Mom, Parenting, Special needs parenting

Why Special Needs Moms Don’t Fit In

When I look back on my childhood, one of the most common memories I have is of wanting desperately to have a group. There was an insatiable need for me to feel as if I belonged to something. Most of us have this desire and want to feel like we have a tribe or group.… Read More Why Special Needs Moms Don’t Fit In

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Mom, Mom life, Parenting, Parenting Advice, Special needs parenting

5 Steps to Take After Your Child is Diagnosed with a Special Need

I will never forget the day my son was diagnosed with a life-threatening disease. It was an overwhelming sense of complete lack of control. I knew nothing about the disease, how to care for him, what it meant for his future, what it meant for our future, or how I could help him grow and… Read More 5 Steps to Take After Your Child is Diagnosed with a Special Need

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3 Ways to Make Friends as a Mom with a Special Needs Child

By: Michael Monheit, Esq For many mothers of a special needs child, tending their own personal friendships hovers somewhere at the bottom of the “to do” list, falling underneath occupational therapy for their child, doctors visits, and the simple tasks of everyday living. At the same time, as a sometimes tired and overwhelmed mother, your… Read More 3 Ways to Make Friends as a Mom with a Special Needs Child

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How Real Food Blends and A Blenderized Diet Improved our Son’s Quality of Life

As a mother, one of the most maternal things we can do for our children is to feed them. There are a population of parents, like me, that have never been able to experience the joy of feeding their child by mouth. My experience of feeding my son was always plagued with difficulty, frustration, and… Read More How Real Food Blends and A Blenderized Diet Improved our Son’s Quality of Life

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Mothers of Children with Special Needs aren’t Always Strong

Mothers of children with special needs are praised for their strength, perseverance, and determination in raising their children. While it’s great being reminded that you are a good parent, there is something inherently uncomfortable when you are told you are strong for raising your child that has special needs. When people share these sentiments, I… Read More Mothers of Children with Special Needs aren’t Always Strong