Category Archives : Special Needs


How to Support a Mom or Dad Caring for a Child with Serious Illness

May 2015 was the worst Mother’s Day and birthday of my life. Watching over my desperately ill younger son lying in a hospital bed with a maze of tubes coming out of his nose and arm. There is nothing more painful for a Mom than watching your child suffer and worrying about how to make him well. Crohn’s […]

Hospitalized sick boy and younger healthy boy

Helping Your Shy or Special Needs Child Enjoy Holiday Family Time

Spending precious time with extended family during the holidays is filled with joy and traditions but by its nature can bring anxiety to children who are shy or have special needs. Starting with the customary hugs and kisses and obligatory, “look how much you’ve grown!!”, can bring unintended discomfort at the intensity of attention and sensory […]


Facing Holidays with Your Child in the Hospital

Any time your child is sick in the hospital is beyond hard. But during holidays usually so full of happiness and family traditions, it is a true test of the heart. Add to the mix worrying about giving your other children and family members some semblance of a holiday leaves you feeling literally split in […]


Taking Care of Yourself When Your Child Is in the Hospital 1

When your child is sick in the hospital, it can feel like you’ve entered an alternate universe that combines the intense care and worry over your child with the physical hospital world. If you are sleeping in the hospital with your child your world becomes the hospital floor and room, with days passing before you see the outside world. […]


Strategies for Your Child’s Hospital Stay 1

If parenting isn’t a snap on an average day, it can truly be a marathon when your child needs to be in the hospital. Whether a short one-time stay or a more serious, lengthy situation, here are pragmatic and coping tips to prepare for and help your child through a hospital stay based on my experiences. […]


Sample Reward Chart You Can Customize to Your Needs

I have found a reward chart to be a useful tool in getting my children to do daily tasks, from brushing their teeth to potty training to chores. Here is a sample reward chart I have used. I included items like staying in bed, brushing teeth and keeping underpants dry. I copy and pasted images from real life […]


Celebrating July 4th Fun When Your Child Can’t Tolerate Fireworks 3

I always looked forward to July 4th festivities starting with picnics, family time, and sunshine, capped off with where to find the most spectacular fireworks. Before we had children I imagined how we’d share the magic of July 4th fun with them to make long lasting family memories. But like so many pre-parenthood imaginings, reality […]


Strategies for When Your Child Has a Serious Food Allergy 1

Imagine your little boy innocently nibbling on a pistachio for the first time, relishing the new taste. Five heart stopping seconds later his face turns red and starts to swell, his eyes tearing, red, and his breathing becoming labored. You call the pediatrician in a panic who tells you to get a dose of benadryl […]


Teaching Young Children Sharing and Turn Taking

As we’ve undoubtedly all experienced, young children can find sharing and turn taking challenging, to put it mildly.  It is hard for them to think about consequences and how their actions affect their friends’ feelings. Here are some tips from our Mom experience to help children learn, starting with a simple puppet show script to […]


In Gratitude for What I Have Learned from My Sons

The holidays and heading toward another new year makes me think of all I am thankful for, while reflecting on the past year and what is most important to me. Being mother to my two sons is the greatest joy I can imagine. What I didn’t know at the beginning when I worried so much […]