Hi, special needs mom who’s not doing okay in this pandemic. You’re not alone.

Hi, special needs mom who’s not doing okay in this pandemic. You’re not alone.

Hey, there. How are you? I mean really, how are you? Our lives have collectively hit an abrupt change, and some of those feeling it the hardest are our kids with special needs. Our kids for whom routine is paramount to having a successful day. From what I'm seeing on my special needs Facebook group feeds, we [...]

Returning to “normal life” again will be a big adjustment too. Get ready for it.

Returning to “normal life” again will be a big adjustment too. Get ready for it.

Hey there, mama. You've been staying home with your kids for a long, hard couple months. You're exhausted and are looking forward to nothing more than a girls' night out in the post-quarantine world. Chips and salsa, sangria, and clothes that aren't yoga pants—if they still fit—are in our future soon. Mental note: I need [...]

Daily quarantine thought: You don’t have to save the world. You just have to get through today.

Daily quarantine thought: You don’t have to save the world. You just have to get through today.

This new way of living is hard. My body aches by the end of the day, and I wake up in the morning exhausted. We were already a homeschool family, so that hasn't changed for us. But my five-year-old with autism has lost all her therapeutic services that we rely on. Actually, that's not technically [...]

The ancient family way: Is ‘raising our kids to leave us’ actually a terrible idea?

The ancient family way: Is ‘raising our kids to leave us’ actually a terrible idea?

Nine years ago, my husband and I jumped at the chance to buy a house we hated. It was ugly and stuck in the '70s. And not the good kind of 70s. It had bad shag carpet, damaged parquet floors, mustard-yellow formica, peeling siding and all. We did some upgrades, but no Chip-and-Joanna level renovation. [...]