Tag Archives: reality

Where the Special Needs Mom Has Her Own Meltdown

Do something today that your future self will thank you for.

Last night, Brian had a Code Red meltdown in the middle of the middle school lobby.  Lots of people saw it.  They probably saw a Mom looking incredibly cool under a ton of pressure.  A mom that stayed quiet and calm and who helped him work through it. And after I got asked the inevitable, […]

Ten ways to fill your own cup

10Waysto Fillyour owncup

Last night, on my facebook page I shared an image that read: “You can’t pour from an empty cup.  Take care of yourself first.” How many times have you been told that, in some form or another, as a special needs parents?  Probably countless of times.  It sounds so good and so true but I […]

Strong Too Long


Autism has kicked my butt these past two weeks. You know it’s not even just autism.  It was having to work with my other son’s IEP team to make sure they’re really doing what they said they were doing.  Working with the school secretary to find the answer to bus questions.  Making sure the play […]

The Tipping Point


As Brian begins to enter the world of puberty we struggle with hormones and emotions and how to explain abstract concepts to a little boy who in some ways is no further along developmentally than a preschooler. In the mornings we’ve added in the step of using deodorant to help him not be the stinky […]

Never-Empty Nest


A few weeks ago my youngest sister moved out of our parent’s home to begin her journey to adulthood and independence. This was the first time in 32 years that she didn’t have children living at home. 32 years. My Mom was officially an empty-nester.

I can only imagine how tricky that transition must be.

Seriously, I really can ONLY imagine. The reality is I will most likely never have an empty nest.

Ten Birthday Wishes


Yesterday was my birthday. It was a wonderful day being thoroughly surprised by my husband, cupcakes at work, and lots of hugs from my amazing boys. There are a few more birthday wishes I wouldn’t  have minded receiving for my birthday though: How about some sleep?  The night before my birthday was another long one with Mr. […]