I’m Grateful For the Santa Who Saw How Special My Special Girl Is

Dear Santa, As another Christmas approaches, I think back to one special meeting we had a few years ago. It was a visit with you that changed how my daughter (and myself) saw Christmas and helped her enjoy what can be a stressful time of year full of changes. Back in 2012, we came to … More I’m Grateful For the Santa Who Saw How Special My Special Girl Is

Believing in Santa as an Adult with Special Needs

As parents, we all come to the crossroad of whether our children believe in Santa sooner or later. It’s a sad milestone. It begins to be difficult for them to understand and believe in something they can’t see. Sure, we see Santa and his helpers often during the months before Christmas, but never during his Christmas Eve … More Believing in Santa as an Adult with Special Needs

The Stigma of Being a Special Needs Mom With Depression

There is a stigma around depression. A really, really ugly one. And I think there’s especially a stigma around mothers who have depression. If you’re depressed, you’re weak. Broken. You are medicated. You cry a lot. You sleep a lot. This isn’t true. At least not for me. I’m not weak. I’m freakishly independent. I’m … More The Stigma of Being a Special Needs Mom With Depression