Teaching Stranger Danger to Special Needs Kids Is Hard Work

Last week we shared a hilarious post about stranger danger. It was hilarious because of the way it was written and because no one got hurt. The truth is that teaching our kids about safety and strangers isn't always fun or funny; it can be downright terrifying. It's hard for kids to grasp the concept that some strangers may want to hurt them. Sharon at Mama's Turn Now recently had a scary run-in with her son and a stranger. She thought he understood -- but he didn't. ...more
It's very hard to explain users and thieves and bad seeds to an adult with Asperger's too. But ...more

Letting Go and Letting Him Learn

I love how blogging allows us to tell a continuing story, let's us share where we once were, where we are now and how we got from Point A to Point B. I think that's extremely helpful when it comes to parenting blogs. Barb at Plate Spinning 101 recently shared about the journey they went on from her son's birth through his autism diagnosis and up to now. It's a hopeful post, full of learning to let our kids live their lives. ...more

Good Things to Say to a Parent of a Special Needs Child

You may have seen posts shared on Facebook that contained things "not" to say to parents of children with special needs. All of that "you're a saint" and "I can never do that." Bonnie at The Fragile X Factor decided to provide you with a public service announcement of things you can/should say to parents. Now that's the way to educate and promote change! ...more
@BlogHer Something we really don't think about. Treat my kid normal....just like I do. There are ...more

When Parents Are Just As Bad

Sometimes kids can say mean things when they don't know someone. It's not nice or respectful, but there's the point that children are still learning about the ways that people are different. The problem I have is the one that Amy at The Adventures at JAMC has: when parents are just as bad (or worse) as their children. They recently had a not-so-nice exchange. It makes me consider how I react to children -- and how others react to mine. ...more
That's one thing I've had to learn, for sure!more

Kids with Autism: Selfish?

After watching a recent episode of Parenthood, Debi at Who Says 8 Is Enough? shared her "too close to home" thoughts about her son, his autism and how it affects their family life. I encourage you to click through to see where she ends up -- because those teeny, tiny moments are so worth it. ...more
This makes me feel better. :)more

What He Would Ask Santa For... If He Could

While your kids are busy writing up their letters to Santa this year, I'd like you to take minute and read the letter that Heather shared at The A-Word. Well, she shared two letters. The "simplest" letter Santa has ever received that her son actually wrote... and the heart-felt letter she wrote for her son that dictates what he would have asked for if he actually could. I dare you to not be moved as it continues on. ...more
Great post Heather! I would love some friends for Audrey under the tree or in her stocking too!more

Looking Into the Crystal Ball of Another Life

Have you ever felt yourself staring at another family and thinking, "That could have been us. If only..." Katy at Bird on the Street recently had a "crystal ball" type moment when a new family moved in across the street. Her mother-in-law made a comment about the future, leaving Katy and her husband to look at what might have been -- and what might be. ...more
as you get older and have more life experience you realize you never truly know what goes on in ...more

Waiting for a Diagnosis

As parents, it's sometimes hard to know whether or not any decision we make for our children is right. As Heather at Cool Zebras awaits a potential ADD diagnosis, she shares how it feels to not know whether this is right or wrong, whether a diagnosis and potential medication will change her son and the love she has for him. If you've been through this, why not offer her a word of comfort. ...more
Sometimes we need to choose pragmatism over principle. "In principle," I shudder at forced ...more

Parents Magazine Drops the Ball on Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month. Autism Army Mom points out that the children and families dealing with autism need more than a teeny blurb in a magazine. She encourages you to get involved. ...more