs. He is thrilled to be there, and shrugged off my flurry of worried-mom departing hugs and kisses in favor of bouncing on his bed and holding hands with his aide: a young man who volunteered to spend his summer being a cheerleader, best friend, and 24/7 caregiver for kids who couldn't attend camp without 1:1 aides like him.  ...more

They really are amazing people. Thanks for your kind wishes; Leo's camp week was amazing for ...more

Accidental learning...

We all do it. We don't know it, but we are constantly learning. I never realized how so much of what  we know is purely accidental. We are adopting an eleven year old girl. She is from the U.S. and has been in the system for approx. six years. She is completely Deaf. She is non-verbal. We have to explain so many things to her that you would not need to explain to a hearing child. ...more

Mending Fences

As children, we grow up with our siblings and friends. We go to school, play in the schoolyard or park, and have play-dates in the houses of our schoolmates. For many it is a carefree environment filled with fun and adventure. By the time I was 10 years old, that carefree attitude ended. My mother thought I was old enough to walk my seven and a half year old brother to school by myself. It was only a five-block walk and, according to mom, there would be other moms walking their kids to school that knew both of us. ...more

The Worst Parenting Day Ever?

Leo and I had the worst day ever. Leo and I had the best day ever! Why does Leo always wake up so early? His sisters sleep until we shriek at them to get up, like self-respecting children should. I'm so irritated that he's sometimes wet in the mornings. He's never going to be fully self-sufficient. ...more

No one's ever going to say it isn't hard, this parenting that we do (special needs or ...more

This Lovely Life: An Interview With Vicki Forman

A certain self-abnegating strength is required to write about children with special needs, to share wrenching experiences with honesty and dignity, while refusing to accommodate pity. ...more

My sister is raising a special needs child. My niece was born well under 2 pounds. She is now ...more

Advice by Invitation Only

In the past year or so I've had several friends get pregnant and have babies for the first time. I've noticed a trend when people come across pregnant women: word vomit. You know, the uncontrollable urge to spew out every birthing experience/story and piece of advice about parenting and babies you've ever heard? ...more

Words Can Paint A Thousand Pictures

With the school year ending, creating a word-cloud for your child at can help you express the personal growth you’ve seen in them this year and affirm his/her efforts. Best of all—it’s free! ...more

MotherCupboard MotherCupboard is my outlet in the hopes that it becomes a resource for other mothers who can share my experiences with 5 children having various health needs.  I share recipes, health tips, resources for special needs and humor to get through the day. ...more

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Best plants for clean air

I just read an interesting post on Apartment Therapy, which described the best three plants everyone should have in their home or office. The post is entitled "Hot Tip: The Best Plants for Indoor Air Quality," and offers advice from Indian researcher Kamal Meattle. ...more