I took my daughter, who is almost four, back to daycare recently after being off for the summer. I stayed to observe while she played on the playground with her class and got accustomed to the kids and the teachers. Then I coaxed her to join the line the rest of her class had made. They all … More Sometimes It’s Okay to Let My Child Be Overwhelmed
I hate labels. Everyone is guilty of labeling. It’s how we classify people and things. It’s how me navigate our world socially. She’s a pretty girl. He’s a tall boy. So on and so forth. In the special needs world, there is “typical” and there’s “special.” It’s very black and white. Either you’re “normal” or … More Who is Normal, Anyway?
The Things People Say to Parents of Children With Disabilities It happens to all parents of disabled children. The questions and comments from other people who don’t quite know how to interact with us now. I haven’t really had any negative comments yet but there have been a few times when I’ve been a bit … More Don’t Say These Things to The Parent of a Child With a Disability
I write this post with swollen, puffy eyes, still raw and burning from crying myself to sleep on my pillow. What was supposed to be a fun-filled birthday party weekend complete with pizza, cake, games, prizes and friends, went horribly wrong. To understand my devastation, I first need to tell you about our newly turned … More The Heartbreak When No-One Shows For Your Child’s Birthday Party
Inspiration comes from the strangest places. My daughter is nine, more precisely she is 9 and 3/4. This is very important, because you know what else is 9 ¾? The platform that the Hogwarts Express leaves from! So it makes perfect sense to celebrate your 9 ¾ birthday in a Harry Potter themed way. Let’s call it 9 … More Do-it-Yourself Harry Potter Crafts any Kid Can Enjoy!
Imagine this scene: Little kid sweet voice, expectant, happy: Trick or treat! Evil mother of kid: Sorry you can’t have that buddy, or that, or… well, maybe at the next house! This is the life of a child with life threatening food allergies at Halloween. Once, our parents worried about razor blades in apples, and … More Right or Wrong, I Lied to Save My Peanut Allergic Son From Disappointment on Halloween
Halloween. In some neighborhoods, it’s a bigger deal than Christmas. I live in one of those neighborhoods. Almost every house is adorned with tombstones, spiders, ghosts, and skeletons. We know which streets to hit up, where the wine is served and who gives out the whole chocolate bars. For months, Jakob’s been preparing for his … More What You Need to Know about Special Needs Kids and Halloween