Parenting Special Needs

When I prayed for children and when I pictured those children, I picture what everyone does: a minivan, chaos, teething, first foods, first steps. Motherhood was “the big show” and I had a ticket. But our picture looks very different: minivan (plus wheelchair), chaos (plus twins), teething (plus trach), first foods (plus g-tube), and first steps (plus braces and gait trainer). We’re a world of pluses and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. To all you other special needs parents out there…you are superheroes. Your picture isn’t like everyone else’s. It’s in technicolor.

The Hallelujah Moments

Dinner’s On: How to Cook Once and Feel All Eaters

A List of Hopefuls for the Film “Wonder” From a Special Needs Mom

8 Ways to Prep for Fall for Kids With Special Needs

I Met My Best Friend in My Thirties

The Moment our House Became “Handicap-Accessible”

The Spreadsheet in My Head

The Lift That Keeps on Giving

What Keeps Me Young

The More the Merrier

When Your Kid With Special Needs Does Something a Thousand Times Better Than You

10 Games for a Great Special Needs Game Night

Chasing Our Own Kind of Independence on the Fourth of July

The Truly Accommodating Splash Park That Every Special Needs Parent Should Know About

The Botox Boost: It’s Not Just for Aging Anymore

I’m Kicking My Husband Out on Father’s Day

The Handy Dad He Didn’t Know He’d Need to Become

You Can Be Lonely in a Family Too

Picnic in the Garden: Sensory Play and Sensory Foods for the Outdoors

How to Be an American: Smile

When Your Non-Verbal Son Will Talk to Everyone but You

How to Plan for the Future of Your Child with Special Needs When You’re Gone

19 Films with Characters with Special Needs

I’m Using Stem Cells in Hopes of Helping My Child. Please Don’t Picket Me.

On Playing the Slots with TimeHop

The Exercise Regimen of the Special Needs Parent

How to Adapt Egg Hunts for a Child With Special Needs

Power in Motherhood: The Advocate

10 Places that Offer Special Days for Special Needs

On Stalking the Caring Bunny this Easter and Other Acts of Sensory-Friendly Desperation

Special Needs Toys I Wish I’d Known About

“The Happiness Paradox” on Scary Mommy

How to Sneak in Physical Therapy on Vacation

To Name a Thing is To Own It: Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month

A Letter to My Son on His 5th Birthday

Lessons from Dumbo on How to Parent

7 Perks to Traveling With Your Special Needs Child

I Was Rude in the Hospital: Did It Hurt My Child’s Care?

Angels Walk Among Us…at Great Clips

When the Parent is the Bully

Here’s Why We All Love “This is Us”

Tricks of the (Special Needs) Trade

Roll with It: Adaptive Living

The Magical Mystery Tour

The Supporting Actor (Sunday Thoughts #9)

5 Ways to Date Your Spouse Without Leaving the House

Top 10 Books on How NOT to Parent

GIFs for Mom on Valentine’s Day

Biblical Taunts (Sunday Thoughts #8)

FIGHTBACK for Autism

5 Superpowers That Parents and Teachers Share

Graceland

Aquatic Therapy and Free Money

A Mother’s Mission Statement (Sunday Thoughts #6)

7 Speech Activities for Valentine’s Day Using Conversation Hearts featured in Parenting Special Needs Magazine

Why You’ll Never Beat Me at 20 Questions

Animals on Display

When the Special Needs Siblings Don’t Play Nice

Why You Need Your Tribe as a Special Needs Parent

I Play Favorites

Why My Child Will Always Need a Haircut

Stable Living (Sunday Thoughts #2)

Pageant Mom

Top 5 Children’s Books That Celebrate Differences

Cause and Effect (Sunday Thoughts #1)

Review of ABC’s “Speechless” from a Special Needs Mom

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