This is the only truth you’ll ever need as a parent: you love your child, the one you get, no matter what child you wished for while you were pregnant.
I’m not supposed to talk about my kid. I’m supposed to pretend our lives are perfect and engage in short fake conversations, or be alone. Well, I’m alone because my best friend needs me and I’ll always choose her over everyone, even when it shouldn’t be one or the other.
Being a working parent is hard. Being a working parent when your child has special needs is nearly impossible. And Stressful. And Expensive. If someone would have told me back in my 20’s that motherhood was going to set my career on fire, burn it to the ground, and take a piece of my marriage … Continue reading Balancing Work & Family Shouldn’t Be This Impossible (Unless You Work for a Coca-Cola bottler)
The Child Study Team looked at me like some maniac, not understanding how a 4-year-old could be excluded from everywhere already and I had to actually break this down for them: Exclusion is a form of bullying. And yes, it starts outside of the classroom I recently called an IEP meeting to discuss my daughter’s preschool situation — that 2.5 … Continue reading Parents are turning Inclusion into Exclusion
Finding Coopers Voice published this piece today. Click below to read it! There is No Easy Autism By LAURA WINGLER / NOVEMBER 15, 2018 When my daughter was first diagnosed on the autism spectrum last year, I clung to the concept that it was no big deal—that it was “mild,” and she was “high functioning.” She was … Continue reading There is No Easy Autism