3 Things I’ve Learned as a Mother

A few years ago I was asked to speak on Mother’s Day about a few things I have learned as a young mother. I just found it in the depths of the cloud and I thought I would share it: I am the mother of a fascinating and handsome young boy. I would like to…

Busy Like A Badge of Honour

A few years back I made the decision to keep my son at the school that we had moved away from.  He doesn’t do well with change and I was in a position where I could drop him off and pick him up without issues.   When I got offered a job as far away…

The Day I Became an Autism Mother

I’ve known for years that my child is unique. I’ve never once envied the ‘normalness’ of other parents. The priority was, for quite some time, his digestive tract. Having a child with chronic pain means that that is always the first concern. On “normal” days my son suffered typical daily pains quietly. It is all…

Why My Son Does Chores

I tossed back and forth on this quite a bit over the years. I wanted him to learn life skills such and cooking and cleaning, but did not want him to feel that you get paid for looking after your own home.  It was finally an interview with Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruz talking about…

76 Hours

This January, for the first time in my adult life,  I made a New Year’s Resolution.  It wasn’t a simple one like “eat more greens” or “join a gym”.  It was a long term goal with many parts and small mini-goals to push me through the whole year. It was one that would involve a…

Classroom Treats – The impossible feat!!

I was on Facebook the other night when a friend of mine was calling out for suggestions! It was her daughters birthday and she wanted to bring a treat for her class to share. The problem? It had to be peanut/tree nut free, dairy free, gluten free and carrot free (yes.. carrots.) All of the…

An Open Letter to My Neighbor that Screams at Her Sons

  I hear you. The whole floor hears you. I’m sure those two small boys were unruly, wouldn’t put their toys away and yelled back at you. I just can’t take it anymore. I won’t let my son near the door when you are yelling profanities. I want you to know that I’ve been mad….

The Anxious Child

I have been blessed with a child with anxiety. I don’t mean a child that occasionally experiences stress or worry, I mean a child with an anxiety disorder.  Lots of children experience stress from various environmental causes but some are frequently or constantly in a fight-or-flight response creating symptoms such as feelings of panic, fear,…