In an instant, all we have can disappear. Tsunami's, earthquakes, tornadoes, car accidents - all these awful events bring us to click on seat belts and build stronger homes. But what about every day? What keeps our blessings in tact? Almost every day, I face those awful thoughts. Almost every day, I'm face with the potential of disaster. My son, who's gained speed and agility, can dart away from my sight in a second. He knows now the world is a candy bowl of sights and sounds, ready to touch and take.
This past year has been a real growing year for my oldest son and his path to independence. It started with allowing him to ride his bike to the library (the next street over) and grew to walking home from school one day a week with our neighbors. It’s been a learning curve for the both of us. I’ve had to have internal arguments with myself and remind myself not to hover like a helicopter....more
Stand back. Look at the day. Oh, how it can feel like a lot: Overwhelming? Too much to do? How does anything get done as a single parent - and with a special needs kid to boot? Here are the top five tips to get those tasks crossed off your list and once and for all, finished. Whether a single parent or paired up, these basics can help bring a feeling of satisfaction to the end of a busy day.
"Write," she told her classroom, "Write copiously." Once her words silenced, Maya Angelou became a voice for us all.
The power and poetry of Maya's verse hit a place hard in my soul. A tattered and well-read copy of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings followed me, a fixture on the shelves and bed tables through my life's journey. I read it to think. I read it wonder. I read it to cry. I read it to know.
Music tames the beast - meaning me. The insanity of daily life is drowned out when music comes on the scene. B.C., (before children), my music ruled. I spent hours making those cassette tape D.J. - mixes of my favorite tunes. All catered to certain mood, the songs gave me the perfect groove to workout or the rhythm to beat off a broken heart.
You'd think a mom of a 21 year old wouldn't have a diaper bag wouldn't you? And I probably wouldn't except I ordered what I THOUGHT was a tote bag and it turned out to be a diaper bag. Vera Bradley natch, so you KNOW I couldn't just hide it. No, being bright yellow with little flowers and a plastic liner just screamed "This is a DIAPER bag! USE me!" So I did....more
IEP? Are you ready? The big tool to carve an educational program for special children is the IEP - Individualized Education Program. Education is a big task; figuring out what to do with special needs kids in the educational system is gigantic.
I taught a workshop last week at my son’s school on work time activities. While I claim to be no “expert” in this area, I’ve received several years of teaching, sessions, and done lots of reading on the subject. I shared 10 activities we do here at home with the parents and teachers that we do often. All these activities were created with either recyclable materials or dollar store finds as to be very affordable to make. I hope you enjoy!...more
I read a piece on Jezabel today which set my blood to boiling. It was about how Toni Braxton wrote in her memoir that she believed that God gave her son Autism as punishment for having an abortion earlier in life. No, really. Her exact words:...more