I have little tolerance for first-time moms who feel it’s their need to tell me how to parent my four kids. Your baby is a month old! Don’t tell me how to parent my 10-year old. To be honest though, I was that first-time mom. I thought that my background in psychology and child development… Continue reading Why it’s okay for parents of autistic children to not be okay…
As mothers, we all too often put ourselves in the Motherhood Box of Shame (have you seen Despicable Me?). We spend too much time stuck feeling badly about what we’re doing and not doing. Making things exponentially worse, we are bombarded with chastisement by other moms, by our friends, and the media. Sometimes it’s direct.… Continue reading Motherhood Box of Shame.
As I walked up to the Rhode Island State House I took a minute to catch my breath. The building is beautiful. I marveled at how quiet it was outside. I was pretty much alone. I looked up at the building as I tried to steady myself. The quietness outside, the peace I felt, I… Continue reading Rhode Island Marriage Equality
This picture is posted on a Facebook Page called “Down Syndrome Awareness.” (Not including the words I’ve added) I’ve posted on the picture to let the person know that first, the statistic is wrong, and second, that I’m pretty sure he didn’t get permission from Kelle Hampton to use her daughter’s photo. The person who… Continue reading FALSE: “90% of babies with Down syndrome are aborted”
That’s right, I totally used that as my title. It’s so cheesy it hurts. But it’s hipster to be cheesy, right? It’s also super hipster to shop at Goodwill. Which really pisses me off because they get there and yank all the good kitty shirts before I get a chance to even look at them.… Continue reading Goodwill Hunting: Tips for Thrift Shop Shopping
I wore the thickest pair of rose colored glasses after Abby was born. It wasn’t wrong, and I think to a large extent it was my own naivete and denial. I patted my own back as I said, “Well, I’ve done special needs before with Casey’s autism, I can do it again. I got this!”… Continue reading Too.
Oh the funny things parents of autistic kids or even Autistics themselves hear from people. People, lovingly guided by their stereotypes or Rain-Man-only knowledge of autism feel as though autism is autism…it looks, acts, feels the same in different people. You see this a lot with people with Down syndrome as well (anyone else notice… Continue reading But he can’t have autism!