My Remote Control: a Metaphor for Motherhood

Sometimes, a tv remote can inspire poetry.

So Your Seven Year-old Thinks You’re Lame

Oh, just me? Well, that’s nice. Nice for you anyway. Allow me to share my little anecdote anyway. Misery loves an audience. My family makes it a habit of eating meals together as often as we can. The pandemic helped cement that routine (frantic runs through the drive through on the way to soccer cameContinue reading “So Your Seven Year-old Thinks You’re Lame”

Thank You To the Friends Who Have My Son’s Back

In a world full of people who are exclusive, it’s important to thank those who are inclusive and support all children, especially those with special needs.

When Your Child Says He Wants to Die

He’s seven. He stomps down the steps of the school bus carrying an elaborate Styrofoam leprechaun trap. The bright sun and blue skies are in stark contrast to his moody face. His eyes meet mine for a fraction of a second, then he drops the Styrofoam contraption. He rears his head back, throws his smallContinue reading “When Your Child Says He Wants to Die”

How a Seven-Year-Old Can Educate the World: #ShareYourAutism

My seven-year-old son recently asked me how many surgeries he had to have before we realized he had autism. It was a reminder to me of how little any of us really understand autism. In truth, trying to explain his diagnosis to him was hard. It’s so, well, open-ended. It’s a spectrum, right? People hearContinue reading “How a Seven-Year-Old Can Educate the World: #ShareYourAutism”

Being Brave

Four years ago, my son was diagnosed with autism. He was three. It was scary and confusing and very lonely. Four years ago, I started this blog. It brought me both relief and compassion as I learned with other parents how to understand and help my struggling child. I learned how to laugh and toContinue reading “Being Brave”

Lightning Bolt Underwear: why you need a pair

Boy runs. Mom weeps. Parenting. My four year-old son ran his first race: a 3K. It started with a declaration to the lady handing out bibs and shirts: “I’m wearing lightning bolt underwear!” He was convinced his underwear would give him powers to run quickly. They did. When the bull horn went off, he took offContinue reading “Lightning Bolt Underwear: why you need a pair”

Is this autism or NT kid-stuff?

NT: an abbreviation for neuro-typical, a term often used in the autism community to reference those who are not on the spectrum. Ever since my four year-old’s diagnosis of ASD over eight months ago, I find myself constantly wondering, “Is this behavior the effects of autism or just a kid being a kid?” Self-doubt andContinue reading “Is this autism or NT kid-stuff?”

Why does my Toddler Hate Me?

Jealousy: resentment against a rival (ahem, husband) who enjoys success (ahem, our toddler’s favorite) against another’s success (or lack thereof.  The boy always picks his Daddy). My 18-month old son is starting to give me a complex, people.  A genuine complex. I’ve been waiting for this whole “Daddy” phase to become just that – a phase – but it’sContinue reading “Why does my Toddler Hate Me?”

Why NOT throwing your child a birthday party is okay

Bounce houses, rambunctious party games, sugary candy, caffeinated soda, cheap party favors, food left out on banquet tables for children to grab, spill, and lick, large pinatas inevitably leading to kids blindfolded with bats… If these images send chills down your spine, you’re like me and, likely, you have a kid like mine who getsContinue reading “Why NOT throwing your child a birthday party is okay”