The Keeper: A Tale of Late-Childhood Asperger's Diagnosis

"I ... uh ...," I groped for words. "I guess I am a little offended?" It came out as a question. I tried again. "You just spent less than an hour with him. His testing last year didn't say anything about that. He's extremely verbal. He's extremely social. He's never had an issue with eye contact. He has tons of friends and plays well with others. He's incredibly compassionate, always the first one to run over and ask if you're hurt or get upset if someone else is upset." The doctor was still just looking at me, waiting for me to run out of steam. "He's very social," I repeated. "Aren't people with autism ... you know ... not?" ...more
Thank you for this post, currently my youngest (8 years old)  is going through evaluations for ... more

For Better or For Worse: How a Marriage Survives Raising a Special Needs Child

My husband and I decided to share with you one of many challenges we’ve faced in our marriage and the lessons we learned with hopes to encourage any of you who may find yourself in a similar situation. Like any good story, I have to start from the beginning. When my son was first diagnosed with mental illness, my husband and I took two very different paths to cope....more
Glad to know that my husband and I are not alone. It was scary to write such a personal post on ... more

When Medicating Kids Goes Very, Very Wrong

"I want you to consider taking some anti-anxiety medication. As in, tomorrow." I thanked her sincerely, told her I'd look into it, and left the medical center. I'd appreciated that quiet two-hour break from my computer and household chaos, even with the blood draws and chest x-rays. That was four months ago, and I still haven't taken the recommended medication, despite advice from both friends and professionals to do so. Why am I hesitant? Because it was my son's horrible reaction to anti-anxiety medication that helped land me in that clinic....more
Thank you for listing my post in the end. I can so relate to your frustrations. Medication, ... more

When Blogging Hurts...

I’m not a recruiter for CABF.I’m not a psychiatrist or therapist.I’m not an advocate for pharmaceutical companies.I’m not brainwashed, unevolved or the source of a serious parenting problem.I am a mom.I’m a mom who’s fighting for her son’s life.I’m a mom who doesn’t have all the answers and often feels ill equipped.I’m a mom who’s disappointed that the research isn’t farther along.I’m a mom who’s terrified of possible side effects.I’m a mom who’s questioning everything our doctor suggests....more
@Forever 17 Thank you Forever 17, I appreciate your kind words! more

When Love Harms

"The practice of love can be expressed in one sentence: ‘Do not harm others’." - H.H. the Dalai Lama, (tweeted August 22, 2011)Last month was a sad time at my alumni campus, the University of Idaho. Ernesto Bustamante - known as Professor B, or simply 'E', murdered a graduate student by the name of Katy Benoit with his .45 calibre handgun outside of her home, shooting her over a dozen times in the throat and chest before barricading himself in a local hotel room and killing himself....more
@bumpkinandme Thanks for clarifying, it makes sense now. It is sad that when people with mental ... more

When Love Harms

"The practice of love can be expressed in one sentence: ‘Do not harm others’." - H.H. the Dalai Lama, (tweeted August 22, 2011)Last month was a sad time at my alumni campus, the University of Idaho. Ernesto Bustamante - known as Professor B, or simply 'E', murdered a graduate student by the name of Katy Benoit with his .45 calibre handgun outside of her home, shooting her over a dozen times in the throat and chest before barricading himself in a local hotel room and killing himself....more
"He didn't seem to be this monster he claimed he could be..." This statement is alarming. My ... more

Longing for the Past After Motherhood Changes

Tonight, I found myself looking through old photo albums of when my boys were just babies at ages 1, 3 and 5 years. I don’t know what it was, but I became overwhelmed with sadness and began crying, you know the kind of cry, when you don’t look so pretty and tissues aren’t enough. ...more
@victorias_view I agree and sometimes that's exactly what I do! more

Sweet Vindication for Parents: SpongeBob Is Bad

We have a SpongeBob Squarepants ban in our house. It's less about the "fast-paced" nature of the show, which reportedly makes our children dumb, and more about the fact that it annoys the non-square-pants off of me. And something about the language. We also ban slow-paced shows because of the annoyance factor. See also: Max & Ruby. ...more
I also think this research is junk. Maybe the kids were distracted after the 9 minutes because ... more

When A Mother Loses A Child

The unimaginable happens. A mother loses a child. This happened just now. To Anna See who blogs at An Inch of Gray. And because we are all so connected, by our stories and our words and our electronics and our RSS feeds and Tweets, the news goes around like an electric shock, touching not only those who knew her, her family, her writing, but also spinning out to so many of those who didn't. ...more
Incredible post, about unimaginable pain. more

I Don't Care What Caused My Child's Autism

I went to a little party for other “autism moms” recently. In between the snacking, catching up, and you-won’t-believe-what-the-school-did-now stories, a conversation about the potential causes of autism began....more
I love this post, I think for us moms raising kids with special needs, we have way too much to ... more
Menu