Category: Family

If You are a Terrible Parent, Then I am the “Mephistopheles”

I am in a season of my life right now where I feel bone tired almost all the time. Ragged, how-am-I-going-to-make-it-to-the-end-of-the-day, eyes burning exhausted. I have toddlers, Andrew 4, and Arywn 2.  I’m not complaining about that. Well, maybe I am a little bit. But I know that there are people who would give anything for a house full of…

So I Have One Child that is Autistic, Will My Other Child Get it?: A Deeper Look at the Same Thought That Runs in My Head Daily

Every parent of an autistic child, and every parent that is autistic themselves or has autistic relatives, has to face the prospect that they may have (more) autistic children. For some this is very daunting, for others it is perfectly fine. As many of you know, I have a son Andrew who is 4.  He has high-functioning autism.  He may…

Autism is not the Enemy, I Must Remind Myself of this Daily

As I write this post, finding out your child has special needs is an emotional process. The journey often comes with trials, challenges and pressures, including services, ongoing therapies, arrangements for special education, and maybe medical care. I feel the need to step back and address a topic that often isn’t discussed but deserves attention.  I want to explain how…

Could it be Autistic Burnout?

Things lately have been going excuse my phrase, totally ass backwards with Andrew.  I feel like the progress that has been made has been lost.  There are so many factors that could be the cause and I spend day in and day out trying to find the exact cause, or reason.  But that is just it, there is no reason,…

7 Essential Life Insurance Tips for New Parents.

  Already a parent or expecting a child?  Parenting is both a rewarding and chaotic experience. Your life will never be the same as a new parent, and neither will your insurance needs.  Your life will cease to be about you. That little bundle of joy will become the center of your universe and will need protecting, not just now…

Help Reduce Anxiety in Children with Autism

Last night for the first time, I believe Andrew had his first panic attack. He couldn’t catch his breathe, his heart was racing, he was sweaty, and just all over the place.  He wanted me, then didn’t want me then he wanted Andy then didn’t want Andy.  Nothing we did could comfort him.  When I tried to ignore him and…

Special Needs Parenting: When Your Husband Doesn’t Get It

Time Matters I spend almost every minute of my waking life caring for my kids. Sometimes, it goes well. Sometimes it doesn’t. But I have had loads of time, and so much trial and error, to study my son’s behaviors, to learn his triggers, to craft his routine, and to meet with all of his doctors and therapists to figure…

The Blame Game, How to Deal with the Self-Guilt of Parenting

I think, one of the main reasons I felt guilt and personal responsibility for causing Andrew’s autism or at least contributing to it; there are so many unknown reasons as to what causes autism that I looked for something concrete. Even if that meant blaming myself. If I could at least put some sort of name, some sort of anything to…

Better Bahaviour Bootcamp is Coming Soon!! Are You Ready???!

Welcome to the Better Behaviour Bootcamp! I am SO excited that you’re joining me in the Better Behaviour Bootcamp! This document will provide all the information you need to make the most of this unique program. There are a few things you’ll need to do in preparation. I estimate you’ll need 1.5 hours. At the end of this document you’ll…