Adrenal Insufficiency, Autism, Disability Advocacy, feeding disorder, g-tube, Health, Medically Fragile, Parenting Advice, Rare Disease

When Your Medically Complex Child is Stared At and You Feel like a Side Show

When you are a mother, you are never on time for any event. There are so many things any parent needs to remember for their child. Do they have extra clothes, snacks, sippy cups, toys, or their favorite stuffed animal? Now imagine you have a child that has special needs and has more than just… Read More When Your Medically Complex Child is Stared At and You Feel like a Side Show

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anti-vaccination, Autism, Blogging, feeding disorder, Genetic Testing, Medically Fragile, Parenting, Parenting Advice, Special needs parenting

Our Truth about Vaccines and Autism

When my son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in May 2017, I knew that there would be an onset of questions from friends and family about what could have caused his Autism. In truth, it has never really mattered to me what caused the Autism. We have been a part of the special needs… Read More Our Truth about Vaccines and Autism

ADHD, anti-vaccination, Apraxia, Autism, Blogging, Grief, Mental Health, Mom, Parenting, Parenting Advice, Sensory Processing Disorder, Special needs parenting

Please Don’t Share Articles with Me About Autism

When my son was diagnosed with Autism this past spring, I was open and honest with all of our friends and family about the diagnosis. We have been very open with everyone about the life we lead, and you can read this blog filled with content about our journey in raising him. It felt like… Read More Please Don’t Share Articles with Me About Autism

ADHD, anti-vaccination, Anxiety, Apraxia, Autism, Blogging, Mental Health, Mom, Parenting, Parenting Advice

Why I Don’t Want to Cure My Son’s Autism

I have a topic that is weighing heavy on my heart. It is something I think about a lot because it profoundly affects my life daily as a parent of a child that has autism. My son is a loving, sweet, stubborn, smart, and unique boy that has a brain and body that sometimes don’t… Read More Why I Don’t Want to Cure My Son’s Autism

Autism, Blogging, Faith, Grief, Medically Fragile, Mental Health, Mom, Parenting, Parenting Advice, Personality, Special needs parenting

Why It’s Hard to Be Positive as a Special Needs Parent

Every child with special needs has strengths and weaknesses. As parents, we are bombarded with evaluations that itemize our children into small brackets of development. We see on these charts exactly where they match up compared to their peers. Our therapists help us understand where they are and how far they still have to go.… Read More Why It’s Hard to Be Positive as a Special Needs Parent

ADHD, Adrenal Insufficiency, Anxiety, Autism, Blogging, Ehlers Danlo's Syndrome, Medically Fragile, Mental Health, Mom, Parenting, Parenting Advice, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Rare Disease, Sensory Processing Disorder

The Truth of Parenting a Child With Special Needs We Don’t Share with Friends

I woke up this morning, and I felt tired. It wasn’t the tired where I couldn’t open my eyes or move my body, but this was an emotional exhaustion. My brain felt like it was zipping and zapping with no place to go and all the neurons were firing in the wrong places.  The exhaustion… Read More The Truth of Parenting a Child With Special Needs We Don’t Share with Friends

Anxiety, Autism, Blogging, Faith, Grief, Medically Fragile, Mental Health, Mom, Parenting, Parenting Advice, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Special needs parenting, Weight Loss

How Grieving Causes You to Make Poor Choices

Before my pregnancy, I was in the best shape of my life. I was working with a personal trainer three times a week, and we had worked together to develop a clean and healthy diet. My husband and I were both at healthy weights for our height, and we both had an incredible amount of… Read More How Grieving Causes You to Make Poor Choices

Autism, Back to School, Medically Fragile, Parenting, Public School, Rare Disease, Sensory Processing Disorder

When There is No Place for Your Child with Special Needs in the Public Schools

Back to school is an exciting time for kids as they pick out school supplies, and get to shop for new clothes. Parents are excited to get their children back into a more structured environment, and the endless merry go round of trying to keep their child from boredom over the summer. Pictures start to… Read More When There is No Place for Your Child with Special Needs in the Public Schools

Autism, Blogging, crafts, Mom, Parenting, Parenting Advice, Sensory Processing Disorder, Special needs parenting

4 Easy Ways to Keep Your Sensory Seeker Happy

My son is a tornado. He moves from one activity to the next, and I’m sure dumping out toys could be added to his resume as a “strength.” The kid doesn’t stop moving from the time he wakes up until the time he goes to bed. Over the past few years, I have had to… Read More 4 Easy Ways to Keep Your Sensory Seeker Happy

Autism, Mom, Mom life, Parenting, Parenting Advice, PBS Kids, Ryan's ToyReview, Special needs parenting, Streaming Options for Kids, Technology, YouTube

Why We No Longer Allow YouTube in Our House: 10 Apps that are Better Options

We had an epic parenting fail last night. Over the past few years, we have been allowing our son to watch seemingly harmless videos on YouTube. A few years ago, he didn’t seem to watch anything more than people opening eggs, or a woman demonstrating how to play with toys. Initially, we were ok with… Read More Why We No Longer Allow YouTube in Our House: 10 Apps that are Better Options